If you have already mutually labeled each other as the be-all and end-all of your existence, then you are purportedly already married or at least are planning to do. The Mendelssohn chords are maybe to sound in a year or so and luckily you still have much time to find that ideal bridal finery to best fit your essence and complexion. The spring 2017 bridal fashion trends, jam-packed with limitless designer solutions and eye-soothing moments, might decisively become your safe haven in that complicated task to find the perfect bridal gown. Ranging from old-school demure ball gowns to neoteric hot plunging necklines and off-the-shoulders to overt deviation from whiteness, we are firmly declaring the start of a new eclectic epoch in the bridal dress trends arena. Browse through our list of the best spring 2017 bridal dress trends that might either facilitate your bridal assemblage choice or just on the contrary, throw you into a maelstrom of ambiguity moments.
1. Plunging into Plunging Necklines
If you decide on taking a plunge on your wedding day, there is nothing better than plunging yourself into plunging neckline zone especially as the spring 2017 bridal fashion trends are bursting at the seams with this sassy design. Some gowns with plunging necklines adamantly stick to keeping brides within demure limits, trying not to cut the cleavages so deeply deep or overlaying them with some illusion fragments much as the ones we see at J. Mendel, Jenny Packham, Watters Bride, Anne Barge or Ines Di Santo.
Others are playing far cry from anything discreet decisively commanding the oncoming brides to opt for scandalously deep plunging necklines without even one iota of feeling out of sorts. So whether you select Galia Lahav’s hot gowns with belly-reaching cleavages, Naeem Khan’s halter neck floral one or Reem Acra’s lace stunner, your most conservative guests out there just have to turn a blind eye.
2. Timeless Veils and Trains
Grandiose veils and trains have been used on bridal gowns since the year dot, no way weakening their positions along the years, but on the contrary proliferating with newer and newer designs and embellishments. The spring 2017 wedding dress trends see them in abundance always able to make the plainest gown look super lofty and monumental, hence clothing the bride with powerful allure.
Whether they are in cathedral length like we see at Berta or Romona Keveza or in chapel length as per Francesca Miranda, Marchesa or Sareh Rouri, you are sure to leave some grandeur behind. But if you are after some double grandeur, look to Temperley London’s ground-sweeping veil and train coexistence or else to Reem Acra’s back train to pass through a metamorphosis to become a veil later.
3. Full Capes and Short Capelets Galore
While the main mission of veils and trains is to spread some nobility around, capes and capelets that come out as one of the grandest spring 2017 bridal dress trends, are withal breeze-protecting tools or maybe some flesh-veiling means. Starting from Reem Acra’s bejeweled fragile full cape and Alvina Valenta’s tasseled one to a shirt-style collared capelet at Lela Rose and a range of lace ones at Monique Lhuillier, we are strongly encouraging the impending brides to choose this amazing 2-in-1 bridal trend, walk down the aisle with a cape or capelet on like an idyllic girl, then take it off to show all your sultry cards.
4. Off-The-Shoulder Appeal
Each and every lady in the world puts her shoulder to the wheel to look drop-dead gorgeous on her nuptial and it is here that off-the-shoulder bridal gowns work to a T. The forte of this hyper sensual spring 2017 bridal fashion trend is to show just the right amount of flesh thus triumphantly cementing romance with passion.
The timeless sleek-cut off-the-shoulder designs were, of course, in attendance on the runways but we were truly carried away by those fragile straps as if accidentally sliding off the shoulders spotted at Galia Lahav, Isabelle Armstrong, Oscar de la Renta or on a mind-blowing floral gown at Marchesa. But when this design is applied on bell sleeves or mingled with cascading layers all over, that’s surely the right time to make a nod to savage beauty. Need some tableau vivant? Houghton, Christian Siriano and Sachin & Babi are broadly embracing this boho-chic bridal trend.
5. Running High with High Collars
The next on the list of spring 2017 wedding dress trends we are so enthused to embrace is bridal gowns going higher and higher with high collars. Whether they are teamed with long sleeves and full skirts without any millimeter of flesh showing off or paired with sky-high slits to bare legs, they always make a reference to aristocracy and power.
