Yesterday we answered a question about how to pick the right wedding dress for a destination wedding, so we’ve got wedding dresses on the brain. To help all you lovely ladies out, we’ve picked some of our favorite dresses from the recent Spring 2017 bridal fashion week shows. There were definitely some trends (some new, some old) on the runway and we’ve picked out five of our favorites to share with you today.
Trend #1: Floral wedding dresses
Since it was a spring show, there were a lot of nature-inspired and floral wedding dresses. These are great not only for an outdoor wedding or a garden wedding but for the gal who wants to be one with nature. What I love about each of these floral wedding dresses are that they are all different with their own style.
In this first wedding dress by Lela Rose, the bodice is where the design starts and then the florals trickle down the skirt. It’s airy and light with the thinnest straps which I love.
Monique Lhuillier brings in some color to her florals along with a fun short to long skirt, followed by some tulle. The structure, body and movement of the skirt are awesome.
Elie Saab’s version is sweet with a slightly Asian feel to the florals. And the matching shawl is pretty great.
This wedding dress by Mira Zwillinger has a more wintery feel to it with a focus on the branches and scattered flowers. This sheer look was also very prominent on the runways as well which you’ll see in many of the dresses.
Amsale’s floral wedding dress is simple, soft and light. I love how when the light hits it there is a slight reflective shimmer. It gives it a little extra magic.
Lela Rose also gave us a floral patterned wedding dress as well. While not for everyone, I like this option for those who like the floral motif, but want something a little more spunky and fun.
I really like the contrasting florals on the bodice of this second Mira Zwillinger wedding dress. There are crisp flowers and then slightly softer and fuzzier ones. This actually reminds me a bit of a coral reef and the sea urchins and anemones floating in the water which is why I love this dress for a beach wedding. It has such a flowy feel to it.
Trend #2: “New bling” wedding dresses
Next up are what I like to call the “new bling” wedding dresses. In the past, dresses with sparkle and beading used to be covered in the stuff which made them look very heavy (even if they weren’t). These new bling dresses are a bit more subtle, intricate and in my opinion, much prettier.
Take this Jenny Packham dress for example. The bodice is sheer with some beading, but it’s made to look soft. There is a distinct design and pattern to it which makes it approachable for the girl who maybe never thought about a dress with bling.
Here is another dress from Mira Zwillinger where we see the sheer look, but what I like about it is the use of the sparkle factor. There is a lot of it, but you aren’t overwhelmed. It’s detailed and modern.
This beauty by Naeem Khan is exactly what “new bling” is all about. It’s totally reimagined for a more modern, alternative look. I could see on a girl with a more urban style or someone having an intimate wedding outdoors. It’s totally fun and different.
Trend #3: Front slit wedding dresses
Another trend we saw on the bridal fashion week runways were front slits. Showing off your legs without going for a short dress makes your wedding dress a bit sexier while still being totally classy and we’re liking it.
This Monique Lhuillier has not only one front slit, but two to show off both legs. The cream color of this dress is great and did you notice the sheer theme again?
Another Monique Lhuillier dress, this one is a lace wedding dress with not only a front slit but a deep v neck as well. The two mimic each other which I think looks lovely and once again is sexy, but not slutty.
This crisp white Amsale wedding dress is a sleeker version of Monique’s. The front slit peek mirrors the bodice’s peek. It’s covered up, but fun.
Trend #4: High neck wedding dresses
Another trend we saw and were loving on the bridal fashion week runways were the high neck wedding dresses. These are a new way of covering up without looking like a prude.
Check out this Elie Saab airy number. The detailed bodice leads up to a covered neck which drapes out behind her. I love this. It’s like a cape, but not.
This fishnet Naeem Khan wedding dress has so much lovely detail. The sheer look with that high neck counteracts each other and creates a beautiful effect.
This Vera Wang is reminiscent of old French style gowns with large hips, but much more modern. The cut of the dress is flattering and the pleated skirt is great. I love how this dress makes you look at her face and shoulders.
Another Naeem Khan dress, this one has detail galore from the crystal neck to the floral design to the sparkle tights. This has so much to look at, but it’s somehow regal and fun at the same time.
Christian Siriano (from Project Runway) came out with his first bridal line this year and this high neck wedding dress was one of them. The sheer effect here is great, it’s like she’s been drizzled with snowflakes.
Trend #5: Sleek wedding dresses
Sleek and modern wedding dresses are not a new trend, but these versions definitely are. They totally caught our attention for their details and I love these options for the bride who doesn’t want a wedding dress with a lot of fluff or fuss.
Not only is the flutter bottom dreamy in this wedding dress by Kelly Faetanini, but the way the sides are constructed is so flattering.
This Amsale dress is all about the top. The shapes are interesting and the cut is great. Simply beautiful.
I love this Elie Saab for the simple top, but especially for the slit and bottom. It has an almost architectural feel to it with the angles it creates. And hello, pants?! Awesomeness.
This Lela Rose wedding dress is a grown up version of the two-piece wedding dress. An elegant and structured top meets a leafy embroidered skirt all while being totally sleek and modern.
Those were the top 5 wedding dress trends we enjoyed on the bridal fashion week runways. Did you have a favorite? Let us know in a comment below and stay tuned, we’ll be doing another post with our favorite wedding dresses for the non-traditional and alternative bride.