Whether it’s royals Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle or celebrities like Hailey Bieber and Sophie Turner, the days of you wearing just one dress on your wedding day are officially over.
Nowadays, brides take advantage of the old adage “more is more (and less is boring)” and change after their ceremony from their first wedding dress to their second for the reception or afterparty.
This new tradition is not just the result of all of us feeling a little greedy after a few years without too much reason to dress, but a practical choice for those who have chosen a more restrictive or OTT wedding dress. This means that if your first dress only allows you to mix and barely sit down (we’ve all heard the stories), you can choose an afterparty or a more comfortable and perhaps more revealing second wedding dress to eat up your. meal and dance the night away. Pretty smart, right?
We turn to Christopher Kane, Christopher Esber, and Self-Portrait for some super fun designer options, all a bit leaner, shorter, and shinier than your usual top dress picks. However, you don’t have to spend that much money, as ASOS, Karen Millen, and & Other Stories have some fantastic options as well.
Whatever your budget, if you’re looking to change it up for your big day, here is 21 of our favorite evening and second wedding dresses available in store now …