At Caroline Hayden, Christian Siriano, J. Mendel or Naeem Khan we come across both classic fold-over turtlenecks and mock necks at times intricately embroidered or bejeweled; at Oscar de la Renta neck is all covered with 3-D floral beds, while at Vera Wang and Delphine Manivet Shakespeare-style ruff collars pop up to channel more powerful aristocracy vibes.
6. Bridal Pantsuits and Jumpsuits Are On!
Bridal pantsuits and jumpsuits are happening now as one of the biggest spring 2017 bridal fashion trends. Seeing a bride decked out into anything other than a gown happens once in a blue moon. And that might mean two things: the bride has sworn allegiance to pants and refuses parting ways with them even on her wedding day or else she pursues standing out in the crowd of standard brides. So no matter which category you fall under, you really have a wide choice of bridal pantsuits and jumpsuits for the spring to come.
Start from Monique Lhuillier’s Chantilly lace strapless jumpsuit with a tulle overskirt undulating around, then move to Carolina Herrera to tackle the classic front-pleated pants + collared shirt bridal outfit and end with Naeem Khan’s honeycomb-embroidered long-sleeved jumpsuit or an intricate lace tunic + leggings combo. But on your way to unearth the best spring 2017 bridal pants for your white day, don’t forget to drop in on Christian Siriano, Elie Saab, Lela Rose or Lakum, where you would incidentally also find a pair of out-and-out summer-worthy Mikado Rompers.
7. For Your Bridal Blossom
If your wedding date already set coincides with springtime nature awakening by some fluke, opt for a gown with florets all over and pass off as a blossoming part of nature. Floral wedding gowns shape another amazing spring 2017 bridal trend whether with 3D flowers or iridescent embroidered ones scattered here and there.
Starting from Marchesa’s full skirts or tube dresses with 3D realistic flowers as if blossoming right there on stunning brides to Naeem Khan’s hand- or ribbon-embroidered blush, lavender and blue flowers to those colorful roses lodging on the bottom part of a gown at Romantique by Claire Pettibone, becoming the flower of the flock on your nuptial is something absolutely possible.
8. Bridal Gowns with Tiered and Ruffled Skirts
Tiers and ruffles on any bridal dress always work like a charm when it comes to creating some dimension and volume and when they appear on ball gowns, the volume just becomes twofold. The spring 2017 bridal dress trends are teeming with either frothy Spanish flamenco ruffled tiers or more widely cascading ones.
While at Naeem Khan pleated ankle-length skirts are exposing two layers, at Reem Acra, Rivini by Rita Vinieris and Hayley Paige they are becoming more and more in number. The asymmetrical tiers at Houghton are freely showering down in some boho-chic fashion, while at Ines di Santo, Lazaro or Oscar de la Renta the full skirts jam-packed with ruched layers create some foamy ethereal illusion all over to be ruffled up by soft spring breeze.
9. Wedding Dresses with Featherweight Feathers
Want to land on your wedding aisle as if from the heaven? Have a yen for wrapping yourself with some serenity and peace? Featherweight feathers borrowed from pretty birds are to work perfectly in here. This awesome spring 2017 bridal trend is for those brides who want to cement extravagance with sophistication, the terrestrial reality with celestial idealism.
Some designers have brought them on bridal gowns in spades much as we see on a full swooshy skirt at Kelly Faetanini or on some mini and maxi bridals at Christian Siriano for Kleinfeld, while at others, like Mira Zwillinger or Oscar de la Renta some wisps of feathers are scattered here and there – on the hems or on the shoulders. But if you slightly deviate from white and opt for that Naeem Khan ‘Paradise’ pale blue strapless dress running over with ostrich feathers and paillettes, wow screams will go on endlessly.
10. Scandalous Sheerness and Cutouts
The bridal designers are strongly encouraging the brides to chase all fears for spring 2017 and dare to bare. Well, not fully, of course, but a body part or two or even more. Such body exposing techniques as sheer inserts or cutouts have been widely used by many a designer albeit without any tips on how to carry them from church to wedding dinner under the steadfast gaze of many conservative guests out there.
