This season's hottest trends, plus tips to help you find The One.
Ring on your finger? Check. Now it's time to find that perfect dress. But with so many different necklines, details and accessory options, where do you begin? Columbus boutique owners dished on the latest gown trends and what's hot or not for the upcoming seasons.
To start, make way for something a little non-traditional: A popular style cropping up—literally—is the crop top.
“Three of my six designers offer that now,” says Jackie Trucco, owner of Ivy Bridal Studio. “They're pairing it with a high-waisted skirt. It's an updated look on a traditional silhouette.”
Frankie Murphy, store director at Elegant Bride, agrees. “Separates, or two-piece gowns, are what everyone is doing right now,” she says. “I'm seeing a lot more satin and silk coming in, and a lot of non-lace alternatives. Girls are loving it.”
A similar-yet-different trend is the detachable skirt. Megan Williams, owner of Trousseau Bridal, says that detachable skirts are slowly making their way to Ohio from the East and West coasts. This conversion allows for a different look from the ceremony to the reception, for example, and it adds a lot of options for brides. Try a fuller skirt for the ceremony with a slimmer shape underneath to dance the night away.
Lil Stalnaker, general manager of Wendy's Bridal, says that fit and flare is what she's seeing as most popular when it comes to the more standard silhouettes. “It's fit and flare, but with minimal flare,” she says. “Even when the dress is a ball gown, girls don't want it to be super heavy.” A-line and ball gowns are still on trend as well.
When focusing on the details, sleeves aren't just for your mom's '80s wedding dress anymore. They've been more prevalent in the bridal scene the past few years and remain a staple for the upcoming winter and spring seasons. Trucco says that nearly 75 percent of the dresses she's seeing have some kind of strap or sleeve. Straps complement a plunging neckline—if the neckline is low, straps will hold up the dress.
“There's a different approach to the long sleeve now,” says Trucco. “You can pair it with a nude bodice. It's a combination of classy and sexy. A lot of brides are scared away from them, but the nude bodice gives a more modern look.”
Bright white dresses are rare these days, and color is taking the stage in a variety of ways.
“Color is very big,” says Stalnaker. “This means color with the liner the gown is made of. The overlay will almost always be ivory. The underlay will be a cafe or moscato or champagne. For the wedding with the rustic flavor or outdoorsy influence, color is nice.”
You might even spot some floral-print wedding gowns while shopping. Gold lace is coming up, too, says Williams. Instead of gold accents, it's embroidered.
You'll want to complement the perfect dress with the perfect accessories. Once you find the dress, decide if you want to wear a veil and, if so, what style you prefer. Stalnaker shares that a sheer piece of illusion fabric is a nice way to accent the gown.
“I'm seeing a lot of long veils recently,” says Murphy. “Girls like long, simple veils with lace appliques scattered throughout. It's simple in the gown with details throughout.”
Still popular are belts to add a little extra to the gown, but gone are the days of large belts; they're serving more as an accent than a statement.
“A lot more people are going sleek and simple and letting the structure of the gown speak for it,” says Murphy. “I call it ‘old Hollywood.' It's vintage … very Jackie O.”
If you're struggling to decipher the trends and figure out what's best for you, Trucco says that one of the best ways to approach dress shopping is with an open mind.
“It's great if you have pictures, but most of the time [brides] will end up falling in love with something different,” says Trucco. “If you don't have an open mind, you could miss out on your dream dress.”