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.

This Monique Lhuillier ‘Bella’ gown showcases the beauty of screen printed lace. Image: Ivory & White

This Monique Lhuillier “Bella” gown showcases the beauty of screen-printed lace. Image: Ivory & White

Simple sophistication never goes out of style and this Martina Liana gown hits the mark with a classic shape and minimal lace. Image: Ivory & White

Simple sophistication never goes out of style, and this Martina Liana gown hits the mark with a classic shape and minimal lace. Image: Ivory & White

A surprising color takes a traditional turn with this Legends Romona Keveza blush gown. Image: Ivory & White

A surprising color takes a traditional turn with this Legends Romona Keveza blush gown. Image: Ivory & White

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.

A plunging v neckline elongates the bride's body while staying sophisticated. This one is by Legends Romona Keveza. Image: Ivory & White

A plunging V neckline elongates the bride’s body while staying sophisticated. This one is by Legends Romona Keveza. Image: Ivory & White

This Legends Romona Keveza looks classic and complete with a bataeu neckline. Image: Ivory & White

This Legends Romona Keveza looks classic and complete with a bataeu neckline. Image: Ivory & White

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Take a plunging neckline and create a simple and cute look with fun accessories. This is Lela Rose's ‘The Sound.' Image: Ivory & White

Take a plunging neckline and create a simple and cute look with fun accessories. This is Lela Rose‘s “The Sound” dress. Image: Ivory & White

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.

This two-piece 'Bliss' dress by Monique Lhuillier is fresh, fun and flirty. Perfect for the young bride! Image: Ivory & White

This two-piece “Bliss” dress by Monique Lhuillier is fresh, fun and flirty. Perfect for the young bride! Image: Ivory & White

This deep champagne dress by Inbal Dror puts a unique twist on the classic wedding gown. Image: Ivory & White

This nude dress by Inbal Dror puts a unique twist on the classic wedding gown. Image: Ivory & White

This Lela Rose bridal jumpsuit is perfect for the non-traditional bride wanting to stay true to her style on her special day! Image: Ivory & White

This Lela Rose bridal jumpsuit is perfect for the nontraditional bride wanting to stay true to her style on her special day! Image: Ivory & White

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.

This Joanna August gown combines all of the sleeve trends to establish a bohemian, easy-going look. Image: Bella Bridesmaids

This Joanna August gown combines ruffles and a full sleeve to establish a bohemian, easy-going look. Image: Bella Bridesmaids

 

Multiple different ruffled looks create a uniform look without getting boring. Gowns: Joanna August. Image: Bella Bridesmaids

Different ruffled styles create a uniform look without getting boring. Gowns: Joanna August | Image: Bella Bridesmaids

This Jenny Yoo gown is off-the-shoulder done right. Image: Bella Bridesmaids

This Jenny Yoo gown is off-the-shoulder done right. Image: Bella Bridesmaids

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!

All that shimmers is bridal with this Theia gown. Image: Bella Bridesmaids

All that shimmers is bridal with this Theia gown. Image: Bella Bridesmaids

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A touch of sparkle adds just the right amount of shine. Gown: Amsale Image: Bella Bridesmaids

A touch of sparkle adds just the right amount of shine. Gown: Amsale | Image: Bella Bridesmaids

Multi-colored gowns within the same family creates a completed look while staying fresh. Gowns: Jenny Yoo. Image: Bella Bridesmaids

Multicolored gowns within the same family create a cohesive look while staying fresh. Gowns: Jenny Yoo | Image: Bella Bridesmaids

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!

A soft bow and tied straps creates a sweet and feminine bridesmaid look. Gown: Ceremony by Joanna August. Image: Bella Bridesmaids

A soft bow and tied straps creates a sweet and feminine bridesmaid look. Gown: Ceremony by Joanna August | Image: Bella Bridesmaids

The criss-cross design of this Dessy dress shows a hint of skin without being flashy. Image: Bella Bridesmaids

The criss-cross design of this Dessy dress shows a hint of skin without being flashy. Image: Bella Bridesmaids

A different detailed back for each bridesmaid allows them to showcase their personality and feel comfortable! Gowns: Hayley Paige Image: Bella Bridesmaids

A different detailed back for each bridesmaid allows each one to showcase her personality and feel comfortable! Gowns: Hayley Paige | Image: Bella Bridesmaids

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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