The hottest trends and ‘of the moment’ designs for your top five bridal must-haves…
Where once bridal trends were fairly slow paced with one or two key looks spanning across a decade, today’s brides are faced with a faster turnover of options. Encouraged to reflect both current fashions and their own personality through their styling and attire choices, brides can easily become a little overwhelmed. So, for those of you looking to narrow down the search for your big-day look, we team up with Brides Up North to shine a spotlight on some of the bridal must-haves of the moment, from gowns and accessories through to hair and makeup.
1. The dress
Romantic florals remain strong on bridal catwalks and offer brides the opportunity to make a strong style statement with attention-grabbing 3D florals or bold patterned dresses. Super pretty bows are also on trend, whether big and blousy or small and neat. The elegant lace sleeves that came into vogue following Kate Middleton’s big day have been given somewhat of a boho overhaul, with fashion-forward designs now featuring beautiful bell sleeves. Designers are becoming more daring with their creations too, whether it be through plunging necklines, high leg splits or illusion detailing. Finally, for those who like to mix up their look, separates are still key, with options varying from skirt and top two-pieces to slip and cape combos. Look to collections by Sassi Holford, Charlotte Balbier, Suzanne Neville, Rosa Clara and Halfpenny London for some of these top trends.
2. The Shoes
More an area where brides go with personality and individual taste rather than trends, it’s about picking a pair that are super special – and hopefully that can be worn again after the big day. We’re therefore seeing demand for beautiful coloured designs, such as blue, blush and green, on the rise. Also, metallic heels, particularly in gold, bronze and rose gold, are hot picks. Designs with opulent embellishing and 3D floral detailing remain ever popular, while those looking to stand out from the crowd are drawn towards punchy pairs sprinkled with glitter. Such styles can be found within collections by Charlotte Mills, Emmy London, Harriet Wilde and Rachel Simpson.
3. The accessories
The finishing touches come after the chosen dress and therefore should complement the type of styling that the bride has picked. So, looking at current bridal trends, boho brides should look to flower and foliage crowns, or for an accessory they can keep; botanical style hair vines and floral jewelled headpieces. Glamorous brides meanwhile will want crystal jewellery and accessories that sparkle in the light; classic brides are likely to be drawn to pearls, and contemporary brides are likely to opt for more simple accessories, such as dainty hair pins and ribbon headbands. Finally, for a really on trend addition, try beaded tassel earrings, made a must-have by Oscar de la Renta. Other accessory designers to look up include Debbie Carlisle, Ivy & Co and Hermione Harbutt.
4. The hair
Clean and modern up dos such as ponytails and topknots are key looks of the moment, taking over from classic styles such as sleek chignons. More romantic and undone styles such as messy braids and buns are also top of brides’ wish lists. Meanwhile, for those wearing their locks down it’s all about boho beach waves.
5. The makeup
Contrary to contouring queens like the Kardashians, the bridal must-have makeup is natural, pretty and light. Dewy skin with a touch of highlighter or a light matt base is preferred with either pink lips and lids or, for a more glamorous look, red lips with a flick of eyeliner. Those wanting to push the boundaries a little further are bringing in touches of metallics too.
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