Wedding gown inspiration: Key trends

Looking for some wedding gown inspiration? Keen to incorporate a particular trend into your dress? Take your cue from these red carpet beauties.

The trend: Long sleeve

Ever since the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton wowed crowds in her lace long sleeved Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress, brides have looked to emulate the demure and elegant look.


From left to right: Diane Kruger in Elie Saab, Karolina Kurkova in Honor and Nicola Peltz in Stella McCartney.

The trend: Embellished

Whether you opt for beads, appliques or crystals there are many different ways to embellish a wedding dress. Some brides choose to add a belt, embellished with lace to their wedding ensemble, while others prefer the look of beads woven along the bodice.


From left to right: Paz Vega in Elie Saab, Maggie Gyllenhall in Dolce & Gabbana and Eva Longoria in Gabriela Cadena.

The trend: Ruffles and frills

Adding ruffles and frills, whether they appear in tiers or cascade down a gown, immediately ups the ante on an ultra feminine wedding dress. However, if totally girly is not quite your style consider adding smaller frills to a sheath or ball gown style dress.


From left to right: Zoe Saldana in Victoria Beckham, Jamie King in Calvin Klein, Leigh Lezark in Chanel, Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior and Cate Blanchett in Chloè.

The trend: Lace

An especially popular trend in the last couple of years, lace is ideal for brides with timeless style. Whether you choose an entire gown made from this fabric or even just some well-placed accents, lace adds texture and romance.


From left to right: Nicola Peltz in Giambattista Valli, Allison Williams in Dolce & Gabbana and Chloë Grace Moretz in Chanel.

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