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Wedding Inspiration: Best Instagram Bridal Looks

 

Instagram sure is a virtual kaleidoscope of bridal looks, but there are definitely a couple of major style themes at play among all these pics.  Showing skin, or creating the tantalizing illusion that skin is shown, ranks as numero uno. Our Instagram brides seem to want a little—and sometimes a lot —of “sexy” accompanying them to the altar!  Whether it’s cutouts, plunging necklines, drop shoulders, or sheer everything, bridal sensuality is in.

A contender theme in Instagram bridal looks is the abundance of rich details on the fabric that adds interest and dimension to the gowns.  Arrays of beads, sequins, lace and extraordinary 3D appliques, animate the wedding dresses like never before.  The florals and blooms are literally popping out of the material!   

Here are just a few of Instagram dress-spirations!

 

The Queen Bride

Doesn’t this bride look like she just stepped out of a painting depicting a queen after a coronation? The high crown is a bold statement, and it gives her a very regal vibe.  Wisely, she chose only a subtle choker as her bling—with the embellished bodice and the eye-catching crown, anything too chunky or glittery around her neck would have been too much visually. 

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The off-the-shoulder design is a way to show some skin, but still remain queenly modest.  With the ball gown skirt just grazing the floor with its embroidered edging, this look is romantic and polished.  This one is for a fearless bride who wants to be a queen bee on her wedding day!

 

The Fairy Tale Princess Bride

What a dreamy look!  This is a dress Snow White could have easily worn to her wedding.  No doubt, all seven dwarfs would have approved—even Grumpy!

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Thanks to the ingenious mega-use of 3D florals and sheers all over the bodice, sleeves and décolletage, this fantasy creation simply mesmerizes.  

The tiered skirt is a vision of cascading blooms, seemingly just barely attached to the tulle gown. Doesn’t it all create an ethereal impression?  You can just imagine the bride in this concoction not merely walking but floating down the aisle!

 

The Sophisticate Bride

Somehow this look manages to have both a vintage and contemporary feel.  That’s quite a feat! 

The plunging V-neckline and the figure hugging sheath design is definitely a today’s trend, but the belt and the intricate lace on the bodice and the sleeves harken back to the turn of the 20th century styling.  The long sleeve has been a craze since Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding to Prince William—her regal dress featured long lace sleeves very similar to these. 

 

The “I’ve-Got-Great-Abs” Bride

The cropped top is not for everyone.  But for those brides-to-be who have sweated bullets at the gym toning the core, this design is a great way to show off what they have accomplished. 

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Although it’s certainly a skin flashing ensemble, it’s little more than a sliver of the skin that’s on show.  And combined with the long traditional train, the gown still retains all the bridal respectability you can expect. 

 

The Flower Bride

Flower-power galore!  The bodice of this gown is amazing, with large, graphic florals and beads dominating the look. 

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The neckline is deep, exposing as much of the cleavage as decently possible, but the flowers all over the place make it look so innocent.  The bodice is an example of another bridal trend, the use of blush in traditionally all-white wedding ensembles. 

With a simple hair style and a huge bouquet of wild flowers that seem to mesh with her dress, this bride looks like Artemis, the Greek goddess of nature!

 

The Peek-A-Boo Bride

We hope that the father of the bride approves of the dress! It may not be exactly what he would have chosen for his little girl— it’s pretty much the epitome of the “naked”, lingerie-style that is sweeping the bridal world! 

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This see-through —but covered in critical places— gown with a deep plunging va-va-voom neckline, is at once simple and sexy. 

The father of the bride may have some reservations, but we’re pretty sure the groom will be wowed watching this bewitching creature walking down the aisle towards him!

 

While these Instagram brides still rely on many traditional elements of the wedding gown, it seems boudoir and lingerie-inspired designs and high tech 3-D appliques are having a major moment.  But in the end, the key is finding the right dress that accentuates your best assets.  Is the dress you’re thinking of getting figure-flattering, and does it make you feel great?  Then, it’s a keeper!

Wedding Dress Trends of Spring 2017

Wedding Dress Trends of Spring 2017

Oh, my!  We’re not sure our grandmothers (or even our mothers) would approve of many of the wedding dress trends awaiting the brides of 2017!  Our fashion-conscious blushing brides who want to be fashion-forward at their nuptials may just have more reasons to blush next year.

The word is out – many designers have hopped on the “sexy” wagon, keen on revealing as much skin as possible in places traditionally covered by all that satin, while others are taking the opposite approach by covering places traditionally kept uncovered.  The bridal fashion world seems to be strutting in their own version of the yin and yang.

 

The “Bare” Essentials Trends

Plunging necklines and bare shoulders

While the traditional sweetheart neckline can certainly be cleavage revealing, next year’s designs are certainly pushing the envelope in that area – or “plunging” it, you might say.  The deep V-necks in some designs are at risk of becoming known by the next letter in the alphabet, X.  Talk about your neckline meeting your navel!  Time to dust off that Chest Workout Plan, ladies!

The off-the-shoulder bridal silhouette is not necessarily a newsflash, but it does seem like the cold shoulder trend will be heating up for 2017.  

 

Cut-outs

Ah, the peek-a-boo design!  Strategically placed cut-outs is another trend gaining momentum.  It is certainly a way for a bride to flaunt her best assets!  If you’re proud of your waist you worked so hard to get in shape since that ring went on your finger, cut outs just above the hips will show it off!  This almost structural design does have a certain edgy, modern vibe and depending on the dimensions of the bare spaces, can be eye-catching without becoming cold-catching.  

High-Low Gowns

And the skin-revealing trend continues from the top of the gown to the bottom with the high-low design.  While the thinner fabric on ready-to-wear dresses makes this popular design rather more soft-focus, the rich bridal materials on a wedding gown hikes up the theatricality of that look exponentially. But, if it’s your legs you want to show off to the world at your wedding, this is your pick. Hello, Victorian can-can girl!

 

The “Cover-Up” Trend

Was it a reaction against all that skin exposure or just a trickle-down effect from ready-to-wear fashion?  Whatever it was, capes of all shapes and sizes will be flowing down the aisle in 2017.  Think capelets, bomber jackets, boleros, ponchos and cloak-trains!  This trend is for the brides with a Supergirl fixation!

Menswear Elements

With “princess for a day” life-long visions occupying most brides’ fantasies, chances are that bridal pant suits are not going to be the hottest trend of 2017.  Still, women have worn trousers for many centuries now, so why not to the altar?  

Long Sleeves

Think long sleeves will say “matronly” and “conservative” as you glide down that aisle? Maybe it’s time to re-think that. Designs for 2017 have made ample use of illusion lace, 3-D floral embellishments and pops of peek-a-boo skin to turn the long sleeve into a sexy but sophisticated adornment.  And for that extra wow, you can always add an open back and a low neckline, right?  

 

 

Now the question is, to cover or to uncover? For that you have to think hard about what your best assets are and what you want to say with your bridal ensemble.  But you know what?  You can adapt all these trends to suit your own taste and style — it’s just a matter of how far you’re willing to go to push that envelope, right?  But “sexy” is definitely in for next spring’s brides!  Even with the “cover” approach, designers have ingeniously devised ways to still bare as much skin as possible!