2012 Bridal Wedding Gown Trends ~ Layers, Vintage, & Color!

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  • April 24, 2012

We are back with guest post #3 from Kate Linde Bridal. Last week Kate talked to us about how to incorporate global wedding details into your wedding and this week she will share some insight into 2012 wedding dress trends!

This has been a fascinating year for bridal fashion, turning many recent trends upside down. Inspiration is being drawn from bygone eras and bursts of color. Here is an overview of the 2012 bridal gown trends:

Inside Out: Designers are literally turning parts of gowns inside out – traditional underskirting is peaking through to make an appearance on the outside, sometimes through increasingly popular thigh-high slits. Ball gown style dresses feature ornate trains of ruffles, and may also be painstakingly hand-embellished with petals or even feathers.

[credit: Punk Rock Bride - Michelle]

Multi-Layered Trains: Bi-level trains and hi-low hemlines are adding interest and texture to the more traditional looks. The effect can be gradual, with lots of layers flowing down a ball gown style train, or very high fashion with two distinct, often asymmetric levels boldly dividing the skirt.

Royal Wear: It’s no surprise that Kate Middleton’s 2011 royal wedding gown has taken the runways in many forms in 2012. She has inspired a return to a classic, modest style gown with sleeves and delicate lace touches. Perhaps more surprising is that sister and attendant extraordinaire, Pippa, has made an impact on the industry as well, inspiring sexy and simple gowns of sheer satin for brides and bridesmaids alike!

[credit: Elizabeth St. John Couture - Lorelei]

Color is In: Brides of all ages and backgrounds can now feel free of the requirement to wear white or ivory, which have been edged out by blush, nude, pink and soft gray gowns, often with accents of something bold like black. A particularly popular combination is “nude and black”.

[credit: Vera Wang - Harper]

Vintage: Elaborate hand-beading, embroidery and classic lines with minimalist trains make this season’s vintage gowns all the rage. The dresses are often very ornate, and many times are created from the increasingly popular blush, pink and gray shades noted above.

[credit: Abby Grace Photography - Vintage Bridal Inspiration]

Corset gowns: which took the 2011 runway by storm are still seeing an increase in popularity, and many incorporate elements of the previously-mentioned latest trends while still allowing brides the benefits of minimal or no costly alterations and a flattering fit for every size.

Which of the 2012 bridal gown trends appeals most to you? Do you lean toward classic mystique, or the avant garde? You have so much to choose from, so start your gown shopping today!

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