Separates have been a huge trend for both brides and bridesmaids these past few years and it’s showing no sign of letting up! In fact, more and more bridesmaid brands have added a separates line to their collection to make it even easier for brides looking to create a unique look for their girls. Separates are popular for so many reasons – they’re perfect for bride squads looking to create a fun, mismatched look, it’s also a great option for girls that struggle to find a one piece dress to suit – with separates you can find a showstopping midi, pencil or full length skirt and easily team it with a simple cami, t-shirt, crop or lace top, bardot style number or even a cosy cardi or polo neck to create a truly one of a kind look. Plus as it’s two separate pieces, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to wear it after the Big Day and work it into your own wardrobe – what’s not to love! If you’re toying with the idea of separates for your own bridal party but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve rounded up some fab inspo as seen on real bridesmaids as well as some of the best places to pick up separates for your ladies.
Gorgeous Inspo as Seen on Real Bridesmaids
Photo by Darin Collison Photography
Photo by Shining Light Photography via Me & Mrs Jones
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Photo by Jessica Loren via Southern Weddings
Photo by Studio 127 Photography via Green Wedding Shoes
Photo by Annabel Staff Wedding Photography via Rock My Wedding
Photo by Fearne Edwards Photography via Rock My Wedding
Photo by Sarah Kate, Photographer via Style Me Pretty
Photo by Tamara Gruner Photography via Hey Wedding Lady
Photo by Shane Shepherd
Photo from Laura & Daniel’s real wedding by The Fennells – Dresses by Dessy
Where to Shop
Irish online store Riostyled.ie is a haven of amazing bridesmaid dresses (they stock the award-winning Gabi & Isabel Multiway Collection FYI) and stunning separates too! We’re obsessed with their Harlo Jane skirts which are exclusive to Riostyled.ie – they come in a range of beautiful fabrics and colours (gold, burgundy, pink, navy – the list goes on) including dazzling sequins, pretty tulle skirts and some stylish pleated numbers too. Check out all your gorgeous options here.
Where to shop: You can pick up these Harlo Jane beauts online at Riostyled.ie
Dessy has always been a handy go-to spot for fab trend led gúnas for your girls and they’ve also jumped on the separates trend with a whole range of pretty pieces you can easily mix and match. You’ll find everything from showstopping, floor-sweeping satin skirts to slinky sequin numbers and soft tulles as well as a range of lovely tops to go with them! See the complete collection here.
Where to shop: Dessy is stocked in Love Ellie Bridal in Cavan, Amarra Bridal in Kildare, Diamond Bridal in Cork, Pearls & Lace Bridal Boutique in Donegal, Dreamy Curves in Wicklow, Abelle Bridal Boutique in Meath and La Bella Sposa in Dublin.
Jenny Yoo‘s collection is full of flattering, feminine dresses that are designed to be worn more than just once. You’ll find something for every style of maid from pretty florals to floaty chiffon numbers and they’ve some stunning separates too including floral and sequin skirts in various lengths, as well as a dreamy chiffon, draped off-the-shoulder top. View their range of separates here.
Where to shop: You can find the Jenny Yoo range in Abelle Bridal Boutique in Meath.
twobirds Bridesmaid are renowned for their amazing multiway dresses but they’ve also added some jumpsuits and separates to their range with a choice of a multiway bodysuit in their signature jersey and a pretty lace that can be tied in several ways (we think it could look fab with jeans beyond the Big Day too!) plus three skirt options – a tea length and full length jersey skirt with tulle overlay as well as a tea length and full length lace wrap skirt. Take a peek at their separates here.
Where to shop: See a list of stockists here!
Another glam option for bridesmaids, the Christina Wu collection is full of fashion-forward designs your girls will love from fab florals to sequins. They’ve also two options on the separates front – a chiffon top with a sequin skirt or a fun tulle skirt with lace top (Style 22810 and Style 22805).
Where to shop: You can pick up these divine gowns at DePaor Designs in Wicklow.
The High Street
The high street is also a great place to find some pretty skirts and top combos – Maya which is available on ASOS have some gorgeous tiered bridesmaid skirts and tulle bodysuits that can be paired perfectly (see some options here) and of course ASOS have a gorgeous range of midi skirts in their main collection that would work amazingly for your girls – just find a nice white cami or lace number to go with a skirt of your choice. Coast also is a firm fave when it comes to separates with gorgeous pairings ready for you to snap up and Oasis also has some fab skirt options and some pretty co-ords for bridesmaids if you like that paired look but don’t want the hassle of trying to match a top and skirt.
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Pamela enjoys writing about all things decor (she loves buying it too) and has a not so secret addiction to stationery.