Are short wedding dresses OK?

Last updated 05:00 14/12/2011
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GET ME OUTTA HERE: Not all of us want to look like a frothy giant shower pouf at our weddings.

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Our fashion doctor helps a bride-to-be whose friends insist she can't wear a mini-dress to her wedding.

Q: I'm not sure if wedding attire is in your area of expertise, but I need an opinion I can trust, and so far the advice of yours that I have read has been fairly on the button.

Let's start at the beginning – I am getting married. My fiance and I are off to a tropical island to get married and will have a fairly casual/low-key ceremony.

Where I need help from you is the dress. As our ceremony is going to be on the beach, the dress that I have in mind is a gorgeous strapless number that falls just above the knee – I thought that this would be fine given the casual nature of the day and the fact that it is on a beach.

All my friends and sisters keep telling me that I can't wear a "mini-dress" to my wedding and need to wear a proper wedding dress.

We went in to look at a bridal shop. I expressed my opinions to the shop staff and they told me to buy a full-length gown and have it taken up to mid-calf length – one word, blerk.

Is it acceptable for a bride to wear a knee-length dress or is it bad taste?

A: Stuff the lot of them, I say. Although don't tell your beloved friends and family that I said that.

Not all of us want to look like a frothy giant shower pouf at our weddings.

Nor do we all want to be wider than our groom with all those frills and frippery.

But as it is your day (and his) I expect that you still want to look and feel your best. And if your pins are your best bits, then flaunt them, I say.

Karen Walker wore a mini-dress to her wedding, so why can't you?

A word of advice: I'd keep away from the strapless mini combo. Am I shattering your dreams? Sorry.

I live by the rule of balance – if you've got your boobs out, then cover your legs, and vice versa.

There are some stunning white and cream dresses around that are mini in length but not so hoochie up top.

Look for ornate fabrics like lace and brocade that are simple in cut, like a classic shift style in either long, short or singlet-length sleeves.

For the price you'd pay for a less-than-stunning gown from a bridal store, you may as well treat yourself and buy a dress by a luxury European designer from Net-a-porter. It is your wedding day, after all.

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