Timeless might be the word that comes to mind when you think about the dress you want for your wedding day, but trends play a big role in influencing what you wear during your walk down the aisle.
At the recent Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2018 shows, top designers showed how they’re putting an of-the-moment spin on wedding looks. We’re sharing our favorite trends from the collections and giving you a glimpse at what to watch for in the year ahead.
Back in black
Black and white are a match made in sartorial heaven when it comes to everyday wear, and now the classic pairing is making a splash in the world of bridal fashion. While some designers went all the way to the dark side, sending black gowns down the runway, there were plenty of examples of how to elegantly incorporate the color in more moderate doses. A simple black belt can add a hint of edge to a sweet gown while black velvet ribbon accents provide visual interest without overwhelming a look. Want to start small? Opt for a piece of dark jewelry.
Short and sweet
From sassy minis to sophisticated tea-length dresses to romantic high-low hems, the spring 2018 collections weren’t afraid to play with length, and you shouldn’t be either. Beyond showcasing an array of silhouettes, designers proved raising your hemline doesn’t require you to lower the expectations for dramatic dress moments. Case in point: Shorter skirts featured eye-catching embellishments and textures while longer lengths incorporated ethereal layers.
A bonus perk of a rocking a short dress (besides not having to worry about it getting stepped on)? You clear the way for a fabulous pair of shoes to shine.
Let’s be honest—putting a bow on a wedding dress isn’t exactly revolutionary. But after turning heads last season, this year bows were back and even bolder than before. The ultimate feminine flourish could be seen softening up otherwise sultry looks, but it also got a sophisticated spin: Asymmetrical bows stood out against clean lines and designers used bows to introduce major volume to sleeves. In some cases, sleeves themselves were carefully structured bows. There are still plenty popping up where you expect them—on the waist and back—but overall, the trend has never felt fresher.
Giving the cold shoulder
It’s a style that may have already made its way into your closet—now the off-the-shoulder and cold shoulder looks are angling for a spot in your wedding. Although some previous off-the-shoulder designs made the wearer look a little like their straps were slipping off unexpectedly, the current crop sit purposefully, showing off shoulders and putting the attention on your décolletage and face. The style’s cousin, the cold shoulder, also made a strong showing, with thin straps connecting to flowing sleeves and leaving shoulders exposed. Depending on the dress and how the look is completed, the cutouts can read bohemian or polished.
Which of these trends are you most likely to try? Let us know in the comments!