Season’s hits can be whatever your heart and eyes desire.
By Ariel Vered
The weather may be getting chilly outside, but this is the season brides will be radiating beauty. The stunning styles for fall run full spectrum, from length, texture and lines to formality. There’s something for every kind of bride. From full-skirted regal to refined minimalism, from fashion forward and sleek to embroidered and embellished, wedding dresses are wowing with sensual details and dazzling accoutrements.
Beauty at Varying Lengths
Who says your wedding dress has to be floor length? You can strike a demure, yet chic, vibe in a midi-length dress. Brides looking for a dress that can be worn again long after the festivities are over can go for a flirty, mini-length wedding dress; it can double as your first anniversary date dress.
Or throw the “traditional” rules out the window and opt for a Bianca Jagger-inspired wedding suit — or even shorts — as an ultimate fashionista move. They aren’t just for bringing the chicness to a city hall wedding; sashay in a wedding suit in front of your guests and you’ll exude trendiness.
Torn between two dress styles? Have your classic wedding dress for the ceremony and then change into an after-party midi number that is all fringe and sparkles and ready to dance the night away.
There’s just something about a ball gown with a full, voluminous skirt that feels positively regal.
With the excitement of this year’s Royal Wedding and the popularity of The Crown on Netflix, ladies will be going after a princess vibe of their own.
It’s all about adding awe-inspiring majesty and opulence to the wedding proceedings.
Add a long train and a dramatic veil, and you’ve got yourself a modern-day alternative to royal wedding style. You can never have enough tulle in a layered skirt topped by a sweetheart neckline.
Speaking of royal weddings, we all remember Pippa Middleton’s classic form-fitting satin bridesmaid dress from the last Royal Wedding. If you are not a fan of textural wedding dress elements and lean towards smooth, crisp lines, this is the perfect season to be choosing your dress. A satin sheath will complement your curves and move with you as you glide down the aisle. With a drape in the neckline or a more tailored silhouette, it’s a modern yet classic look for a modern bride.
The Romance is in the Details
Play up the romance of the day with your wedding dress. Instead of stark white, blush tones of pink and nude will lend your dress a dreamy and ethereal quality. Illusion tulle necklines or sleeves are still a very big trend.
Sleek pops of silver are showing up in bridal wear in gauzy tulles and embroidered brocades, while three-dimensional florals are another gorgeous textural element.
Rather than carrying a fulsome bouquet down the aisle, wear your bouquet with gorgeously delicate petits fleurs in striking bold colours. An accent of pearls always evokes elegance, and it doesn’t just have to be in bridal jewelry.
As a dress embellishment, it brings tiny pops of grace to your look. For a whimsical vibe, choose a dress with tiny bows on the sleeves or wow your guests with a dramatic bow at your back as you take your first steps as a married woman.
It’s all in the Shoulders and Sleeves
Embrace the ‘80s — even if you didn’t experience it the first time around — with voluminous sleeves! Puffy sleeves with a simple silhouette weave romanticism and high fashion together beautifully.
An off-the-shoulder neckline helps you to accentuate your shoulder as an eye-catching asset, while updating the quintessential strapless look.
With detached sleeves, you can have the dress silhouette of your dreams and your ideal sleeves to match from puffy to lacy to satiny to embroidered; they all can be removed for getting the party started.
Get Intimate and Bold
Intimates have increasingly become wedding dress staples for brides who want to inject some sex appeal. There’s something very modern about negligee-type details like a corset bodice and sheer panels. As the top of a simple skirted dress, the bodice becomes the center of attention, especially when embellished with sequins, lace or pearls.
For brides looking to eschew the classic girly aesthetic, there are dresses that exude cool confidence and it’s all in the details. Get edgy with black accents — from a black belt or ribbon to black piping on the dress — creating contrasts that really pop.
Balance a romantic style with a hint of danger, by topping your dress off with a chic moto-jacket or embroidered satin jacket. This combo works great for those winter weddings, when you want to keep warm while looking oh-so-cool in your wedding pictures.
The Final Touch
The princess cape is a classy and stylish alternative to the traditional veil. We have seen capes in dazzling styles such as sleek satin and translucent tulle with gorgeous embroidery and embellishments.
From long to midi to mini in length, go for a gorgeous look that goes with every dress silhouette. Finally, winter wedding dresses tend to be more conservative in nature, solely because we all prefer to be a bit more covered up when the weather gets frightful.
Yet, dancing the night away in a trailing mermaid dress or elegant ball gown isn’t for everyone. If your budget allows, go ahead and splurge on a second dress that’s easier to move in and not quite as formal as your ceremony gown. This way, you can move and shake the night away without drowning in your garb.