Your Perfect Engagement Ring, According to Your Favorite Bridal Look

Updated 11/28/17

Ring by Azlee Jewelry; image courtesy AutumnPR via Instagram

Let us guess your current situation—your S.O. been begging you for a few engagement ring ideas or you’ve been wanting to hint to them what you like in a dazzler. The problem is, you’re not quite sure what your tastes are. We really can’t blame you. From cuts and silhouettes to gemstones and diamonds, there are so many different ring styles, each one prettier than the next! Here’s the trick: find a ring style similar to the bridal gown you envision yourself in. The bridal look you gravitate towards says a lot about your preferences. A classic ballgown means you like tradition and elegance and may call for a standard solitaire ring, while a daring illusion lace dress will pair well with a unique marquis ring, catering toward a more bold taste. Need a little help? Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends from the most recent collections and the rings that best complement them.

Pants

Are you a bold, modern bride? We’ve got the perfect match for you! Bridal designers have been making menswear chic left and right, putting a feminine twist on the pantsuit. Sachin & Babi gives a dose of glam to a floral jacquard bomber jacket and sequin wide-legged trousers. This untraditional bridal look calls for an equally untraditional ring cut, such as a pear-shaped diamond in a contemporary setting.

Photo by Lara Jade
Courtesy of Brilliant Earth

(Nouveau Diamond Ring, $4,230, Brilliant Earth)

Minimalist

The ‘90s got a throwback with modern minimalism and simplicity. From structured silhouettes to unadorned fabrics, sometimes less is more. Anne Barge nailed the look with the Cara dress, a simple sheath silhouette with a boat neckline and cap sleeves. An equally modest ring is the perfect fit, such as a simple paved band. Lizzie Mandler proves you don’t need one large diamond when you can have 20 beautiful ones.

Courtesy of Anne Barge
Courtesy of Lizzie Mandler

(Pave Stackable, $950, Lizzie Mandler)

Off-Shoulder

Not much is sexier than a subtle tease of the shoulder and décolletage, especially when sophisticated lace and long sleeves, seen in Watters’ Visconti, balance the shoulder appeal. The ideal compromise between sleeves and strapless necklines, the off-shoulder look puts a spin on a classic. A single solitaire with a twisted band has an equal classic-meets-flair vibe. This ring nails the mix of feminine contemporary that the off-shoulder look usually evokes.

Courtesy of Watters
Courtesy of Parade Design

(Hemera Bridal, beginning at $1,925, Parade Design)

Rose

Is millennial pink the new white? It certainly seems so, with designers from Naeem Khan to Zuhair Murad throwing a splash of rosé into their collections. We’re especially loving Naeem Khan’s “Bahamas” pleated tulle ball gown with statement sleeves. If you’re gravitating toward a blush or rose shade, pair it with a morganite and rose gold ring for an elegant, trendy look.

Photo by Dan Lecca
Courtesy of Brilliant Earth

(Morganite Selene Ring, $1,840, Brilliant Earth) Dan Lecca

Bows

Bows have always been a traditional bridal accent, but they’ve been reinvented to show up in some fun and unexpected places. This dramatic Viktor & Rolf ball gown makes a statement with a ring of draped bows that cascade into a voluminous skirt. A three-stoned ring mirrors the sweet shape of this ballet staple. Try Anna Sheffield’s yellow gold and champagne diamond set for a sparkly statement.

Photo courtesy of Viktor & Rolf
Courtesy of Anna Sheffield

(Hazeline Three Stone Ring, $10,100, Anna Sheffield)

High Collar

If there’s one bridal trend that never goes out of style, it’s vintage. Eras' past always serve as a source of inspiration; what differs in each season’s collections is how they’re interpreted. This season, high collars reigned, evoking some serious Victorian nostalgia. Just look at Reem Acra’s vintage take on the high collar and long sleeves, giving it a modern twist with illusion lace, a transparent A-line skirt, and nude underlining. It’s only fitting to pair a vintage dress with a vintage-inspired ring. How can you deny a regal halo that envelops a round ring for some old-world feels?

Courtesy of Reem Acra
Courtesy of Brilliant Earth

(Reina Diamond Ring, starting at $1,590, Brilliant Earth)

Capes

From capes to capelets, this regal look was seen everywhere on the runways. Seriously, we can’t think of many bridal styles that will make you feel more like a queen. Berta finishes off the royal touch with billowing gauzy layers and an intricate crystal beaded design along the shoulders and dress itself. We’re loving a stacked ring with a partial halo, like Twist’s yellow gold combo of pear solitaire and a central arc of diamond baguettes, to mimic the silhouette of a cape over its dress.

Photo by Mike Colón
Courtesy of Twist

(Fiat Lux, pear Shaped Cor Diamond Solitaire, $3,780, Twist; Fiat Lux, Long Diamond Meridian Band, $2,180, Twist)

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