2016 Spring Wedding Fashion Spotlight
Posted on: April 11, 2016

Bridal fashion may seem far from our everyday fashion, but the latest runway looks from the top bridal designers show how trends in street fashion are influencing what you could be wearing down the aisle. Designers are demanding our attention this wedding season with their experimental looks and play on dimension. This year’s looks are all about volume, optical illusions and trendy details. We take you from runway to aisle with a closer look at this season’s wedding fashion trends.

Sheer Perfection
This year’s bridal runways were overflowing with sheer silhouettes and elements to the gowns. Sheer fabrics are being used to create a more sensual look without being too overt. Illusion bodies and sheer shoulders show off more skin, and designers are using the ethereal fabric as overskirts for a flowing bottom with more volume. Designers like Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Theia and Vera Wang featured sheer fabrics in their lines for 2016.

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Photo by …love Maegan

The Front Cut Is the Deepest
Demure is done. Dramatic cuts are extra chic this season, carrying over to bridal fashion to stay on trend. We’re seeing a deep-V in the front as a way to show some skin without too much cleavage. Exposed backs are also giving brides the opportunity to surprise guests with a less expected — yet fabulously sexy — part of their bodies. Designers featuring these deep cuts include Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Badgley Mischka, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera and Pamella Roland.

Crop Top Pop
Crop tops are no longer limited to the casual ensemble. Paired with high-waist skirts, a crop top is a fun, unique take on the traditional wedding gown. Grace Loves Lace, Houghton Bride, Elizabeth Stuart, Theia, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang and plenty of others are including this cut in their collections.

Whatever (Pant)Suits You
For some brides, the big, poufy, floor-length wedding gown doesn’t reflect their individual style. Designers are creating looks with the less traditional bride in mind. We’re seeing asymmetrical hemlines, knee-length and pantsuits. These looks are perfect for city hall weddings, more casual affairs, reception dresses and brides who break the mold in all the right ways. Check out Vera Wang, Pamella Roland, Houghton Bride, Theia, and Carolina Herrera for beautiful alternatives to the traditional gown.

Special 3D Effects
Floral appliques and accents are not new to bridal fashion, but designers are taking a new approach to adding these elements to their gowns. Three-dimensional flowers, feathers and lace are trending to create more volume and visual interest on gowns from Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka and others.

dramatic wedding dress photo
Photo by Wedding Dress – Factory Outlet

Beneath the Surface
Volume and dramatic skirts are dominating the bridal runways this year. We’re seeing designers play with layers of lace, organza and tulle to reach unforgettable dimensions. One of our favorite trends is the overlay skirt. A column dress is made voluminous by an overlaying skirt of a lighter fabric to turn this sleek silhouette into a voluminous princess cut. Carolina Herrera, Badgley Mischka and Monique Lhuillier are mixing other trends into this layering effect.

You deserve a wedding look as unique as you are. With adventurous cuts, materials and styles, designers are giving brides plenty of choices. Choose soft and romantic, modern and minimalist, sleek and sexy or vintage and rustic. Whatever your personal style may be, express yourself with the top looks from our favorite designers. Keep these trends in mind when you’re on the hunt for the perfect gown.