Today’s brides have more flexibility in bridalwear than ever before – a true testament to the power of the evolving bridal fashion industry. Women are encouraged to wear not only what they feel most comfortable in, but what captures their style completely. They are (thankfully) no longer limited to choosing only from traditional gowns in white or eggshell, but are encouraged to embrace new fabrics, colors and accessories to show their personality in every aspect of their wedding day. These new elements have made their way from the runway to bridal boutiques and into the hands of those with distinct styles and an eye for individuality.
It’s all in the gown
Conventional one-dimensional gowns have been transformed into multi-layered works of art through a play on patterns, fabric and color. Watercolor brushstrokes and florals are redefining the new Spring bride. Soft earth tones came to the forefront of runways last year for 2016 mainstream bridal fashion, from headliners like Lazaro, Tara LaTour and Monique Lhuillier. Spring and Fall designs have shifted towards more blush, dusty gray and taupe hues that complement a woman’s natural skin tone and hair. Fabrics from linen to taffeta and tulle are also coming back with whimsical flare – particularly in designs where loose skirts are paired with tailored tops.
Flowers in her hair
The boho chic trend hasn’t left us yet and, for 2016, brides will have even more of a chance to add it to their wedding day look, outside of their bouquet. If you are opting for a more traditional gown, don’t rule out a simple floral crown or accent in your hair for feminine touch of natural color. The florals you choose can reflect the season and your other wedding colors. Peach roses and leafy greens may be perfect for a fall wedding or a rustic venue. Lavender, dahlias and anemones could be weaved into a delicate braid for a feminine summer updo. Frosted winter berries and tiny pine details are perfect for accessorizing on a snowy wedding day.
A simple wedding gown is the perfect palette for a bold clutch and/or a complementing jeweled statement piece. A perfect place to store your written vows and your perfect shade of lipstick on your wedding day, adding a clutch can be a fun and subtle way to breathe life into your bridal look. Your photographer can take a few shots with the purse as you’re getting ready and then again at cocktail hour – but it doesn’t have to overpower your look. Bringing in delicate gemstones can add sparkle without taking attention away from you in your gown. Creative beadwork will add refined style.
If you have bridesmaids, let the hue of their dresses inspire your choice for a bridal purse – an easy way to look unified in photos and have a keepsake that connects you to your entourage. Score a great piece at a local vintage store or on Etsy for something handmade.
An important part of the shopping process connecting with the truest sense of your own style as possible. Invite color, patterns, textures, accessories and other important details into your bridal look, selectively choosing which elements make you feel most beautiful.