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3 Wedding Dress Trends for Spring 2016

Dress with 3D applique. Image via Brides.com.

Dress with 3D applique. Image via Brides.com.

We just spent the morning doing one of our favorite things: Scrolling through galleries of wedding dresses! Right away, three trends jumped out at us.

Texture is In

From 3D floral and butterfly appliques to feathers, texture is in, adding visual interest to gowns in all styles. Designers are adding texture in many ways:

  • Overskirts made of tulle, satin, organza, or lace
  • Tiered skirts that give gowns whimsy and movement
  • Wave details like scrolling patterns, embroidery, or diagonally pleated skirts
  • 3D details like appliques, flowers, and butterflies
  • Feathers, from full skirts to just a hint of them in the design
Dress with keyhole neckline. Image via Brides.com.

Dress with keyhole neckline. Image via Brides.com.

Sexy is Back

Brides who want to flaunt it are in luck: Sexy is in! Look for gowns with these elements to strut your stuff:

Plunging necklines were big last year, and they’re sticking around for 2016.

Illusion bodices are still popular, but Bride’s magazine says they’re pushing the envelope with ultra-sheer fabrics and details that cover just where you need it.

Keyhole necklines merge the elegance of a high-necked dress with the daring of a plunging neckline.

Thigh-high slits are huge, a sophisticated way to be sexy as you walk down the aisle.

Hemlines are Changing

We noticed three trends when we looked at wedding dress hemlines:

Bride in pants. Image via Brides.com.

Bride in pants. Image via Brides.com.

Mini dresses are hot. Fashionista reported that nearly every design house has at least one short wedding dress in its collection – and hemlines are going up. Brides have lots of flexibility when it comes to a short dress: Wear it all day, wear it just for the reception, or wear it for your rehearsal dinner. We love short, flirty dresses for casual beach weddings!

Sheer skirts let you playfully hint at wearing a short skirt – while wearing a long ones. The sheer skirt overlay lets you go short without baring too much.

Pants and suits are everywhere for brides. Go this route for your look, and you’ll find everything from tailored tuxedo styles to flowy wide-leg pants that are perfect for boho brides.

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