If saying “I do” is on your agenda for 2015 (or 2016, for that matter), you’ve likely already put some thought into what you’ll wear, how the day will look and feel, and how best to bring your particular aesthetic, passions, and priorities into the big event. Still, even a gal who has a clear vision for her wedding overall — and who also has her day-to-day style down pat — might get a little overwhelmed when it comes to finding The Dress. Never fear: as part of Etsy’s Merchandising team, we’re constantly exploring the Etsy marketplace to see how shop owners put their own spin on wedding attire, jewelry, and accessories. To help you kick-start your dress search, we’ve rounded up a few of the most beautiful and inspiring trends we’re seeing for the year ahead. From draped silhouettes and dropped shoulders to modern jumpsuits and every take on lace imaginable, there’s truly something for every kind of bride.
Instant Dress Upgrade: Necklace Trains
One of our most exciting discoveries of the current bridal season is the arrival of the necklace train, an ultra-glamorous jewelry/veil/cape hybrid that can transform any dress — even the most simple, stripped-down styles — into a total showstopper. So far, we’ve only spotted these stunners in Gibson Bespoke‘s shop, but we wouldn’t be surprised if other bridal lines hop on the bandwagon soon.
Hot Material: Lace
This year’s lace fabrics show a fresh update from their antique ancestry and are making appearances on dresses in a range of styles, from modern to boho to vintage-inspired. Lace names and types can designate both where and how they were made (think Chantilly, Cluny, and Alençon); familiarize yourself with some of the varieties first to discover which ones you like most and make shopping easier. This trend has also reached far beyond gowns alone, so if you’d like to incorporate it sparingly, try searching for lace shrugs, headbands, clutches, or even shoe clips.
Fresh Silhouette: Draped and Relaxed
Effortlessly chic, these silhouettes were created with both style and comfort in mind. The draped details and lighter fabrics make for carefree transitions from dinner to the dance floor — and look absolutely beautiful in the process. If laid-back and lovely is the vibe you want, but you need a little more support, search for dresses with a built-in bodice or pair your dress with a structured undergarment.
On the Rise: Jumpsuits
This modern interpretation of bridal attire is the perfect solution for a city hall wedding, a jaw-dropping reception look, or even a dramatic reception exit. Whether paired with an outer garment (how gorgeous was Solange Knowles’ cape?), or worn as a stand-alone piece, these modern styles are a welcome alternative to the classic approach.