It's safe to say short wedding dresses are having a moment. With an increasing number of bridal designers drawing upon past decades for inspiration (short dresses go back as far as the 1920s and were a major staple of the ‘60s) and the rise of the nontraditional bride, more women are opting to hike up their hemline.
We’re all about self-expression, so we love the idea of ditching a big wedding dress in favor of something more flirty and sweet. Besides making one stylish and unexpected fashion statement that will guarantee to turn heads, the short wedding dress has a few perks that are certainly hard to deny: It’s less expensive, easier to dance in, and lighter and cooler (for those summer brides), and it allows you to show off some truly spectacular pumps, and, you know, go to the bathroom without any hassle. And did we mention you can also wear it again? We think Yoko Ono, Cindy Crawford, and Audrey Hepburn were certainly on to something. Need more inspo than those icons? Here, eight real brides who pulled off a higher hemline.
Well, this is one cool bride if we ever saw one. Eyelet lace in playful geometric designs, a trio of tiered ruffles, and a high collar? Only a true fashionista could pull this off. And don’t even get us started on the gold abstract earrings and those killer V-cut white pumps. Sleek, slick, and sexy.
We’ll let you in on a little secret: This darling little dress is actually two pieces. Designed by Babushka Ballerina, its shimmering top and high-waisted breezy skirt are stylishly charming. But, really, its best feature is its comfort. Real bride Anna wanted a short dress so she could dance freely without it getting dirty, and that’s exactly what she got.
Floaty and embellished, this stunning mid-length dress has a true bohemian vintage vibe. Real bride Suzannah donned her mother’s 1970s wedding gown, and it has got to be one of the best heirloom dresses we’ve ever seen. We love how she juxtaposed it with a modern pair of mint-green Jimmy Choos for a twist.
Laser-cut lace evokes a summer dream, with subtle hits of preppy and sexy, thanks to a see-through pattern with nude underlining and a V-neck bodice. Complemented by nude heels and beachy waves, this look achieves a carefree, yet refined feel.
Sweet romance is written all over this three-quarter-sleeved lacy number from Rent the Runway, with a fitting lace scalloped trim. A set of pearl studs and matching bracelet combined with a sleek braid crown finishes off the look with a polished effect and dash of personality.
Simple and subtle, this minimalist style dress, Flora by Minna from Indiebride, is chic and classic. Long sleeves, a back-tie sash, and a breezy silken skirt come together for a timeless look. Velvet coral heels add a pop of character while perfectly complementing the bride’s peony bouquet.
We can’t decide which we love more: The fun Saks Fifth Avenue lace sheath with different textured and printed appliqué, or the bursts of color that accent it—from the red lipstick to the wild fuchsia bouquet and patent red pumps. This bride really knows how to rock an eye-catching look.
This is a vintage gem if we ever saw one. When real bride Poppy was introduced to this genuine 1960s Jane Birkin–esque crochet confection at Glory Days Bridal, it was love at first sight, and we can totally see why. She paired it perfectly with Topshop sling-back block heels.