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Clean, simple lines started showing up on the runway a few seasons ago and are now available in every silhouette from sleek and slim to A-line to unembellished ball gowns. These gowns can be the perfect option for the trend toward smaller, simpler weddings or treated as a blank canvas onto which a bride can layer multiple accessories, truly creating a one of a kind look.
Sheer elements are very popular and show up in a variety of ways. Sheer side panels or entirely sheer bodices, sheer backs and unlined trains all highlight lace, appliques and beading, showing them off to their best advantage. Bridal Gown trains especially take on an added element of beauty when the lace or layers of lace and sheer can be seen without a backing.
Non-strapless wedding gowns are still most popular with straps of every width and sleeves of every length available. V-neck tank style bodices, some plunging, and sweetheart necklines with spaghetti straps are seen on many gowns. A soft “draped” sleeve that fits loosely around the upper arm is the romantic look of the moment. Other little details like pockets and detachable trains and detachable sleeves add an elements of fun to formal gowns.
Brides no longer wear white from head to toe. Gowns are available in shades of champagne, ivory, blush, lilac and silver with touches of black. Often the deeper color is under a layer of lighter colored lace or sheer tulle. The darker color beneath makes the lace “pop” and shows off the details to their best advantage.
One of the things that remains certain at this unpredictable time is brides and their wedding parties will be beautiful, no matter what unique style they choose to wear down the aisle.