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16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

If you’re a mature bride in search of the perfect gown, it can be difficult to find something that complements your shape without losing your sense of fashion. Some show too much cleavage or the cut isn’t flattering on all body types. To get you one step closer to your dream dress, we’ve created a list of 16 wedding dresses for older brides, as well as the shopping tips you need to get started. You found your fiancé, now let’s start the journey to your dream look.

Beautiful Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

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If you’re itching to shop, start with these four designers. They design a variety of looks that are flattering and age-appropriate:

  • Voyage by Mori Lee
  • Allure Modest
  • Encore by Watters
  • Collection 20

Sleeves are back.

Sleeves are in-style right now, and that’s wonderful news for our older brides who often want to cover their arms. These dresses are a beautiful example of how modesty can be fashionable. Sleeves also give you the freedom to show skin in other areas. Perhaps with a low back or flattering V-neckline.

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Less is more.

Many older brides are looking for something with a little less flair. If this is the case for you, consider a simple, lace dress. There’s something so classic about this fabric, and it never seems to go out of style. Lace will make you look and feel like the bride you’ve always dreamed of being. That being said, if you want glitz—go for it. I love a woman who loves some sparkle.

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High, sexy necklines.

Yes, I said it. High necklines, especially those with illusion fabric, are sexy in an understated way. Many of you may want to cover up the girls, and this is the trendiest way to do it. Other options are bateau or off-the-shoulder designs, and you’ll find plenty of them this season.

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Short, yet sophisticated.

If you’re looking for a sophisticated and modern trend, try a short bridal gown. Cocktail styles are more casual, which is something many mature brides are looking for. Some of these designs are too “cute” for older women, but there are quite a few that work for all ages. Just make sure you choose something that hits below the knee, and consider more coverage on top.

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Tip: Have you thought about a bridesmaid gown? Almost all are available in white or ivory, plus they’re quite affordable compared to bridal gowns. Since lace is a 2015 bridesmaid trend, many of the new styles can be easily transformed into a bridal look.

Be colorful.

You may not want to wear white or ivory, and who says you have to? Colored wedding dresses are trending for 2015! You’re a modern, mature bride—wear what you want!

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Short trains.

Longer trains mean more drama—both in style and convenience. Shorter trains are easier to manage, giving you the ability to mingle and dance all night.

What about a pant suit?

I’m completely in love with this trend. Since Ellen rocked it a few years ago, women everywhere have been taking pantsuits on. They’re sleek, modern, and incredibly comfortable—not to mention flattering. Alfred Angelo has a few to choose from, including an all-lace option (romance with a twist). A pencil skirt and jacket is a flattering choice, too.

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Finding something affordable.

If you’re budget-conscious, consider mother of the bride dresses. These looks come in a range of designs, from casual two-piece options to full-length, glitzy gowns. All of our styles fall under $1000, while making a flattering, fashionable impact.

Don’t shop for your age, shop for your body!

Many older women are always asking, “Am I too old to wear this?” Ladies, I forbid you to ask that question when you’re searching for your dream bridal gown. Instead ask questions like: “Does this flatter my figure?” or “Does this reflect my personality?” You know who you are and you know what you look good in. If you want something sexy or form-fitting, go for it! Whatever makes you feel confident and beautiful is exactly what you should wear on the big day.

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I want to hear from you!

Do you have tips for shopping wedding dresses for older brides? We’d love to hear your advice in the comment section!

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