It may have taken 100 years, but the short wedding dress style made famous by fashion icon Coco Chanel is back, and better than ever.

The definition of short can vary as offerings from Fiorenz's collection are cut just above the ankle, while the bridal gowns from Monique Lhuillier fall to just above or just below the knee. Some styles are even cut mid-thigh.

Monique Lhuillier Spring Summer 2014

Monique Lhuillier

Fashion houses around the world are offering their versions of the short wedding dress, with big names like Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta and Jim Hjelm all sending this style of gown down the runway.

Just think about the short and sweet Chanel couture dress actress Keira Knightley wore for her wedding in May this year.

Short wedding dresses are perfect for summer weddings

Oscar de la Renta

Opting for this somewhat untraditional option won't just set you apart from other brides, it can also make your special day just that much better!

Most importantly - you'll be able to see your beautiful shoes! Too often a lot of love and care goes into the selection of the perfect pair of bridal slippers, only for them to be hidden beneath a floor-length gown.

Short wedding dresses make a comeback

Judith Penak Couture

Also consider the time of year and the climate of your wedding location. A shorter dress might be exactly what you need for an outdoor wedding on a scorching day, or as a breezy but beautiful option for the beach.

Wearing a knee- or ankle-length gown can also make moving around that much easier. If you're planning on dancing the night away then something that won't catch around your feet could be a safer option.

Would you wear a short wedding dress?


Finally, one undeniable bonus of wearing a non-traditional wedding dress is that you can wear it out - as in, wear it more than once and make the most of owning something so stunning! With the option of dressing it up with heels and up-dos or down with flats, loose curls and jackets, the shorter wedding dress can be a versatile wardrobe staple.

So will you be opting for something full length, or something a cut above?

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