I love this trend. Gone are the days where all of your bridesmaids have to wear the same dress, color, cut, shoes, jewelry, and hairstyle. Bridesmaids have the freedom to accessorize their dresses to show off their own personal style (with the approval of the bride, obviously).
Not all of your bridesmaids are going to have the same body type, so why assume that one style is going to look good on all of them? A flat-chested girl is going to feel more comfortable in one style, while a girl with a larger chest will feel more comfortable in a different one. To me, a bride should want her bridesmaids to feel as comfortable in their dresses as possible. A comfy bridesmaid = a happy, confident bridesmaid.
Of course there are guidelines that a bride can follow to ensure that her bridesmaids look coordinated, without looking too random:
1. Same color, different styles
This is good for a bride who wants to embrace the trend, without straying too far from tradition.
2. Same color, different shades
This is a great way to showcase the trend.
You can go from each end of the color spectrum, or stick to a few key shades.
3. Same dress, mismatched accessories
This is a good way to let your bridesmaids express their individual styles, while still looking uniform.
4. Complementary color palette
Whether it's jewel tones or pastels, make sure the colors really complement each other, or else you run the risk of looking like your bridesmaids picked random colors.
The rules are pretty limitless when it comes to your bridesmaids. It's really just up to the bride to keep communicating with her girls to make sure that they like their dresses. Whether you choose to keep them in the same dress or mismatched, the most important thing is that they're happy. The last thing you want is for your bridesmaids to be trash talking the color or style choice to anyone who will listen (and trust me, they will).
(images from Belle the Magazine)