Have more than one look on your big day with these dreamy transformable gowns

One of the biggest current trends in bridalwear, transformable gowns allow brides to add or subtract elements to create a look that’s all theirs. Boutiques tell Nicole Conner about their faves…

Essense of Australia gown available at Kudos Bridal Boutiques in Edinburgh and Dunfermline worn by model
A-line off-the shoulder gown with detachable collar and bow (style D3631) by Essence of Australia, from £1,699 with collar and bow, Kudos Bridal Boutiques (Edinburgh and Dunfermline)

A dress that offers multiple looks in one

“This Essense of Australia dress exudes glamour, from the off-the-shoulder detachable shawl, to the simple, chic pleated bodice.  The detachable bow adds a fashion-forward element and there’s a stylish side slit in the voluminous A-line skirt.  All elements can be removed to leave brides with a sleek, strapless ruched bodice.”
Michelle Scott, Kudos Bridal Boutiques

Essense of Australia gown available at both Kudos Dunfermline and Edinburgh
Same as above, from £1,699 with collar and bow, Kudos Bridal Boutiques (Edinburgh and Dunfermline)

A dress for brides looking to add sleeves or a switch up their neckline

“The Frazer wedding dress is a new addition to our 2023 Studio Brides collection and is perfect for a bride who wants to wow on her big day. This convertible dress features a wide collar that can be worn off the shoulder for a sophisticated Bardot look. Remove the collar and it transforms into a classic and contemporary sleeveless gown. There’s even detachable puff sleeves that can also be added for a more modern, romantic look.”
Joyce Young, Joyce Young Design Studios

Frazer gown available at Joyce Young Design Studio
Frazer wedding dress, from £1,395, Joyce Young Design Studios

Totally transform your neckline by adding a lace jacket to your gown

“Top of our transformable gown list here in Kirkcaldy is Dionne by American bridal label Rebecca Ingram. This strappy crepe gown with lace waist accent can be bought by itself, or with a matching illusion lace long-sleeve jacket, which really gives the whole gown a completely different look. The high neck and long sleeves are perfect for your ceremony, and can be removed to show more skin for an evening of celebrating and dancing.”
Amy King, Amy King Bridal and Beauty

Rebecca Ingram gown available at Amy King Bridal and Beauty
Dionne gown with removable jacket by Rebecca Ingram, £POA, Amy King Bridal and Beauty

Add a second skirt for even more drama

“This gorgeous fit-and-flare gown is stunning on its own, but can be ordered with either a detachable overskirt, detachable sleeves – or both. It truly has all the bells and whistles for a bride that wants a little bit of everything! The detachable overskirt attaches at the waist and transforms the look into a traditional A-line style, whilst the detachable sleeves are the perfect way to carry the style from day to night.”
Megan Carberry, Kudos Bridal Boutiques (Dunfermline)

Maggie Sottero gown from Kudos Dunfermline
Albany gown by Maggie Sottero, £POA, Kudos Bridal Boutiques (Dunfermline)

More multi-tasking marriage looks that’ll see you from smooches at the aisle to shots at the bar


Adding accessories to shorter gowns can really up the ante, as demonstrated impeccably by Halfpenny London’s capes and shawls. Swoosh down the aisle with a cape in tow, or pop a cute bow-shaped shawl over your shoulders to cover some skin. You’ll be left with a fun, on-trend mini dress to dance the night away in when you take them off.

Halfpenny London mini dress worn with cape and shrug
Evetta minidress worn with Rara shrug (left) and Rara cape (right), £POA, Halfpenny London


Are you a ‘more is more’ kind of bride? Adding an exaggerated, voluminous overskirt will make your two-in-one big day look a head turner. Once the evening celebrations are underway, you will still be left with a glamorous fishtail silhouette.

Josephine Scott gown with removable skirt
Estella gown with overskirt, £POA, Josephine Scott


The popularity of puffy, ’80s-esque sleeves shows no sign of waning – and if they’re detachable, even better. They add a dash of frivolity into your ceremony look, but leave you with a dance-friendly corseted strapless bodice for the celebrations.

Ophelia gown by Sassi Holford has removable sleeves
Ophelia gown, £POA, Sassi Holford


You don’t need to go OTT with transformable gowns;  subtle changes can still make a big impact. Case in point: removable straps. They can take your look from sweet to sexy in a jiffy.

The straps on this Enzoani gown can be removed
Sheryl gown with straps, £POA, Enzoani