Whether you want to stand out or keep it simple, a bride can be fashionable at any age—just look at Carrie Bradshaw. To that end, three local boutique owners shared advice for mature wives-to-be who want to feel comfortable and look beautiful on their special day.
1. Fit Like a Glove
“The number one thing that a mature bride should pay attention to is the silhouette,” says Natalia Martinez, owner of Svetlana Bridal Couture in Larchmont. “The dress should fit beautifully. There are some styles that really complement the body, no matter what size you are.” As an example, Martinez recommends A-line and mermaid-style gowns.
2. Lovely in Lace
“Mature brides seem to go for simplicity and elegance,” notes Rosa Gagliardo, manager of Amelia’s Bridal in Yonkers. “Some may even like a little drama. Lace is still very strong for our brides.”
3. Believe in Sleeves
Erika Pitt, owner of Be Unique Boutique in Mount Kisco, believes that brides of a certain age “want a more mature look but not something matronly looking.” Instead of high-neckline dresses, she explains, they might opt for cap sleeves or illusion tops with a low cut or open back for something that’s both age-appropriate and elegant. Martinez also suggests quarter sleeves, bolero jackets, and straps.
4. Not-So-White Wedding
“My advice to mature brides is not to feel pressured or obligated to choose something really boring because of their age,” Martinez suggests, elaborating that mature brides are shifting away from traditional white gowns and toward dresses in warmer shades like pink, ivory, champagne, and blush. Gagliardo agrees, commenting that, “Nowadays, any bride, not just mature, may do a pop of color, either to match the bridesmaids or keep it simple with a little sparkle.”
5. Keep It Simple
According to Pitt, many mature brides, especially those who have already walked down the aisle before, often don’t want to look like first-timers. This means going with a more sleek and modern look by ditching the long trains, ball gowns, and flashy embellishments. As Pitt confirms, as as could probably apply to anyone prepping for the aisle, “They’re ultimately looking for comfort.”