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Short wedding dresses have been giving floor-length gowns a serious run for their money and it's easy to see why. From modern silhouettes to allover lace minis to sequin and beaded styles, these leg-baring beauties are versatile and undeniably statement-making. Whether you're considering wearing a short dress for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony or afterparty, a little white dress is always a stylish addition to any bridal wardrobe.
No matter where you're tying the knot – be it on the beach, at the courthouse, or in your backyard – there's a short wedding dress out there that matches both your venue and your bridal style. Plus, the cropped length makes them a versatile part of your wardrobe, meaning, you definitely won't wear this dress just once! For the minimalist bride, there are short dresses crafted from sleek fabrics in unfussy silhouettes. For the classic bride, impeccably tailored mini dresses and allover lace details. And for the fashion-forward bride, there are scores of statement-making styles from blazer dresses to designs with detachable trains.
Ready to show off some serious leg? Read on for the best short wedding dresses to complement every bridal style, body shape, and budget.
What to look for in a short wedding dress
Whether you choose to wear a short dress for the ceremony or change into one for the after-party, there are so many stylish options to choose from when it comes to little white dresses. These leg-baring silhouettes are especially fitting for spring and summer weddings and come in an array of lightweight fabrics perfect for warm-weather venues. Short dresses are also a fun and statement-making option for your second look. If you're planning to slip into a different outfit for your reception, consider choosing a short dress that feels completely different from your wedding gown like a sleek and modern midi silhouette or a beaded mini dress.
Can I wear a short wedding dress for my wedding?
Yes! Short wedding dresses are just as appropriate as floor-length gowns. With so many options to choose from, you'll be sure to find a short wedding dress that matches your bridal style and venue.
Can I change into a short dress for my reception?
Absolutely! Second looks have become increasingly popular and are a great chance to showcase your personal style.
What shoes can I wear with a short wedding dress?
While your wedding shoes might be hidden when wearing a floor-length gown, with a short wedding dress, your shoes will be front a center so it's worth investing in a pair that you really love. From statement-making stilettoes for a formal wedding to casual wedges for a beach or backyard wedding, there are tons of shoe options out there to complement any short wedding dress style.
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Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, bridal party, and more. When it comes to short wedding dresses, Sophie loves silhouettes with unexpected details like detachable trains and oversized bows.