Brides always need inspiration when it comes to their fashion whether it’s the dress, a rehearsal dinner ensemble, or their accessories. Landing on the perfect bridesmaid color or silhouette is often part of the style equation, too, which means a certain motivation is needed to land on a desired aesthetic. A goldmine for inspiration? Fashion month! Runway shows for the fall and winter 2018 season have just concluded and with them came a host of trends that are absolutely perfect for brides-to-be from an apt theme of romance (what could be better for a wedding?) to ultra-glam 80s influences to the new take on bohemian.
And we’re not talking solely wedding dress ideas—though several abound—we’ve scouted gorgeous options that are fitting for an engagement party, bachelorette, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and beyond. We’ve even spotted a couple of bridal-worthy accessory trends including jewelry and shoes—two items a bridal look certainly can’t be without.
What’s in store for the fall and winter season? Find out here as we break down 15 trends befitting a range of bridal styles. Whether you’re engaged and planning a wedding or simply enjoy ogling designer looks, inspiration lies ahead.
For the bride considering lace, designers put forth achingly romantic versions that look as though they emerged from decades past. Victorian era silhouettes and ladylike separates read elegant and modern but not without a faint display of sexiness—sheer fabrics and boudoir-style detailing offer a sort of risqué nuance.
The Prairie Dress
The American frontier proved to be a prime source of inspiration for the fall and winter season with the prairie dress as the new must-have silhouette. For brides, we love this as a new version of bohemian. Feminine details like ruffles and lace come in prim silhouettes but with an easiness that would befit laissez-faire nuptials.
Opulence played a huge role in the fall and winter season with plenty of reference to the glamour of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. With this look, more is more (is more) from metallic gowns bedecked in sequins and beads to heavily ornamented lamé fabrics to tiers of shimmering paillettes. This highly decorated look feels apropos for a festive bachelorette in a big city.
Plumes showed up in numerous collections from New York to Paris, often with a dark and moody aesthetic á la Black Swan though many versions came with more of a bridal twist. Whether in the form of a dress or coordinating set, feather-trimmed eveningwear in white could easily pass for modern wedding attire or as a glamorous option for a rehearsal dinner or as a second look for the reception.
Silver Power Suits
What would the 80s have been without the power suit? For fall and winter, designers transformed the iconic ensemble by injecting a whole lot of glitz and glam. For a look-at-me moment, consider a silvery suit as a high-wattage take on the bridal suit, or give it a go for one of your many bridal events.
Shapes reminiscent of the 20s and 30s were seen throughout collections, feeling akin to the modest wedding day attire our grandmother’s wore (back when a wedding reception was just cake and punch!). Brides gravitating toward a vintage aesthetic will appreciate the tea-length hems, graceful necklines, and sophisticated detailing that’s at the crux of this trend.
Not every bride wants to wear white and for fall and winter, designers put forth a softer version in the form of frosty nudes. From the faintest beige to barely-there blush to a pale buttercup tint, ethereal layers of tulle and playful detailing deliver a standout quality to this gown trend.
Punchy Pink Gowns
If color is your speed, punchy pink gowns were another dress trend seen en masse. From tiers of ruffles and feather accents to lace with sheen and scalloped trim, unique details deliver fashion-forward appeal to this girlish hue. If not for your wedding gown, consider pink for your engagement party or as a palette for your bridesmaids.
Black & White Gowns
Another trend for unconventional brides, black and white gowns made their mark in the most elegant of ways. From color-block designs to graphic two-tone accents, the color combo appears sophisticated and timeless, but with the differentiating factor that alternative brides crave.
For the bride aiming for a sultry aesthetic, boudoir detailing is just right. From understand to bold, designers injected lingerie into dresses and separates via sexy satin and romantic corsetry all the way to exposed bras. This look translates well for a bachelorette or daring rehearsal dinner look.
Bows inherently read bridal, and designers escalated the look with a heightened sense of fun for the new season. From minimal to ultra-feminine, give the look a try with your wedding gown or consider it as a special detail for your bridal shower or for your bridesmaids.
The 80s Mini
As evidenced above, 80s glamour is in full effect for fall and winter. Strong shoulders and voluminous sleeves set the retro tone in a range of dynamic fabrics from shimmery brocade to all-over sequins to glimmering black textiles. This after-hours look is a festive choice for your bachelorette or as an off-the-moment option for your wedding guests.
Eveningwear no longer equates to a cocktail dress or gown. As a fresh and forward option for modern brides, swanky separates make for a cooler than cool look whether you go for a rhinestone-adorned blouse and trousers, a sequin-lined top and skirt, or metallic bustier and slim black pants. Try this trend for your reception, as alternative ceremony attire, or for any of your pre-wedding bridal events.
Asymmetric earrings are undoubtedly the modern jewelry trend across the board for fall and winter. Whether as a single earpiece or a mismatched set, designers showed a range of unbalanced earrings that will modernize any bridal look in an instant. For your wedding, options run the gamut—you can go sculptural with sleek metals, timeless with pearls, romantic with a floral motif, beachy with a singular seashell drop, and beyond.
The 90s likewise had an influence on the forthcoming season and square-toe shoes are the unanimous footwear choice among designers for bringing the decade into the now. From slimmer cuts just squared tip to totally blocked shapes, plenty of options are coming in white as a wedding-appropriate way to don the trend.