Out of all the wedding dress styles and silhouettes, bridal separates sets are undeniably the most fun and versatile—you can wear them for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, honeymoon, and beyond. Whether you're mixing and matching an embellished crop top with a structured skirt or opting for a chic bustier and pants pairing, there's a wedding set out there to suit every style.
When shopping for bridal separates sets, you'll want to consider the color, fabric, and silhouette. These will largely depend on your personal style, wedding theme, dress code, and season. For example, if you're a bohemian bride getting married in the spring, pair a crop top featuring delicate flutter sleeves with a flowing maxi skirt. Meanwhile, if you're into modern and sleek aesthetics, try tailored pants with a silk cami and crisp blazer. To help you find the best bridal separates sets, we researched various options with these features in mind. For something sweet yet elegant, our favorites are the Lulus Sweet Stunner White Lace Two-Piece Maxi Dress and DB Studio Lace Plus Size Wedding Separates Skirt With Slit. For a dreamy and romantic vibe, we absolutely love the Zimmermann Postcard Pleated Fan Top.
Read on for the best bridal separates sets for every style and budget.
Best Budget: Lulus Sweet Stunner White Lace Two-Piece Maxi Dress
For boho brides on a budget, this affordable white set from Lulus is a smart pick. The illusion lace top and A-line maxi skirt are sold together, so you don't have to worry about making two separate purchases. The sweetheart bodice is particularly flattering, and we love the scalloped hems for a touch of whimsy. Meanwhile, the flowy chiffon skirt has a high slit for some added drama. Made from nylon, cotton, and polyester, it's soft and breathable—great for spring and summer weddings.
Best for the Sexy Bride: DB Studio Lace Plus Size Wedding Separates Skirt With Slit
Show off some serious leg in this sexy pick from David's Bridal featuring a crop top design and a thigh-high slit. It has a body-hugging silhouette for added sensuality, but the sweep train and scalloped hems and neckline still lend it a dreamy bridal look. We also love that the three-quarter sleeves make it suitable for colder weather weddings in fall or early winter. Made from nylon, it has a soft and stretchy fit. Keep in mind that this skirt is sold separately from the shirt, so you can opt for a matching set or pair it with another top of your choosing.
Best for the Romantic Bride: Zimmermann Postcard Pleated Fan Top
With sweet details like ruffled necklines, puff sleeves, pretty pleats, and ethereal fabrics, this pick from Zimmermann is for the romantic bride. It can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, and it's crafted from polyester and cotton for a breathable fit that's ideal for a beach or destination wedding. We love that the top has a universally flattering V-neckline, while the skirt has an A-line silhouette to compliment any body type. The only downside is that the pieces are sold separately, so keep that in mind when you're shopping.
Best for the Modern Bride: Reformation Kinsale Set
For a city hall wedding, this two-piece pantsuit is an utterly chic and modern choice. We love that the blazer and the pants are sold together, so you don't have to make more than one purchase or go on a hunt for the second piece. It has an oversized fit for a fashion-forward moment, and the wide-leg pants lengthen your silhouette. We love that it has a faux double-breasted look and deep pockets to hold some small belongings. Available in black and white, it's made of a satin crepe fabric for a lightweight and cool feel. Follow the styling lead and pair it with monochromatic accessories and an oversized hat.
Best for the Minimalist Bride: DavieandChiyo Norah Skirt
If your personal style is more clean lines than frills, try this minimalist skirt from DavieandChiyo on Etsy. It features a body-hugging silhouette that flares into a simple yet dramatic train that's perfect for a formal event. It's crafted from luxurious crepe de chine, so you know it feels silky smooth. The shop recommends pairing it with the Noemie Bodice Top, which has a flattering neckline and barely-there shoulder straps to continue the minimalist look–but they also have stunning lace and ruffle tops to pair it with as well.
Best for the Laidback Bride: Reformation Yucca Linen Two Piece
Crafted from lighter-than-air linen, this sweet and laidback set was born to be worn to seaside nuptials. The short puff sleeves, ruffle hemline, and tea-length silhouette add touches of whimsy to the overall clean and minimalist look. Available in white and black, we recommend wearing yours with simple block heels and delicate personal jewelry for a finished look.
Best for the Bohemian Bride: LoveShackFancy Soleil Top
If you're a boho bride, this dreamy lace top from LoveShackFancy should absolutely be on your radar. We love that you can wear it on or off your shoulders, allowing you to have two looks with one top. Meanwhile, the heart neckline and fixed bow add a modern touch. The sheer puff sleeves and ruffled hemlines feel utterly romantic, and the bust comes fully lined. Pair this with the brand's Halsey skirt, which has a stunning high-low silhouette, for a full lace look.
Best for the Glam Bride: JBridalStudio Lace Wedding Top
If you're looking for glamour and simplicity, this beaded lace top is calling your name. Crafted from tulle and chiffon, it's made with ivory and cream colors, making it easy to match with any skirt of your choice. The long sleeves are great for weddings in cooler weather, however, they're lightweight enough for spring and summer weddings as well. We love the juxtaposition of an embellished top with a clean and structured skirt, so we recommend pairing it with one of the shop's high-low silhouette skirts.
Best Allover Lace: Willowby by Watters Sariah Skirt
We love a wedding outfit crafted from all-over lace, and this style from BHLDN is particularly striking. Flouncy cap sleeves and a scalloped edge crop top make this set feel at once bohemian and fashion-forward. Meanwhile, the sweeping silhouette of the skirt still maintains that dreamy bridal feel. Both are crafted from nylon, polyester, and cotton for a lightweight and quick-drying feel that won't leave you overheating during a warm-weather wedding.
