12 favourite short gowns from new-season collections

12 favourite short gowns from new-season collections
From dramatic hi-lo hemlines to slinky minis, there are glamorous shorter lengths in the bridal mix in 2020. Gown Simone Maruli at Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week

Short wedding gowns can be just as glamorous as full length, as designers are showing in their 2020 collections. From sporty to chic to slinky, there’s a look to suit your style and your celebration. Here are 12 favourites

Photographs: Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week
& New York Bridal Fashion Week

Short wedding gowns are back in favour, with more designers than ever showcasing leg-revealing options in their 2020 runway shows. This is good news for brides – especially if you’re someone who doesn’t feel comfortable wearing a traditional full-length gown. We’ve spotted designs that are perfect for a chic city celebration, for a beach party or a grander occasion, so no compromise on bridal glamour. Here are 12 Absolutely Weddings favourites from the runway shows.

1. Mireia Balaguer – Beach bride glam

Mireia Balaguer gave us perfect beach-bride glamour

The short-meets-long trend is brilliant for brides who want to make a quick change, respecting the formalities of the ceremony but then being party ready afterwards. Mireia Balaguer’s slinky number is a brilliant example, consisting of a slinky plunge-front mini with floaty wrap skirt. mireiabalaguerbridal.com

2. Justin Alexander – Prom perfect

Justin Alexander’s Camellia gown is a glamorous take on classic prom style

One of our favourite takes on the shorter gown plays with that classic prom style – strappy, summery and romantic. Justin Alexander’s Camellia gown caught our eye for the flattering cummerbund-style bodice and delightful flower-petal effect of the skirt. Luscious silk and a feminine silhouette add up to the perfect gown for a summer wedding and after party. justinalexander.com

3. Sophie et Voilà – Let’s swing

Sophie et Voilà showed this edgy metal-fringed mini

Chic Sixties glamour never goes out of style and cool Spanish haute couture label Sophie et Voilà aces it with this short and sexy body-skimming style with high neck, cutaway shoulders and fabulous metal fringe. It’s an ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it’ look that we love for brides who would like their legs to play a starring role on the day. sophieetvoila.com

4. The Atelier Couture – Blue for you

The Atelier’s gown has 1950s lines and we love the soft marine blue

The Atelier Couture conjured up 1950s-movie glamour with its strapless gown with full tulle skirt. In a flattering mid-calf length, it’s also in a gorgeous shade of marine blue that is both romantic and refreshing as an alternative to neutral pales. The soft cape-effect overlay with bow-tie neck adds a modest extra element for the ceremony. theateliercouture.com

5. Rembo Styling – Free spirit

Rembo Styling’s shift dress with lace sleeves is for pared-back brides

Rembo Styling’s ‘Oh My Gosh’ dress is the ideal number for free-spirited brides who want a pared-back dress they can pack – either for the ceremony or the after-party. With clean and simple lines, it’s short length and cut to swing as you walk. We love the wide sleeves in an unusual graphic lace. rembo-styling.com

6. Sedomir Rodriguez – Top tiers

Sedomir Rodriguez de la Sierra combined winsome veil and tiered gown

Proving that short wedding gowns can be every bit as ethereal as long, Sedomir Rodriguez de la Sierra showed this fabulous lace plunge gown, tiered beautifully for flow and ending just above the ankles. Adding to the romantic drama, it was combined with a winsome short veil. sedomirrodriguezdelasierra.com

7. Yolancris – Punk edge

Yolancris went for a punk edge with this belted and angled shortie with train and cropped top

We can’t resist a punk edge in bridal and Yolancris delivered it with this modern ensemble of short angled skirt and long overtrain. This was topped with a lace cropped top and jacket with translucent sleeves. This is a look for the bold bride who wants to make her mark going down the aisle. yolancris.com

8. Isabel Zapardiez – New romantic

Isabel Zapardiez went for two-in-one bridal style with this playsuit with overskirt

We loved this two-in-one take on bridal style from Isabel Zapardiez. There’s a romantic flavour to the flowing gown with frothy sleeves, but underneath is a neat playsuit with pockets so the bride can change down for the after party. isabelzapardiez.com

9. Marchesa – Full glamour

Marchesa combined a ruffled short gown with a long cape-come-train

Marchesa’s collections are never short on glamour, but 2020 is a vintage year. We love this elegant bridal take – ideal for anyone who wants to make the full-length glamour entrance in a short gown. The ensemble consists of a ruffled mini and dramatic frothy cape-come-train bedecked with flowers – an irresistible combination for modern divas. marchesa.com

10. Beba’s – Float away

Beba’s delivers an ethereal tulle gown over cropped trousers

For brides who love dressing up, then dressing down, we think this Beba’s combination is just about perfect. The Ida overdress is gauzy and ethereal, with ruffled cap sleeves and a sprinkling of violet flowerheads. Underneath you’ll find a pair of bridal capri pants – so if you don’t do skirts you can be a beautiful bride and stay true to style. bebascloset.com

11. Simone Marulli – Ballgown take

Simone Marulli took the ballgown shape and cut it about for a bold look

Short meets long in this showstopping gown by rising talent Simone Marulli. Using a ballgown shape, it’s then cut away to form an ultra hi-lo gown. We love the gauzy shoulder straps and the metallic body worn under the gown, a look that featured across his new collection shown at Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week. simonemarulli.com

12. Pronovias – Hollywood lights

Pronovias stole the show with this achingly glamorous metallic number

The 2020 Pronovias bridal collection just oozes glamour and we were pleased to see short wedding gowns get star billing. This dress was one of several short numbers we loved. Strapless and tailored, it is paired with a frothy stole, conjuring up Hollywood red carpet glitz. pronovias.com

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