Bridal trends for 2017

Bridal trends for 2017

There is much more to bridal fashion than a big white dress. In recent years, trends have ranged from pastel shades, to applique, and even mini slip dresses! According to the latest fashion shows, bridal trends for 2017 will include full-feather skirts, trouser suits, and the ubiquitous Bardot sleeve. Read on for the highlights of the year’s top bridal trends

The inspiration

New York Bridal Week is always a great indicator of the following year’s bridal trends, inspiring brides and designers across the world. And as the AW17 shows come to a close, new ideas and fresh trends begin to emerge in the wedding dress domain.

This season’s bridal shows found the middle ground, with several designers find a harmonious balance between the old and the new by revamping that classic bridal aesthetic for the modern woman with traditional tendencies.

Trouser suits

Alon Livne showed new take on the trouser suit, with exaggerated ruffles and statement hats in place of a veil. Bridal newcomers Victor & Rolf went characteristically avant-garde with a cropped trousers suit paired with an obi-style belt.


Set to be one of the biggest bridal trends of 2017, feathers were everywhere at New York Bridal Week. At Zac Posen, models wore extravagantly laced veil trims and full feathered skirts. Meanwhile, the Monique Lhuillier show was typically aimed at the feminine bride, with feather details updating classic silhouettes.

Bardot sleeves

The week of shows wasn’t without its unorthodox extravagance, as Vera Wang took the Bardot sleeve to new heights – or depths, more accurately – with thick shoulder straps holding up a heavily draped sleeve which ran far beyond the fingertips. Bardot sleeves were also on display at the Marchesa show, where dresses were as frothy as a fairytale.

Of course, traditional bridal shapes will never go out of style. Every designer had a classic A-line, column or mermaid dress in their collections, updated with some applique or a fun accessory. For 2017 brides, there has never been so much choice.

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