Catwalks worldwide have had their annual explosion of laces, tulles, sparkles and silks. If you’re in the League of Brides to Be Who Enjoy Fashion (otherwise snappily known as the LBBWEF), you’re probably wondering what trends there are to bear in mind when you step on into your local bridal gown supplier. And I’ve put together this little guide to help you on your way. If you find the trends confusingly poles apart, well, that’s because they are. 😀
So here, in no particular order, are my top ten picks for wedding dress trends in 2015.
1. Covering up
It’s official – modesty is currently fashionable. Brides who were always going to go for a modest gown can feel downright smug, because you’ll be spoilt for choice. High necks, long sleeves, and lashings of material are where it’s at right now. Be warned though, if you’ve been blessed in the breast department, high necked gowns will make you look melon-esque.
2. The Keyhole
Whilst modesty is fashionable, another trend is flashes of skin in slightly unexpected places. NO, showing your butt crack is neither fashionable nor classy. But if you’re wanting to share a little stomach, a slash of back, or even a flash of knee, you’ll be officially on trend. I can see this working beautifully at a less formal, beachy type wedding.
3. Splashes of Colour
Wedding gown designers have an ongoing flirtation with colour, and who can blame them? From a small smattering of bright flowers or a coloured lace overlay through to a fully blown coloured wedding gown, those brave enough to veer away from white and ivory have Options. A coloured bridal gown does create another layer of complexity when it comes to choosing your overall wedding colour scheme and more specifically your bridesmaids. So moodboarding may be a good idea to get your colours synced up.
4. The Unconstructed Gown
Unconstructed wedding gowns are soft, flowing dresses that suit slim, whimsical looking brides. They’re unconstructed because they have very little in the way of boning, padding or structure. Completely fashion forward often with a slightly 70s vibe, they’re very hot right now. Unconstructed gowns suit a more relaxed wedding, but would probably look a little out of place in a large country house.
Lace paired with wool, tulle paired with feathers, laser cutouts and jacquards – you name it, designers have used it. And it creates interesting gowns and fun contrasts. Whether you’re flirting with frills, feathers or other fripperies, textures create a finished product that looks and feels sumptuous.
6. The see-through look
Yep, I told you it would be confusing. Not only is highly modest fashionable, so is baring all, or at least the illusion thereof. Nipples put in their appearance on mainstream fashion catwalks, and bridal fashion has been hot on its heels. Of course, if you’re not of nipple sharing inclinations (and I number among you), you’ll be more likely to wear a flesh coloured undergarment of some sort or other.
7. Vintage, again
2015 is full of lots of echos back to the 30s, 70s, and 80s with dabbles as far back as Edwardian times, so while you may feel that vintage has done its dash, it really hasn’t. Absolutely feel free to throw away your bunting, should you be so inclined.
8. Sleeves and coverups
There are surprisingly few strapless gowns in the latest collections out there, and plenty of sleeves and coverups . From spaghetti straps through to full blown sleeves, sleeves add character and style to a gown. And designers have also been having a lot of fun with coverups – capes, jackets and cardigans. They let you change up your look in seconds without splashing on a second gown.
9. Take the plunge
Not only is the high neckline hot stuff, but its racier twin, Plunging Neckline is taking up catwalk real estate. If you’re brave and armed with body tape to ensure no accidental oversharing of your boobage, plunging necklines can look sensational. That said, VERY plunging (ie below your boobs) is mainly only a good look for our smaller breasted friends.
10. The illusion neckline
The illusion neckline, whether it be a gossamer job or a chunkier lacy affair, is a faithfully persistent friend – it’s been around for the last few years. Whilst not much help on an icy day, it will add style and coverage.