Wedding and bridal fashion has trends just as any other fashion might. The Royal Wedding last year has prompted a return to traditional bridal gown designs as well as a spark of nostalgia and romance. Designers are offering up a whole new influence that hasn’t been seen in decades.
Lace is becoming the keyword in bridal fashion for the coming seasons. Influences by Hollywood starlets of bygone eras such as Vivian Leigh and Betty Davis are making an impact on designers. Consider the beautiful necklines in the gowns worn in “Gone with the Wind” or Audrey Hepburn’s gowns in “Sabrina” and the silhouettes will mimic what designers are bringing out for Brides to choose from for their special day.
Brides are no longer wanting to make that grand entrance that will turn everyone’s head and drop jaws by the mere design, but rather they are choosing designs that fit into the entire mood of the wedding and denote romance, taste, and timeless elegance. They want their gowns to speak of the entire event and not just the Bride’s tastes alone apart from the event. If one considers the dress worn by Kate Middleton in last spring’s Royal Wedding they can see the impression a gown can have on an event if it portrays the entire wedding in the design and fabric, along with an heirloom profile, neckline, skirt and train.
The return to romance and tradition is leading many Brides to ask to see their Mother’s or even their Grandmother’s gowns if they are lucky. Seeking out a talented seamstress to bring the gown to a custom fit and updated draping or neckline will make use of a gown that is a priceless heirloom and treasure. Designers can only copy and try to bring about the nostalgia of an heirloom design but those that have the opportunity to use a vintage family wedding gown should not pass up the chance to do so.
Longer veils are coming back into fashion and Brides can definitely set their fashion statement of romance, tradition, and elegance through a long flowing veil attached to a fresh flower headband or a family heirloom hair comb once worn by Grandmother.
Brides will find that the use of heirloom pieces in their wedding ensemble offers the opportunity to save money while being dressed in a priceless fashion item. If there isn’t an heirloom wedding gown or veil to choose from then perhaps a visit to a vintage clothing store can offer up a treasure. Be prepared to find competition in searching for a vintage wedding gown as Brides seek to find vintage gowns to redesign and make it their own rather than wear a “cookie cutter” designed gown that can be ordered from a bridal salon. This is pushing up the cost of vintage wedding gowns that once were hard to give away at yard sales in years past. Now they are the new fashion find worth thousands in some instances.
Brides looking to be on the edge of upcoming Bridal fashion trends will do well to think lace, conservative necklines, with fitted waists and fuller skirts, all with vintage, and heirloom influences. Brides choosing to take advantage of these new trends will be making a unique statement much like Kate Middleton did last spring. The impression will be long lasting as that Bride leaves thoughts of romance and elegance in the minds of those attending the wedding and the pictures will represent a timeless and fashionable Bride as the years pass by.