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Bridesmaids dress inspiration—Looks from the past to the present

How many of you brides have been searching for inspiration in your mother’s wedding album when choosing your bridesmaids dresses? Not many, I believe!

There is no surprise here, for bridesmaids dresses weren’t always inspiring in the past! We have all heard notorious tales of dresses that resembled cotton candy and fabrics that would be better off as drapes!

Nonetheless, we live in a time when many things from the past seem to reappear on the wedding scene. From heirloom wedding dresses to vintage themes, décor and classic venues, couples have embraced many elements  from weddings of the past. While this trend continues, it is only right that we visit bridesmaids dresses inspired by fashions from the past.

Today, we will look at bridesmaids dresses that are suitable for different vintage eras. I found this article on the Bustle extremely helpful with this.  It gives us a clear idea of the trends that were most happening during the past, with some really interesting pictures to support it. Let us try to find inspiration in these dress styles and locate dresses from our current bridesmaids collections to reinvent the look. One thing we can assure you is that they will not look out of place in the modern wedding scene. So, let’s begin!

The 1850’s

Women’s clothing in this era was rather elaborate, with corsets and wide skirts supported by hoops and crinoline. The ball gown was a popular dress style in evening wear and formal dresses. Your bridesmaids may not appreciate being weighed down in a heavy ball gown dress at your wedding, nor is it appropriate. Nonetheless, there are other dress features from the Victorian era that you can easily incorporate into your bridesmaids looks. Here they are.

Low-necked and off-the-shoulder styles were big hits during this era. Many designer collections today feature these in their bridesmaids dresses. Here are some!

The dress has the opulence and fitted bodice style that is reminiscent of the 1850’s. However, the fitted silhouette continues into the skirt, allowing for easy movement. The off-the-shoulder neckline and details in the bodice are suitable for a Victorian vibe.

The Angelina Faccenda 20453 dress features an off-the-shoulder neckline and has embellishments on the dropped sleeves. The criss-cross bodice results in an empire waistline. The ruchings in the front continue into the back of the dress as well.

Early 19th century

During the Edwardian era, defined waistlines were created using tight fitting corsets. The ideal female figure resembled a pigeon-structure. This was characterized by an upper body that thrust forward, while the hips and bust were emphasized by a thin waistline. An air of opulence defined most dress styles. Frilly embellishments like ruffles, lace and floral details were very popular. By the year 1910, the empire line was preferred over the corset. Pastels were preferred for daytime dresses, while dark, deep rich colors were chosen for formal evening wear. Here are some dresses that recreate this effect in bridesmaids dresses.

Here is a dress from the Mori Lee Bridesmaid collection with a well-defined waistline and structured silhouette. The dress has plenty of lace embellishments strewn throughout the length. These add an air of finesse. The satin waistband defines the waistline and the full-length makes it suitable for a formal wedding ceremony. 

This dress from the Jasmine dress collection has full-length sleeves and a defined waistline. Although there is no corset detail, the silhouette is structured and fits tightly against the natural curves. The full-length sleeves are actually a removable shrug. This feature also gives the dress a two-in-one look. The embellished bodice has details that compare with the luxurious finishes of Edwardian dresses.

The 1930’s

Most dress silhouettes had one striking detail in this era—tiered skirts. This is a dress feature that many wedding dress designers have openly embraced and included in wedding gowns. Although there are few bridesmaids dresses with this feature, it is attractive when present. Huge collars were another big fashion feature in this decade. Here are our picks that bring back these styles.

A modern-style tiered A-line dress, this Mori Lee 123 brings tiers to life, albeit in contemporary style. Gentle tiers are fashioned in chiffon to create an almost rippling effect and a smart silhouette, unlike the over-the-top dress styles that were popular in the 1930’s.

Inspired by the elaborate collars that were the highlight of the 1930’s, this After Six bridesmaid dress is a very stylish variation of this style. A ruffled overlay drops off the halter-neckline over the fitted silhouette, making this florentine lace gown a vintage beauty.

Sassy, stylish short dresses in 1950

Short, but voluminous skirts were stylish in the 1950’s. These added a youthful vibe to the overall look. Although short, the dresses usually featured layers of taffeta and net that formed buoyant skirts. Bows were an essentially important detail at this time. This feature, in fact, found its way to not just dresses, but even hats. Let’s take a look at some of the dresses from our collection which bring back the memories of this era.

Here is a tulle dress with a bouncy skirt that was a favorite in the 1950’s. Perhaps a tad shorter than was the norm, this dress has a thick voluminous skirt that is still acceptable to the modern woman.

