Six key trend-led looks for 2017 brides
03 Mar 2017
The Ivory Secret in Crediton, Devon shares the hottest looks and fashion forward trends for brides-to-be getting married this year
Still looking for the wedding dress of your dreams? Make a bridal statement with one of the top trends for the year - as detailed by Devon bridal boutique, The Ivory Secret.
Bridal separates are becoming more and more popular since they emerged on the catwalk back in 2014. Contemporary brides are attracted by the versatility and variety of The Ivory Secret's Catherine Deane range of skirts, bodices and overlays. By choosing the elements separately you can create a dress that is unique to you, making it even more special and personal. It also means that these beautiful items can have a life beyond that one special day, to be worn again individually. To give the trend a try, visit The Ivory Secret for the Catherine Deane Trunk Show from March 22-28.
A return to simplicity
Simple wedding dresses are coming back into fashion. Think sleek satins and timeless silhouettes such as the Blossom gown from Belle & Bunty, or Annasul Y's take on satin and lace. Minimalist, yet effortlessly elegant - perfect for the bride who doesn't like fuss and dressing up, but also wants to feel like a bride as well as a special version of herself. This is a look that is suitable for chic city ceremonies and relaxed garden weddings alike.
For those of you who don't do understated, you will be pleased to know the jewelled wedding dress is also very stylish for 2017 - in contrast to the sleek satins afore mentioned. Some designers, such as Annasul Y, are keeping it subtle with a twinkle of clear and ivory beads, while the Catherine Deane collection focuses on embellishment, with some gowns beautifully inspired by dew drops on a spider's web. You only get to wear a wedding dress once, so why not go all out?
Looking very popular for the year ahead is the use of barely-there illusion fabrics. These finely woven, gossamer-light tulles can be used as the base for decorative necklines and backs, giving a lace 'tattoo' effect. For those of you who don't dare to go strapless, this is a pretty yet practical alternative, giving a feeling of security when wearing the gown but with the delicate illusion of bare skin, as shown in the 'Jolie' gown from Catherine Deane.
While ivory remains a favourite in bridalwear, we are seeing a definite move toward colour – subtle champagne and blush shades are increasingly popular. If you want your gown to feel vintage, then a champagne or gold hue could really bring out an antique feel. A lovely way to wear this trend, while still feeling very much like a bride, is to choose a gown with a lining in a warmer colour, but that still has an overlay of ivory lace or tulle. This makes the detail on the gown really stand out from the fabric shown behind it, while bringing in a soft shade that flatters your skin tone. Take inspiration from this Annasul Y wedding dress with its blush tulle, overlaid with vintage-style lace.
Remember, a beautiful back is as important as a beautiful front. As the bride, you will have your back to your guests for a large part of the wedding ceremony and of course, later on the dance floor. Make sure you give them something pretty to look at, whether it be a sheer lace coverage, dainty buttons, or an open and plunging back.