7 Wedding Dress Trends from Bridal Fashion Week Fall 2019

The New York Fall 2019 Bridal Fashion Week just came to a close. Thanks to Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, the latest designs included an abundance of plain white dresses with a halter or bateau neckline and a crisp, clean silhouette. At the same time, we also saw a revival of romantic Edwardian dresses furnished with frills, lace and embroidery to add texture, and shrugs, ultra-long sleeves and cascading waterfall skirts to convey a vintage mood. Whether modern or nostalgic, you’ll find the perfect dress here!

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1. Frilly Mock-Necks

Many of Vera Wang’s Fall 2019 designs boast a removable frilled collar, which helps to visually elongate your neck and bring out a regal flair. The high-neck or collared look pair well with shrugs, capes or long sleeves to add volume to your upper body.

2. Plunge Deep

If you find mock-necks too prudish, try the opposite! The plunging sweetheart neckline appears in a lot of the latest collections, including those from David’s Bridal, Ines Di Santo and Morilee. This neckline emphasizes the beauty of symmetry and draws attention to the center.

3. Shrug It On

Capes are still on-trend, but how about switching things up with shorter shrugs? Just like capes, they add warmth and allow you to customize your gown – the only difference is that they’re easier to wear and carry around! You can even opt for one in a different color from your gown. Who says wedding outfits have to be monochrome?

4. Slit Sleeves

If you’re into vintage gowns, you’ll like the fancy sleeve trend. Coming in flared, balloon, sheer, slit and detachable versions, sleeves are an easy way to make you stand out on your wedding day. Not to mention, they help cover up bingo wings!

5. Tiers in Heaven

Tiered dresses look best on the vertically gifted. Rebelling against minimalism, this trend calls for the boldest in texture and composition to create depth and volume. Go for lightweight materials such as tulle and satin. I personally cannot take my eyes off of Viktor and Rolf’s heavenly tiered dresses.

6. Checkmate

I never knew checks could look so cool on wedding gowns! Apart from Hayley Paige including a black checkered dress in her collection, bridal labels such as Viktor and Rolf, David’s Bridal, and Idan Cohen include monochrome grids in their designs. The semi-sheer grids can appear as a mesh overlay on the skirt or panels on the bodice to add an element of interest.

7. Pocket-Friendly

We all love functional details, especially for an important event like your wedding day! Pockets are great for keeping your idle arms in a comfortable and photogenic position, and you can keep your cheat sheet and tissue paper in them just in case!