We get it: when you think of tiered skirts, you probably think of the over-the-top princess cake topper you had on your birthday cake when you turned 5, not a unique, beautiful, and even sexy wedding dress. Yes, they are perfect for ball gowns, but the modern bride can incorporate tiers into a gown’s skirt for so many different looks–dramatic, whimsical, or romantic. (But we certainly won’t blame you if you say, “I want to look like a princess!”) Here’s why tiers are versatile, gorgeous, and, of course, perfect for your custom wedding gown.

Tiers can be added to so many shapes, including:

1. Fit-and-flare: We can’t get enough of this curve-defining shape with princess-pizzazz!

Tiered skirt on fit-and-flare custom wedding dress

2. A-line and ball gowns: Romantic and dreamy, tiers are a match made in heaven for this style.

Tiered skirt in blush on custom Anomalie wedding dress.

Photo: Adrien Craven

3. And even high-low hemlines! Layered in lace in this Anomalie wedding gown with tiered skirt

You can amp up the texture within the tiers by adding:

1. A layer of sheet lace or lace appliqué throughout the tiers for a little more romance.Layered lace tiered skirt on custom wedding dress for latin bride

2. A layer of sparkle tulle that will make your gown glisten!

Sparkle tulle in tiers on Anomalie custom wedding dress

Photo: David Schwartz Photography

3. Horsehair trim, which gives more definition, lift, and structure at the edge of each tier.

Horsehair trim added for extra definition of tiers on custom wedding dress

Photo: Michael S. Lewis

Use tiers to achieve a more vertical look or a more horizontal look.

Whether you want sleek-and-sexy or to play up the princess vibe, your Anomalie stylist can suggest spacing for tiers, fabric choices, patterns and even color for the perfect wedding day look.

Tiered skirt with stripes on custom wedding dress from Anomalie

Photo: Hillary Muelleck Photography

Blush tiered wedding dress on custom wedding gown from Anomalie

Photo: Terri Baskin

More structured fabric for tiers on custom wedding dress

Photo: Arabela Espinoza

Stylist Pro Tip: Tulle or organza are the most common materials used for tiers, but to create a more modern look, you can use a structured fabric, like duchess satin or Mikado, or taffeta. Schedule a call with an Anomalie stylist today to get started on your custom wedding gown!

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