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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!