Trend We Love: Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses

When deciding the look for your bridesmaids, consider body types! If one maid is voluptuous, another's full-chested, and yet another is tiny and petite, you can't dress them all into something cleavage-revealing. Consider choosing a color that is flattering to all the different skin tones of your bridesmaids and letting them choose a flattering silhouette in that color. You want an overall theme and aesthetic flow, so it might be good to state whether the dresses should be long and formal or short and sweet. The real differences can be in the necklines and skirt shapes.

With this option, you get to keep a consistent color palette for your wedding pics while keeping your bridesmaids happy. Choose a common color that will be easy to find amongst the many bridesmaids collections so that it is easy to match—for example, fuschia, navy, red, or pastel pink—and stay away from unusual colors, like seafoam green and olive, which may be hard to match.

Or, if you want more control over your bridal party's look, choose three silhouettes that are flattering to your girls, and then let them choose one of the those three silhouettes.

Tell us: What silhouettes or colors are you thinking for your bridesmaids? Here are some favorite fuschia frocks from Allure Bridals, Amsale, Alfred Sung, Love Special Occasion and Angelina Faccenda.

—Naima DiFranco