In the wake of Spring 2018’s Bridal Fashion Week, Pinterest boards everywhere are littered with more ivory-hued haute couture gowns than ever before. We’ve combed over every frill, feather and frock, and rounded up the very best trends to grace the bridal runways this year.
You may think you’re content with a simple fit-and-flair gown and sweetheart neckline, but that’s only because you haven’t laid eyes on these designs yet. This season has seen a major shake up of tradition with the addition of bold accents, striking new silhouettes, and throwbacks to ‘80s styles that have been completely reimagined. Brace yourselves – bridal fashion just got an overhaul – these are the nine trends that’ll be walking down the aisle this wedding season.
Standalone sleeves featured repeatedly in some of the most prominent bridal collections of the season. On one end of the spectrum lies Mark Zuzino’s OTT bell sleeve. On the other, the somewhat understated slip on sleeves that feature in Monique Lhuillier’s collection. Each unique rendition of this trend took the off-the-shoulder vibe of seasons past and upped the ante by several notches.
Bows on wedding dresses are about as groundbreaking as florals for spring. While tacking bows to bridal gowns has been done to death over the last hundred eons, this season saw something a little different. Rather than just adding a waist bow to an otherwise boring frock, dramatically draped back bows became an integral part of the designs. Remember the big bows that adorned the back of every bright fuchsia 1980s prom dress? This is like that, except good.
If you wanted to add something over your wedding dress your options before now were limited to a fur bolero or box cut silk jacket. Neither of these scream (or even whisper) “modern high fashion”. This year, capes and capelets come to the rescue. These are not about adding an additional level of modesty, but instead create a brand new silhouette that’s all the right kinds of feminine, dramatic and princess-like.
Speaking of dramatic… the trend queen has entered the building and this year, she’s in black. Although a head to toe black bridal get-up may still be reserved for the antiestablishment bride, adding charcoal accents to an ivory gown has absolutely changed the game. Who’d have thought touches of black could still look so classically bridal? We’re especially vibing on Marchesca’s interpretation, with the addition of a thin black belt to a lacy A-line.
Remember back in 2012 when high-low hem skirts were a Sportsgirl staple? Every girl worth her Instagram feed was styling them with a straw hat and espadrilles. This trend has come full circle and has now officially been bridalised (patent pending). 2018’s take on the high-low hem comes in many shapes and textures, with off-the-shoulder, sleeved, strapless, satin, tulle and lace incarnations all gracing the runway.
We are lusting pretty damn hard after overskirts. This eye-catching style dominated high-street formal wear last year, but the bridal version takes this trend to a whole new layer of the stratosphere. Overskirts are the love child of a sleek, sexy dress and a traditionally bridal silhouette (with a long train of course). This Mira Zwillinger number is what Lizzy McGuire meant when she said: “this is what dreams are made of”.
Sometimes the biggest trends in bridal fashion take inspiration from the ready-to-wear runways of the season before. Let’s welcome bell sleeves back to stage left folks. Similar to their street style cousins, the dramatic flair sleeve adds a touch of boho romanticism. Big sleeved wedding dresses may be a little reminiscent of 1890’s Victorian style, right? But when paired with either a plunging neckline or an off-the-shoulder bodice this trend is anything but tacky.
From the understated neutrals seen on Lazaro’s runway to the ballet slipper pink shades of Naeem Khan’s designs, the ‘innocence’ of ivory gets a millennial upgrade. There’s more reason than ever to opt out of the traditional mentality that wedding dresses must be white. Alexandra Grecco combined this trend with soft floral details for this truly show-stopping number that’s beyond ready for the aisle.
Your wedding day is supposed to be the best day of your life right? It’s an epic party that’s (pretty much) just for you! The tiered skirt injects fun into wedding dresses like no other trend we’ve seen in years. In fact, it’s enough to make us consider jumping the gun and saying ‘I do’ to the mailman just for an excuse to wear a tiered wedding dress as we cut shapes on the dance floor of the reception.
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