Top Trends From Chicago Bridal Fashion Week

Here, a peek at some of our favorite Spring 2018 wedding gowns and stand-out trends at Chicago Bridal Fashion Week.


Each season bridal designers create gowns even more swoon-worthy than the last. The debut of the Spring 2018 collections at Chicago Bridal Fashion Week were no exception—think pearl details, three-dimensional florals, sheer lace trains, capes and more.

Three-dimensional florals
Three-dimensional florals continue to be a top trend. The appliqués add drama and wow-factor to classic styles and silhouettes. See our favorites from last season here

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Kenneth Winston (left); Calla Blanche (right) 

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Lova Weddings (left); Mon Cheri Bridals (right)

Sheer lace trains
Float down the aisle in an ethereal train adorned with romantic sheer lace details.

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Moonlight Bridal (left); Maggie Sottero (right)

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Justin Alexander (left); Casablanca Bridal (right)

Get the drama of a veil without the risk of messing up your wedding-day hairstyle. Wear the cape for the ceremony, and then take it off to dance the night away at your reception. 

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Ellis Bridals (left); Robert Bullock Bride (right) 

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Moonlight Bridal (left); Maggie Sottero (right) 

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Mary's Bridal 

Cold Shoulder
This shoulder-bearing trend is heating up on the white carpet. It is perfect for brides that want the look of a sleeve without feeling restricted.

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Kitty Chen Couture (left); Casablanca Bridal (right)

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Allure Bridals (left); Chic Nostalgia (right) 

Pearl Details
Crystals and gemstones offer obvious wow-factor, but pearls add a more subtle, understated glamour for a sophisticated bride.

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Paloma Blanca Bridal (left); Maggie Sottero (right) 

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Moonlight Bridal (left); Kenneth Winston (right)

High Neckline
Whether you are having a conservative ceremony or just like a more covered up look, modest-necked gowns are making a chic comeback. 

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Adrianna Papell Platinum (left); Allure Bridals (right)

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Lova Weddings (left); Eddy K (right)

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—Mary Gillen