Fun Fact: December is the most popular month of the year to get engaged. The holiday season lends itself to merriment and sentiment, with the largest percentage of engagements happening during this time. After the holidays are over, brides get down to business and begin booking their venues and looking for their dresses.
Since December is all about the engagement, that would mean that January and February are all about finding the perfect wedding dress. We asked Tera and Lauren, owners of Couture Closet in La Grange, Kentucky, about the most popular trends they are seeing for wedding dresses lately. Couture Closet is celebrating 10 years in business, and they have seen a lot in those 10 years. As with any dress, there is no need to marry yourself to these trends; do what feels right for you. But if you like these options, all of the dresses shown are carried (or can be ordered) by Couture Closet.
5 Wedding Dress Trends for 2017
TREND: Simple Skirts
Couture Closet has noticed a distinct rise in the requests for a plain, simple skirt. There are two trends in this category that have surfaced. One is the notion of wedding dress separates, which means you buy a top and a skirt, making it a two-piece outfit that you customize. The other trend is no matter what the embellishment is on top of the dress, the skirt is plain and simple. This simple skirt actually accentuates the top, as it does not detract any attention away from it.
TREND: Straps and Sleeves
The trend towards strapless dresses, which overwhelmed the market for the last 10 years, is fading. Women are adding interest to their gowns with sleeves and straps.
TREND: Unique Laces
New lace dresses are not made of your typical Alençon lace, which is known for being demure and understated. Brides are seeking more hardy laces for a few reasons. First, they want to be unique and not feel like a “cookie cutter” bride. Second, these laces photograph beautifully, whereas the older lace patterns seem to fade into the background. These are laces that make a statement.
TREND: Interesting Back
This trend continues to be a piece of the puzzle for many brides who want an interesting back in their perfect dress. The fronts of these dresses are beautiful, but the backs have a special “wow” factor.
TREND: Detachable Skirts
Across the board, designers have begun to develop several overlay skirts. We find that this trend allows brides who struggle with the decision of a fuller dress or a sleek one to have best of both worlds, as they can buy a skirt accessory rather than a second dress, which, of course, is a cost savings.
Best wishes to all the new brides-to-be in 2017. Hopefully these tips and trends will help you say “yes to the dress.”
Thank you to Tera and Lauren of Couture Closet for the great advice. They carry all the brands mentioned above — Blush by Hayley Paige, Lillian West, Ti Adora, Lis Simon and Jasmine Collection. Couture Closet is located at 123 E. Main St. in La Grange, Kentucky. Learn more at (502) 225-0305 or online here.
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