Gorgeous gowns: 2016 wedding dress trends

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Your wedding dress should make you feel like the most beautiful woman on earth – and the beauty of bridal gowns is that there are styles and shapes to suit everyone.

If you’re about to start looking for the dress, here’s some inspiration to get you started – the gowns and styles said to be on trend for 2016.


Here are 2016’s hottest wedding dress trends:

  • Fancy florals – 3D floral appliqués are big for 2016, from large, striking petals to delicate blooms applied with beads. Floral designs can add a touch of romance to more modern dresses, and add texture to simple gowns.
  • Luxurious layers – This year’s spring runways featured layer gowns, in organza, taffeta and tuille. Soft and flowing, layered gowns can add texture to a dress for those who don’t want a large skirt, and can be teamed with a cathedral lace veil to complete the romantic look.
  • Vintage – Traditional vintage gowns are perfect for brides embracing classic wedding themes, with lots of detailing, long sleeves and high-necked gowns popular with designers this year.
  • Nineties revival – Alternatively, more modern brides can keep it simple with clean, elegant designs that shy away from the beading, layers and lace of other gowns, a trend popular in the 1990s. Thin straps, fitted bodices and white, straight skirts give a flattering, minimalist look that can be complimented with delicate jewellery and accessories.
  • Day to night dresses – Brides can embrace two looks on their wedding day, changing it up between the ceremony and reception with a detatchable skirt. Overskirts can wow guests at the wedding before the gown is made dance floor ready.
  • Knee length – Wedding gowns don’t have to be long, heavy attire – create a fifties look with a large, calf-length skirt or opt for a simple knee-length gown. Team with a pair of showstopper shoes to add a splash of colour.
  • Fabulous feathers – Feathers have been cited as this year’s must-have embellishment, with gowns using them for full, soft, flowing skirts or adding detail at the waist. Brides magazine says feathers ‘add whimsy to any bridal look’.
  • Illusion – Illusion necklines, made from sheer material, have been popular in recent years – but this years gowns are taking them one step further, with full illusion bodices using lace appliqué and detailing covering all the right places. Floral embroidery is also being applied in stunning modern designs.
  • Keyhole necklines – Another designer trend this year are small, keyhole necklines and long thin slits in gown material, combining the vintage look of a high-necked gown, but adding a the playful element of a plunging neckline.