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How to wear a short wedding dress and still look elegant

Adorably elegant short wedding dresses are on the rise. Brides are taking the plunge and shying away from the traditional full-length ball gown in favour of something bang on-trend. Short wedding dresses are all the rage, and if you're thinking of donning one for your big day, here's all you'll need to know about the super cute style.  

THE CUTS        

Tea-length
Tea-length wedding dresses fall above the ankle and below the knee – an extremely flattering style for all figures. Pair a lacy tea-length frock with some white driving gloves to add some retro-charm. This 40s-inspired look is both feminine and elegant.

Knee-length
Knee-length dresses are demure, sophisticated and extremely versatile. This cut will take you seamlessly from civil ceremony to cocktail reception. Pick a structured ivory shift, simple high bun and cute bolero jacket for some Audrey Hepburn-inspired Hollywood glam. Alternatively, a graceful lacy frock and some strappy sandals will create a effortless look, perfect for a vintage garden party.

Above-knee
For casual wedding fashion, you can’t go past an above-knee cut. Keep the neckline high or the sleeves longer to compensate for the shorter hem and you’ll be sure to strike the right balance between fun and sophistication. Choose from sweetheart necklines and short tulle skirts or vintage lace slips.

Still not convinced? Here are some other reasons a cropped hem might work for you.

Location, location, location
Outdoor weddings, garden parties and beachfront ceremonies are popular choices among Australian brides. A short wedding dress may be an ideal choice to avoid trailing your priceless garment through mud, grass and sand.

Dollar dollar bills
A shorter bridal gown can also save you cash. You’ll be spoilt for choice by the number of stunning ready-to-wear above-ankle dresses on offer. Saving on your dress can also give you more room in the budget to splurge on shoes, jewellery or other accessories.

The shoes
That’s right ladies, the shoes. If you’re a bit of a Carrie Bradshaw at heart, opting for a tea-length dress will allow you to make a feature of your footwear. Many modern brides are pairing shorter hemlines with spectacular embellished pumps or vibrant coloured heels that will really make your outfit pop.

Loving our ideas so far? Check out our bridal couture gallery and other wedding dress ideas for some more inspiration!
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