There’s a pivotal moment for every woman once she’s found the one, promised him forever and found that perfect place to exchange vows: the moment when she begins her search for the most memorable dress she’ll ever wear. From classic lace to a two-piece gown to a bridal jumpsuit, this garment must reflect the personality of the bride while being breathtaking both in person and in photos. Luckily, the experts at Bella Bridesmaids and Ivory & White gave us some insider intel and trend-forecasting insights on bridal fashion in the upcoming year. We’ve honed in on six must-have trending looks — three for brides and three for bridesmaids — so everyone can walk down the aisle in something classic and timeless, but also fresh and current. Let’s take a look!
6 Bridal Fashion Trends Turning Heads
For the Bride
1. Texture and minimalism
The wedding gown gurus at Ivory & White revealed to us that minimalism is in. “Heavy embellishment took a backseat to cleaner, more refined fabrics from our designers this year,” says Ivory & White Store Manager Sloane Jones. That intricately beaded and infinitely sparkling dress is being replaced by minimal lace appliqués and lace screen prints that poke through to provide visual interest without adding weight to a fuller skirt. It’s all about the bride wearing the gown rather than the gown wearing the bride in 2017.
2. Striking neck lines
The importance of an eye-catching neck line is coming to the forefront this year. Many brides are going for a deep plunging neckline in order to elongate their body type while remaining timeless. On the other end of the spectrum, the bateau neckline — also known as a boat neck or Sabrina neckline, which runs horizontally across the collarbones from shoulder to shoulder — makes a sophisticated Audrey Hepburn-esque statement by accentuating the bride’s waist while remaining more conservative.
3. Nontraditional styles
This year is all about embracing the personality of the bride! Many nontraditional styles are hitting the scene for 2017, including crop tops and two-piece gowns. Gowns in muted shades of soft blush or champagne-tinted nudes are also in and add contrast to an overlay of lace; while even pantsuits and jumpsuits open the doors of fashion for that out-of-the-box bride, unafraid to embrace her own unique style.
For the Bridesmaid
1. Statement sleeves
We asked Bella Bridesmaids what the hottest trend in bridesmaid fashion is, and the answer is … sleeves! Long sleeves, off-the-shoulder sleeves and statement sleeves with ruffle details have quickly become the trendiest bridesmaid — and general — style of 2017. “Ruffles are used by so many designers on so many of the dresses,” says Jeana Lee Thompson, owner of Bella Bridesmaids in Homewood. “Some have a tiny ruffle detail here or there to add a feminine touch, while others embrace the full-on ruffles.” Some brides even choose to have each bridesmaid rock a different style sleeve, so that each bridesmaid can have a cut that is both flattering and comfortable for her body type.
2. Multicolors and sparkles
“Sequins, metallic fabrics and a little bling is still holding its own this wedding season,” say the experts at Bella Bridesmaids. And we think it’s the sweetest way to add a bit of sparkle to the wedding party while making sure the bride stands out among a sea of shimmer. Multicolored dresses also allow each bridesmaid to choose her best color, allowing her personality to shine bright! The more comfortable, smiling faces in the wedding party on this happy day, the better!
3. Detailed backs
It’s not just about the front of the dress anymore. Bridesmaids are seeking details on the back of the dress as well. After all, the wedding guests will get a good look at the back as each bridesmaid walks down the aisle. Some brides choose a different back for each bridesmaid for an unforgettable, stand-out style — and a great photo op!
What’s to come?
“We predict the more structured fabrics such as shantung, dupioni, silk mikado and even satin will be making a comeback, and bridesmaids’ dresses will lean towards the more formal side of things,” says Jeana Lee Thompson of Bella Bridesmaids. “Hey, what goes around comes right back around!”
“Predicting future trends is tricky, but our designers are incredibly inspired by reinventing classics in a current way,” says Sloane Jones of Ivory & White. “Almost every bride wants to feel as though her gown is unlike anyone else’s, without translating as too ‘trendy.’ Our designers understand this uniqueness in brides and aim to put contemporary twists on traditional styles.”
Thank you to our amazing wedding style geniuses for sharing the cutting edge on bridal fashion!
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