Planning a wedding? If you've already started your gown hunt, you know how endless the array of options is—from sleek and minimal to over-the-top and opulent. We've zeroed in on seven of next year's top trends to help make this part of the process a little bit easier. | Originally appeared on Real Simple
This universal (and, thankfully, universally flattering) street style trend was also all over the bridal runways—but just like brides-to-be, no two were exactly alike. Designers showed bare-shouldered styles to suit every mood, whether your wedding vibe is bohemian-beachy (think loosely-draped silhouettes, like this version from Sachin & Babi) or old-school elegant (is there anything more classic than a portrait neckline?).
If serious glamour is your thing, this one is for you. While lace is a perennially popular pick for wedding gowns, next year’s cream of the crop are done in a particularly intricate, embellished style, combining the curvilinear lines and floral flourishes of the Art Nouveau movement, perfect for brides looking for that wow factor.
An ongoing trend for the past few seasons, three-dimensional floral appliques seem to be still in full bloom—and for good reason. This crowd-pleasing embellishment beautifully adorns dresses of any shape and style (which means it works for brides of all shapes and styles), and provides visual interest on gowns, without employing the use of sparkle and bling (although they also happen to look lovely when scattered with crystals).
Who knew there was a trend that could satisfy both minimalistas and maximalistas at the same time? Enter chic satin designs that combine the fabric’s clean, subtle sheen with exaggerated silhouettes, like this trumpet style.
If the past few seasons have explored the idea of bridal separates in the guise of a skirt and top or a pant and jacket, next year adds a little more drama in the form of a full-length cape in a material to match the gown. A great option for brides looking for something a little different, think of the layer as an alternative to a traditional train or veil.
Another breathtaking bridal moment borrowed from the best of street style, embroidery was featured at nearly every presentation. Switching out the bright and contrasting thread colors favored in fashion for a tonal look that feels more ethereal and wedding-appropriate, vining florals were definitely the motif of choice. Look for this trend on everything from ball gowns to more body-conscious styles.
Several designers are taking the concept of “something blue” quite literally, rendering gorgeous gowns in whisper pale shades of the color. Want to give this trend a try? To keep it looking more bridal and less red carpet, look for a dress in the most muted shade you can find, with a classic cut and traditional embellishments (think lace and beading), and keep accessories to a minimum.