Want to know what’s ruling the wedding runways this year? We approached our friends from Love Find Co. (a bridal styling service and online shop) to share the latest wedding dress trends – from dramatic trains to ‘the Meghan Markle effect’ and everything in between. Spoiler alert – it’s a great year to get married.
The 90’s are making a comeback across both mainstream and bridal fashion. Expect to see plenty of slinky, slip dresses (think Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Gwyneth Paltrow). This silhouette is effortlessly sophisticated.
The humble, flattering V-neckline is getting a little bit more daring. Just to be clear, we are not talking about a V-neckline that goes down to your navel – we are talking about those necklines that find the perfect balance between daring and sophisticated. Lace or sheer fabric can be added for a little bit of modesty.
Off the shoulder
Consider ‘off the shoulder’ wedding dresses the new strapless. The horizontal line created just above the bust by this style of dress highlights the décolletage and neck for a refined elegance.
The bow has been growing in popularity for the last two seasons, It’s versatile and offers an ultra classic detail to your wedding dress. Featured on the shoulder, off the shoulder, around the waist or as part of the train, a bow will definitely make a statement.
We love a long wedding dress train as it adds emphasis to the dress’ silhouette and makes for an epic photograph! Our new personal favourite train is a Watteau train. Inspired by Japanese culture, a Watteau train is a sculptural train that extends from the back neckline and creates a clean, modern silhouette.
Brides are spending less… and selling their dress afterwards
In the last few years, stats have shown that worldwide, brides are spending less on their wedding dress. A lot of mainstream fashion brands such as ASOS, BHLDN and Fame and Partners have launched ready to wear bridal collections at affordable prices, while second hand wedding dress platforms like Still White and Savvy Brides are helping brides to find the dress of their dreams at a fraction of the price.
The Meghan Markle effect
With the royal wedding next month, we can guarantee that whatever wedding dress style Meghan Markle sports will inspire brides-to-be for the rest of 2018 and into 2019. Watch this space!
Need some bridal styling advice? Head to Love Find Co. – these ladies have a curated collection of bridal designers and boutiques for you to discover, plus they can organise a personalised ‘Style File’ to help you find dresses you will love within your budget.
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