After deciding that bridal stores needed a serious shake-up, Christy Baird founded LOHO Bride, an acronym for "league of her own." With locations in Los Angeles and San Francisco, LOHO Bride offers an experience for women who don’t identify with mainstream bridal looks. Every month, Christy will lend her expertise on high-fashion bridal designers and trends and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the latest industry news.
If you’re on social media, you’ve probably seen more diamond rings in the last months than the saleswoman at Tiffany. That’s because the holidays are the time of year for questions that take place while on one knee. And a spike in proposals also means peak season for wedding dress shopping. (Who said math is hard?)
As any newly engaged bride will tell you, first come bridal blogs, next comes the dress. But before you dive into silk vs. crepe or lace vs. beading, here are a few trends that have had their time in the sun and a few that are just stepping into the spotlight. Armed with the information to help you master the ins and outs of wedding dress trends, you'll be able to save at least a little bit of the stress in wedding planning.
Read along as we walk you through the wedding trends taking over in 2017!
OUT: Old-School Lace In: 3D Details
Nana’s vintage lace will always be classic, but there’s no harm in modernizing your look with some added detail and texture that will give your guests a reason to do a double take.
Houghton Bentley Dress ($3750)
Traditional lace is swapped for an open basketweave, perfect for a summer wedding.
Suzanne Harward Celestial Gown ($8950)
Three-dimensional floral details feel especially original.
OUT: Cute Bow Details In: Avant-Garde Bows
Bows may bring back memories of Easter dresses or high school cheerleading, but when they’re done right, they can add just the right amount of structure and oomph you’re looking for. So leave the mini bows to the flower girls, and go big (or don’t bow at all).
Delpozo Sleeveless Bow Front Gown ($6300)
An off-kilter bow adds personality to this pretty dress.
Oscar de la Renta Hunter Bow Back Column Gown (5990)
From behind, this traditional dress transforms into something totally different.
Out: Too Much White In: Nude Liners or Slips
Some of the most stunning dresses at the moment have unexpected and interesting details, and you don’t want to lose them in the liner! Move away from white and opt for a nude liner instead. It will help the finer sides of your gown pop and give your look a bit of edge.
Elie Saab Guipure Maxi Dress ($6900)
A nude lining adds to the sheer, lightweight feel of this dress.
Vera Wang The Felisa Gown ($4200)
Nude tulle adds a little something unexpected.
Out: Too Much Volume In: Ruffle Details
While a flowing A-line skirt may have been the dress of your dreams when you were 11, you may realize that, like JTT, it’s not your jam anymore. Playful ruffles are a chic way to add dimension and charm without feeling too over-the-top.
J. Mendel Ella Dress (price upon request)
Subtle ruffles feel on trend without being overwhelming.
Zimmermann Winsome Gown ($1950)
This tiered gown is ideal for a nontraditional bride.
Out: Capes In: Winged Backs
Capes have been having their Gigi moment on the bridal runways lately. And while we love a good cape as much as the next girl, sometimes it can overpower a body and hide a bride’s chest and shoulders. The alternative? Wings! They still add drama without covering the hard work that went into those perfect Pilates shoulders.
Houghton Bette Gown ($3500)
Trailing wings feel elegant with a nontraditional twist.