By Darby Radcliff for TheKnot.com
If you're an unconventional bride who wants to push the envelope on your wedding day, take a cue from ready-to-wear trends and consider bridal separates. We're obsessed with the two-piece wedding dress trend for one big reason: versatility. You can mix and match your favorite pieces for a look that easily transitions from ceremony to reception to after party. For instance, if you're having a formal wedding ceremony, pair a dramatic long skirt with an embellished bodice. When your reception rolls around, change up your outfit with a party-perfect embellished mini skirt.
The best part? Unlike a full-blown gown, you can wear bridal separates again. And even if you opted for a classic wedding dress, try a sleek pantsuit or dramatic caplet and trousers for your bridal shower or rehearsal dinner.
Check out our favorite looks below!
Sheath Wedding Dress and Organza Overlay
Add some serious drama to your ceremony with a detachable ruffled organza overlay. Remove for your reception to reveal a more streamlined wedding dress silhouette.
Dress by Oscar de la Renta
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Embellished Crop Top and Full Skirt
Turn heads in a romantic fuller silhouette, but with a daring twist: an embroidered crop top. For a perfect after-party look, pair this textured top with sleek white trousers.
Top and skirt by Theia
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Cap-Sleeve Top and Feathery Mini Skirt
If you love the feather trend but aren't ready to commit to a full-feather wedding dress, opt for a fun mini skirt. A cocktail-length outfit with some plumage is festive enough for an after party without being too over-the-top.
Top and skirt by Kelly Faetanini
Geometric Strapless Top and Wide-Leg Pants
An origami-inspired strapless top puts an edgy, architectural spin on the wide-leg trouser trend. This fashion-forward look is perfect for your bridal shower or a chic rehearsal dinner.
Top and pants by Angel Sanchez
Lace Bralette and Long Skirt
If you're really brave, try a daring lace bralette for a sexy reception or after party look. Pair this skin-bearing top with a high-waisted skirt for a look that's sultry but not too revealing.
Bralette and skirt by Reem Acra
A perfectly tailored white power suit has stylish staying power--you can wear it again to a gala or other formal event. (We think this sequin version would be perfect for a swanky New Year's Eve affair.)
Pantsuit by Naeem Khan
Fur Wrap and Column Gown
If you're having a winter wedding, consider a luxe fur wrap--it adds texture and vintage flare to any wedding dress.
Dress and wrap by Oscar de la Renta
Chantilly Crop Top and Skirt
A longer chantilly lace crop top and tea-length skirt put a cool spin on classic lace. You'll stand out from the crowd, but still look elegant and polished in this traditional bridal fabric. Another plus: Statement accessories will pop against this simple silhouette.
Top and skirt by Monique Lhuillier
Jacquard Crop Top and Skirt with Train
A crop top and detachable train give traditional jacquard a one-of-a-kind feel. We love this juxtaposition of opulent fabric and modern details. And, you can always remove the train once you're ready to dance the night away.
Top and skirt by Rosa Clara
Sheer Cape and Sheath Dress
Formal wedding style is back and better than ever. Pull off a regal look with a sweeping sheer cape--it offers all the drama of a train or veil, but feels a bit fresher.
Dress and cape by Oleg Cassini
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