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The Best Ideas of Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

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Every bride wants to look astonishing on her wedding day regardless of her age. However, there is a big difference to shop for your wedding dress when you are over 40 than in your twenties. While older brides may look weird in some types of dresses, it’s important to choose a gown, which flatters your figure, suits your individuality and looks elegant.

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If you need some assistance, we will be happy to help you. Here are some tips on how to choose the best wedding dresses for older brides as well as some ideas of them.


Minimalist A-line Wedding Dress
Minimalist A-line Wedding Dress

It’s crucial to choose a simple wedding dress silhouette, which is flattering for your body. As a rule, ball gowns and princess dresses aren’t chosen by older brides. Moreover, such a silhouette may look very weird if you are 50. Leave princess gowns to the 20 year old brides, but opt for something more elegant.

Seek for clean and soft lines. For example, column and fit & flare wedding dresses will be suitable. If you have a tummy, opt for empire waist and A-line wedding dresses. If you have a beautiful body you are proud of, you may also try a slip dress.

The type of neckline depends on your body peculiarities. Almost all necklines can be used for wedding dresses for older brides. However, if you opt for a V-neck, avoid too deep plunging necklines. Also, off the shoulder wedding dresses aren’t always flattering and are absolutely inappropriate if you have wide shoulders. Another exception is strapless wedding dresses. They look better on young brides.

Besides, you may play with the wedding dress length. For instance, tea length wedding dresses look very cute. Or, you may have a knee-length one. One more option is a high low wedding dress, which combines short and long lengths.

Moreover, instead of a traditional wedding gown, you are free to have a pantsuit or jumpsuit. There are many beautiful and stylish pantsuits and jumpsuits for sale, which look no less festive than gowns.

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Lace Wedding Dress
Lace Wedding Dress

In fact, many older brides prefer simple and casual wedding dresses. Such gowns are usually rather affordable and, very often, they can be worn for other occasions. However, minimalist wedding dresses aren’t always cheap. There are many incredible minimalist dresses, which are rather expensive.

Of course, we can’t just pass by lace wedding gowns. They look so feminine and elegant that almost all women are fond of them. A dress, which is fully covered with lace, will be a fantastic way to highlight your female’s nature. Also, you may opt for the gowns with lace bodices and minor lace details.

Vintage style is in trend today. You may find vintage wedding dresses, dedicated to all the epochs. Moreover, there are many beautiful modern wedding dresses, which feature some vintage details or simply draw inspiration from the past epochs.

One more idea is to have a bohemian wedding dress. This style is also in trend now and will suit older brides perfectly. If you want to look simple and chic simultaneously, pay attention to boho dresses.


Blush Wedding Dress
Blush Wedding Dress

While the majority of brides stick to traditional white and ivory wedding dresses, today, it’s rather trendy to choose a wedding gown of an unusual color. Colored wedding dresses can be worn by a bride of any age. But while young brides, who get married for the first time, still want to stick to traditions, older brides and the ones, who get married for the second time, are free to break them.

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For instance, blush and nude color wedding dresses are one of the biggest trends at the moment. The nude color can have different hues, depending on your skin tone. However, it looks very interesting when a color of the dress is close to the one of your skin. Though, it doesn’t suit anyone.

Blush wedding dresses are more universal. They also may have various hues, but suit almost anyone. Blush color looks great with all the wedding dress silhouettes as well as can be used for the dresses of different styles: from simple to luxurious ones.

Also, some other colors are suitable for wedding dresses. Such colors as pastel pink, mint, blue and violet look very beautiful on wedding dresses. The bravest brides may opt for bright colors like red or purple.


Open Back Wedding Dress
Open Back Wedding Dress

Undoubtedly, cute details turn a simple wedding dress into a special one. For example, older brides may consider wearing a wedding gown with sleeves. If you have beautiful arms, you may opt for cap or flutter sleeves, which hide shoulders, but show off arms. Lace and illusion sleeves look very interesting. For example, the ones in 3/4 lengths are flattering for your hands and wrists.

The owners of slim bodies may opt for backless wedding dresses. They look incredibly sexy. However, we don’t advise to opt for deep cuts. Thus, a back open to the shoulder blades will be absolutely appropriate. Or, you may have a dress with illusion back. Such a design looks very mysterious and stylish.

If you think that you need a wedding dress with a train, you can definitely buy the one. However, we don’t recommend long cathedral trains as they are inconvenient and may look too pompous for older brides. Opt for a gown with a sweep train. This train is about 6 inches long and allows moving freely.

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In addition, don’t forget about accessories. Your bridal look may be much more interesting if you have beautiful shoes, bouquet and headpiece. Also, a wedding dress can feature some additional details like a belt or bolero.

All in all, you see that older brides have a wide choice of dresses they can wear for their weddings. Just choose the silhouette and style, which highlights your individuality and flatters your body. Also, don’t be afraid of the experiments with the dress color and length.

1 thought on “The Best Ideas of Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

  1. The couple of weddings that I have been to with older bridesmaids included a simple dress, like the A-line white version you have posted here. I think that’s the best, overall simple option for the bridesmaids at this point.

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