The New Romantics: 7 Reimagined Takes on the Classic Wedding Dress

Wedding Dresses
Romantic Carolina Herrera Strapless Ball Gown with Scallop Detail

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"Classic" can mean just about anything, but when it comes to wedding dresses, there are few key facets that come to mind: lace and tulle, strapless ball gowns, and light-as-air A-line numbers. But like anything else, even the classic wedding dress can be reinvented and revamped, which is exactly what we saw on the latest bridal runways. Elegant and effortlessly chic, this season's traditional gowns have been reimagined with a modern twist — here, seven of our favorite fresh looks.

Heavy, ultra-formal ball gowns are a thing of the past. The beautifully embellished strapless wedding dress (above) from bridal-legend Carolina Herrera feels traditional yet still so of-the-moment thanks to the pretty scalloped neckline and layered train. Sequined embroidered lace gown, $8,590, Carolina Herrera

Romantic Wedding Dresses Houghton Skirt with Nautical Top

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Olivia Palermo started a revolution with her unconventional (yet totally chic) wedding day separates. This voluminous tulle skirt is balanced out with a fitted striped sweater for a look that feels perfect for a nautical bash.Striped turtleneck, Massimo Dutti; Tulle skirt with high-low hem, $1,750, Houghton

Romantic Wedding Dress Oscar de la Renta Eyelet

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Few fabrics feel more romantic than lace, and for a spring wedding there's nothing we love more than dainty eyelet fabrics. This tea-length wedding dress is a fun alternative to a floor-length gown, especially with its unique scalloped hemline. Eyelet gown with scalloped hem, $6,290, Oscar de la Renta

Romantic Wedding Dress Gemy Maalouf

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Illusion details are particularly trendy right now, and this silk and organza A-line wedding dress from Gemy Maalouf nails the style. We love the floral-lace embroidery in contrast with the plunging neckline and banded waist detail. Silk and organza gown with floral-lace embroidery, $4,420, Gemy Maalouf

Romantic Wedding Dress Marchesa

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For a two-piece look that still feels cohesive, consider a matching top and bottom set, like this ball gown from Marchesa. The sleeveless, embellished top is offset by the simple skirt and makes a perfect pairing. Silk-faille two-piece ball gown, $2,995, Marchesa

Romantic Wedding Dresses Rivini Sheath

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For a more delicate look, walk down the aisle in something figure hugging like this silk sheath from Rivini by Rita Vinieris. The modern waist cutouts add an extra dose of interest to this sleek look. Double-faced silk-georgette down with cutouts, $4,600, Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Romantic Wedding Dresses Honor for Stone Fox

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A bustier top can upgrade a traditional A-line silhouette. This gorgeous organza wedding dress features a soft sweetheart neckline and light laser-cut floral details for a textured look that feels oh-so-Spring-like. Organza bustier dress with laser-cut floral detail, $3,895, Honor for Stone Fox Bride

Don't forget to pick up the February/March 2015 issue of Brides, on newsstands now or available for download here, for more great wedding dress ideas!

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