 

This dress from the After Six Bridesmaid collection features a bodice that has a different color than in the skirt. This was an essentially common feature in the dress styles of the years we discussed about. The defined waistline and smart silhouette with the halter neck are smart and will suit the women today, as they did back then.

1960’s poufy dresses and sheath silhouettes

In the beginning of the decade, many brides chose to dress their bridesmaids in shiny dresses with voluminous skirts. Silky sateen finishes were popular, so the look reflected opulence and luxury. As the decade progressed, the silhouettes slimmed and the sheath was the chosen style for most women. The white glove was an accessory that rendered itself to any dress-style.

This dress from the Mori Lee Bridesmaid collection has a layered net skirt and is in a rich color that was popular in the 1960’s. Even so, the dress has the poufy look that characterized formal dress styles at the time. Imagine this dress when worn with a pair of pristine white gloves. That should give you a clear idea of what we mean.

As women stepped out of corsets and stiffly structured dress silhouettes, the sheath became the favorite. Here is a sheath silhouette from the Angelina Faccenda collection, with all the glitz and glamour that reflects the style of the 1960’s. The cap sleeve and accessories like hats and white gloves worked well with this design.

Vibrant and colorful 1970s

Patterns and prints in big and bold proportions entered the fashion scene in the 1970s. Appliques and patchworks as well as vibrant, colorful designs were trendy at this time. Dresses flowed to full length and loosely draped around the natural silhouette.

This dress from the Alfred Sung collection could easily pass off as an original from the 1970s. With bright floral prints on a loose silhouette, the colors on the dress stand out. While it would look good at a garden wedding today, you would have seen it any type of wedding in those days.

The After Six Bridesmaids 6556 is a dress with a variety of colors that recreate the 1970s vibe. Despite a fitted waistband, the dress is loose flowing and comfortable with its soft fabric and drape.

The rich and flamboyant style of the 1980s

With the 1980’s the entire fashion scene underwent significant change. Everything was done in bigger and bolder proportions. As hairstyles grew bigger and shine and shimmer was seen in the makeup and accessories, outfits were generally colorful, lively and unusually interesting.

Everything about this dress from the Jasmine Bridal collection, including the color, fit, ruffles, drape and even the sleeves are signature features. This is a style that is typical of the 1980’s. The interesting part is that the dress is interesting in the back as well, with a V-neck formed of bell sleeves.

Here’s another dress from the Dessy Bridesmaid collection that would pass off as a suitable choice for the 1980’s. The dress has loose sleeves that were a characteristic feature of those days. The silhouette, although fitted, is one that flows loosely without too much structure. The criss-cross detail in the bodice and the shimmering waistband are toned-down versions of popular dress details that added to the 1980’s appeal.

Fashion in the 2000’s

With the new century, fashion began diverging in different directions. Unpredictability reigned high, as everyone sought unique styles. No longer did brides choose cookie cutter weddings nor bridal parties that were similar to those seen at other weddings. There was a general mash-up of styles and this added to the appeal of bridesmaids outfits. Metallics, neutrals and casual styles became part of mainstream fashion.

 

Stylish, elegant and figure-flattering, this is a dress that the women in 2000’s would quickly approve of. The sweetheart neckline is delightfully feminine, and has a romantic appeal. The neckline drapes to one side and pinches at the side, with a layered look. The shimmering color is attractive, but distinct from the typical shiny dresses seen in the years leading up to the 21st century.

This dress is from the Alfred Sung Collection and is a sateen twill dress. Tastefully designed with a gentle sheer scoop neckline over a sweetheart bodice, the dress has an A-line shape. The length gives it a smart look. Despite its simplicity, this is a beautiful dress that will appeal to almost anyone. Another good thing about this dress is that it doesn’t need too many accessories.

And finally this decade

Fashion has grown by leaps and bounds in the second decade of this century. Every year brings in it’s wake new and interesting changes on the fashion scene. With the evolution of wedding fashion, changes have arrived in the world of bridesmaids dresses too. Brides now recognize the individuality of the women in their bridal party and consider matching bridesmaids outfits boring and unnecessary.

Hence there are few rules that define bridesmaids fashion these days. It is as unique as the wedding, woman and theme itself. Mix and match bridesmaids dresses is no longer just a trend, but is considered an essential part of a wedding. Over the last few years we have seen everything from color-block prints to rich jewel colors and pastels rule the scene at different points of time.


The revival of traditional elements like lace, vintage elements like ruffles and accessories have all arrived and stayed on.

 

Bridesmaids dresses with bold elements like 3-d florals, geometric patterns and oversize embellishments add a modern effect to unconventional wedding themes.

