Two times per year in the fall and spring, our fashion team scours the bridal fashion runways to uncover the newest trends in wedding dresses. And while we love a classic strapless ball gown, these new dress trends — straight from the fall 2017 runways — are so much fun. See the hottest new wedding dress trends for 2017 as originally written and reported by The Knot Fashion Editor, Shelley Brown for TheKnot.com.
Calling all hopeless romantics! Long, billowy sleeves give a simple gown an instant vintage feel. Opt for an off-the-shoulder, sheer style for an effortlessly airy look, or go for floral lace to make a boho-chic statement. (Photo: Tom Concordia/MCV Photo; From Left: Rivini, Marchesa, Theia)
Bring the drama with this frilly, ultra-feminine detail. Allover ruffles add dimension to a slim silhouette, while a full skirt of cascading ruffles (in pastel blue, if you’re brave) is equal parts whimsical and fashion forward. (Photo By Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; From Left: Persy, Ines Di Santo, Inbal Dror)
If you’re eloping or looking for a wedding-worthy bachelorette or bridal shower ensemble, we’ve got you covered. Jumpsuits and pantsuits are comfortable, figure flattering and totally chic. A beaded number works for a night out on the town, while embroidered lace is versatile enough to rock at any time of day.(Photo: Tom Concordia/Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; From Left: Lela Rose, Gala By Galia Lahav, Liancarlo)
Metallic gowns gave the bridal fashion week runways a little extra sparkle. Perfect for an evening affair under the stars, gold, silver and champagne-tinted dresses are bold but sophisticated. Pro tip: If you’re rocking a gown with metallic fabric or embellishments, keep your accessories minimal and let your glitzy frock do all the talking. (Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; From Left: Lazaro, Hayley Paige, Reem Acra)
Florals have been hot for a while, but botanical motifs (think: vines, branches, leaves) were everywhere this season. An edgier take on more traditional embroidery and appliqué, this nature-inspired trend feels romantic and contemporary all at once. (Photo: Tom Concordia/MCV Photo; From Left: Naeem Khan, Ines Di Santo, Claire Pettibone)
We love this look straight out of the Elizabethan era for two reasons: Structured corsets accentuate the narrowest part of your body, and they’re sexy without being too over the top. Choose a corset top with a ball gown skirt for a totally royal look, or keep it slinky and lingerie-inspired with a curve-skimming silhouette. (Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; From Left: Sottero and Midgley, Reem Acra)
If veils aren’t your thing, consider a bridal cape or capelet. This ethereal add-on gives even the simplest dress a regal tilt, but still feels modern. Another plus: It’s easy to pull off a mid-wedding outfit change with this trend. Wear a cape or capelet for your ceremony, then take it off when you’re ready to dance the night away. (Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; From Left: Berta, Monique Lhuillier, Romona Keveza)
Flowy, lightweight dresses are just made for a tropical destination wedding or low-key outdoor affair. Flutter sleeves are flirty and feminine, while an intricate lace bodice adds a sophisticated contrast to this effortless style. (Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; From Left: Christos, Watters)
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