When Sofia Vergara married Joe Manganiello at The Breakers, Palm Beach in the most anticipated and glamorous celebrity wedding of the year, she surprised everyone by sweeping down the aisle in what appeared to be a ball gown – instead of her signature mermaid silhouette. Her secret? Pairing a sexy, strapless sheath with a voluminous detachable overskirt she could remove after the ceremony.
Customizable features were frequently seen on the runway this fall, with many top designers mixing up their bridal collections via removable sleeves, trains, and more. We narrowed down a range of enchanting options so you can take Sofia’s cue, but match a beautiful two-in-one look to your own personal bridal style. Photo courtesy of Instagram user sofiavergara
The sultry look of a strapless silk shantung gown gets toned down to church-appropriate levels with a removable lace overblouse that covers shoulders and conjures three-quarter-length sleeves, both by Legends Romona Keveža. Photo courtesy of Romona Keveza
The “Lana” design by Monique Lhuillier takes sexy one step further by shortening the length of a lace gown to a minidress swathed in acres of ivory fabric courtesy of the detachable overskirt. Photo by Don Ashby
A detachable train lets you go formal for your ceremony and unencumbered for your reception in Ines Di Santo's "Bright" embroidered mermaid gown of blush Mikado silk. Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Romance is the style of choice for this re-embroidered lace mermaid gown by Legends Romona Keveža. The Italian net overskirt with cathedral train adds an ethereal touch that can be removed after the ceremony. Photo courtesy of Romona Keveža
Val Stefani's strapless dropped-waist gown with a flared tulle skirt looks positively demure when paired with removable illusion sleeves that coordinate beautifully with the embroidery on the bodice. Photo courtesy of Val Stefani
The bravest of brides will find the answer to their edgy wedding dreams in the “Ciana” illusion body suit with detachable tulle skirt from Ines Di Santo. Sexy, whimsical, and elegant at the same time, the look is high-end couture with a twist. Photo courtesy of Getty Images