Both loose drapes that resemble masculine styles, as well as soft, feminine romantic styles have appeared on the wedding scene. So, it is hard to predict what a bride expects when she goes shopping for her bridal party outfits.

At Best for Bride, you can find dresses of every style, fitting every era and matching the uniqueness of your bridesmaids. To take a closer look at any of the dresses featured here and to check out more options, make sure to visit our bridesmaid dress collections here. Find all the inspiration and information you need to make your wedding vision a reality though our bridesmaids collections.

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10 glitzy, glamorous wedding dresses for the modern, stylish bride

Glamour has different interpretations, as it means different things to different people. However, there is always one thing common to all that is glamorous; this style is distinctively evident, loud and impressive.

Not every bride wants a traditional wedding dress on her wedding day. There are more than a handful of women with a bold streak, who would love to show off their best features in a dress that does most of the talking. Then, there are also those brides who love the sophistication of subtle glamour. These women see a memorable wedding day look that is glitzy and stunning effect at the same time. These brides do not need hundreds of details in their wedding dress, to achieve their intended effect. Just a few interesting dress features chosen carefully can render this glamorous look.

So, whether you want outright drama or prefer a refined touch of splendor, here are some interesting wedding dress features that will instantly enhance your glamour quotient.

Scintillating shoe-string straps

Even if strapless gowns are your thing, you should consider dresses with scintillating shoe-string straps to look extra-glamorous on your wedding day. The gorgeous sprinkling of glitter on these thin straps makes it mesmerizing and attractive. Also, the sparkling effect draws attention to your shoulders and arms, and make it sexier than a strapless neckline. When these straps are attached to a dress with a dipped neckline, like a sweetheart or a V-neckline, the effect is very impressive. The best part is that these slender straps will give your dress added support, but the fact that they are so slender makes them very stylish.

Featured here is the Mori Lee 2807, with a pair of embellished shoe string straps that lead to a soft scalloped sweetheart neckline. This Alencon lace gown would look like just another wedding dress, hadn’t it been for the extra-touch of the sparkling shoe-string straps.

Sheath silhouette with V-neckline

The sheath is a simple silhouette, but one that is very powerful in creating a sexy effect. With the column design, with the fabric draping along your natural curves, the sheath draws attention to the natural figure and the beautiful curves a bride has. When combined with a modest V-neckline, the effect is further enhanced. V-necklines are traditional favorites, but are very stylish and look good on most body types. While it goes well with almost all wedding dress silhouettes, the combination with the sheath is worth special attention. This instantly draws attention to sensual curves and emphasizes femininity. It is naturally slimming, and the bride in this silhouette looks confident and modern.

In this Mori Lee 6811,  the bodice with the V-neckline is adorned with clusters of embellished floral twirl designs. This is a dress that looks charming, without being overbearing. It is very glamorous and a perfect choice for a confident young bride.

Stylish in satin

For sophisticated glamour that is evident but not over-the-top, the best fabric is satin. The silky finish of this fabric has a distinct quality, and it also has a good drape. When satin is used in a fit and flare silhouette that snugly fits the natural curves of a bride, it emphasizes her well-toned figure beautifully. So, this is a great option to look glamorous in a red-carpet style on your big day.

Here is an example of how this look comes together. The Mori Lee 2722  in Larissa Satin features a pleated sweetheart bodice with an ornate embellished waistband. While the tiered skirt is flirty and fun, the fitted silhouette is elegant and just perfect for showing off your well-toned natural shape. The luscious satin finish looks sophisticated yet sexy, perfect for a classy look that will not be easily forgotten.

Layers of ruffles in a trumpet skirt

Ruffles are a very feminine feature, however they can be glamorous too, especially when focused in the skirt to create a thick frothy finish. Unlike when they are in the bodice or strewn throughout the skirt, focusing ruffles in a single space make the effect pronounced and the impact is very high.

The Mori Lee 2685 is a gown that creates glamour with this single element—ruffles! Here, the rest of the fit and flare silhouette is simple, with lace in the snug silhouette all the way down to the hips. However, the laser cut ruffles have a stunning signature, and the differentiation in the skirt with the edge of silver beading makes it very pronounced. The sweetheart neckline also has a matching band of silver beading, and together they emphasize the contrast of the rich, blooming skirt.

Sparkling cap sleeves

Sometimes, all it takes is one element to make a gown stand out with striking beauty. This can be a motif on the bodice, a different sleeve style or an exquisitely decorated skirt. Sleeves have the power to transform a plain dress to one that dazzles, when it is executed with perfection and has a luxurious dose of bling.

