Shopping for a wedding dress is always an exciting experience, regardless of age, and it is the perfect way to feel fabulous in your own skin. However, when it comes to finding a wedding dress that complements your age, there are plenty of gowns that will bring out the most stunning aspects of your appearance. Here are some vital tips and tricks to help you find the perfect wedding outfit for your big day.
Go for a style that flatters your shape
This is actually true for brides of any age, but it is especially true for older brides. Ensuring that you are comfortable in your wedding dress is extremely important, and you will only feel comfortable if you are in a dress that flatters your shape and pulls you in in all the right places. If you have a particularly large upper half, we advise staying clear of strapless gowns, whereas if you are smaller up top and larger below the waist, we recommend a floating bottom to flatter your lower half.
Go for a modest style of wedding dress
There is nothing worse than seeing a bride of any age showing so much skin that their guests have no idea which direction to look. This is uncomfortable for everyone involved, and should be avoided at all costs. When you’re searching for a wedding gown that suits an older bride, keep it modest and look for gowns that are classy rather than trashy. Modest wedding dresses can come in a variety of different styles: higher necklines, longer sleeves and slightly heavier fabrics, all with the intention of ensuring a more classic style of dress. By mixing thicker fabrics with delicate lace, you can ensure that a modest dress remains floaty and feminine.
Don’t feel like you have to stick to the classic dress
While a wedding dress is a more traditional choice for a bride, other options such as a wedding trouser suit or a two piece suit combo is equally stunning when styled to suit your figure and your personality. Many older brides tend to go for a more low-key style of dress, choosing either a shorter dress or going for a pencil skirt and glamorous top with a small bolero jacket to complete the look. There are many different outfits that you could choose from, and you shouldn’t limit your choices to a classic wedding dress alone.
Accessorize to boost your look
Whether you decide to go for a long gown, a short dress, a pant suit or a skirt suit combo, the key to completing a stunning wedding look is to accessorize your outfit in a way that enhances your outfit. If you’re conscious of your arms, go for a small bolero jacket or a longer cardigan to conceal this aspect of your body and create a more sleek silhouette.
When it comes to jewelry, even a high neck dress can benefit from a delicate necklace or long, flowing earrings. However, if you’re going for a crisp, clean look, choose studs over longer earrings and keep your neckline clear or anything other than the beautiful fabric of your outfit. And last but not least, don’t skimp on the shoes! If you choose a shorter wedding dress, your shoes will be very clearly displayed as you walk down the aisle, so be sure to choose a pair of shoes that are stunning as well as comfortable.
Don’t be afraid to abstain from white
Regardless of whether this is your first, second, third or fourth wedding, you do not have to limit your choices to white, off-white or cream. There is a whole rainbow of colors out there, and you may choose any color you wish to walk down the aisle in. Whilst many young brides often feel bound by the more traditional styles of wedding gowns, this is not necessary true of older brides. Older brides often state that they would rather go for mother of the bride style gowns than the full princess look, and this means that if you’re an older bride, you also have more freedom to choose colors that steer away from white, such as duck egg blue, rose pink and light yellow.