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Dress To Impress

Dress To Impress

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While bridal styles might not change all that dramatically from year-to-year, there are still noteworthy trends and inspiring details to consider when looking for your perfect wedding gown. Designers pulled out all the stops for their 2-16 collections, with eye-catching details like 3D embellishments, statement feathers and dreamy tiers all making an appearance. So what are some of the popular trends brides will be wearing down the aisle this year? Keep reading to find out:

BARE SHOULDERS

From short and lace to long and sheer, sleeves have been making a strong comeback after strapless gowns stole the scene a few years ago. In 2016, don't be surprised to see sleeves moving off the shoulder to create a delicate triangle shape that whittles the waist in a figure-flattering design. The barely-there coverage is the perfect compromise between Kate Middleton-style sleeves and totally bare arms, giving brides the ultimate romantic look on their big day.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Oleg Cassini. Spring 2016 collection (exclusively at David's Bridal) | Blue Willow Bride by Anne Barge. Spring 2016 "Zinnia" | Rosa Clara. Bridal 2016 "Dominic"

STANDOUT FLORALS

Florals were blooming on the fashion runways as several of the industry's favorite designers turned to lush gardens and delicate spring foliage for their latest collections. Although flower prints and patterns have long been staples in the wedding gown design world, 3D embellishments are taking these whimsical designs to a whole new level. From Yolan Cris' macramé, ankle-length skirt to Lee Grebenau's open décolleté dress, the spring-inspired decals create a landscape of graceful florals we can't help but love.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Yolan Cris. Bridal 2016 "Besalú" | Lee Petra Grabenau. 2016 Mother of Pearl "Shiri" | Angel Sanchez. Fall 2016

PLAYFUL TIERS

Brides will be floating down the aisle in a softer approach to traditional ball fowns this year. Breezy fabrics such as tulle, organza and chiffon are layered in a tired design for a more relaxed silhouette and romantic, playful style. Big house designers such as Monique Lhuillier and Ines Di Santo each added their personal touches to the feminine design, creating scene-stealing gowns in which any bride would feel like a princess.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: THEIA. Bridal 2016 "Jasmine" skirt & "Cheryl" top | Monique Lhuillier. Bliss Spring 2016 | Ines Di Santo. Fall 2016 "Luscent" | R I V I N I. Spring 2016 "Dawne"

BOLD TEXTURE

More adventurous brides might be drawn to the eye-catching textures that stole the spotlight at several runway shows. We love the dramatic effect of cascading ruffles and flouncy tulle added to the traditional ball gown. Fluttery feather are also making a big statement this year, with designers including Jenny Packham and Kelly Faetanini accenting their gowns with majestic ostrich feathers for more fun and whimsical dimension.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Sottero and Midgley. Spring 2016 "Jahalia" | Jenny Packham. Bridal 2016 "Cordelia" | Kelly Faetanini. Spring 2016 collection

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