In this Mori Lee 5270, the draped dropped waist design and fit and flare silhouette are attractive. But, what really makes this gown spectacular is the dazzling cap sleeves, that elevate the gown to the next level. The combination with a sweetheart neckline emphasizes the bust and neck area. This is a gown that achieves a glamorous finish without working too hard. Not only does it look charming, it is done tastefully.

Empire waistline with layers of fabric

The empire waistline is one dress feature that instantly draws attention to the upper body. When combined with a sexy neckline, the result is a gown that is very attractive. While the typical empire waistline gives rise to a billowing skirt that hides the mid-section and waist, it can be exquisite and very stunning if this waistline were combined with a fitted silhouette.

The dress here demonstrates what we mean. The draped empire waistline ends just above the natural waistline. However, the skirt is designed to closely flow along the natural curves of the body. As a result, the dress is very glamorous. Additionally, the layers of fluttering chiffon that fall into ruffles at the center add extra drama. The low-cut neckline decorated with ample crystal beading also makes this dress very alluring, but very classy at the same time.

Fitted princess seams defining your shape

There is great finesse associated with princess seams, when it defines the contours of a gown. The simple addition of these seams along the bodice and skirt immediately draw attention to where they are tastefully placed. This is like the easiest way to define your beautiful curves and emphasize your well-toned figure that you achieved with great care.

The dress shows us how this wedding gown feature instantly makes a gown more attractive. Here, the beautiful bodice has elaborate lace, embroidery and beaded details. Additionally, the illusion neckline is also impressive. However, our attention is instantly shifted to the neat princess lines that define a soft and almost silky skirt. This single factor makes this dress special and noticeable.

Open cut-out back

There are different ways in which you can look and feel glamorous, and an exposed back is one of the easiest ways to grab such attention. While illusion backs are attractive and even very dainty, they are not always as glamorous as a cut out back. This unexpected surprise can make even the more traditional silhouette and dress design instantly fashion-forward. It is a perfect choice for the bold bride, who is proud of her body.

Take a look at this dress, for example. Here, the dress is simple and even modest from the front, while all the drama lies in the back. The unexpected effect of the cap sleeves closing in to reveal a beautiful cutout that exposes the entire back is all that it takes to make this gown stunning. It is a treat for the onlookers who will spend quite sometime staring at you from the back, during the wedding ceremony, and not to mention an excellent choice to show your bold streak without offending the older generation.

Overlay skirt over slim silhouette

Two-in-one wedding dresses have been in the limelight for a while now, allowing the bride to transition from the ceremony look to another one for the reception without much ado. However, these dresses usually featured an overlay skirt that entirely hid the inner silhouette. Now, if it were done differently, so that the inner slim silhouette were seen through, wouldn’t it be sexy?

This dress from the Sophia Tolli collection is an example of what we just discussed. The richly layered overlay skirt gives the dress a ball-gown effect, but it also reveals a stunning fit and flare silhouette beneath it. So, the bride can expose her sexy side, while being mysteriously modest. How flirty and fun is that? The encrusted waistband further accentuates the natural figure by drawing focus to a slim waistline, while the sweetheart neckline completes the romantic effect with perfection.

Off-the-shoulder straps with fit and flare silhouette

There is a sexy sophistication to exposing your shoulders, while leaving traces of a sleeve that could be used to cover it, if you chose! This is what an off-the-shoulder neckline achieves. The bold display of your shoulders while adding those straps that barely skim your shoulders makes this design very interesting and fashionable. Add this design factor to a snug-fitting silhouette, like a fit and flare design, and the drama is even greater.

The Loraina Y11634 from the Sophia Tolli collection shows us why this design works so well. Try to imagine this dress with a plain strapless neckline or with cap-sleeves. You will realize how it wouldn’t work the same way, with any of these. It is the simple addition of the off-the-shoulder neckline that makes it chic. The fit and flare silhouette in lace contributes to it even more, and makes it a masterpiece in entirety.

Plunging back

If the back of your dress is done artistically, it is a sure way to ensure you look glamorous on your wedding day. From beautiful illusion details, to cut-outs and daring deep necklines, there are many ways to make the back of your dress stand out. While a fully exposed or daring dip in the back will look too sexy to be considered glamorous, it will be very stylish when you sport a dress with a deep back that is done just right.

Take a look at this 1347 Angelina Faccenda wedding dress. The back is kept simple with just a deep dip framed by beautiful lace appliques. Although it exposes the entire back, it does so with elegance, and this factor makes this dress a dazzling beauty from all angles. Also, the cap sleeves frame the ornate back in the most impressive manner. Not only does it support the bust area, it is sensational in the most classic way.

