The Biggest Wedding Gown Trends for 2015

After 37 runway shows, 400+ Instagram shots, our first foray into Google Glass, and more espressos than we care to admit, we've compiled the standout trends from Bridal Fashion Week. Overall, we saw gowns take on a much more fluid shape than past seasons, making effortless elegance that much easier for brides to achieve. There were plenty of wow-worthy details to gush over, our favorite of which included sheer panels and glam necklines.

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1. Light-As-Air Ball Gowns 

Ball gowns are taking on a softer look thanks to breezy fabrics and a more relaxed silhouette. (Marie Antoinette would be jealous!) Designers including Vera Wang, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier and more all went with a lighter approach this season.

watters wedding gown
Watters

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2. Modern Minimalism

Bling will always have a special place in our hearts but some of this season's most inspiring looks are tailored with clean lines, like this Amsale style pictured below. (They reminded us of Caroline Bessette and Cindy Crawford's aisle style). This Americana aesthetic is ideal for the bride who wants to be comfortable yet chic on her wedding day.

amsale wedding gown
Amsale

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3. A Cut Above

Cut-outs and crop tops are trending not just for the big day, but also for pre-wedding events like the bachelorette party and bridal shower. This risk-taking style first came to our attention back in the fall, when trendsetter Hayley Paige debuted a gorgeous lilac version, and now more designers like Theia and Houghton Bride are following suit. 

theia wedding gown
Theia

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4. Ultra-Dramatic Necklines

Looking for something a little more unique than strapless or sweetheart necklines? High-neck styles and plunging V-necks were equally prominent at shows including Rivini, Marchesa, Kenneth Pool and more.

rivini wedding dress
Rivini

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5. Sheer Magic

We were mesmerized by optical illusions like bodice netting (to look like skin) and overlays (perfect for showing a peek of leg). Keep the look PG-13 by opting for one or the other — not both. Reem Acra, Watters and Carolina Herrera all toed the line between sophisticated and sexy this season.

reem acra wedding gown
Reem Acra

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6. The Cold Shoulder

We spotted more off-the-shoulder styles than ever before and it's no wonder why: they're sexy yet romantic and above all, supremely figure-flattering. This sleeve treatment creates a triangle shape and whittles the waist. Maggie Sottero, Jenny Packham and Romona Keveza all featured this style at their runway shows.

jenny packham wedding gown
Jenny Packham

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7. Capelets are Cooler Than Ever

Beloved by the vintage-inspired and boho set, there were some really interesting takes on capelets this season from Theia, Angel Sanchez, Ines Di Santo and more. This accessory is perfect for brides who are getting married in a religious house of worship and are required to cover their arms but may not necessarily want to commit to sleeves.

ines di santo wedding gown
Ines di Santo 

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8. Color Code

Who says you have to wear white? Blush was a favorite with girlie brides last season, but this season's rainbow of gowns included more unexpected choices like pistachio at Monique Lhuillier, silvery purple at Kelly Faetanini and more.

hayley paige wedding gown
Hayley Paige

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Tell us: Which trend is your favorite?

—Stefania Sainato


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