Skipping the veil on your head is a great start for not looking like a bride in a white evening gown. There are also a few other tips can help you look like you’re heading out for an elegant night rather than a trip down the aisle.
Pick a dress with a modern vibe. Ball gowns have long been the traditional bridal look, so opting for a different style can help you avoid it. Short, cocktail dresses can work, as can sheath dresses with wild embroidery, embellishments and peekaboo cutouts. Asymmetrical cuts on the bodice and skirt can also keep you far from the traditional princess bride appearance.
Give your dress a definite edge. Giving your all-white dress a modern edge can move it far away from the bridal zone. Try pairing it with eye-catching accessories in non-bridal colors that really pop. White with black accessories is always a classic look, or you can go for a wild and unexpected hot pink, sizzling blue or deep, luxurious green or purple. A colorful or embellished waist sash definitely kills the bridal vibe, as long as your gown is cut to accommodate the sash.
Use white as a backdrop, but not as the end-all. White gowns don’t have to be all-white, but can instead feature some of the same popping colors or embellishment you could consider for accessories. Black or colored lace overlays make a dramatic statement on white and take you one step farther from the bridal look.
White can be a wonderful choice for any season, and these tips make it work for any elegant or formal occasion!