This spring and summer is all about pretty hued takes on an otherwise traditional gown. Blushy pinks, pale grays and even shots of black are taking center stage with style savvy brides. I love that these colors give girls an alternative to white or ecru and provide a perfectly pretty foundation that can inspire your entire wedding palette. Personally, I think that wedding dresses in shades of soft hues look best on feminine frocks with gobs of pretty layers.
After Ms. Kate set the tone with pretty lace sleeves, we knew this style would become a mainstay in gown design. But those gorgeous lace beauties have inspired varieties of many, with sleeves crafted from delicate and oftentimes intricate fabrics gracing gowns everywhere. Aside from offering a modest bride more options than ever, this style is simultaneously current and utterly timeless. We saw Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn don pretty sleeved wedding dresses and now we're celebrating a whole new take on this classic. Love, love, love.
There is something wildly sexy about an illusion neckline. The idea that it's covering up without covering everything is perfect for a wedding. And with fabrics running the gamut of sweet and delicate to more substantial beading and lace, there is an illusion neckline for every type of bride.
The detail on wedding gowns from the last couple of seasons has been awe-inspiring, not to mention that the lace is getting more and more beautiful. From fitted and modern to classic and timeless complete with delicate sheer accents and trains for days, the application of lace is so versatile and so stunning.
Dreamy fabric ruffles are the gold standard in my book. Layers of lightweight fabric dancing in the breeze, flirting with everyone while still being firmly planted in tradition. And layers of ruffles aren't even the half of it this season. Fabric details are off the charts, from intricate knotting to sweet floral accents, the handwork done using fabrics on this season's wedding dresses is off the charts.
Abby Larson is the Founder & Editor of Style Me Pretty, a style savvy wedding resource devoted to the modern bride.
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