Choosing a wedding dress silhouette is incredibly difficult. You may dream of that fairy-tale princess moment but have come to realize you’d never be comfortable in a full ball gown, and so choose something more figure-flattering. Or maybe you thought a fitted mermaid silhouette was the shape for you, only to gather that a more fluid skirt makes sense for dancing the night away. One silhouette you may not have considered? A two-piece wedding dress, or bridal separates. And yes, this works for myriad bridal aesthetics whether you consider yourself a traditional, modern, or bohemian bride.
Bridal separates are not all midriff-baring styles—though some are—and they range from traditional to ultramodern and are incredibly dynamic. For the confident bride, a crop top and high-waisted skirt are sexy in combination whether you go for a structural silhouette, fluid chiffon set, or modern lace pairing. You can balance out a peek of skin by choosing a style with long sleeves or by opting for a more voluminous skirt to offset a revealed waist.
For more conservative brides, two-piece sets are on offer from matching top and skirts (sans midriff) to traditional gowns with unique overlays. Multiple pieces simply give you the option to mix and match textures and customize your wedding dress for a more distinctive look whether it’s a combination of lace and crepe de chine, a boudoir-inspired bodice tucked into a fit-and-flare skirt, or a tulle gown with a beaded overlay on top.
Romantic options abound for the bohemian bride. Details like beaded silk georgette, fanciful embroidery, and crochet lace are just right. In terms of silhouettes, off-the-shoulder tops with flouncy tiered skirts, crop tops and sweeping skirts, and lace bustiers over draped silk chiffon skirts capture a wanderlust mood.
City-hall brides can try for a two-piece via an abbreviated hem—a set done in all lace or with floral appliqués are traditional and elegant. If you have a minimal aesthetic, pared-back separates feel fresh.
If you think a two-piece wedding dress is right for you, scroll through our edit of 35 bridal separates options ahead.
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Monique Lhuillier Lace Crop Top and Mikado Satin A-Line Skirt
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, top $1,650; skirt $2,310
Willowby Layla Lace Crop Top and Rai Lace & Tulle Skirt
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, top $750; skirt $950
ASOS Edition Embellished Blazer and Pants
Rodarte Leather Puff-Sleeve Peplum Blouse and Ruffle Leather Skirt
BHLDN Girard Corset Top and Effie Skirt
BHLDN Lawrence Top and Gidley Skirt
BHLDN Marian Top and Clarke Skirt
BHLDN Colette Top and Clarke Skirt
Tadashi Shoji Huntley Top and Campbell Skirt
Dessy Collection Lace Halter Style Crop Top and Full Length Tulle Skirt
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, top $98; skirt $166
Black Halo Juma Two Piece Dress
SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $345
Leanne Marshall Isla Top
SHOP NOW: Leanne Marshall, $695
Leanne Marshall Ines Skirt
SHOP NOW: Leanne Marshall, $1,980
Grace Loves Lace Perla Two-Piece Gown
SHOP NOW: Grave Loves Lace, $990
Catherine Dean Itala Top And Delia Maxi Skirt
SHOP NOW: BHLDN top, $220; and BHLDN skirt, $800
Lace & Liberty Laguna Long Sleeve Top and Wonderland Skirt
Anya Fleet Jennis Wedding Dress
SHOP NOW: Anya Fleet, price upon request
Danielle Frankel Susanna Top and Eleanor Skirt
SHOP NOW: Danielle Frankel, price upon request
Donatelle Godart Beau Sior & Ballade
SHOP NOW: Donatelle Godart, price upon request