What will brides be wearing next year? Depending on who you talk to, the trends are either playing it safe, or throwing out the rulebook. As always, it comes down to the wearer. How you accessorize and finish a dress – and whether it really fits with your personal tastes – are what help create its presence.
Kate Middleton’s influence on bridal style continues. Sarah Burton, as Alexander McQueen’s head designer, took inspiration from Grace Kelly when designing the new royal’s gown. These classic details and the modesty they convey are understandably popular – and seen everywhere, from Marchesa to Carolina Herrera.
The notion that a bride can look sexy is still something of a taboo. The traditional white dress is, of course, a symbol of virginity. As culture changes, however, this seeps into bridal style. Side panels at Angel Sanchez and a sheer, open back detail at Rivini are gorgeous details that still seem demure.
Embellished necklines and dramatic tulle keep the focus toward the bride’s face. Oscar de la Renta’s offering is your ‘something blue’, while Reem Acra’s has enough sparkle that if you want, you can keep accessories very simple.
Structured bodices add a fashion-forward feel, particularly with asymmetrical angles. At Angel Sanchez, a belt accentuates the look – while a flowing skirt keeps with the traditional bridal style.
Would you wear black to your wedding? Vera Wang thinks you should consider it. Dark bodices with cutout panels and matching leather gloves make a stylish statement. These aren’t for brides who love the traditional look, although a full, white skirt, softens the striking details.
What are your favorite 2014 trends? Are you planning a wedding for next year? We’d love to hear about your dress!