The wedding dress; quite possibly the only item of clothing you will ever contemplate at such length or experience such inordinate decisiveness. While the perfect dress definitely completes your entire bridal experience, more and more brides aren’t going for those diamond-encrusted gowns that you need to take a mortgage on. Instead they are sashaying towards more affordable, incredibly accessible and easy to wear again options. The modern bride wants to look gorgeous and memorable on her wedding day, but she doesn’t expect the dress to change her life. With so many trends and just about every style of dress being walked down the aisle, five big trends are making a name for themselves in 2014.
The Midi Gown
Made popular in the 1950s and 1960s, the midi gown is popping up in bridal shops everywhere for brides who like to show a little ankle. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s stunning dress worn in the film Funny Face, this season’s gorgeous tea-length mid-calf affair of tulle and lace has a flattering silhouette with plenty of girlish charm.
The Lace Dress
Brides looking for something a little sexier for their big day will want to shop for the slim-fitting lace dresses. Lace adds a bit of sexiness, even in a dress with a high neck and long sleeves. The long, form-fitting silhouette shows off your figure and you’ll be emulating Marilyn Monroe as you wiggle down the aisle.
The Long Sleeved Gown
Made popular by Kate Middleton, the long sleeved gown is covering up brides in the most splendid of ways. Designers are getting creative, using tulle and lace to emphasize dramatic deep cleavage or bared shoulders, all the while having wrist-length sleeves. Long sleeves are also stunning if you plan on showing a little bit of leg in a mini dress for your wedding day or for the reception.
The Vintage Heirloom
As brides flip through endless bridal catalogues, so many young women are deciding to visit the consignment shop or find a vintage gown online. Guaranteed to be original, especially if you plan to alter or dye it to your specifications, a vintage gown always has a story to go along with it and you can feel good about upcycling someone else’s treasured dress.
The Soft Pink Frock
Every year there are plenty of brides who choose to skip past the rack of white gowns and go for something fresh and flattering in their favourite colour. While bold is always best, frothy gowns in a soft pink are showing up on romantic brides everywhere. Paired with a blush-toned makeup palette and stunning bouquet of ombre roses, this is the one trend for 2014 that knocks it out of the park.
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