Your wedding day is a celebration like no other. So, this is the day when you should make sure that you look as special as you feel. Choosing a glamorous dress will help you stand out from the rest of the crowd, and be a bride that everyone will remember long after your wedding. Additionally, with a glamorous dress, you do not have to worry much about choosing accessories that add to your look, as your dress will itself be attractive enough to make a mark. So, tell us, which of the features we mentioned above would you like to try on your wedding day?

At Best for Bride, our wedding dress collection includes all the dazzling beauties featured here, and many, many more. So, visit our online gallery today and take a look at what is on offer. For all your wedding day needs, including your bridesmaids dresses, wedding accessories, jewelry and all services you need, check out our website.

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Modest Modern Wedding dresses

Most modern wedding dresses are characterized by strapless necklines and fitted silhouettes. Not every bride feels comfortable in these typical dress designs, although they do not want a dated wedding dress style either.

While some brides personally prefer more coverage, others have to choose traditional features in their wedding dresses because of the setting in which they will be wed. Some religious places of worship require that brides avoid exposing their shoulders in their wedding dress.

However, having to dress modestly doesn’t mean that such brides shouldn’t look stylish or modern. There are plenty of dresses that provide sufficient coverage, even while they are stylish, and not matronly or boring.

Brides who want a wedding dress with a high neckline, covered arms and back have the following options.

  • Choose a dress from the available designer collections. Although many leading designers have designs that show off the neck, shoulders, back and arms, they also have dresses that have conservative features.
  • Customize an available dress with extra fabric by adding sleeves or raising the neckline.
  • Add an accessory like a bolero or jacket to alter the neckline and sleeves as desired.

Today, we will look at the first option in detail. Here, we bring you some fantastic dress choices from our extensive inventory, that are bound to fit the description of “Modest Modern.” Take a look, and tell us which of these is your favorite.

1.Mori Lee 5410

A beautiful lace gown with cap-sleeves and an illusion scalloped bateau neckline, the Mori Lee 5410 is a dress that is both modest and endearing. The modified A-line silhouette is a modern choice that makes it suitable for most body types. Although the silhouette isn’t too snug like a fit-and-flare dress, it still allows the bride to flaunt her beautiful curves without feeling uncomfortable. The ample lace appliques in the bodice add a luxurious touch to the entire gown, spilling into random clusters in the skirt all the way down to floor length. Behind the illusion style neckline is a sweetheart bodice. The back of the dress features amazing illusion details, created with lace appliques. Although it a dress that covers the entire body from neck to toe, it is still stylish and sexy. The vintage feel associated with this gown makes it a perfect choice for a rustic wedding fashioned after a vintage-era.

2.Mori Lee 5403

Exquisitely enchanting, the Mori Lee 5403 is a gown that is one of a kind. The beautiful illusion bateau neckline rests above a sweetheart bodice, and features elaborate floral lace motifs that are arresting in their details. The fitted T-shirt sleeves offer ample coverage, while they still look mysterious and sexy. The lace overlay extends throughout the bodice and ends at the waist, from where a pleated skirt with layers of soft netting falls to floor length. The differentiation in the textures of the bodice and the skirt is so beautiful, that it almost looks like the dress is made of two different pieces. Illusion details continue at the back of the dress, over a V-neckline with a strand of fabric buttons at the center. The wispy skirt and the textured bodice create a unique look for this dress. This dress is a perfect balance of traditional and modern.

3.Mori Lee 5262

This dress from the Mori Lee designer collection is the epitome of glamour, with details that are timeless and classic. The sateen finish of the slip beneath the lace overlay, renders a luxurious touch to this dress, even as captivating floral lace appliques course all over the bodice and skirt. Although the dress doesn’t have sleeves, the high illusion bateau neckline gives it the modest touch it deserves. Princess seams run along the fit and flare silhouette, and are another classic element that define the structured silhouette making it even more endearing. The rich and tasteful elegance of the lace motifs, placed artistically over the entire dress, and the 3-D effect crafted out of the lace over the satin slip add to its charm. At the back is a rounded scoop neckline, that can easily be covered under a veil.

4.Sophia Tolli Y21512

A modern fit and flare gown with a sheer illusion neckline that suppports and extends into an elegant capsleeve with lace motifs on the edges, the Y21512 is a ravishing beauty from the Sophia Tolli collection. The skirt flares out from the hips, making it less clingy, and the sheer fabric along the neckline adds the required coverage for the V-neckline this dress features. The enchanting work of floral lace appliques on the bodice and skirt make it a work of art, and the sparkling waistband is beautiful. At the back, the illusion style continues, with the central zipper trimmed with diamante beaded buttons along the center. This is a dress that has elements of both contemporary style and classic elegance.

