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Top Ten Wedding Dress Trends

Top Ten Wedding Dress Trends

We were so excited when our content manager, Maribeth, started to work on this article. I loved my wedding dress, and wouldn't change it for the world, but as my husband will tell you, I would renew our vows every year (ok, ok, every 6 months), just so I could pull on one of these gorgeous frocks. It ranges from a guilty pleasure to an all out obsession, but we don't know a gal who can resist the lure of the wedding dress!

After grabbing the newest issue of Vogue yesterday, I just happened to open it up to the most gorgeous wedding dress I may have ever seen. Brazilian model Caroline Trentini’s dress was designed by her childhood friend Olivier Theyskens & has all the makings of a thoroughly “now” yet timeless piece of art: lacy & delicate long sleeves, a sweetheart bodice, full skirt with a classic train… ah, I could talk about this for days. Captivated by the dress and drawing inspiration from COUTURE: New York Bridal Fashion Week’s two runway shows in October 2011 (Spring Collection) and April 2012 (Fall Collection), Borrowed & Blue has put together a list of the Top Ten trends in bridal fashion. We think these dresses and trends showcase, in fashion form, exactly what we love about Charlottesville destination weddings: their timeless elegance and dazzling glamour. We hope these inspire our blushing brides-to-be!

1. White Reigns

Despite all our talk about ditching the traditional white wedding gown, the vast majority of dresses in COUTURE shows were white and ivory. It seems brides-to-be still want that white wedding, and designers are letting them have it … unless you’re Vera Wang, of course, who doesn’t have a single white gown in her Fall 2012 collection. Instead she offers some gorgeous taupe-mauves and even black dresses. Something tells me this lady does as she pleases.

2. Lace Still Has It

And I’m so glad. When else can you wear a full gown of white lace? Never, okay?

3. Frothy & Full Skirts

It seems that those princess-style huge skirts are back, but with a twist: opting for tissue organza instead of tulle, or a mixture of both, these are feather light and move with you, rather than dragging you down. Organza is finer and softer than tulle & drapes differently. Even in short dresses, the frothy skirt rules.

4. High-Cut Slits

For the bride who want more of a “sexy” rather than “princess” look for her special day, options are abounding for sleeker gowns with high-cut slits to show off her yoga legs. Monique Lhuillier even offers a gown in her Spring 2012 collection that has it all – a full, textured skirt with a high slit!

5. Translucence

As seen in Caroline Trentini’s dress (told you I can’t stop talking about it), translucent lace allows brides to show off skin without being too risqué. And, it pairs perfectly with a classic up-do. This look, both tasteful & elegant, is one my favorites.

6. Capped Sleeves

I love that we’re getting away from spaghetti strap and strapless dresses and moving toward more creativity with our gowns. Capped sleeves give a bit of ‘40s Hollywood glam and allow for more interesting necklines.

7. One Shoulder

We’re seeing a lot of one-shoulder wedding gowns on the runways now because they’re the perfect alternative for the bride that wants something more innovative than strapless but not so vintage-looking as capped or long sleeves. The one-shoulder wedding gown is very “now.”

8. Rose Colored Dresses

While white still reigns, rosy pink gowns are available from a number of designers. I love how delicate and girly, not to mention memorable, these dresses are. Perfect for Spring.

9. Rich Textures

There are so many gowns out there right now that I just want to reach out and touch. Wedding gown designers are using re-embroidered lace, feathers, classic seersucker, and piqué, as well as countless other fabric techniques, to create unique textured gowns.

10. Long Sleeves

Call it The Kate Middleton Effect? Lacy long sleeves are all the rage right now and I adore the delicate look it gives brides. This is another trend I love. Thanks, Kate!

Hopefully this has inspired you to get out there and get shopping. Be bold – this is your chance! This is one of the fun parts (let’s get real, wedding planning is not all fun) so don’t stress out about it! Try on a bunch of dresses, even ones that you don’t think will be right for your body shape or that you know are too expensive. With each dress you put on your body, you are creating a list of what you want and what you don’t want, and soon a pattern will emerge.

Happy shopping, ladies!!

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