5 Wedding Dress Trends for Fall 2016 – Get Married with Style!

Hello 2016! Dear readers, I hope you’ve begun 2016 brilliantly and may I wish you a sartorially successful year ahead! Although this article is dedicated to brides-to-be, all are welcome to take a sneak peek at the forthcoming wedding gown trends. Who knows if the info might be useful the next time you shop for a party dress, prom dress or evening gown?

Images: WWD


Clockwise from left:
Carolina Herrera | Reem Acra | Angel Sanchez | Lela Rose | Hayley Paige

I would never have imagined that the cropped fad would last that long, but its influence is so huge that it’s affecting formalwear too. In Fall 2016, we’ll be seeing some very youthful-looking designs featuring fitted cropped tops, bustiers and camisoles in contrast with flared, floor-sweeping skirts. I think Olivia Palermo’s wedding dress really leads us to a fresher idea – that a gown can be constructed by a top and a bottom instead of being a single garment. So now you can consider a two-piece wedding dress even if you’re not looking to bare your belly!

Victoria’s Secret model Arlenis Sosa wedded in Reem Acra
Elbow-Sleeve Lace-Overlay Dress (White) from Angel Bridal
Elbow-Sleeve Lace-Overlay Dress (Red) from Angel Bridal

Front Open

Clockwise from left:
Monique Lhullier | J Mendel | Naeem Khan | Zuhair Murad | Vera Wang

At first I was a bit surprised that the front open design (where a front slit on the skirt reveals an inner layer) rose to prominence – the look is quite Disney and doesn’t seem posh enough for the runway. Then I realized some dresses were made that way so that the outer skirt or train is removable. It means you can wear a princess-worthy gown for the church, and turn into a sexy beast for the wedding reception. The concept is not entirely new, but designers have found better ways to make it less obvious. Ideally, your guests won’t notice it’s the same dress!

Beyoncé’s mom Tina Knowles wedded in Romona Keveza
Front Open Cutout-Back Evening Dress from Angel Bridal
Front Open Strapless Wedding Dress from Angel Bridal

Waterfall Hemline

Clockwise from left:
Marchesa | Anne Barge | Carolina Herrera | Romona Keveza | Monique Lhuillier

The waterfall hemline a la Whitney Port isn’t new but remains a firm favorite for brides who wish to show off their gams, especially during photo-taking sessions. The trick is to have one big ruffle at the front so that it creates a bulging effect and a zig-zag line that hugs your legs. You can choose those with an inner layer for a more demure but still sculptural look.

Actress Whitney Port wedded in Ashi Studio
Strapless High-Low Ruffled Dress from Loree
Strapless High-Low Dress with Rhinestones and Feathers from Beautiful Wedding

Sheer Lace

Clockwise from left:
Vera Wang | Inbal Dror | Marchesa | Zuhair Murad | Pronovias

Lingerie and wedding gowns seem to be fused these days. Perhaps in an attempt to draw attention from the media, many bridal designers have included at least one sheer lace design in their Fall 2016 collections. These skin-baring, curve-hugging gowns are probably too embarrassing for even the most open-minded or physically gifted bride to wear so I doubt if you’d like to take your vows in these. Nonetheless, a lightweight bodycon gown in Chantilly lace is very much encouraged (think qipao or mermaid style).

Kim Kardashian in Roberto Cavalli at the Met Gala 2015
Lace Flower Evening Dress from Daphne
Sheer Lace Maxi Dress from Hotprint


Clockwise from left:
J Mendel | Berta | Caroline Herrera | Lela Rose | Hayley Paige

Fall 2016’s bridal collections play with necklines A LOT! From Amal Clooney’s elegant off-shoulder to Nicky Hilton’s regal high-neck and Kate Middleton’s phenomenal illusion V-neck, the variety of necklines would make every bride dizzy. Instead of the typical sweetheart, one of the most easy-to-wear necklines is the V-neck, which is suitable for almost any body shape, neck length or bust size. V-neck designs are especially suitable for brides with big busts, a long décolletage, broad shoulders or a short wide neck. However if you have a long, thin neck, you might want to balance the elongating composition with a camisole. It prevents nip-slips too!

Italian heiress Beatrice Borromeo wedded in Armani Privé
Lace-Back Deep-V Wedding Dress from Angel Bridal
Sleeveless Ball Gown from MSSBridal

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