What's your favorite bridal trend?
1. Illusion necklines – These are everywhere this year! And, I have to say that I like it. I think it's a great alternative for a modest bride who doesn't want to show the world her goods, but still wants to be sexy. Super trendy and cute.
(Top left: Carolina Herrera, Top right: Angel Sanchez, Bottom left: Alfred Angelo, Bottom right: Monique Lhuillier)
2. Blush/nude – It's no surprise that so many designers are coming out with these non-white dresses. Blush and nude were such hot colors for weddings and bridesmaid dresses in 2010 that it was just a matter of time before it became fairly common to see in wedding dresses too. Definitely not for everyone, though, these dresses are for the bold and fashion-forward bride.
(Top left: Jenny Packham, Top right: Rivini, Bottom left: Vera Wang, Bottom right: Monique Lhuillier )
3. Lace sleeves – Ahh, yes. This is what I like to call the "Kate Middleton" trend. As soon as I spotted her walking down the isle in her long-sleeved lace dress, I knew that we were going to see look-alikes everywhere. In the past, these dresses were kind of seen as matronly and old-fashioned, but these designers have definitely found a way to make them pretty and fashionable again.
(Top left: Monique Lhuillier, Top right: Oscar de la Renta, Bottom left: Maggie Sottero, Bottom right: Monique Lhuillier)
4. Subtle boning – In case you don't know, boning is used in bustier type wedding gowns to give the bodice a defined shape. Most times, the boning is hidden inside the fabric. This year, however, designers are letting the boning show for a beautiful, structured look. It's certainly visually interesting and adds some sexy personality to the dresses.
(Top left: Maggie Sottero, Top right: Ines di Santo, Bottom left: Tara Keely, Bottom right: St. Pucchi )
5. Two-Tiered skirts – This is a great way to add a little bit of drama to a dress. The tiers definitely have a unique look and help add some volume for brides who don't want the whole "princess" look.
(Top left: Jennifer Salzman, Top right: Badgley Mischka, Bottom left: Ulla Maija, Bottom right: Christos)
6. Prints – Talk about bold! These designers have gone outside of the traditional box to bring women a fun and funky alternative to a plain white dress. The pattern can be big and in-your-face, or more girly and feminine. Love it or hate it, it's definitely a big trend this year.
(Top left: Badgley Mischka, Top right: Claire Pettibone, Bottom left: Angel Sanchez, Bottom right: Oscar de la Renta)
7. Black – Whether it's a black detail here and there, or an all-black dress, this a great idea for the outgoing, offbeat bride. Who says you have to wear white? Black is the new white!
(Top left: Alvina Valenta, Top Right: Anne Bowen, Bottom left: Carolina Herrera, Bottom right: Vera Wang)