5.Sophia Tolli Y21442

This fishtail gown from the Sophia Tolli collection has a unique style for the neckline and sleeves. Delicate and wispy tulle forms a net-like layer over the lace cap sleeves, and also fashioning a V-neckline. This, then grows into a sophisticated V-neckline. The entire bodice is embellished with elaborate floral lace appliques, decorated with crystal beading and sparkling details. As the clusters grow sparse in the skirt, layers of fine tulle fan out to form a cascading train of chapel length. The V-neckline in the front extends in a similar fashion to the back, but it reveals no more than a little skin along the center.

6.Sophia Tolli Y11413

This dress is both glamorous and sophisticated, even as it looks and feel comfortable on a confident bride. The gentle floral details of lace frame cap sleeves and continue into a classic V-neckline framed by a sweetheart bodice. The bust ends in a scintillating chevron band that differentiates the two sections of the gown. The marriage of tulle in the skirt and embellished lace details in the bodice is interesting, and is done very tastefully. The back of the dress features a noticeable keyhole detail that is more classic than contemporary. The combination of the trendy trumpet silhouette with the classic V-neckline and cap-sleeves makes this gown a dream wedding dress.

7.Angelina Faccenda 1344

Few dresses match up to the classic elegance of this Angelina Faccenda couture gown with ravishing lace details and classic features. Gentle cap-sleeves are fashioned out of lace appliques that dip into a soft V-neckline that is modest and perfect for a formal wedding ceremony. The dress has an A-line skirt, with the thickly detailed motifs in the bodice spanning out into fewer clusters and again combining at the hemline to create an elaborately intricate pattern. The fully covered back is adorned with lace motifs that add a special touch. This gown is the perfect vintage choice, both for the interesting features it has and it’s choice of material.

8.Angelina Faccenda 1329

The modern trumpet silhouette of this beautiful Angelina Faccenda gown is elevated with the halter neckline and cap sleeve feature it sports. Beautiful Alencon lace appliques decorate the length of the gown, while the neckline and sleeves are embellished with beautiful sparkling rhine stones and crystal detailing. The scintillating details continue all the way up to the hips, and the skirt ends in a soft net hemline that contrasts beautifully with the textures of the top of this dress. The back of the dress has illusion details fashioned out of the same lace used in the front of the dress. The center zipper is accented with lovely satin covered buttons that escalates the illusion effect.

9.Angelina Faccenda 1302

 

A dress that perfectly fits the description of contemporary and modest, the Angelina Faccenda 1302 is a beauty that every bride will love. The wide scoop neckline extends into the shoulders, gently exposing the collar bones in a most classic manner. Gentle T-shirt sleeves add enough coverage to the upper half of the body. The entire neckline and sleeves have beautiful glittering details from the tasteful addition of crystal beading and embroidery. The fit and flare style of the dress looks beautiful, with elegant all over lace adding a timeless touch to the modern silhouette. Equally attractive is the soft scoop neckline at the back, with beautiful crystal details decorating the sheer fabric and creating a marvellous finish from this angle. Additionally, there is a splendid strand of satin buttons along the center that continues all the way down to the derriere.

10.Jasmine T172011

Our final pick is this vintage beauty from the Jasmine Couture collection. Although it features vintage features like the beautiful scalloped cap sleeves and lace adorned V-neckline over a sweetheart bodice, this dress is made more attractive with it’s modern fit and flare silhouette and stylish placement of the lace details on the dress. Unlike the usual floral lace appliques that are common in wedding dresses, this dress has a unique design with fans of semi-circular lace placed in an orderly fashion throughout the length. Also, the V-neckline features a sheer fabric overlay with a simple crystal border. A beautifully scalloped hemline extends into a classic chapel train, and this dress is in all a great choice for a classic wedding style. The illusion back has the same lace details arranged in an orderly fashion.

We hope you enjoyed this article on the more modest choices that you will come across in our collections at Best for Bride. If this is the style you would like to explore for your wedding day, check out our bridal gallery and you will find many more options. For this, and every other style and trend you seek in wedding dresses, visit our online store and find what your heart desires.

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9 wedding dresses that reinvent classic traditions

There are two types of wedding dresses that are memorable—those that reinvent classic traditions and others that are strikingly unique. If we look at the former, it so happens that there are many classic dress features that are always look great in a wedding dress. When these features are incorporated beautifully, the dress becomes unusually appealing and attractive.

