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The Top Wedding Dress Trends of 2018

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The Top Wedding Dress Trends of 2018

With the Fall 2019 collections on the horizon in October, it’s time to take a look back on this year in weddings. The bridal runways of 2018 were all about styles that are best worn with a daring dose of confidence–from powerful pushbacks on traditional bridal, to a long-awaited new minimalism that feels just as fashion-forward and luxe, without all the added embellishment.

Outside-the-box ideas and an effortless je ne sais quoi have cemented bridal’s take on irreverence and made weddings finally feel fresh. With that, the year’s top trends are a mix of pure elegance, high-impact ball skirts, and sophisticated suiting that have us excited for the upcoming seasons’ aisles. Here, the top trends that are sure to set the tone for the rest of 2018–and beyond.

1. The Meghan Markle Effect

Over-the-top embellishments appear to be a thing of the past, thanks to designers opting for a heightened sense of restraint and minimalism (read: thanks to Meghan Markle). Finally, clean styles the minimalist, uptown sophisticate, and even the effortless bohemian would gravitate towards can be found without an ounce of lace, beading, or appliqué. The simplest of designs can be the most challenging to create–there’s little place to hide when neither appliqué nor embroidery can conceal a design flaw–and your wedding is the time to invest in a design that’s all about the fine details.

Over-the-top embellishments appear to be a thing of the past, thanks to designers opting for a heightened sense of restraint and minimalism (read: thanks to Meghan Markle). Finally, clean styles the minimalist, uptown sophisticate, and even the effortless bohemian would gravitate towards can be found without an ounce of lace, beading, or appliqué. The simplest of designs can be the most challenging to create–there’s little place to hide when neither appliqué nor embroidery can conceal a design flaw–and your wedding is the time to invest in a design that’s all about the fine details.

2. Surf Club

For the beach bride, ditch the dress. Opt for a wow-factor suit—but make it bridal—for the after-after party, Sunday beach brunch, or ceremony if you so desire. Brazen bridal looks sizzle when done right, so keep it classy with a white one-piece that’s styled under a sheer dress, or save it for after a dress change and channel your inner Julianne Hough during a romantic waterfront photo session with your photographer.

Pictured: Photos by Sarah FalugoChristopher FergusonChase Sevey, and Bianco Photography

Pictured: Reem Acra Bridal Fall 2018, Viktor & Rolf Bridal2018, Lela Rose Bridal

3.New Trains

From watteau and detachable trains to long, trailing capes, there’s no denying that business in the front, party in the back bridal is of-the-moment and all about drama. When it comes to accessorizing, insure your extras complement and don’t compete with the drama of your dress.

Pictured: Toni Maticevski Bridal, Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2018, Vera Wang Bridal Spring 2018, Zuhair Murad Fall 2018, Mira Zwillinger Spring 2018, Sophie et Viola Bridal