How to accessorise a short wedding dress
Sweet and chic, short wedding dresses are expressive, they’re all about effortless glam and arguably the most comfortable of all wedding dress styles. Not only are they generally more affordable than longer wedding dresses, but the overall look can be easily transformed with the right wedding accessories. Best of all? You can wear your dress again after your wedding day!
Cropped dresses allow for greater movement which is perfect for elopements and relaxed nuptials. Keira Knightley inspired us with her short corset ballet dress and it seems fashion designers worldwide are embracing the short bridal dress.
Top left to bottom right: Camilla and Marc Critical dress in shell $699, Zimmermann Precocious lace twist dress $950, Catherine Deane Laverne dress, Rachel Gilbert June lace dress $1795
Bridal fashion powerhouses including Marchesa, Reem Acra, Oscar de la Renta and Monique Lhuillier have all included short bridal gowns in their bridal collections shown at New York Bridal Fashion Week. They have shown that a cropped silhouette can still feel elegant, sophisticated and classic while allowing the bride to move freely and enjoy the day.
Can you wear a long veil with a short wedding dress?
We get asked this a lot. And the answer is yes! While generally a short wedding dress is often seen with a flyaway veil or a cropped veil that falls to the elbows, you can certainly style your dress with a floor length veil for added drama.
When it comes to accessorising short wedding dress, choose accessorises that will reflect the style of your dress, your venue and your personal style. It’s easy to transition from aisle style to evening soirée with a sparkly clutch, statement necklace and fun shoes and you’re good to go.
Top left to bottom: Ted Baker London via Nordstrom $825, Lively Chevrons Dress via BHLDN $800, via Pinterest
- Your shoes will be on full display so feel free to be expressive with them. Think bridal booties and killer stilettos to a fun pop of colour.
- It’s all about balance and ensuring your accessories are in proportion in size to you and your dress. Statement headpieces or necklaces are a big yes. Find statement pieces that work in harmony with your dress and show off your dress as well as your personal style.
- If you’re thinking about wearing a wedding veil, the answer is yes! But choose a veil that falls to the shoulders, waist or hip. Two tiered veils work beautifully and will draw attention to your waist line. Avoid veils that extend beyond the hem of your dress or fall to the floor.
- And last but not least – birdcage veils and short wedding dresses go together like peas and carrots. A must for any vintage inspired bride!
After the wedding
Now here’s the fun part! Getting more than one wear out of your wedding dress!
When it comes to styling a wedding dress after your wedding, it’s all about the accessories. Your accessorises will depend on the silhouette of your dress, the detailing and your personal style but have an open mind and think outside the square. Team your dress with a cashmere sweater or cardigan, wear a statement belt or bright coloured shoes.
If you’re feeling experimental, chat to your seamstress and see if they can alter the dress to take up the hem line, add sleeves or perhaps even change a flared skirt into a pencil skirt! This might be a great idea too if you have a long wedding dress and want to tailor it into a cocktail length gown.
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