Some of the sheer bodices cover the breasts by some embroidery or bejeweled fragments as per Alon Livne, Francesca Miranda or J. Mendel, with others sensually showing off hips like at Tony Ward for Kleinfeld, Vera Wang or Berta. However, a range of designers is going for all marbles to present head-to-toe scandalous sheerness starting from Mira Zwillinger’s floral-printed crop top + mini skirt sheer outfit to Theia’s crystal and sequin embroidered tube dresses. On the other hand, it is Ines di Santo to present a mermaid dress with super deep plunging neckline and sensual cutouts at both waistlines.
11. Crop Top Two Piece Bridal Gowns
Two piece bridal gowns consisting of crop tops and skirts of all the possible lengths are sneaking to us as the next idiosyncratic spring 2017 bridal trend to rivet the attention of the most extravagant individuals out there. While at Caroline Hayden, Christian Siriano, Mira Zwillinger or Ivy & Aster crop tops bare just a very thin strip of belly, at Willowby by Watters a lace crop top paired with a gypsy-style skirt is going more and more cropped. This is just another spring 2017 bridal trend to throw you into audacious and smart-alecky zone.
12. Bridal Dresses with Statement Bows
Walking down the aisle donning a bow-detailed gown, chances are to become a real gift for your fiancé. Whether you are keeping that notion in your mind or just considering bows to be crème de la crème romantic accents on a bridal gown, the spring 2017 bridal dress trends are sprouting out them in droves.
At Elisabeth Fillmore, Oleg Cassini, Peter Langner and Sachin & Babi satin sashes are wrapped around the waists to shape romantic bows in the center or sideways, but it is at Carolina Herrera and Lela Rose that bows appear on the back in gargantuan shapes and in statement-making mannerism. Bows even appear on upper arms at Sachin & Babi to serve as pretty arm bandeaus.
13. Bridal Jackets and Boleros
Though bridal jackets and boleros did not appear so frequently as cape and capelets did, we are firmly sending them to the storage of the best spring 2017 wedding dress trends. Whether you need to protect yourself against some chilly breeze while outside or just want to look unique while walking down the church and performing your wedding dance, bridal jackets and boleros lend a helping hand here.
At Theia and Oscar de la Renta we bump into some intricate bomber jackets; at Jenny Packham a sheer bolero with poetic sleeves comes into view; Ivy & Aster has included a blazer-style lace jacket in its bridal collection, while at Delphine Manivet more cozy cardigan jackets come to protect fragile brides.
14. Leaving Behind White Brides
It was Queen Victoria to bring into fashion all-white bridal outfits. Before that brides were free to wear gowns of any shade. That tendency seems to be coming back in a soft and powdery pastel manner and not only thanks to the spring 2017 bridal fashion trends. The shades of pink are leading the pack ranging from blush pink gowns at Houghton, Ines di Santo and Naeem Khan to a pink stunner at Peter Langner and an ombre warm pink ball gown with frothy texture at Christian Siriano.
Powdery blue bridal dresses also peep out here and there from Hayley Paige, Ivy & Aster to Jenny Packham and Monique Lhuillier. Don’t miss out on feasting eyes on a couple of silver dresses at Theia, a pistachio green floral one at Jenny Packham or a grandiose strapless ball gown in soft apricot shade at Romona Keveza.
15. Intricate Chokers
Recently neck-hugging chokers are happening at every turn from ready-to-wear collections to haute couture runways to romantic bridal lines. While the chokers preferred by Christian Siriano and Rivini by Rita Vinieris are white and fabric, Houghton, Naeem Khan and Oscar de la Renta have embarked on jailing their models’ necks with bejeweled, intricate chokers. So, if your bridal dress is conventional and embellishment-free, chalk it to your chokers to work wonders and flatter your whole complexion.
16. Bejeweled Headbands
Contrary to our expectations, the spring 2017 bridal fashion trends have brought in more bejeweled headbands than tiaras. While tiaras are best fitted to work out any princess-worthy assemblage, the mission of headbands is to spread bohemian-chic vibes around. That is why we see them paired with tousled hair so frequently throughout spring 2017 bridal collections and are really impatient to try on this amazing bridal trend when that long-anticipated day comes around. We really have a broad choice in this sphere ranging from Anne Barge’s forehead bejeweled headbands to Elie Saab’s bohemian ones to Galia Lahav’s gilded stunners.
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