35 Effortlessly Chic Elopement Dresses You Can Buy Right Now

From classic silhouettes to modern minis.

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Imagine a wedding void of the stress that accompanies months of planning. No guest lists, no elaborate dinner menus, no live band, no maid of honor — for some, the very idea of the absence of these bridal ingredients sounds incomplete. For others, it's utterly freeing. If you fall into the latter camp and are considering (or have already chosen) to elope, then one of the very few tasks you need to sort out is your outfit.

Naturally, an elopement rarely calls for a statement-making ball gown. However, that doesn't mean you can't still put thought into a unique dress or jumpsuit. In fact, once you make the decision to opt for a more casual aesthetic, your options multiply. The first consideration is what vibe you're going for. Will it be a minimal dress? Perhaps something airier and boho-inspired? Or perhaps a piece that nods to artistic modernity (think architectural sleeves and elaborate detailing). Once you've nailed the down the direction, all that's left is choosing the dress length and any other details that might matter depending on the season (e.g., sleeves for winter, linen for summer).

Whether your plans have been altered because of COVID-19 or you're just not keen on throwing an elaborate traditional wedding, we've rounded up the best elopement dresses for every bridal style and budget.

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Emilia Wickstead Belted Midi dress

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For the bride with a classic and minimalist aesthetic, this Emilia Wickstead midi dress is a no brainer. Whether you're eloping in a city or in your backyard, this belted style will always be a timeless choice.

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Reformation Acacia Dress

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Courtesy of Reformation 

When else are you going to have the opportunity to wear a silky one-shoulder mini dress with a charming shoulder bow? Seize the day!

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Doen Magnolia Dress

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 Courtesy of Doen

If you’re going for a bohemian-inspired aesthetic, this whimsical frock is a perfect pick. Just add wildflowers.

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Culta Gaia Shannon Dress

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 Courtesy of Cult Gaia

Eloping doesn’t mean boring — wear feathers! This fun frock would work for a flashy private ceremony followed by evening of excellent food and champagne.

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Rime Arodaky Lace Trim Blazer Dress

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 Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Coveting an impossibly chic bridal ensemble à la Bianca Jagger or Lily Allen? Then look no further than this Rime Arodaky blazer dress that is at once laidback and sophisticated.

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Ulla Johnson Colette Dress

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 Courtesy of Moda Operandi

The tiered skirt and short puff sleeves on this shirred dress all come together for a truly standout moment.

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Rebecca Taylor La Vie Smocked Gauze Dress

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 Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

You can’t go wrong with a white smocked midi dress, especially when it has puff sleeves. Accessorize with straw accessories for an especially free-spirited look.

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Brock Floral Slip Dress

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 Courtesy of Moda Operandi

A floral slip dress accented with subtle lace is an exquisite choice for the eloping bride who's looking for an alternative to the little white dress. Wear yours with minimal accessories for a carefree, pared-back look.

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Ciao Lucia Gabi Dress

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi 

This is the kind of little white dress you can throw on and instantly feel amazing in. Accessorize with colorful beaded earrings and playful heels.

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Nouvelle Amsale One Shoulder Dress

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 Courtesy of BHLDN

Just because you're eloping doesn't mean you can't wear a traditional wedding dress! We love this slinky and timeless style from Nouvelle Amsale that would be right at home at a destination or backyard elopement.

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Staud Elio Dress

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Courtesy of Staud 

An off-the-shoulder midi dress is the epitome of an easy, romantic elopement dress. Drape a denim jacket over your shoulders if the weather turns cool

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Khaite The Sueanne Dress

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 Courtesy of Khaite

If you’re going for a short hemline, try a statement sleeve, like these ruched ones from  Khaite. It feels fashion-forward but still low-key.

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LoveShackFancy Ryan Gown

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Courtesy of BHLDN

We love this floor-length puff sleeve gown for an elopement. Style your hair with a bow instead of a veil for an utterly chic moment.

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Rime Arodaky Ebroidered Tulle and Crepe Jumpsuit

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An elopement outfit doesn't have to be casual and it certainly doesn't have to be in the form of a little white dress. We love this jumpsuit's combination of impeccably tailored cigarette pants and embroidered sheer tulle bodice.

