If you’re recently engaged and looking to get married next year, then the chances are that you’re already thinking about your wedding dress.  Following the recent bridal week in New York, we’ve trawled through the shows to round up the key trends for Autumn/Winter 2013…

  1. RUFFLES: these were shown in various guises but the more structured form feels the newest as seen from Vera Wang.  Softer versions were shown by Theia and also Oscar de la Renta.
  2. LACE SLEEVES: still following in the path of the Royal wedding, lace sleeves continue to be important.  Designers such as Temperley, Badgley Mischka and Monique Lhuillier were just a few to show this for Autumn/Winter.
  3. ART DECO: moving the ever popular vintage look on to have more of a glamorous edge.  This dress by Jenny Packham does this beautifully.
  4. ILLUSION NECKLINES: this trend continues to grow for 2013.  Not only does it look pretty but it also provides a bit more coverage.
  5. BACK DETAILS: these were seen in abundance and this design by Claire Pettibone was one of my favourites.  Not only will you look stunning from the front but your guests can admire the back of your dress during the ceremony.
  6. SOFT COLOUR: rather than the bolder colours we’ve seen previously, designers chose softer tones instead which are far more wearable.  Badgley Mischka opted for a taupe whereas Romona Keveza chose soft pinks and Claire Pettibone pale green.
  7. THE NEW PEPLUM: another trend that continues but this time looking softer and less structured.
  8. CORSETS: these make a return and are really flattering on a variety of body shapes.  A lot of Vera Wang’s dresses had this detail; the corsets were relatively plain with billowing skirts.
  9. 40s INSPIRED: there was certainly a Dior-esq vibe coming through.  Sleek dresses with bold bows or one shoulder details with just a touch of sparkle make a real impact.
  10. CAPES: last but not least a quick mention about accessories – the mini cape looks really new and can provide extra coverage for the ceremony but also transform your look for later as well.  We saw Cameron Diaz wearing the most amazing long cape at the Oscars earlier in the year and it’s certainly something we’re seeing coming through in bridal wear.

Enjoy! x


Image Credits

Ruffles: Vera Wang, image from One Fab Day; Lace Sleeves: Reem Acra, image from Brides; Art Deco: Jenny Packham, image from Brides; Illusion Necklines: Jenny Packham, image from Brides; Back Details: Claire Pettibone, image from Brides; Soft Colour: Badgley Mischka, image from Brides; The New Peplum: Reem Acra, image from Brides; Corsets: Vera Wang, image from One Fab Day; Gamorous 40s Inspired: Caroline Herrera, image from Brides; Capes: Badgley Mischka, image from Brides