Bridal Trends 2018: Black, Bows and More New Options

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Black is big for 2018. So are capes and capelets, bell sleeves, bows and trousers.

If you’re fashion forward and planning your big day for the spring and summer of next year, these are some of the big looks and bridal trends that made an impact at the spring 2018 bridal shows.

Black is Beautiful.

A black wedding dress? Yes. As Gabriella Rello notes at Martha Stewart Weddings, “Designers surprised us by sending black wedding dresses (or those with black details) down the runways, proving that you don’t need to wear white to still look like a bride. Reem AcraHayley Paige, and Vera Wang all gave this new trend a try, and we’re excited to see how real brides interpret the idea on their own wedding days.”

At, Roberta Correia also notes the anything-but-dour black trend. “From full-on black wedding gowns to black ribbons, gloves, hairpieces, and other accessories, brides can take a page from New Yorkers, who bet on basic black.”

Put at Cape on It!

Correia also points out that capes are big news: “Just call 2018 brides caped crusaders. Nearly every designer showed at least one wedding dress topped off with either a funky cropped capelet or a full-length cape—just the royal touch brides are looking for.”

Bows, beading, feathers, ruffles, gloves, pretty sleeves and romantic, Victorian styling are also news for 2018.

Bows are Big.

As JUSTINE CARREON remarks at Elle, “This Old Hollywood silhouette is back on the rise thanks to seasoned brands like Viktor & Rolf, Carolina Herrera, and Oscar de la Renta. The extra large bows decorated ball gowns and sheath dresses alike for chic simplicity with mass appeal.”

Victorian Vibes.

“For those who love Shakespeare,” Carreon adds, “and period dramas alike (i.e. can watch BBC’s Pride and Prejudice in one sitting), this style’s romanticism is for you. Veteran designer Vera Wang and Galia Lahav premiered a voluminous shoulder, while Luisa Beccaria opted for soft Juliet Capulet sleeves.”


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