Many designer wedding gown collections today feature dresses with unusual twists on all-time favorite features. Here, we shall look at 10 such design details in some fantastic wedding gowns that blend tradition with modernity,  to look both attractive and beautiful.

1.Deep V-neckline

Powerfully sexy and very bold, the deep V-neckline is a universally flattering feature that looks great on brides of most body types. Since this design feature is usually found on gowns with straps or sleeves, it supports the bust area and thus looks very attractive. Another advantage of the V-neckline is that it is naturally slimming and is capable of creating the illusion of a longer upper body.

In the Mori Lee gown featured here, the V-neckline is accentuated with embellishments along its length. This makes the neckline very prominent and draws attention to the decolletage and cleavage. The sleeveless design also allows the bride to show off her arms. The fit and flare design of the gown is another element that creates the illusion of extra height.

2.Off-the-shoulder straps

There is something seductive and extremely attractive about a wedding gown with straps that seem to fall off the shoulder. These gowns have an old-fashioned Hollywood appeal and are extremely sexy, without being in-the-face flashy. It is in fact, more attractive than a regular strapless dress as it looks very feminine despite exposing the shoulder. This feature on a dress draws attention to the neck, decolletage and shoulders. So, it is a perfect choice for brides who have a well-toned upper body.

In the Jasmine bridal dress featured here, the off-the-shoulder neckline is sultry and appealing. The simple embellishment of crystals at the corner of the bodice where the straps begin is extremely attractive. This is a definite winner if the bride is a slim beauty who would like to show off her neck, shoulders and decolletage. We also love how the dress seamlessly drapes along the bust, waist and hips, and later flows into a slight fit and flare skirt that cascades to the ground.

3.Embellished sleeves

Long-sleeved gowns were popularly loved in the past, with elaborate puffy shoulders and sequins adorning the sleeves. Though padded shoulders and puffed sleeves may not find favor with the modern bride, the entire idea of long-sleeved wedding gowns isn’t quickly forgotten.

Here is a Mori Lee gown with full-sleeves. The beauty of this dress lies in the fact that the sleeves are not your regular state-of-the-art plain sleeves, but are embellished with lace details throughout the length to look very interesting and appealing. With floral appliques spanning the outer edge of the sleeves, the sheer fabric over the rest of the sleeve length creates a beautiful look with skin barely peeping out from within. The dress is a masterpiece in itself, with the soft sweetheart neckline and beautiful floral appliques adding extra charm to the lace dress.

4.Lace

Lace is a timeless and elegant classic wedding dress feature where weddings are concerned. There are few other wedding dress features that are as attractive as lace. The expression of thick and breezy elements that spiral and float in floral designs throughout the length of a dress is very attractive and it is no wonder that it is favored by many brides. Modern designers have honed the exquisite beauty of lace dresses, by adding more features that accentuate the beauty of the floral designs. By including embellishments like crystals, rhinestones and beads and crafting them into illusion neckline designs, lace is given new life so it looks updated and modern.

In this dreamy Sophia Tolli wedding dress, elaborate lace work has been played to perfection in every section. The sheer neckline over the sweetheart bodice is exquisite as it blends into classic cap-sleeves. At the waist is a scintillating chevron band formed of rhinestones and crystal, and this adds a modern touch to a classic element like lace. The fit and flare silhouette gracefully glides into a scalloped hemline, where the lace details are further embodied with perfection. This is a glamorous gown, but one that is a striking symbol of classic beauty.

5.Sheath silhouette

After the Victorian era of tight corsets that sucked in a woman’s body to fit the look of a perfect hourglass figure, women started embracing their natural curves and accepted loose fitting garments with open arms. The wedding scene was no different, as more and more brides boldly began dressing for their big day in gowns with fluid wedding gowns in sheath silhouettes. These dresses would softly fall over their natural curves and emphasize their natural body shape to perfection. It was an expression of confidence and sensuality, and has continued to be favored by several wedding designers ever since.

The Elsa from the Alfred Angelo Disney collection is inspired by the snow princess in the movie Frozen. Featuring a sheath silhouette embellished with a scattering of snowflake beads, this gown is an elegant and powerful dress that will do wonders for the bride wearing it. The simplicity of the sweetheart neckline contrasts well with the Watteau train that beautifully glides behind like a rippling stream of water. This is a fairy-tale gown that looks like what you could seen in a dream, and any woman who grew up loving storybook princesses would love to embrace the classic silhouette that magnifies her femininity.

