Top Wedding Dress Trends 2017 Brides Need To Know

By Lorna Urwin

Bridal fashion tends towards timeless, classic looks, but with every passing season, top designers put a modern spin on classic tropes, keeping designs fresh and fashion-forward. For brides who see a runway opportunity walking down the aisle, check out some of 2017’s most exciting trends below!

1/ Capes and capelets

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Image by Skiss

Who can forget Gwyneth Paltrow’s stunning Tom Ford outfit at the 2012 Oscars? While the minimal white dress itself was beautiful, it was the silhouette cut by the floor-length sculpted cape that truly stole the show. Channel a little bit of Gwyneth’s statuesque look with a dramatic white cape of your own (which may do double duty as an extra layer if you’re planning an autumn wedding!), or go for something less overpowering with a gauzy, veil-like capelet. 

2/ High necklines

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Images by Cassidy Carson Photography and Ruth Eileen Photography

High necklines lend a touch of Victoriana to runways and aisles alike! This has a particularly regal elegance when paired with lace, but can equally be brought in line with a modernist look through minimal fabrics and clean silhouettes. In general these styles are ideal for brides who prefer not to bear too much skin, but a high neckline paired with a plunging back creates a dramatic look that’s worth considering if you’d rather make more of a statement!

3/ Separates / two piece

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Image by Brian Hatton Photography

Swapping the traditional dress for a skirt and top combination is a fast-growing trend for brides who want to put a modern twist on the bridal look while still retaining plenty of femininity. Depending on fabric and design, bridal separates can be more comfortable than dresses for all day wear and cultivate a more laid-back, modern bohemian aesthetic. This makes them a great choice for an informal or outdoor wedding, but casual separates are also prime candidates for the bride who’s looking to rewear her wedding outfit in the future!

4/ Feather details

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Images by Eric Boneske Photography

If you’re a bride who appreciates both texture and a sense of old-world glamour and luxury, this may be the trend for you! Delicate feather details, whether subtle wisps adorning a hemline or a fuller coverage of plumes to the skirt, add extra depth and character to the bridal silhouette. To keep the trend looking modern, pale, wispy feathers are the way to go.

5/ Convertible / two-in-one dresses

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Images from Oscar de la Renta

This style offers conversion from one dress style to another. Most often this is from a full-length skirt to a cocktail-length skirt, but it can also incorporate a skirt of the same length but of a different style, or even bridal trousers! With a convertible dress comes a lot of versatility. You get a look for walking down the aisle and a look for dancing, without the need to purchase two separate gowns and go through the rigmarole of changing outfits.

6/ Sleeves with volume

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Images by Morgan Chidsey and from Monique Lhuillier

Though this may sound like quite a statement trend, the impression created actually differs quite a bit depending on the sleeve material, length and style. Some voluminous styles create a flared, seventies-inspired look, while others make use of sheer, fluttering fabric to convey an ethereal and ultra-romantic feel. 

7/ Tea-length dresses

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Image by Katie DeLorme Photography

Tea-length or midi-length dresses offer a look that’s formal, but less formal than a floor-length ball gown style. These have the added benefit of displaying your footwear more prominently, as well as letting you put those dancing shoes to good use on the dance floor without worrying about stepping on your dress!



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