Customers look at wedding dresses at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City.Andrew Toth/Getty Images
The INSIDER Summary:
- Bridal fashion is always evolving.
- INSIDER consulted Mara Urshel, co-owner of Kleinfeld Bridal, as well as several wedding planners to find out what's trending in bridal fashion this year.
- Top trends include three-dimensional elements, illusion necklines, and off-the-shoulder dresses.
Just like everyday fashion, wedding dress styles are constantly changing.
INSIDER consulted Mara Urshel, co-owner of Kleinfeld Bridal — the famous boutique featured on the TV show, "Say Yes to the Dress" — to find out what's hot in bridal fashion right now. We also asked several wedding planners for the bridal trends they're seeing more of this year.
Here's what fashion-forward brides are wearing to walk down the aisle.
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More brides are wearing dresses with three-dimensional elements, according to Urshel.
Wedding planner Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events told INSIDER it's a big trend among her brides, pointing to designers using 3-D elements, like Marchesa. Jacobs said she's seeing the trend take form in "flutters of petals or flowers."
"The 3-D textural elements in wedding gowns is a trend I don't see going away anytime soon," she said. "It's a really romantic beautiful look."
Flowers are such a big part of the 3-D textural trend that they qualify as a trend themselves.
Wedding planner Amy Katz of Amy Katz Events identified bold florals as a huge trend in bridal fashion, with more brides going for dresses with statement floral details.
Illusion necklines are everywhere right now, according to renowned wedding planner Colin Cowie.
By combining sheer material with lace, gowns with an illusion neckline look like they're sleeveless from a distance. The eye-drawing neckline also combines classic and modern, making delicate details look more fashion-forward.
With off-the-shoulder tops and dresses dominating fashion, it was only a matter of time before brides started wearing off-the-shoulder gowns.
"I haven't seen off-the-shoulder in wedding gowns in quite some time," Jacobs said. "It's kind of a '90s trend coming back." Jacobs predicts the fashion will keep going strong, appearing in the form of "a small cap sleeve or something even more dramatic."
The style is already one of Pinterest's top wedding trends of the year.
Sleeves made a comeback in 2011, when the world watched Kate Middleton get married in an Alexander McQueen dress. Brides are still wearing sleeves, which Urshel said is one of the biggest current trends.
Celebrity wedding planner Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events agrees. "Sleeves are back for sure," she told INSIDER. Freeman said she has noticed brides are wearing "a lot less sleeveless dresses," and opting for elegant gowns with full-length or three-quarter-length sleeves.
Urshel said detachable trains are also becoming more popular. They're perfect for brides who want a more dramatic look as they walk down the aisle, but don't want to spend the duration of the reception kicking heavy fabric out from under their heels.
Along with detachable trains, capes are a big deal in bridal fashion, according to Urshel.
Freeman suggested the cape trend was inspired by celebrity dress changes. With brides looking to change their look on their wedding day, many are opting for lace caps, which they can wear during the ceremony and remove for the reception.
"I'm seeing lace used but I'm seeing it used in different and more interesting ways," the wedding planner said.
Corsets have long been a trend in bridal fashion, and they're still very popular.
Usually coupled with a big ballgown skirt, corsets are also being sewn into slimmer, flowing dresses like the Tony Ward dress above.
Wedding planner Amy Katz identified bows as one of the top bridal trends she's seeing more of.
They usually add a vintage look to a dress, but oversized bows are also being sewn onto more modern-looking gowns, like the Kenneth Pool gown above.
Urshel also listed bling as a popular bridal style. The bedazzled look is going strong, with brides wearing shimmering gowns covered in diamante embellishments, or opting for jewel tones.
Deep V neckline
Brides aren't afraid to show more skin on their wedding day. Jacobs said she's seeing more brides wearing dresses with a lowcut V-neckline.
As well as a low V-neckline, brides are loving dresses with a lower backline, according to Jacobs.
"The V-neckline and low backline will continue to be super hot," the wedding planner said. "I definitely see that being a trend that continues in all sorts of silhouettes, whether it's a sheath or a ballgown."
Many brides who don't want a low backline are choosing to emphasize the back of their dress. Illusion backs, like illusion necklines, are another key bridal trend in 2017, according to Urshel.
With illusion details making the back of the dress a focal point, brides can make a fashion statement as they walk down the aisle, and make sure their gown looks stunning from every angle.
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