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Mara Hoffman Arana Dress

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Courtesy of Shopbop 

If you’re all about a bold sleeve, this architectural white dress is a well-suited pick. Add strappy sandals to complete the look.

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The Sleeper Slip Dress

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Courtesy of Sleeper 

A slinky slip dress is always a smart pick. Add a plum lip for the evening.

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EDIT Flare Sleeve Ruched A-Line Dress

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Courtesy of Shopbop

Sometimes even the simplest of dress silhouettes can be made cool with ruching, as illustrated with this unique frock. Follow the styling lead and try with sneakers for an unexpected combination.

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Marina Moscone Twist Cape Dress

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 Courtesy of Marina Moscone

If you’re all about a fashion moment then don’t sacrifice it just for the elopement. This cape dress is sophisticated and timeless.

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LoveShackFancy Astor Dress

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Soft and ethereal, this antique lace inspired dress is the epitome of a romantic and laidback elopement dress. Complete the look with a pair of casual sandals and delicate personal jewelry.

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Peony White Magnolia Jumpsuit

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Not into the idea of wearing a dress? This jumpsuit ought to do the trick.

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Coco Shop Short-Sleeve Maxi Dress

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 Courtesy of Coco Shop

Who says you have to wear all-white? Wear a dress with a playful print, like this coconut tree frock that’s ideal for a beachside elopement.

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& Other Stories Wrap Midi Dress

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Courtesy of & Other Stories 

Leave a few extra buttons undone on this alluring shirt dress. It feels very Bianca Jagger in the south of France.

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St. Agni Anzu Dress

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 Courtesy of Moda Operandi

The ‘90s called, they want you to wear this to your elopement. Platform heels encouraged.

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COS Ruffle Sleeve Dress

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 Courtesy of COS

Eloping is all about keeping it simple, which is why this classic white dress featuring a flash of ruffle is the perfect balance.

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Faithfull the Brand Alberte Midi Dress

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 Courtesy of Faithfull the Brand

This white midi dress would look divine with a small bouquet of lavender.

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Merlette Clemente Dress

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Courtesy of Merlette

This poplin dress features a drop waist and high-low hemline, making it all the more effortless. Wear with a pair of high-top sneakers are your favorite chunky heels.

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Naya Rea Anastasia Dress

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi

We can’t get enough of this unique little white dress. It would be perfect for the eloping bride.

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Lisa Says Gah Agatha Midi Dress

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Courtesy of Lisa Says Gah

The kind of white dress you’ll wear long after your elopement.

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Meadows Mandrake Dress

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 Courtesy of Meadows

You can’t go wrong with free-flowing ruffles. This breezy mini dress is well-suited for eloping.

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Before Anyone Else Flo Dress

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 Courtesy of Golden Edit

The subtle eyelet at the bottom of this bouncy white dress adds an element of femininity. AKA, it’s perfect to elope in.

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Aisling Camps Waterfall Dress

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Courtesy of Aisling Camps

 

This statement mini features a mesh base with each and every strand of fringe mapped, placed, and woven by hand. Suffice it to say, it’s a keeper.

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ASOS DESIGN One Shoulder Ruffle Mini Dress

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 Courtesy of ASOS

Sleek, modern, and architectural, this crisp one shoulder ruffle gown is perfect for the bride with a minimalist sensibility. This style could easily be worn to a chic courthouse wedding or to an unfussy elopement.

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Medebah Dress

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Courtesy of Medebah 

Go the sporty route with this stretch satin midi featuring a halter neckline. Even better, the low back lends a high-drama moment.

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Sachin & Babi Cailyn Dress

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 Courtesy of BHLDN

Delicate lace and ruffles make this dress the perfect option for brides craving a soft and romantic look for their elopement. Fun and flirty, this mini dress also features a flattering neckline and waist-cinching wrap design.

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Rat & Boa Sequin Mini Dress

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 Courtesy of Rat & Boa

If you live for sparkle, why not wear a sequin mini dress? It’ll transition from ‘I do’ to a night of dancing quite seamlessly.

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