Confession: I have been married for nine years and I am still ob-sessed with wedding dresses. I submit my husband to TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress far too often. If I could pull my wedding dress out of its air-tight box and twirl around in it without it turning yellow, I would. Every. Single. Day. So, can I help you pick out your dress?
Let’s talk trends. Wedding dresses aren’t just white anymore. There’s bright white, white, off-white, ivory, blush, and even greige (like beige, but grey). Greige wedding dresses, especially this one from Stella York with lace overlays, can show amazing detail and still feel very bridal. This trend is one of my favorites! Don’t be afraid to experiment with color. Different shades look better with different skin tones and hair colors. For example, blush gowns look ah-mazing on red-heads with their pale and creamy skin! Ivory gowns often look stellar on darker skin tones or even just dark hair. You might have your heart set on a white dress until you put on an ivory one and your reflection blows your beautiful mind!
Another trend that’s hot right now is back detail. Many wedding dresses feature bejeweled backs, plunging lines, and gorgeous key-holes. The back is the new front right now. Backs and behinds are the focus, soggy going on those butterflies and squats at the gym! If you choose to emphasize your back, be sure your dress is tailored well.
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Etherial wedding dresses, often with empire waists and column sheaths are huge right now. Think grecian princess, minus the hardware. Speaking of minusing, if you choose this trend, don’t go greek with your hair and accessories. Floral headbands and be-jeweled head chains are also hot right now in the fashion world, but not when you combine them with your wedding dress. This trend is about the soft and flow feel of the fabric. It’s not about looking like you’re going to a costume party.
Tulle and lace designer gowns are also big trends right now, going along with the flowy, soft fabric trend. You’ll feel and look like you’re floating on a cloud in these airy creations.
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Sleeves are making a comeback in the world of wedding dresses, but in a subtle way. More often they can be found as a sheer tule cap-sleeve with embroidery or a lace cap-sleeve often connected to a delicate sweetheart neckline.
Keep it Classic
The sweetheart neckline is an example of a classic trend. When choosing a wedding dress, be sure to be cautious of trends that are not timeless. Years from now, you don’t want to look back and wonder what you were thinking. A good rule of thumb is to decide if it is a subtle or in-your-face. If it’s the first thing you notice, like the huge puffy sleeves of the 80’s inspired by Princess Diana, perhaps you should reconsider, or take the trend down a notch– a little poof never hurt anyone, right? Worried about your pick-ups? Maybe just do a few on the side’s of your dress or even down your train. That being said, if you’re in love with the trend, go for it girl. It’s your day, and your dress.
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