Top Bridal Dress Trends for 2013

When most of us think of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, bridal dresses don’t really stand out in our minds. However, well-known wedding gown designers such as Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta did not disappoint at New York’s Fashion Week this winter. Designers crafted dresses adorned with lace in a variety of fabrics and forms, including at the bodice and neckline and in the sleeves. The runways featuring wedding gowns for autumn 2013 were aghast with breathtaking, super feminine frills inspired by classic film starlets. Open backs with softly draped, romantic silhouettes, intricate back embroideries and embellishments, and striking, dramatic trains were just a few of the details used to pull off this trend. Short, cocktail-style dresses are another new bridal gown design that’s sure to be a hit with this year’s brides-to-be. These chic, leg-baring dresses may be missing something at the bottom, however, they make up for it with brazen, bold designs on top and at the waist.

No matter whether you opt for a Reem Acra tea-length dress or one of the many designs by Marks and Spencer, choosing a bridal dress in one of these current fashions will make the most stunning bride on your wedding day.

Lady in Lace

Since Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton walked down the aisle to marry Prince William in a creation designed by Sarah Burton, gowns decked out in dainty lace are popular with contemporary brides for 2013. Designers have added lace to every element from the
sleeves, to the neckline, to the back, and train. Like many trends for 2013, vintage-inspired features have been added to today’s bridal gowns, and lacy, antiquated details are leading the pack.

Back Out

Another vintage-influenced bridal gown that’s making waves this wedding season is all about the back. Dramatic, eye-catching backless gowns and sheer materials with garnishments such as lace, appliques, beading, and sequins are just a few of the new, unique trimmings to be affixed to recent bridal gowns. In addition, plunging backs and sheer details with cutouts such as keyholes are also popular for brides wishing to bare their shoulders and backs this year. Wedding gown designers are also featuring dresses with cowl and strapless highlights for an elegant look for this summer and early fall.

Short and Sweet

Not every bride’s dream is to strut down the aisle in a long, mermaid gown or a dress with a lengthy, bustling train. Hip, modern brides-to-be are going with sassy, short dresses that are more likely to be seen at a garden party than a bride. Internationally-recognized fashion designer Reem Acra is leading the way with this new leggy style. Acra doesn’t just design simple tea-length party dresses in white: her cocktail length bridal gowns come with a barrage of bridal touches, such as lace, sheer shoulders and backs, gorgeous beading and sequined embellishments, and other frilly, flirtatious elements. Acra also raised the bridal gown bar by adding unique details such as flapper skirting, dresses with pockets, and miniskirt dresses.

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