Wedding Top Tips / How to transform your wedding dress – one dress, two looks

February 27, 2020

How to transform your wedding dress – one dress, two looks

Every now and then I hand over my blog to another business for them to share some nuggets of wisdom to help with planning your wedding day. Today I am very happy to have Sabina Motasem share some top tips for how to transform your wedding dress from day to evening. One dress and two looks.


Do you love the idea of switching your look between the ceremony and reception? Would you love to create a look that is elegant and demure for the day time and a bit more sultry for the evening? The perfect solution is layering. By adding a sheer top, dress or skirt you can create a more covered look with sleeves, a higher neckline or a wider skirt. These top layers can be lace or another more textured material, which creates a different silhouette and a different style of dress. The dress under this top layer is often a simpler or more fitted style, showing off the decolletage, back and arms. With one simple layer, you have changed your look completely.

Sabina Motasem has a few dresses that offer the flexibility of layering, so they can be easily transformed and create a completely different look. The Margot, The Elsa, and the Misty dresses are perfect for this.

Margot and Elsa dresses

Sabina said of the Margot and Elsa dresses “If you’re a romantic at heart and you love the style of old Hollywood glamour, you might like our Margot and Elsa dress. Margot is an art nouveau corded lace dress available with long lacey sleeves or grown on cap sleeves and worn with a gorgeous slip style dress in gold satin. Wear with a soft tulle veil, for an utterly romantic look perfect for a church or a venue with a period. We’re adding more luscious laces to our Nouveau collection too.

For the evening remove the lace over-dress to reveal the Elsa dress, one of our best-selling dresses since it was added to our collection many years ago and still a firm favourite with our brides. Elsa is a silk wedding dress made from a liquid gold luxe satin and lined with a velvety satin lining for that ultimate luxury. Add a sash and carefully ease up the Elsa dress above it to create a look reminiscent of the iconic green dress worn by Keira Knightley in the film Atonement. Elsa is such a flattering dress, it suits all shapes and sizes, and we’ve got you covered too on what the best underwear to wear too as recommended by our own brides too.”

Misty dress

About the Misty dress “If lace isn’t your thing and you prefer something sleek, elegant and modern, then Misty is could be the dress for you. It’s a lightly boned strapless dress with a contrast satin band, and a side slit skirt with a detachable off-the-shoulder band. Most brides love their decolletage and this dress really shows it off beautifully. For the evening, slightly change up the look by removing the off-the-shoulder band to transform the dress into a slinky strapless style revealing a satin contrast band along the neck. Button up the train neatly underneath and you’ll be ready for dancing and fun for the evening.”


One of the easiest ways to transform your wedding dress is using accessories. This could be a belt that adds some sparkle or detail to your waist. For a Winter wedding, you could use a shawl or wrap to create a different look. Changing your jewellery from day time to evening is a very easy way to transform your wedding dress. A more subtle necklace or simple earring for the day, with a more statement piece of jewellery for evening. Maybe you choose a floral headpiece for day and swap it for a jewelled headpiece for the evening. Opt for a shoe that is easy to walk in and comfy for the daytime and then go glam with your shoes for the evening with some sparkle. There are so many ways you can easily change your look and transform your wedding dress with accessories.

Thanks so much to Sabina Motasem for sharing some great ideas on how to transform your wedding dress from day to evening and get two looks with one dress.

If you want to try on Sabina Motasem dresses go to the website

See the full collection of dresses online and at the Islington Bridal Boutique, 65 Cross Street, London N1 2BB

If you liked this post and found it helpful then check out some more of my wedding top tips with the wedding budget breakdown.

Thanks for popping by

Fiona x


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