Aisle Style

By Sharon Mosley

April 18, 2008 4 min read


Gown trends lean toward sophistication this year

By Sharon Mosley

Copley News Service

On the day that you are making one of the biggest decisions of your grown-up life, you want to look like a grown-up - not the prom queen. So say farewell to all the pouf and circumstance. When it comes time to pick out your wedding dress, it's time to walk down the aisle in style. Here are just a few of the more sophisticated trends in bridal gowns for this spring and summer compiled from runway shows in New York:

- Light and airy. Well, we didn't say you couldn't feel like a fairy princess, you just shouldn't look like one. There are plenty of ways to walk on the clouds on this special day - just pick a dress with layers of sheer tulle or chiffon that make it seem like you're floating down the aisle.

- Color your world: Whether it's bold or subtle, touches of color in your wedding gown can make all the difference in personalizing your ceremony. Even if it's a romantic wisp of a peach silk skirt peeking out underneath a sheer layer of ivory tulle or a bold column of peacock blue satin, more and more brides are choosing to stand out from the classic white crowd.

- Flowers everywhere: OK, what's more appropriate than a big bouquet of flowers on your wedding day? Well, how about giving flowers even more power by choosing a dress with roses at the waist, posies painted on organza or floral designs embroidered on lush lace.

- Lace luxe. And speaking of lace and lush, there are lots of gowns this year covered head to toe in lace and offering the ultimate in chic glamour. Think luxurious dresses embroidered with exquisite lace, often with subtle shimmer; gold metallic lace is a very sophisticated way to shine on your wedding day. And for all those strapless spring and summer gowns, a lace bolero jacket is the perfect way to take the chill off without sacrificing the glamour factor.

- Waisting away: The strapless gowns that have been the staple classic of the bridal market for years have given away to other silhouettes. Gowns with the emphasis on the waist or a little higher, such as the empire style, offer a flattering look for almost any figure. The best way to capitalize on the waist? Ribbons, ribbons and more ribbons. Or consider a little bling with rhinestones and crystals encircling your waist.

- Tiers of joy: Want to really stand out in a sophisticated silhouette? How about wearing a dress with layers and layers of ruffled chiffon that swishes down the aisle.

- Pleats, please: The details that are making many wedding dresses stand out this season are pleated tulle overlays or bodices that are draped and pinned with a jewel-encrusted appliqued design - just another way to put some extra goddess-like glamour into your gown.

- Short and sleek: Another break from tradition is the trend of brides wearing shorter gowns, some even almost like negligees or slips that are more on the sexy side than the demure side. From tea-length hemlines to above-the-knee, shorter dresses can be just as elegant as their longer versions. Add a few flirty ruffles at the bottom and a few gemstones on the straps and the short wedding dress will be all grown-up.

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