19th July, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
Bridal fashion trends ebb and flow just like those in the ‘everyday’ aspects of the fashion industry. There are any number of driving forces that determine what is ‘in’ and what is not, but for this season, we’re seeing a royal influence; Kate Middleton’s elegant gown that was more about sophistication and less about princess-y fluff. Another influence we are seeing evidence of is the old adage, ‘everything old is new again’. The vintage influence is being seen not only in wedding gowns, but in other aspects of the wedding, as well.
Wedding gowns for this season are following a fitted silhouette (think mermaid-style) as well as an elegant ball gown look. When you combine the look of a flowing ball gown with the filmy fabrics we’re seeing, it’s easy to imagine a Grecian maiden.
Speaking of fabrics…lace, gossamer, satin, silk and synthetic replicas of the same are what is ‘in’. Yes, these have always been the fabrics of choice, but for the last several seasons the fabric of the gown has taken a back seat to mega-yard usage of tulle. We’re finally putting tulle on the sidelines, though, and replacing it with beautiful embroidery, lace, pearls, crystal beads and sequins.
Necklines are changing, as well. While many gowns we’re seeing are still sporting a strapless bodice/neckline, sleeves and illusion necklines (complete with embroidery and beading).
Tradition runs deep when it comes to color, with white being the hands-down pick for the majority of brides. Ivory is popping up more and more, however. This may be due to the fact that autumn weddings are HUGE and the ivory goes well with the color schemes generally used in autumn weddings.
There are ‘pops’ of color showing up in wedding gowns, though in the way of sashes that coordinate with the bridal party’s gowns and in the embroidered trim of some gowns.
When it comes time for you to decide upon the gown of your dreams, what’s ‘in’ or ‘out’ really shouldn’t matter. What should matter, though, is how well it fits, how well it compliments your body type and the fact that you feel as beautiful in it as you truly are.