If you’re more excited to pick out your wedding dress than any other part of wedding planning, you’re definitely not alone. Brides have long enjoyed the process of finding the perfect gown. It’s a rite of passage for many families, and one of the first times you’re likely to truly feel like a bride. But before you gather your best girlfriends and your relatives to go shopping with you, it can be helpful to understand the trends for bridal attire and start thinking about what silhouettes will suit you. That way you can save a great deal of time and frustration trying on the wrong dresses, and instead enjoy the process of finding the one for you.
Subtle Skin Is In
Modern brides want to show off their curves in gowns that play up their best features. From plunging necklines to low backs, don’t be afraid to show a little – or a lot of – skin. Just be sure to choose one body part to feature, and keep the rest covered, in order to keep things sexy, not scandalous.
Corset gowns are also making a comeback, as a way to highlight a tiny waistline. Look for ones with lots of details to stay modern and on trend.
All In the Details
While beads and lace have always played a prominent role in wedding fashion, 2016 is slated to be a year for even more details. Think 3D flowers and even butterflies, as well as feathers!
Choosing a classic silhouette can help keep those fanciful details from coming across as too young or costumey.
Who Says It Has to Be a Long White Dress?
If you want a subtle way to shirk tradition, think about choosing something other than a white gown. This is especially appropriate if you’re planning a simple courthouse ceremony or a casual outdoor wedding.
- Not-so-White: Watercolors are popping up in bridal fashion. Subtle ombre gowns are a way to add a pop of color without going too non-traditional.
- The LWD: Especially for daytime weddings, or those on the beach, the Little White Dress is a big hit. Look for something with great detail, or dress a simple silhouette up with jewels, a birdcage veil or even a hat to make it feel extra special.
- Hot Pants: White pants are a wonderful way to give a nod to tradition, while still shining in all your own style. Plus, they can make a comfortable alternative to a gown!