When you finally make it to the big day, after all the ups and downs, you know it must be true love. No, we’re not talking about your significant other – your bond with your wedding dress has a magic all of its own, making it extra important to ensure that you find a gown that you can live happily ever after with. So to help make your dreams come true, we’ve put together an overview of all of the best bridal trends 2016-2017 - complete with the styles, fabrics and wedding dress patterns that are in vogue this season.
Fall / Winter 2016
1. Sheer Silhouettes & Lingerie
With cascading layers of tulle and organza and plenty of lacy details, sheer cut and lingerie-inspired designs are definitely the key theme in fall/winter 2016. Designers love to play with the idea of hiding and showing - something which shows in an abundance of lace, smooth fabrics and deep necklines - and which makes ‘sensual’ the word that best describes these new collections.
It’s good news for the vintage-loving boho brides out there too, as the lingerie-inspired look incorporates crochet lace, embroidery, and soft godet bottoms. At a fairy-tale winter wedding, pair these creations with a shearling coat to create a little hippie-spirit at the same time as keeping yourself warm and cozy. Dominating bridal collections this year, the lingerie trend has been spotted at Houghton, Inbal Dror, Reem Acra and many more.
Don’t much fancy walking down the aisle in your underwear? Not to worry - minimalism is still a big trend when it comes to wedding dress patterns. Clear lines combined with smartly accentuated details are a mainstay of this sophisticated yet romantic look, which has been mastered by Designers like Lela Rose and J.Mendel who offer simplicity with an artful twist.
One word of caution, however - the next emerging trend in bridal minimalism will probably cause an acute ‘90s déjà-vu; spaghetti straps. Yes, they are back, and not only in ready to wear collections, but in wedding dresses too. Mostly, they come with big ball gowns or mermaid cuts - so be prepared to go retro this year!
3. Back to black
Even though white is by far the most popular color when it comes to wedding dresses, why not think outside the box? Whether you want to take a smaller-scale approach by adding a little extra contrast to details like bows or belts, or fancy opting for the dramatic allover look, going back to black will surely add a lot of extravagance and glamour to your wedding style. The modern gothic look can be found in recent work by Inbal Dror and of course Vera Wang.
Sneak Peek: Wedding Dress Trends Spring 2017
Everything is going to be bigger, brighter, and seriously flowery in spring 2017. Find out more about the upcoming season below!
1. High Collar vs. Plunging Neckline
In contrast to the low necks and swooping backlines that have been dominating wedding fashion for a few seasons now, designers are taking us back to the Victorian age this spring with tulle collar details on high-closed lace gowns. Yet the dresses are far away from buttoned up: lingerie style and sheer materials all over will still be going strong.
2. More Volume, Please!
Volume and A-lines are going to have a big impact on wedding dress patterns in 2017. And let’s face it: which bride doesn’t secretly dream of a huge gown to make her feel like a princess on her special day? Designers are also going big on the details, with Sachin & Babi placing oversized bows on feminine lace dresses and off-the-shoulder gowns. Bold bows have also been seen at Oscar de la Renta (https://www.oscardelarenta.com/), Carolina Herrera (http://www.carolinaherrera.com/) and more.
(Sachin & Babi)
3. Flower Power & Soft Color
Expect to see romantic 3D floral appliqués popping up at Angel Sanchez (http://angelsanchezusa.com/), Naeem Khan (http://naeemkhan.com/), Marchesa (http://marchesa.com/) and more next spring. Whether blooming at the back or neckline, or dominating whole dresses, it seems that almost every designer has fallen in love with this trend. And it’s not just white gowns that are being livened up with fresh spring colors; designers like Monique Lhuillier (https://www.moniquelhuillier.com/) and Mira Zwillinger (http://www.mirazwillinger.com/) have showcased entire looks in soft blue, light pink or violet.
Design Your Own Wedding Dress
If you’re looking for something truly unique, there’s always the option to bypass the season’s trends altogether and design your own perfect dress from scratch using wedding dress patterns. That way, whether you prefer classical silhouettes, elaborate gowns, or even fancy a little renaissance elegance, you can create your perfect design. Of course, this bespoke approach will require either some impressive sewing skills on your part, or the services of a seamstress, but for something so utterly personal, it’s well worth it.
If you’re thinking of coming up with your own design, historical wedding dresses are a good source of inspiration. Looking back in time, wedding trends have often gone hand in hand with the current fashion of the decade. During the 1920s, for instance, brides said yes in loose silhouettes, and ankle-length dresses were a must, while years later, eighties-style power dressing influenced bridal designers to come up with bold creations, puff sleeves and extravagant details.
No matter which style you prefer, however, the number one rule for any fashion-conscious wife-to-be is to experiment before making your final choice. Mixing and matching is key here, as it will help you to find a silhouette that suits your body type, feels natural and comfortable, and will allow you to enjoy your fairytale to the fullest. And trust us - once you find the perfect dress, you’ll know it’s true love.