There were some gorgeous dresses gracing the catwalk for spring/summer 2012. Traditional shapes were replaced with bolder, quirkier silhouettes, but wearability was still a key consideration. If you’re lucky enough to be walking down the aisle this year, then here are some of the trends you’ll have to choose from.
Lace sleeves: No prizes for guessing where this fashion comes from. Kate Middleton did us all a favour when she stepped out in a classic white dress with intricate lace sleeves, thus setting a trend in wedding dresses that’s set to remain strong for years to come. There are copycat designs everywhere now, and the trend works for a bridesmaid dress as well as for the bride herself.
Illusion necklines: The strapless dress is out this season, replaced by the more demure illusion neckline. This subtle style involves sheer fabric layered over the cleavage for an alluring appeal.
Two-tiered skirts: This is a great way to add a touch of modern chic to your wedding dress without sacrificing the traditional look. A two-tier skirt is effectively an exaggerated peplum, elongating the body and covering up muffin tops in the hips department. It’s a flattering style which looks great on almost anybody.
Pretty in pink: Bold-coloured wedding dresses seldom work at traditional do’s, but a hint of subtle colour is a great way to add a touch of originality to your dress. Take inspiration from Hollywood starlet Reese Witherspoon, who walked down the aisle wearing a blush Monique Lhuillier gown. If you don’t want to go with anything other than white for your own outfit, then why not choose blush for your bridesmaid dresses? Coast does a gorgeous little number called the Symphony Short Dress (pictured) which makes the perfect grown-up bridesmaid dress.
Horsehair: One of fashion’s young newcomers this February won the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Award by creating outfits made almost entirely from synthetic hair – but the trend for ‘horsehair’ on wedding gowns is rather more subtle. This hair-like fabric is traditionally used on the underskirts of gowns to create a cleaner shape, but this year it’s considered cutting-edge to add a visible touch to your gown, either as a hemline or as a bodice detail. The effect, which you can find modelled at brides.com, is surprisingly beautiful.