SHORT DRESS LOVE + DEAR TKB: “I want to wear a shortish dress for my wedding. Good idea or bad idea? And any favorites this season?”

Sometimes Starbucks coffee is a bit bitter, but sometimes Starbucks coffee is the liquified embodiment of the moment of creation/discovery of the essence of all that is bitter in this cold, unforgiving world by the esteemed inventor of bitterness himself, Sir Bitter McBiddingston, IV, Esq.

Uggh.  I’m sitting here, on this shockingly beautiful Monday afternoon, and I can’t manage to erase from my memory how wickedly horreeeeblay my morning coffee was.  It sucked so hard; every. last. bit. of it.  I drank every last bit, is what I’m saying, and I think that’s ridiculous of me.  To finish it even though I hated it.  Even after drowning it in a veritable sea of half & half, which helped one iota, but only one.  What does this say of my standards.

Ok, anyway, another day, another reader submitted question for your faces.  HUZZAH!  Here we go…


Dear TKB:

What’s your favorite short (white/ivory/cream/similar) wedding-appropriate dress these days?  We’re having a fairly small (around 70 but that’ll probably grow if I know anything about my family), simple wedding and I kn0w I want to wear something on the shortish side, but I don’t want to wear the typical short wedding dress I keep seeing.  I would love for it to have something unique about it, maybe some unique touches like appliques or a pretty lace, or something flowy that’ll flow nicely in the wind – I’m open.  I just want it to be unique, and obviously attractive, not really avant garde or too extreme.  I’ve searched around a lot but I haven’t been able to find that perfect short dress that has something really unique and special to it.  And if you don’t mind, one last quick question to add – what do you think of short wedding dresses?  Bad idea?

Any help would be very much appreciated, thanks!!!  -L.

Dear L,

Lemme answer your second question first, for no reason at all except to confuse you.  I’m a fan of brides fully following their own personal style, and sticking to that style.  Your dress is your choice, and if you want to go short, go short.  I love short dresses.  Short dresses are my summer staple so I just generally have a penchant for them.  ’Course, when it comes to your wedding day, the only thing you *might* want to consider is how formal you expect your event to be.  If it’s ballroom, or just generally a very formal or black tie affair, I would caution you in choosing to wear a short dress, as it may not fit well into the overall feel of your event.  This could end up making you feel a bit awkward/underdressed for your own wedding.  Bummer City, population: you.  But other than that, I have to say it’s completely up to you how to decide to dress up for your day.  I’d use the size of your smile when trying on a gown as a good measure of how perfect that dress is for you.

… I’m turning that portion of the question over to you guys now…. what are your thoughts on wearing a shorter dress on one’s wedding day?  

Now, L, as for my faves… have you heard?  Fashion Week has kind of been in the hizzy, and you know what that means, right?  Don’t cha?  THISNESS:


… Don’t cha wish your dress-ey was hot. like. me.  Don’t cha wish your dress-ey was a FREAK.

…… Donchaaaaaaahhhhhh.  Donchaaaaaahhhhhh.

I did it; I worked in The Pussycat Dolls song.  Victory is miiiiiiiiiine!!!!!

So yeah I’m taking advantage of the fact that Miss L. didn’t ask me to suggest more than one designer, and since I’m very obsessed at the moment with Tadashi Shoji‘s Spring 2012 Ready to Wear, I’m lifting it fresh from off the runway and dropping it right on your FACE COLLECTIVE.  SOMEONE WEAR ONE OF THESE GOWNS.  IF YOU DON’T, I WILL.  I am prepared to crack open my ‘future-children’s-opportunities’ piggy bank.  Education Schmeducation.  AMIRITE?  Ok no, no I’m not right.  But clearly the thought has occurred to me.  So I suggest you prevent it at all costs and somebody wear one of these gowns before I change the course of my unborn children’s lives.

Yeah so to reeeeel it in for a moment, I highly recommend those frickity frocks up there.  If it made sense, I’d wear any one of those every day of my life, to high school even, where I would likely face immeasurable and aggressive ridicule for wearing “the same dress every freaking day we see her!  Like, omigaaahhhhd!  She’s obviously poor; it’s the only thing to deduce from this.”  Ahhh, high school.  What occasionally devastatingly formative years those were!

So friendlies, I ask you….

What are your thoughts on wearing a short dress on your wedding day?  And do you dig any of my dress crushes?  My crushes on the frocks I’m seeing in and around Fashion Week are bordering on Ryan Gosling status.  SOUND THE ALARM.

xoxo!  - Alison

Frocks via Elle + Elle UK.

Label(s): Color, White, {Fashion}

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  1. Donna on September 12, 2011

    Love, love, love these dresses. (I would smile if I was wearing one : )

  2. Lena on September 12, 2011

    Let me first say that I keep TKB open in a tab all day, and I hit that bouquet every so often to make sure I get to enjoy Alison’s crazy amazeball goodies as soon as possible. That’s no joke, and that’s why I’m FIRST TO COMMENT, which is delightful because I want to second A in saying Hell Yes Short Wedding Dress. Again, if you’re having an evening wedding at the Plaza, maybe short isn’t appropriate, but you just don’t seem like the girl who’s unsure about the level of formality.

