Are you getting married in 2018 and looking for the latest wedding dress trends? I have started getting brides who are tying the knot in 2018 and I wanted to offer some trend advice for my new brides. Here is a look into what is current and trending.

Why you should follow the trends- my advice

When I fell in love with the concept of being a stylist, I decided to do an honours degree in fashion. I used to roll my eyes at the latest trends and think to myself “who would EVER wear that?” but then I discovered bridal wear. Although the styles change and the embellishments evolve, the classics still remain, and every type of bride can pull off a trend in one way or another. Trends help keep designs interesting and ever changing. They also keep a bride from doing the same thing as her friend who got hitched a few months before her. Choose a look and feel that suits your personality and figure, but also choose something that is unique. Here are a few trends that I love at the moment. I encourage you to be inspired, be unique and use a trend or two to put your finger print on your wedding dress design.

Bearing your shoulders

The first trend is the off the shoulder sleeve. This design feature is so elegant and feminine. It will show off a delicate décolletage and soften a hard shoulder. This style is effective on a well structured shoulder line as well as a narrow shoulder. Don’t do this trend if you have got a sloping shoulder or a large bust that needs a strap for support. Also keep in mind that depending on the design, this style may restrict your arm movement.

The narrow plunging V-neck

The narrow plunging V -eck is also a hot trend. This look has a way of being revealing while still being modest. To compensate for a larger bust or to improve the fit, invisible mesh can be added into the slit. As much as this trend is stunning, it will become really tacky the second it gapes. Fit is everything with this style, enusre it fits you well.

A flowing A-line skirt

The flowing A-line skirt has to be my favourite. This trend is graceful and effortless. Consider where to add gathers and where to leave them out. Gathers can add 2 sizes to you if placed in the wrong spot, but when placed correctly, complete a look well.

High necks and halters

A new design feature that I haven’t seen for years is the halter neck.This style breaks away from the traditional bare chest. the look is perfect for a smaller busted girl as it will increase your bust area. If you go for this design, try and show as much shoulder as possible, this will keep the design light and gentle.

The latest lace applique trend

Symmetrical lace is a trend that resounds with my inner OCD (not that I have OCD). I love how balanced the design becomes. Lines have the power to slim you down, add curves and hide or show off features. So make sure you follow the lines and see what they are doing to your figure, good or bad.

Considering a fuller skirt

The POOF is back and the layers are too. Waisted ball gowns are a prominent feature in the latest designer ranges. What I love the most is that they are full of movement and texture. This classic is a lovely option on any curvy girl. It cinches in the waist while hiding the hips. This design though, does not suit a less curvy figure or a short frame.

Those are my trend tips for the bride of 2018. Most of the dresses featured in this post can be purchased as my studio. To find out more about my available bridal wear ranges, visit my services page. I wish you the best of luck in the journey you take to discovering your dream dress.

Meliza x

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