By Kristie Wood, Today’s Bride and Formal Wear
What do I mean by that? Well, there is nothing new in the revelation that fashion trends and styles make a resurgence decades later, with some updates of course. Bridal fashions are no exception to that process, and thank goodness for that! I certainly can’t speak for everyone in the bridal business but I do believe the majority of us were growing weary of looking at all of the “same ole, same ole” strapless dresses and struggling to find that perfect dress for our brides that were in search of something more. And the fashion industry has responded to that by going back in time and bringing back the elegance and class of by-gone eras. What was old? Lace, buttons, draping, and illusion netting to name a few. And how is it new? It’s everywhere and for the most part they are all being used very much the same, with just that little flare that makes it current.
Today our brides are turning to the elegant styles which have been beautiful for generations. The new designs are offering more choices in necklines, straps, sleeves, silhouettes and lengths than ever before. Brides are truly able to find that perfect dress that truly fits their personality, style and body (which is incredibly important). So it is with much enthusiasm that brides are spending hours “pinning” their favorite looks. Now you will see satin covered buttons, lace, lace, and did I mention lace? The necklines have moved from the typical sweetheart or straight to beautiful strap options that vary from spaghetti straps to tank, sleeveless, bateau necklines, cap sleeves and even that sweet lacy three-quarter sleeve look of the 1950’s. The possibilities do not end there once you combine these necklines with silhouettes from ball gown, mermaid, fit and flare, trumpet and even the tea length full skirt that was ever so popular in the 1950’s.
All of this “old being new” stuff doesn’t end with the dresses. The headpieces and veils have quickly moved from tiaras and decorative edged tulle veils to bold flowers with decorative adornments and bird cage veils covering the face. Definitely a much more retro look inspired by the 1920’s. Even bridal shoes follow the trends with platform style peep toes being popular and less of the strappy sandals of years passed.
These looks have been created by pulling the best looks from all over the world and throughout eras passed. We now have the best of the best…so far at least! The great dresses of today are made with the highest quality materials, best interior structure which not only feel great on, but look better than ever as well. New designs using subtle accents of lace, buttons and other trimmings inspired by generations past is a perfect combination of what was great about those times and what is great about today.