Are Short Dresses The Cool-Girl Answer To Bridal Gowns?

The search for the "perfect" wedding dress is dizzying, to say the least — especially when you don't really know what you want.

Since your wedding photos are going to stick around for, well, ever, the piece you pick should feel reflective of your personal style. And if you're not into traditional gowns, an unconventional silhouette — like a super-short hemline — can do just the trick. So, instead of walking down the aisle with a train trailing behind you, the mini- and midi-length frocks ahead will help you realize that less (fabric) is more for your big day.
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Get your dose of wedding lace and tulle without having to stick to an all-white color palette.

Self Portrait Guipure Lace, Crepe, and Tulle Mini Dress, $590, available at Net-A-Porter.
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An twisted take on the halter neckline makes this little white dress feel way more elegant.

Mango Halter Neck Dress, $79.99 $59.99, available at Mango.
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Fashion-girl brides, this one's for you.

Chloé Tulle Off-The-Shoulder Dress, $3,695, available at Barneys New York.
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Make a subtle statement with unexpected sleeve slits.

Ellery Mars Zip-front Dress, $605, available at MatchesFashion.
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Get major '20s vibes with a fringed number that moves when you do.

J.Crew Feather Flapper Dress, $1,200, available at J.Crew.
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A high neck is more formal than you'd expect — just look at blogger Pandora Sykes' gown.

Matin Marais Dress in White, $344, available at Need Supply.
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Minimalist in silhouette, but surprising in detail (just look at those draped sides).

Lanvin Draped Short Dress, $1,995, available at Farfetch.
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Ready for the backyard wedding of your dreams.

Christy Dawn The Z Dress, $191, available at Christy Dawn.
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Sheer sleeves, mesh panels, and lace trim work together to make one photo-worthy, knee-length dress.

Front Row Shop Mesh and Lace Dress, $61, available at Front Row Shop.
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Who doesn't want to twirl in circles wearing this number?

Alexander McQueen Dress with Pleated Hem, $3,455, available at Stylebop.
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Between the A-line silhouette and lace trim, you'll be feeling like royalty in this piece.

Chi Chi London Plus Bridal Midi Dress, $105.14 $65.51, available at ASOS.
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Two words: Statement. Sleeves.

Houghton Damien Dress, $2,150, available at Houghton.
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Try a mini version of this year's cape craze.

Giambattista Valli Cape-effect Stretch-crepe Mini Dress, $2,350 $940, available at The Outnet.
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If a short skirt feels a too in-your-face, try a flattering midi.

Delphine Manivet Prospere Gown, $2,900, available at BHLDN.
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Cascading ruffles and a classic V-neck are all you need.

Opening Ceremony Talene Crepe Cascade Sleeve Dress, $450, available at Opening Ceremony.