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5 Tips for Pulling Off Bridal Separates

Wearing a two-piece outfit on your wedding day is easier than you might think. 

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Photography by: Corbin Gurkin

One of the hottest trends of the year is the two-piece outfit—and the trend has made its way into the wedding world, too. While it's easy to channel your inner T. Swift or Kim Kardashian in a matching a belly-baring crop top and matching skirt on Saturday night, you may feel a little intimidated to try the look on your wedding day. But don't worry, bridal designer Martine Harris of Martina Liana is sharing her best advice on how to effortlessly work bridal separates on your big day.


There are endless options when it comes to a two-piece bridal set.

"For the bride who wants a distinct two­-piece style, there are loose, flowing tank tops, structured tank tops, and cropped tops," says Harris. "For brides who want the security of keeping their bodice close to the skin, bodysuits are great, as they shape and contour with a bride's natural shape."


You can still keep a traditional feel, even in a two-piece set.

"For brides who truly want the look of a traditional gown, corset tops are a must. A little white jacket is also a fun way to add a sophisticated spin to a separates bridal style." As for the bottom half of the outfit, Harris tells us, "we're seeing skirts of all types from ruffled and romantic to sleek and sexy. And once you test out different combinations, the style possibilities are nearly endless!"


Have fun trying out all the different possible styles

"Don't be afraid to play around with different combinations! Pairing two separates pieces you might not initially picture together could result in the unique bridal style you've been dreaming about! Keep switching out separates pieces until you land on the combination that feels like it was made just for your own personal style."


The two-piece look isn't just for the reception!

"If a bride wants a more traditional look for her ceremony, but a more fun, trendy look for her reception, all it takes is a switch of one piece!" One way Harris suggests to do so is to "switch a full, organza skirt for a short and sassy satin skirt, or switch a lace bodysuit for a flirty, beaded corset."


If you're having trouble finding the perfect top and bottom combo …

"Start with the bottom you like, and switch out the tops. My favorite is selecting a versatile bottom," Harris says. "It's easy to create different styles just switching one piece for another. Once you determine which style of skirt you love, creating your dream separates combination is easy as trying on new types of tops."

About the Author

Jane Asher

A total girly girl, Jane loves everything about the wedding-planning process, but her favorite part has to be where it all starts: the engagement ring. She's a sucker for all things sparkly, especially in diamond form and sitting on your ring finger. But she can't count out those gorgeous bridal bouquets. They may not be diamonds, but they still hold a serious wow factor. 


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