I have a confession to make: I am entirely obsessed with weddings, and have been planning my own since I was old enough to say "bustle." From the tulle and sparkles to the dancing and the thought of making a lifelong commitment to love somebody every single day forever, I've always been drawn to weddings and wedding fashion. This, in my adult life, has translated into a great love of bridal gowns and the bridal fashion industry. When I was younger, my mother would let me buy prom and bridal magazines and I would pore over each and every page, taking in dress after gorgeous dress, and imagining what I would look like on my own big day.
The downside to this practice, however, is that by now I feel like I've seen it all. If there's a style of wedding dress that has been designed, I've probably dog-eared it in a magazine at some point. And while I love the classic nature of bridal gowns, I'm always searching for styles that will stand out and make a bride feel unique on her wedding day.
In my quest for originality, I came across an Instagram account that sparked my interest in a new style: bridal separates. With the growing popularity of Sherri Hill's prom separates, I was no stranger to the concept, but had never really thought about it in the context of bridal. I personally think that in order to make separates "work," they have to be executed just so, and it takes some work to find that perfect designer. However, I have recently come across some designers that are creating beautiful bridal separates perfect for the modern and daring bride. Check out my top three down below!
1. Sweet Caroline Styles
Specializing in creating only bridal separates in lieu of traditional dresses, Sweet Caroline Styles was the first place I saw the concept of separates put to use in the bridal industry. Although there were designers before her who were creating bridal separates, I had never seen it prior to stumbling across her Instagram. As you can see, styles from Sweet Caroline range from very soft and traditional to bold and brave, with lots of different tastes in between. In an excerpt from her website, the designer says,
"FROM TRENDY GIRLS WHO WANT TO MAKE A STATEMENT IN SOFT COLORS OR AN EDGY BRIDE WHO WANTS TO ROCK IT IN BOLD BLACK, TO A CLASSIC GIRL WHO IS LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT NECKLINE AND AN ELEGANTLY LONG TRAIN, WE HAVE ENDLESS OPTIONS FOR EVERY STYLE."
Whether you're looking for a shocking statement or just a personalized spin on a classic concept, Sweet Caroline Styles is full of beautiful styles that will accommodate each and every unique bride.
2. Alexandra Grecco
The beauty of Alexandra Grecco is that although she creates these non-traditional two-piece designs, they maintain a sort of timeless feminine elegance about them. You can get the best of both worlds: an eye-catching, ethereal design for the modern bride, mixed with the almost sentimental styles of weddings past. Her delicate lace details accent multiple different silhouettes, from the ball gown types to the straight and sexy, which is another unique concept in her line- most bridal separates consist of some type of top with an extremely large tulle skirt on the bottom, whereas this line includes even a pin-straight silhouette for a more simplistic and modern feel. So whether you desire a flirty and feminine flounce, or a soft and simple satin, you can find a timeless beauty and a little flair with Alexandra Grecco's gorgeous line of separates.
3. Jenny Yoo
Although Jenny Yoo's collections don't include quite as many separate pieces as the previous designers, I thought that she really did offer a decent amount of versatility within the line. She features florals- like that airy little beauty on the left- short skirts, long skirts, bustier tops, and unique tank tops made specifically for her bridal/special occasion collection, and her other accessories really add to the customizable experience. Additionally, buying from Jenny Yoo means buying from an already established brand in the bridal community- her designs for brides and bridesmaids alike are often featured by The Knot and other bridal magazines and blogs.
So whether you're a traditional bride looking for the ability to fully customize your look without paying the big bucks, or you're an eccentric soul hoping to make a lasting impression on your big day, bridal separates are a growing trend that can be great for you!
What is your separates style? Are you more of an ivory lace lover, or a dip-dyed black skirt type of girl? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time beautiful!