    Try ASOS for less expensive options, BHLDN for prettiness, ShopBop or Revolve for just below runway fashion-and don’t forget to tell us what you pick!

  3. Janna (SparklyLove) on September 12, 2011

    WOW those are some serious stunners!!! I’m with Alison, it’s all about a bride’s personal style. If you are diggin short, go short!! I wished I had at least brought a short dress to change into for my July wedding. HOLY CRAP it was hot. And my dress made it feel like I was wearing a down comforter on my body (a really pretty down comforter!) even though our reception was inside and had plenty of central air. So, consider how you are going to feel on your day and how you want to look! Then, rock it girl!!

  4. Annie on September 12, 2011

    I’m offering a dissenting opinion so I don’t mean to be antagonistic, but I’ve always seen weddings as a day to wear a long gown. It feels more appropriate to me. You can wear a short dress any day of week. But to your wedding I think it’s important to take it seriously as far as attire goes. Long dress all the way! :)

  5. Libby {Follow the Wife} on September 12, 2011

    I was so hot in my gown, too! And I’m freezing all the time. I think short dresses are great and I think the above pictured styles are amazing.

  6. Nora on September 12, 2011

    I’m so getting a short dress for my after-party. I love Sherry from YHL’s dress but I want to wear a long dress for my ceremony. That’s just me and I totally think you should wear what you want/love!! No matter what other people say (and gosh they say so much) its your wedding so you should do what you want (as long as its not super rude/awful to kittens) even if it bucks tradition!

  7. Elsie on September 12, 2011

    I’m torn over what I want to do about a wedding dress. I’m not completely in love with my gams, so I’ve been focused on a long dress but the dresses here– SPECIFICALLY the ones with sheer skirts, seem like the perfect solution for me!! I didn’t even realize these things existed. This is a whole new world for me and my legs. I’m freaking out a little about the potential it holds.

    And agree with nora’s comment above – let’s keep those kittens safe out there. No kitten dresses. That includes hello kitty.

  8. Koru Kate on September 12, 2011

    Oh, I love, love those sweet & sassy short dresses above! Can I also suggest Elizabeth Dye for short wedding gowns? If I hadn’t gotten married in the smack dab middle of winter the Giselle dress would’ve been mine. Or the Beatrix. So, so beautiful!!

  9. Alicia @CharityWedding on September 12, 2011

    I am all in on short dresses. I think even if you are having a super formal affair, a short dress can be completely appropriate assuming it is a GREAT short dress and paired with great fancy shoes and accessories. If you take it back to say 1950, Brides pretty much only wore short dress and guys, they pretty much only wore tuxes. Which goes to show that short and formal can absolutely mesh. If I did it all over again, I’d go the short dress route.

  10. Budget Theme Weddings on September 13, 2011

    Shortish wedding dresses are definitely becoming more accepted by many! And if you have a day time wedding or garden wedding, they can be quite appropriate! The ones in these examples are beautiful!

  11. Ilana on September 13, 2011

    I just bought a beautiful short wedding dress for my May beach
    wedding. Its a BCBG MAXAZRIA dress – strapless applique. Look on the
    Nordstroms website. I LOVE IT!

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  12. C on September 13, 2011

    I love me some short wedding dresses. I think if you have a killer set of legs or getting married in the summer months, I say go for it. Rock what you are comfortable with is my motto. If you love it, do it!

    Your choices are as fabulous as you are. Love them all!

  13. Bridal Jewellery on September 13, 2011

    They are all gorgeous…but I think I’m of the old fashioned opinion that long is good! especially when it comes to dresses ;-) All depends on what suits you tho and if a long dress swamps you then go for your life and get those pins out!

  14. Aleah + Nick on September 13, 2011

    I love, love when our brides choose a short and flirty frock for the big day. It’s daring, fashion-forward, and just unique. Who doesn’t love a unique bride? One of my favorites was a bride who had her mom’s 1970s gown totally reworked and shortened. LOVE!

  15. birdie to be on September 13, 2011

    These dresses are gorgeous! The first and second are my fav!

  16. Sade on September 13, 2011

    I love them all! Especially the Tadashi Shoji dress.

  17. invitation consultants on September 13, 2011

    love the idea of a short dress. if you’re not TOTALLY sure – rock the gown for ceremony/portraits/first dance/dinner. then change into a short dress for dancing and dessert!

  18. Once Upon Your Day -- Julia on September 14, 2011

    I love the short dress, and if you can rock it, go for it! I love it when brides dresses say alot about them and not jsut the typical dresses that you always see and feel that you need ot wear. Go with what you love, that is how you will feel the most comfortable!

  19. Karen on September 14, 2011

    I love the short wedding dress look! While it’s not for me, I had a friend choose a short J. Crew dress for her wedding last month and it was GORGEOUS!!! Love it.

  20. Hayden on September 22, 2011

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  21. Marissa - After Flats on September 22, 2011

    short wedding dresses are fun! It would really depend on the bride’s personality.

  22. Perfectweddingdressfinder on September 23, 2011

    Depending on the formality of your wedding, a short wedding dress will be fine. Short wedding gowns work best for casual weddings, destination weddings or as a reception dress. I love the wedding gown designs you chose because they are unique. Brides looking for unique wedding dresses would love some of these!


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