6.Empire Waistline

The empire waistline is a raised waistline style that began as part of Neoclassical fashion. This style goes back to the 18th century when it was first seen during the time of the First French Empire. The elevated waistline usually has a circumference that snugly goes around the bust region. It is a flattering style for those who have unsightly curves in the waist and stomach area. Since this pattern camouflages these areas, it hides a bulky waistline while highlighting the bust. The empire silhouette is greatly favored by modern day brides, and is clubbed with several modern elements to fashion a stylish and contemporary look.

This gown from the petite brides collection at Best for Bride features an empire waistline attached to a fit and flare silhouette. This gives a new look to the gown, as the traditional empire waistline was usually attached to a layered skirt that flared out from the bosom. Here, this modern fit gown simply makes use of the empire waistline style by highlighting the elevated waistline with a bow that runs around the circumference of the gown at the bust. This particular feature gives the skirt the illusion of added length, thus making the bride look taller than she actually is. This is one benefit of a design like this.

7.Cap sleeves

Cap sleeves are not only a welcome change from the ever-so-common strapless wedding gown style, there are also very feminine in their appeal. This is a style that is very forgiving for women who wish to hide their shoulders and those who seek a modest look and style with their wedding dress choice. While it offers the necessary coverage, this classic dress style element also gives you the opportunity to flaunt the rest of your arms. The modern updates of the cap-sleeve style usually focus on mixing it with illusion necklines for an attractive finish. It looks extremely beautiful when attached to lace gowns.

In this couture wedding gown from the Jasmine collection, the cap sleeve design instantly adds sophistication and style to the design. Since it is done in Venice lace, it is very dainty and feminine, and the scalloped neckline formed of very fine lace appliques integrates with the sweetheart bodice in an elegant fashion. The neckline and sleeves perfectly complement the beautiful fit and flare design of the gown, and is suitable for both the modern bride and the tradition-loving girl.

8.Ball gown

One of the silhouettes that screams wedding is the traditional ball gown. While the original ball gowns were usually done in crispy or silky fabric, the current trend is to use netting and tulle or lace to create fantastic and dramatic silhouettes. The original design usually showcased a skirt with very little to no detailing, and all the embellishments were in the bodice. Designers these days however, spare no detail and the embellishments are seen in the skirts too. The result is dramatic and these gowns easily pack a punch.

This Mori Lee gown is a fine example of what we just discussed. The skirt almost has a 3D effect with the various floral appliques extending all over the bodice and again reappearing along the hemline. The muted color of the base fabric forms an attractive base for the beautiful motifs along the hemline. Adding more womanly appeal to the pattern is the softly sculpted sweetheart bodice that highlights a pair of well-toned arms and decolletage.

9.Plunging backs

Dresses with plunging backs were made for brides who are unable to expose their shoulders, collar bones or cleavage, but have that rebellious streak which makes them want to make one bold statement. Plunging backs are famous again, but this time in a range of options like never before. Those who deem it unfit to wear a low-cut back can still opt for the illusion style back detail dresses that allow them to conceal, yet reveal. With simple lace details or floral appliques forming beautiful pictures in the back, they are bound to enrapture everyone who glances at them from behind during the wedding ceremony. Low-cut plunging backs with embellishments bordering them are also a trending favorite, and these features create an exquisite statement for any wedding dress.

This Jasmine couture wedding gown is a beautiful and delicate work of lace which features an open V-neckline in the front and a deep cut neckline at the rear. The soft lace has an exquisite charm with its intricately woven details that span the entire length of the gown in pretty little clusters that are thicker in the front and thin out in the skirt. Perfect for a formal wedding ceremony, the deep-plunging back is the one striking element that gives this dress a signature finish. Few dresses have the elegance to strike a charismatic effect as this dress does. Alencon lace marries with tulle to form the fantastic details that makes this dress a dream to wear.

Wedding dress trends are a forever evolving scene, with some fashion trends staying longer than the others. Classic design details like those discussed above are the few features that are perpetual favorites. Of course, you may find the occasional bride who doesn’t want lace or can’t imagine dressing up in a full-sleeve wedding gown. But we should remember that these are rare. Most of the features listed here are those that will forever remain etched in our memories as timeless and hence, classic. The list doesn’t end here. As the years progress, more and more designers come up with even more interesting details from the past and breathe new life into them with their designs. So, as long as there will be weddings and those who love history, the classics will continue to be reinvented.

At Best for Bride we are well-stocked with all the designs you can imagine. These range from the attractive timeless classics above to the most modern and trendy designs you can imagine. Come visit our website and have a glimpse of what is on offer. You are certain to find at least a few gowns that you will fall in love with. So, if you are a bride planning to get married in the near future, head over to Best for Bride today. We have you covered with not only wedding dresses, but have everything that you will want for your special day.