Dare to Be Different
Despite what Aunt Suzy insists, your pals don't have to sport all one cut or color. Let each bridesmaid exude her own personal style: After all, you hand-picked each and every girl for a reason!
Let Them Shine
Who says your entourage has to be understated? Sequins, beads, and studs can add sparkle and texture to your ceremony without being too flashy, as long as you keep dress shapes simple and necklines demure. Bonus: No major jewelry required.
Go to Any Length
Mixing hemline heights lets everyone choose what works best on her body. Plus, it makes the gang look more interesting as a whole. Change it up within the group, or keep the 'maids in short frocks and let your maid of honor stand out in a longer number—or vice versa.
Yes, lace has traditionally been reserved for the bride, but we love the way it adds romantic texture to your girls' gowns, too. Make it fun—and not so bridal—by incorporating color: Bold tones get noticed at an outdoor fête, and subtler shades fit a formal affair. These barely-blue ones came from Lan Gui Yu.
Create one exceptional outfit by joining two great pieces (in this case, Anthropologie tops and Alice + Olivia pants). Later, your attendants can for-real wear them again as separates—on date nights or to the office, depending on how they mix them up.