Bridal trend: Short Takes

Bridal trend: Short Takes
A glamorous twist on the shorter length, Cymbeline Bardot is a divine ballerina-length gown

From shifts and hi-lo hemlines to graceful 1950s-style numbers, short wedding gowns are a key feature of many of this season’s bridal collections. Just the excuse you need to reveal a well-turned ankle or showstopping pair of heels

Short wedding gowns have always been in the mix, but 2017 offers fresh takes on leg-revealing wedding gowns. From minis with translucent overlays and romantic ballerina skirts to body-skimming cocktail gowns, our pick of this bridal trend offers smart options to match your style and the occasion. What we like most about the new season’s designs is that they may be shorter on length, but still offer full-on wedding glamour.

Bridal Trend: Short Takes
Andrea Hawkes Nieve skirt with Linn jacket is a super-elegant and floaty design for chic summer weddings

Contemporary elegance

This Nieve skirt with Linn jacket is by new London designer Andrea Hawkes. Offering impeccable elegance that can take you from register office to party, it is part of a collection that offers exceptional materials and finishes and with lots of bespoke options.

Bridal Trend: Short Takes
Memphis from Ian Stuart is a flirty fitted number with added swing to the skirt

Memphis belle

Cut to fit and flatter, and with a flirtatious frill to the hem, this Memphis wedding gown is by Ian Stuart. We love the fine lace and on-trend three-quarter sleeves in a classic design to take you effortlessly from ceremony to the grandest party.


Suzannah's Hollywood shift dress in pearl is the last word in simple wedding finery

Cocktail glamour

This Hollywood metallic jacquard shift in pearl colourway has timeless style credentials. Elegant cap sleeves and scalloped neckline – plus a neat bow – add up to a gown for the bride who doesn’t want to look as if she’s trying too hard. Created by Suzannah, it is part of a fantastic collection of cocktail and party gowns – and with lots of options to creat a bespoke piece for your wedding celebration.


Bridal Trend: Short Takes
Boho glamour with a gorgeous full skirt and embellished top by Katya Katya Shehurina

Vintage finery

Vintage style but with a very glamorous twist, this Summer gown is by Katya Katya Shehurina. Designed to look like a two piece, it pairs a full box-pleat taffeta skirt with hi-lo hemline and rose waistband detail to an exquisite French lace fitted bodice.


A timeless strapless gown with a hint of '50s style by London designer Melanie Potró

Fifties chic

This Grace strapless 1950s-style gown is by London designer Melanie Potró. With clever integrated signature corsetry (Melanie used to design theatre and opera costumes), it is made of silk dupion with a tulle layer and silk-covered buttons to the back of the gown.

Bridal Trend: Short Takes
Muscat shows the versatility of the hi-lo hemline with this elegant silk and tulle Rachel gown

Silk dressing

This Rachel silk and tulle dress shows the verstaility of the hi-lo hemline. The clever cut of this mid-length number gives the impression of a bridal train. We also love the illusion panelling at the neckline and flattering cinched waist. Made of silk and tulle, the gown is part of the 2017 collection by brilliant London designer Kevin Muscat.

This neat mini with translucent lace overlay is by Gemy Maalouf

Short and sweet

The mini length can be tricky to carry off as a wedding gown, but Gemy Maalouf has combined a transclucent lace overlayer with a leg-revealing shorter-length skirt to create a design that is perfect for a destination wedding.

Bridal Trend: Short Takes
Cymbeline's Bleuet has a gorgeous floral lace design and flattering ballerina length

Ballerina line

This gorgeous ballerina-length gown by Cymbeline is perfect if you want to show your heels but with the swish and glamour of a longer skirt. The pure white floral textured fabric is a particular feature, adding an element of pure romance.