Wedding Dresses and Accessories

Wedding Shoes and Gowns with a Modern Vibe

For trendsetting brides-to-be, the real excitement begins with the wedding season forecast. From dresses and veils to jewelry and wedding shoes, new themes and ideas pop up all the time, and the perfect style for you could be right around the corner. When you're ready to start planning your wedding, you'll need to decide on your dress before you get into other details. Begin with the hottest dress and accessory trends, narrowing down your options according to your personality, venue and specific wedding theme.

New Takes on Graceful Gowns

  • Big texture is big style. Tulle and lace are back with a vengeance, and airy volume will take your wedding ensemble to new heights. This pretty, feminine look will flatter most women, but you can choose different degrees of fairytale flair according to your personal style. If a big, structured skirt isn't for you, consider a sheath dress with an overlay of different laces, or a wispy accent toward the hem. If you prefer puffy to sleek, opt for the full textured treatment, with waves of tulle and chiffon that fall from the shoulder to the hips and heels.
  • Bare your natural beauty. Strapless wedding gowns have never gone out of style, but plunging sweetheart necklines are taking the fashion one step further. Backless dresses are in, too, and some are accented with a gently embellished shoulder strap. If you're not into showing that much skin, you might like to add a bit of texture with a collared lace bolero or appliquéd shrug.
  • Hints, tints and shades. White will always be a good choice, but more designers are veering into dusty rose, light taupe and dove grey for a new take on the classic gown. If you're not devoted to white, consider how one of these alternatives might look with your complexion, your accessories and your wedding décor. You'll find that a gentle splash of color is a clever modern update rather than a screaming statement.

Step Up Style with Chic Shoes

Wedding Dresses and Accessories

Even though your dress will be front and center, don't underestimate the power of a great pair of shoes. Shoes can change the way you carry yourself, and the right pair can be just as important as jewelry for the perfect finish to your wedding outfit.

A blast of color, straps or sparkle on your shoes can be your main statement, with a simple dress to balance out the outfit. If you're open to a dress with a shorter hem, you might want to work from the ground up: consider wearing your main wedding color on your feet, which will tie together the composition of each ceremony and reception photo. Another advantage to playful, nontraditional wedding footwear is the range of options available in countless shoe shops, which means you won't have to stick to small, pricey wedding collections.

Even if you'll be wearing a longer gown, there's space for trendy footwear. It's rare that a wedding dress will constantly cover your feet, so don't discount a bow for your toe or a lacy appliqué across the heel. And since you'll choose your shoes with care, they should get some time in the spotlight, too. Make use of your bridal suite setting, accent lighting and accessories around your venue to pose your pumps for a few nice wedding album photos.

Make a Big Statement with the Right Accessories

Delicate jewelry is pretty, but bold is beautiful. Juicy colored crystal pendants, vintage-inspired stone clusters, and chunky cuff bracelets are some of the hottest accessories out there. Whether you stick to sparkling stones or opt for fancy filigrees and strings of pearls, keep in mind that gently draping jewelry will crown your ensemble nicely, while too much flash can overpower your look.

Wedding wear has gone romantic and feminine in a big way. Feathers and fabric are still leading choices for a wedding hairdo, and when it comes to veils, the more detail and volume, the better. But with this tendency towards bigger, fuller style from the dress to accessories, it can be difficult to strike the right balance. More than one or two statement pieces will compete with the rest of your ensemble, so stick to one fashionable centerpiece for a trend-setting wedding outfit.