From November to Valentine’s Day (brace yourselves, unmarried ladies), the Facebook-Insta-Twitter-sphere can sometimes feel like listening to a double album on repeat. One side reads, “Who got proposed to today?” and the other, “Oh look, someone else got married!” But regardless of whether or not you were part of the proposal crowd over Christmas and New Year, there’s no denying the sheer joy it brings to intrinsically fantasize about – or, if you’re an unashamed Monica Geller type like myself, meticulously plan – your dream wedding and the perfect dress.
Each season in fashion brings with it an emergence of new trends, and wedding dresses are no exception. As years pass and traditions evolve, women are becoming more and more experimental with their choice of dress, leaving behind traditional veils, cupcake silhouettes, and predictable lace. Instead, they’re looking to fashion-forward designs with surprising details, unexpected colors, and striking form. Last year saw a rise in colored gowns, shorter lengths, and even jumpsuits for the big day – and 2018 is not short of quirky trends, either.
Savoir Flair sat down with the wedding-dress experts of Esposa Prive to discover the five biggest wedding-dress trends for the coming months. Spoiler alert: They’re not what you’d expect.
Bold Blooms for a Bold Bride
Florals for a wedding dress are as traditional as florals for spring, but this year, blooms are bolder and take on a 3D form. The idea is to opt for flower details that look realistic, almost as if petals and flowers had been gently scattered over the gown. Miranda Kerr’s 2017 custom Dior creation is a beautiful example of this.
Swap Cold Feet for Cold Shoulders
Off-the-shoulder silhouettes were huge for Spring/Summer 2016 and 2017 in ready-to-wear fashion, but the neckline is now making its way onto the bridal scene too. A modern departure from the romantic “sweetheart neckline”, this shape is a subtle way of showing a little bit of skin on your big day.
Because You're Only a Bride Once
For the bride who wants to go big, ruffles are the perfect choice – but we aren’t talking the layered, cupcake-y type. Instead, try asymmetrical skirts, long ruffled trains, or structural volume. Tip: If you’re opting for size on the bottom half of your dress, keep it minimal on top.
A Sexy Plunge
Do You Dare to Bare?
Not for the reserved type, the deep-plunge dress is possibly one of the biggest trends for wedding dresses in 2018. Baring skin on your wedding day is not for everyone, but if you favor bold fashion choices or want to look sexy as opposed to modest, this could work for you.
Tie a Bow Before You Tie the Knot
Bows were big on the Fashion Week runways of Spring/Summer 2018 for both bridal and mainline labels. The perfect choice for girly girls, an oversized bow on the back of a dress or a delicate one in a contrasting color is the perfect pretty, yet surprising, detail.
All brands pictured are stocked at Esposa Prive.