The fall 2016 bridal collections were packed with gorgeous details, elegant fabrics, and figure-flattering silhouettes. Modern embellishments like floral appliqués and belts enhanced traditional designs, while cutouts and slender fits brought new life to lace fit-and-flare dresses and sheaths. In fact, there was a flirty, sensual motif that ran through many of the designer collections. Still, classic ball gowns and A-line silhouettes offered many options for more modest brides, and separates allowed the sexier dresses to be topped with overskirts and boleros.
Below, discover the top six trends we found (and loved!) at bridal fashion week this season. From short skirts to long sleeves, and tulle to lace, there is something for every type of bride in the latest collections of dreamy wedding dresses!
1. High-Low Skirt
Skirts with a shorter hem in the front and longer hem in the back popped up on the runway a few years ago, and this season the trend solidified its place in bridal fashion. It's a chic, pretty way to get two looks in one: party-ready in the front and classic in the back! Gowns by Rivini by Rita Vinieris; Anne Barge; Ines Di Santo
2. Tulle Overskirt
Bridal designs with tulle overskirts featuring an opening in the front were absolutely everywhere this season. Some designers incorporated the style into the dress, but most offered the look as a separate piece that can be tied over a slim-fit gown with a ribbon belt. Like the high-low skirt, an overskirt allows brides to show off two looks in one – wear it to add drama to your ceremony look, and take it off for easier dancing at the reception. Gowns by Amsale; Matthew Christopher; Monique Lhuillier
3. Long Lace Sleeves
The Kate Middleton effect is still going strong. Long lace sleeves similar to the style the Duchess of Cambridge wore on her wedding day graced gowns of all silhouettes. The pretty style was even paired with plunging necklines for a bit more drama and sex appeal! Gowns by Monique Lhuillier; Sareh Nouri; Oleg Cassini
4. Sheer Fabrics
It seemed every designer wants brides to show off some skin this season. Sheer fabrics and barely there lace left little to the imagination. A slip or camisole can be worn underneath many styles to provide a bit more coverage, but adventurous brides will love showing off their best assets. Gowns by Berta; Inbal Dror; Vera Wang
5. Three-Dimensional Embellishments
The details on many of this season's designs literally popped off the gowns! Touchable, three-dimensional embellishments like floral appliqués, embroidery, and passementerie gave the dresses texture and a sense of playfulness. Whimsical adornments transform bridal gowns into works of art! Gowns by Lela Rose; Olia Zavozina; Angel Sanchez
6. Low Backs
Turn around, brides: fall 2016 bridal gowns are all about the back! Plunging low, or even completely open, backs can be found in nearly every designer's collection. Especially if the bridal gown features a higher neckline, a low back is a beautiful way to add sensuality to your wedding look. Gowns by Claire Pettibone; Galia Lahav; Inbal Dror
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