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Wedding dresses for 2016

by | 2 April 2016 | Wedding Apparel

This season’s wedding dresses have arrived amidst a flurry of florals and lace. 2016 is certainly the time for the statement bride, with plenty of sensual and ethereal gowns seen on the wedding runways. Take a look at what’s in store for this year’s brides.

Flower Power

The floral appliqué is given new life this season, with a 3D reinvention. Whether you want floral accents across the shoulders, a flowery nip in at the waist, or a skirt covered with flowers, do it in 3D for the full fairytale effect. Butterflies are the alternative, but feathers bring the dreamy look to a whole new level. Look to Swan Lake inspiration for statement brides, for everything from fluttery feathered skirts to subtle feathery details.

New silhouettes

Trouble choosing between classic beauty or princess bride? Now you can have your bridal cake and eat it too. Sheer overskirts above sheath dresses offer the streamlined look but with an added layer of romance.

Layered skirts bring some further shape into the mix. Look to asymmetric layering and flamenco ruffles for this year’s hottest new statement silhouette.

Sensual bride

Who said you can’t exude some allure on your wedding day? Gone are the days of the pure bride, this season leans towards feminine strength with plunging necklines, thigh-high slits, low backs and gossamer layers. Many designers have looked to the red carpet for inspiration, with barely there dresses and illusion lace. Balance out this sultry appeal with contrasting features, such as long sleeves and high necklines.

Lingerie on the outside

A favourite with the fashion crowd this season, lingerie as outerwear has made its way into bridal fashion. Subtle design hints allow you to make the style bride-appropriate. Think silky slip dresses, peekaboo lace details and body contouring designs.

Modern minimal

Modern minimal leaves the bride to shine. Understated satin gowns and sheath dresses are the go-to looks for this trend while spaghetti straps give it a nostalgic 90s touch. Simple designs give an effortless look but with sharp tailoring and intricate little details for a flattering result.

Not so white

Although pastels are still singing sweetly this season, this year’s palette is watercolour inspired. Look to botanical prints and subtle floral washes for the perfect alternative to white.

If you want to steer clear of the dress, the trouser suit is a power dressing alternative for your wedding day. Sharp tailoring is the key to getting this trend right. Go for a strapless top for a feminine take, or look to lace and chiffon details for something a little extra special.

What do you think of this year’s trends? Will you be bridal shopping with any of these in mind? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


About the author

Laura Feasey

Having studied journalism at the London College of Fashion, Laura trained in crafting features and articles, not only in the subject of fashion, but in lifestyle, art, travel and culture. For the last few years she has been writing for a number of clients, from holiday companies such as and lowcostholidays, to design retailers such as and Debenhams.


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    Cool looking in that dresses .. ..thanks for that lovely post sharing with us .

    • Laura

      You are very welcome! I hope you found some inspiration 🙂

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