TWS Bride Guide: Runway Trends

Browsing through a bridal magazine or scrolling around through Pinterest is a great way to get a sense of the current trends in bridal. Figuring out how you yourself would look in one of these trends can be challenging. This TWS Bride Guide feature will detail some of the bridal trends we've seen move from the runway into the bridal salon, and into our own studio, and important things to keep in mind as you decide which of these trends is best for you.

Runway Trend: Deep V-necks. The deep plunging necklines we see on the runways work so well, it's no wonder a lot of brides are drawn to these features as they shop for dresses. The best thing for a bride interested this look is to be honest about the level of support she needs to feel comfortable. Generally speaking, smaller busted women fare better in these plunging lines, especially on designs in lighter fabrics or with scooped out armholes. Though light cups or nipple covers can be put in place to prevent unnecessary nipple exposure, brides with fuller chests might need to choose a dress with more fabric at the side which could be manipulated to create a sturdier fit over the bust with darts. Using a nude mesh panel between the lines of the v-neck may also help achieve a better fit while maintaining the integrity of the deep-v design.  And of course, a little extra double-sided tape (our favorite is TopStick Toupee Tape!) along the neckline will help ensure you don't scandalize any short aunties when you bend down to give them a hug! 

Runway Trend: Lace Tiers. Lace scalloping and tiers are not new to bridal, but they've made a big comeback, especially with the influence of Spanish styles and bohemian trends. Proportions are important to keep in mind if you are searching for a tiered dress. Think about the scale of the tiers, the height of the lace details, the negative space between tiers and lace details, and the overall length of the dress compared to your height. If the dress needs hemming, the tiers may need to be shortened from the top, or the scalloped edge may need to be removed and re-attached at a higher point on the lowest tier, but this may mean losing negative space, or shortening the lace detail. A flounce tier (think ruffles on a Flamenco dancer) may be asymmetrical, requiring hemming at the bottom but not the top. In order to keep consistency in the height of the flounce throughout, consider removing the flounce fully and shortening only the panel to which it is attached, rather than shortening the flounce itself. 

Runway Look: Boudoir. A lot of dresses are sent down the runway without linings simply because it allows the details of the lace and structure of the design to shine. More recently, a lot of bridal designers are selling dresses with partial well-placed linings and exposed seam work, especially with built-in bustier or corset tops and unlined skirts. This may be too much exposure for some brides, or may not be compatible with the weather on the big day, so ordering a dress with a lining or having a tailor create a lining or slip to match up with the seam lines of the dress may make the most sense. If you want to keep some of the original style, consider a nude lining in a power mesh that is more fitted, or a bias-cut silk charmeuse on the matte side for something that can hit in all the right spots while also allowing the overlaying dress to drape over your body. 

Runway Trend: Cut-outs. Many of the more minimalist designers are including cut-out details along torsos, backs, shoulders, and necklines to create interesting lines on fairly simple silhouettes. Though it's one of my favorite bridal trends, tailoring a dress with these details can be a tricky endeavor. The cut-out lines must be perfectly taught in order to look clean and purposeful, while also not being too tight, resulting in digging. Cut-outs along back shoulders and rib-cages also need to leave room for movement and breathing. Threading a needle strung with 4 threads that is exactly the desired length, through the edge of the cut-out, can help ensure a perfect finish. Here again, a little double-sided tape can help too.