What is a transformer dress, you might ask? It’s a gown that comes with extra pieces–like an overskirt, detachable train or bolero–that, when worn with the gown, completely “transform” the original look. Here’s an example of a transformer gown with an overskirt:
Here’s the dress-
And now here’s that same dress worn with an overskirt-
The skirt completely changes the look of the dress, right? Brides will often wear the overskirt for the ceremony and remove it for the reception–guests often think it’s a completely different dress. For brides who really love both the ballgown and fitted looks, a transformer dress is a great way to get to wear both on your big day.
For brides who love the ballgown or a-line look but are afraid that it might keep them from dancing the night away at the reception, a transformer dress with an overskirt could be the perfect answer to your problem! Take a look at this gown from Lillian West
The ruffled skirt on this dress is actually an overskirt! Once it’s removed, it reveals this short lace gown, which you surely can dance the night away in on your big day.
Overskirts aren’t the only way to transform a dress–take a look at this design
This gown comes with a removable wrap that can be used to add straps to this strapless a-line silhouette. It attaches with lace covered buttons on the sides of the dress, so brides can easily remove and reattach the wrap as they please.
Here’s a gown with a removable lace bolero:
Some brides will even opt to have both an overskirt and a bolero! It gives them more freedom to change their look throughout the wedding day. Take a look–here’s the dress as is:
Now here’s the dress with a detachable bolero (we love the split sleeves on this look):
Now here’s the dress with both the bolero and the overskirt:
Amazing how these extra accessories truly transform a dress, don’t they?
So, how can you turn your wedding gown into a transformer dress? It’s easy! Many designs nowadays come with the option to order a matching bolero or overskirt, you just need to ask your consultant about this option. If not, speak to your seamstress! Here at Sealed With A Kiss we work with a lot of brides to create custom boleros and overskirts, and in this way we help brides create a truly custom look. If you’re local, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to meet with us and discuss your options!