Some brides are set to make the most out of their wedding dress so there’s no need for an outfit change. But if you have a voluminous skirt and a long train that can get in the way of your dance moves during your reception, a second outfit could be for you.
Your comfort and ability to move in your second outfit is partly the reason for the dress change so finding the right reception outfit is fundamental.
Shorter hemlines have always been favoured for being carefree and flirty. Find the right silhouette that reflects your personal style and have fun with your outfit. Incorporate feathers and sequins to add an element of surprise to your mini dress.
Midi dresses are also great alternatives. A sleek sheath dress is romantic and elegant whereas a fitted bodice with a full A-line tulle skirt is whimsical and made for twirling in.
If you don’t want to sacrifice the length of your second outfit for something more comfortable and easier to manage, there are many full-length gowns that are just as easy to manoeuvre in.
Ideally, your second outfit should be different to your wedding dress so opt for a design change in the volume of the skirt or details like necklines and sleeve styles.
A slinky silk gown with a cowl neckline and plunging back is sexy yet sophisticated. Alternatively, you can go very minimal with a narrow spaghetti strap. If you’re one for sparkles, these styles look fantastic in a fully beaded or sequined fabric which has “after-party” written all over it. Whether it’s a sheath silhouette or it follows your curves, slip dresses are one of the most sought out wedding dresses out there.
Even a simple fit and flare gown without a train will make all eyes turn. Keep it classic and chic in silk crepe or introduce elements of lace cut-outs on the bodice.
A fully laced gown works just as well if you want to keep to tradition. For the more daring brides, a high leg slit shows just the right amount of skin. Balance this with a modest neckline or even long sleeves if it’s a winter wedding.
And last but not least, a bridal jumpsuit that can be worn again after the special day will make a powerful impact. An off-the-shoulder style with wide or straight leg pants looks beautiful on all body shapes and sizes. Elevate your look with a narrow-embellished belt to really show off your cinched waistline and refine the outfit.