Separate & Together

Agnes Lopez PhotographyThe crop top made its debut onto the fashion scene in the 1940s, but it didn’t gain popularity until the ‘70s and ‘80s thanks to pop culture. Now, the trendy half-shirt is making its way into bridal boutiques and down the aisle. Brides are letting their midriffs breathe and opting to keep the top of their dress separate from the bottom.

“I think brides are loving the two-piece option because it is a way for them to create their own gown,” says Melissa Moneypenny, store manager at Love, A Bridal Boutique in Jax Beach. “We have a lot of brides who say ‘I wish I could combine the top of this dress with the bottom of the other one.’”

“Separates can work well for any season, with a long-sleeve option for cooler weather, or a cute sleeveless crop top and slim skirt for warmer months,” says Mabry Burch, store manager at The White Magnolia Bridal Collection in San Marco.

“Putting the two pieces together you can create a lightweight beach wedding dress or a full skirt ball gown for a more traditional bride,” says Moneypenny. “The possibilities really are endless.”

Not all separates show skin; some tops are created to layer the skirt. “The great thing about the separates is that you can wear the skirts as high or low as you like and the crop tops can show as much or as little skin as you are comfortable with,” says Moneypenny. “The wide majority of our brides do choose to have their top and skirt sewn together, keeping their look a little more traditional.”

However you choose to wear your dress, be sure to add your best accessory: a smile.

By Courtnee James • Photo by Agnes Lopez

(Dress details: Belle mesh top and silk Martina Shae skirt from Love, A Bridal Boutique)

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