wedding dresses

Five key bridalwear trends for 2018

14 Dec 2017

If you’re planning on buying your wedding gown in 2018, here are five trends to look out for

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From statement bows to classic silhouettes, here are the five key bridalwear trends from the spring and fall 2018 bridal fashion shows

Capes

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Moniquel Huillier

From translucent net capelets for spring and summer brides to thick fur-lined capes for winter brides, nearly every 2018 collection features capes and capelets. Pair a floaty cape with a flower crown for a beautiful boho look, or opt for a cute polkadot capelet to complete your vintage ensemble. If you’re a traditional bride wanting something different yet classic, replace your cathedral-length veil with a full-length cape for a statement look.

Black details

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Reem Acra

Black dresses are one of the key trends for 2018 weddings, with black dresses dominating the spring and fall 2018 bridalwear shows. Wearing white is no longer considered mandatory but instead a choice, allowing brides-to-be to select the colours and patterns that truly represent their personalities and styles. For those wanting to embrace the trend yet stay traditional, go for a dress with a subtle black accent or accessory.

Giant bows

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Viktor Rolf

Bows have been a staple trend for wedding gowns for years, but in 2018 they are set to be even bigger and bolder. Appearing on belts, sleeves, backs and bodices across bridalwear collections, bows are the new statement feature. Create a show-stopping look by choosing a fitted silhouette gown with an oversized bow detail, or keep it subtle with a classic and simple bow belt.

Pearls

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The White Gallery, British Talent Catwalk

Pearl accents and adornments are a newly-revitalised trend for 2018. While pearls have been a traditional accessory for brides for centuries, this year designers are replacing diamantes and jewels by incorporating pearls into the dresses themselves. Pearl-encrusted necklines and bodices are the more subtle option, but for a touch of Hollywood glamour opt for head-to-toe pearl embellishments. 

Timeless silhouettes

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Alan Hannah

While a floaty bohemian look has been the biggest trend in seasons past, structured gowns with classic silhouettes are making a comeback; think traditional ball gowns, mermaid-style satin numbers, and Bardot necklines. Reminiscent of historic royal and society weddings, long trains and dramatic veils are also back in style. Feel like a princess and add an elegant and timeless feel to your wedding with one of these modern, sophisticated gowns.