Our series of Spring wedding posts continues with a look at the current trends in bridal fashion and wedding dresses. Here’s our roundup of the best Spring styles that the key designers are showcasing this season.
1. Back to bows
We’re delighted to see the return of the bow – it makes us think of all those wonderful eighties fashions! Carolina Herrera is currently featuring prominent bows on her bridal gowns on both the front and rear of her designs. Some are doubling up as sashes or are tied to become belts, whilst other styles use bows to draw the eye to the shoulder or derriere. In all instances these bows are not to be missed – they are big and unmistakably beautiful.
Vera Wang was the first major designer to showcase the coloured wedding gown, but the trend has now reached the more mainstream designers and this Spring, colour is everywhere. We love the abundance of soft colours that are being offered by Jenny Packham, one of the most influential of all bridal designers, and her dresses which are in wonderful Spring hues including barley, petal pink, snowdrop and celadon green.
If Jenny Packham is out of your budget, then the American bridal super player David’s Bridal, who now has stores in London, Birmingham and Glasgow, has a wide range of coloured gowns including blush, silver and soft mint colours.
3. Who’s wearing the trousers?
Yes, really… a bride in trousers is now a very fashionable option! With wedding dresses available in pretty much every cut, length, shape, and colour imaginable, there’s not much left for a designer who wants to create a stand out bridal outfit so what’s the answer? A bridal trouser suit. Of course, this option won’t appeal to everyone, but for dress-hating women everywhere, a highly stylish jumpsuit and a pair of killer heels is a look that will turn every head firmly in your direction.
4. Go low
For an all-out sexy affair, then make a statement with one of this season’s gowns with a deeply low v neckline. Confident brides who dare to bare can go as low as they please with some of the plunging styles seen on the catwalk at Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa and Lela Rose.
5. Long sleeves
A practical option for an early Spring wedding could be to pick a dress with sleeves. We’ve noticed a trend developing from key designers such as Jenny Packham and Alice Temperley who are showcasing a number of dresses with mid and full-length sleeves. We really love sleeves that use a sheer or lace fabric, and especially those that are gathered at the wrist to accentuate the shape and create definition.
6. Lace dresses
We’re still seeing lots of dresses using lace and this trend is refusing to disappear with plenty of brides at the manor looking truly stunning in lace gowns. This Spring, choose between simple sheath dresses with lace over dresses or more intricate ball gowns that use layer upon layer of delicate lace.
7. 3D embellishments
There were plenty of 3D florals at Naeem Khan where dresses were heavily embellished with florals created from beading, sequins, and embroidery. Our particular favourite for 3D detailing is the Jenny Packham Jolene dress that is covered in hanging stars that create beautiful movement and intrigue with every step. Gloriously decadent, this dress is a true showstopper.
8. The second dress
Many brides are still being tempted to opt for a second dress to change into for their evening reception. For most, this means stepping out of glamorous ball gown styles and stepping into shorter, sexier numbers that are much more appropriate for partying. Our personal favourites are those short dresses that use lots of detail such as intricate beading and sequins that look simply stunning when caught in the light.