Best for a Formal Wedding: Halfpenny London Robin Asymmetric Pleated Duchesse-Satin Maxi Skirt
Crafted from lustrous duchesse-satin with an elegant high-low silhouette, this white skirt is ideal for the minimalist bride throwing a formal wedding. The soft pleats give it a dreamy drape, and the train adds a touch of drama. We recommend pairing it with the brand's Kelly off-the-shoulder bustier top and a pair of twinkling chandelier earrings for a polished and regal look.
Best Bustier Bodice: BHLDN Calypso Top
Undeniably sweet and eye-catching, BHLDN's 'Calypso' top is crafted with layers of organza to create a striking textural effect. The strapless, corset bodice adds an element of sexiness to this darling wedding day look. It goes perfectly with the matching Calypso skirt that has a stunning mermaid silhouette and a long, sweeping train. Pair this ivory set with pearl earrings for a simple and elegant bridal look.
Best Back: Whistles Ariane Lace Wedding Co-Ord
The back of your wedding day look is just as important as the front, which is why we love this set from Whistles. Crafted from ivory scalloped lace, the top features a striking open back that creates the perfect balance of elegance and sexiness. Meanwhile, the high neckline and long sleeves are ideal for the modest bride. The skirt has a flattering high-low silhouette, and both pieces are crafted from breathable polyester, nylon, and viscose.
Best for a Beach Wedding: Grace Loves Lace Behati Gown
We can't envision a more romantic choice for a seaside wedding than this two-piece set. The top is adorned with a flattering square neckline, elegant puff sleeves, and pearl accents on the back ties. Meanwhile, the skirt continues the lace detailing and has a full circle silhouette. Both pieces are crafted from silk and come fully lined for an opaque and luxurious fit. Wear yours with delicate pearl earrings and a loose, windswept bun.
Best for a Destination Wedding: Charina Sarte Rikrak Top
While this set would be right at home at a garden or backyard wedding, we can't help but picture this breezy style for a destination wedding. The plunging neckline is universally flattering, while the tie front closure and puff sleeves add a modern touch. The eyelet fabric feels breezy and relaxed, so we can also imagine this set for a rehearsal dinner right on the beach. Made from 100 percent cotton with a maxi silhouette, it's lightweight and breathable. Wear yours with a raffia clutch and espadrilles.
Best for a Fall Wedding: ASOS EDITION Grace Lace Crop Top Wedding Dress
While crop tops and shorter hemlines are usually more suited to summer weddings, this long-sleeve set from ASOS is ideal for fall or winter nuptials. It also comes double-layered to keep you warm during the chillier months. The white lace fabric is especially dreamy, meanwhile, the maxi silhouette effortlessly drapes over your figure. Pair it with falling earrings for a sophisticated look.
Best Simple Set: Galvan London Valletta Satin Bridal Skirt
Simple but anything but boring, this silky number is an exquisite pick for the minimalist bride. Crafted from lustrous satin and cut on the bias, this pairing boasts a softly flared silhouette that's both flattering and timeless. It comes in a bright white for a bridal look, but it's also available in a stunning bronze shade if you're a bride who likes to go against tradition. Pair it with the brand's satin camisole to continue the simple and minimalist look.
Best for the After-Party: Lulus Always With Grace White Lace Ruffled Mini Skirt
From the flouncy and playful hem to the stretch knit lining, this pretty lace mini skirt is an excellent after-party look. It comes fully lined with a beige stretch knit fabric and features a stunning flared silhouette. Sold separately, the matching white lace shirt has the same lining with sheer elegant puff sleeves and a plunging neckline that looks great on any body type. Don't forget to pair yours with dancefloor-ready shoes.
What to Look for in Bridal Separates
Bridal separates make for a fun and fashion-forward alternative to classic wedding dresses. What's more, bridal separates are a great way to showcase your personal style and are versatile enough to be worn for everything from your wedding day look to your after-party ensemble. Even better? Bridal separates come in a wide range of styles, colors, fabrics, and silhouettes. For the bride with a bohemian sensibility, there are scores of laidback bridal sets featuring vintage-inspired lace, pretty crop tops, and effortless maxi dresses. Looking for something more modern? Two-piece pantsuits are an impossibly chic option for the bride whose aesthetic is all about clean lines and fashion-forward silhouettes. And for brides throwing a formal soiree, separates crafted from luxe fabrics like embroidered silk and lace make for an unforgettable black-tie look.
What are bridal separates?
Separates refer to two or more pieces of clothing that are meant to be worn together or mix-and-matched with other similar-looking pieces. A set is usually made with the same colors, fabrics, and patterns to create a seamless look. Bridal separates sets can be worn for your bachelorette party, bridal shower, reception, and even your walk down the aisle. They come in a range of different styles, from crop tops and maxi skirts to tailored pantsuits, so every kind of bride can find something that matches her own personal vibe and wedding aesthetic.
Can I wear bridal separates instead of a wedding dress?
Of course! Bridal separates are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional wedding dress. No matter if you're having a courthouse ceremony, black-tie affair, or seaside wedding, there are bridal separates suited for every dress code and venue.
Can I wear bridal separates as a second look?
Absolutely! Bridal separates sets are a fun and versatile choice for a second look. Some brides opt to change into a casual bridal set for their second look while others choose to slip into a sparkly set for the reception or after party.
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