Wedding dress trends are a funny thing. Unlike ready-to-wear fashion, styles don’t change massively from season to season. For the most part, the dresses are white, floor-length and often topped with dreamy details like embroidery or lace. But every bride-to-be knows it’s the details that make the dress special enough for once-in-a-lifetime wear. That’s just what we spotted at Bridal Fashion Week: exciting and elegant twists on the traditional here-comes-the-bride attire. From frilly flair like voluminous skirts and sheer overlays to offbeat silhouettes like pant suits and tiered ball gowns, the showings left us with a whole bunch of predictions about what brides will be walking down the aisle in this time next year (or maybe even before then!). Here’s a look at seven new trends that will be BIG in 2016.
1. Accent Sash: Spotted at Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Jenny Packham were white dresses topped with a contrasting colored sash. It’s a fun — and totally DIY-able — idea if you want to add a pop of color to your ensemble without going for a fully colored dress. It could also be a great way to compliment your bouquet or bridesmaids – or both.
2. Ball Gown Skirts: While there was a fair share of slim silhouettes, dramatic ball gown skirts reigned supreme. The dressed debuted at Reem Acra, Badgley Mischka and Ines Di Santo looked like something straight out of a Cinderella movie, and that’s by no means a bad thing. You might have trouble fitting it into your limo, but you’ll spend the day feeling like a real-life princess.
3. Tiered Skirts: Taking the full skirt one step further, these tiered skirts aren’t for the shy bride. But if you’re up for rocking a dramatic style, this is a surefire way to get a whole lot of volume with a fun + flirty ruffle element added in.
4. Partial Overlay: Spotted at Theia, Galia Lahav and Monique Lhuillier, this romantic skirt style overlays an accent fabric atop an otherwise classic dress. We’re thinking it looks a little bit like the most elegant kind of cape your hips could possibly sport.
5. Separates: This trend has been appearing in bridal fashion for awhile now, but has cemented itself as a style of our time this season. Whether you opt to show a little bit of mid-drift or choose a skin-shielding two-piece, this is an easy way to add a modern spin to an otherwise classic ensemble.