Walking down the aisle, most brides exude confidence and grace because they found the “one,” their wedding gown.
“It’s the most self-expressive garment a woman will ever wear,” Ashley Krauss, owner of A Little Something White in Darien, explains. “It conveys not just who she is, but who she wants to be on one of the most important days of her life. A bride should look for a dress that makes her feel like the best version of herself. The bride will be the focal point of all wedding pictures and it is important that she select a gown that fits her personality and style.”
Brides can customize their dress to ensure it matches their personality. “Brides increasingly want to tweak or make changes to existing styles to fit their vision,” Krauss says. “A bride who wants to be modern tends to express something about her own individuality.”
Michelle Carrera, stylist at Bridal Trousseau in New Haven, observes that all brides are different and want to stand out on their special day. “Often, a bride will find a gown and make it her own during the alteration process by adding a sash or extending a train or even adding more lace and beading,” Carrera says, acknowledging lace is always on trend. “It has such versatility and evokes such a romanticism. Many trends come and go, but lace stays.”
In addition to lace, Carrera says, today’s brides lean toward fabrics like crepe (crisp, crimped appearance), mikado (stiffer, ideal for structured dresses), satin, tulle, and organza (sheer, lightweight).
For style, the fit-and-flare dress has dominated bridal fashion, followed by ball gowns. Krauss also notes that more brides are requesting straps and sleeves this season.
“I mostly sell fit-and-flare,” Eva Copalski, owner of Classic Brides by Eva in Stratford, states. “Ball gowns are making a strong comeback, though, particularly for traditional brides,” she observes.
Krauss also notes many brides are focusing on the back of the gown. “Brides spend most of their ceremony with the back of the gown facing their guests, and therefore have placed an increased focus on making sure that view is beautiful,” Krauss says.
In terms of color, white is no longer as popular, as many brides are forgoing the typical white gown in lieu of ivory, champagne, and light golds, which are classy and more elegant, according to Copalski. “Champagne is often incorporated underneath an off-white lace pattern to showcase the lace’s intricate details. Another popular color trend is pale blush.”
“We have seen an increasing number of brides incorporating a blush tone into their gowns,” Krauss concurs. “At one time, a bride wearing color in her gown was seen as being less traditional, but things have changed, and even traditional brides are opting to incorporate color into their dresses.”
Embroidery, floral dresses with crystals, and crystal belts have also gained traction in bridal fashion. “Our brides are loving the three-dimensionality embroidery offers,” Krauss states. “An increasing number of brides are opting for some sort of beading or crystal to be added to their gowns.”
Beth Walker, a Fairfield bride, wanted a timeless dress with character and found that in the Sareh Nouri Nour at A Little Something White. She loved the embroidery and texture of her ivory gown, which features lace and crystal buttons along the back. “I fell in love with the embroidered, feather-like lace on the train,” recalls Walker, who also added a handcrafted belt with opals and crystals.
Melissa Santorella, a Shelton bride, visited A Little Something White with a completely open mind and fell in love with multiple dresses. After stepping out of the fitting room in a white strapless fit-and-flare dress with floral appliqués, Santorella heard an “OMG!” from her mom and maids of honor and knew it was the one. “The floral appliqués were stunning, all hand-crafted and sewn perfectly. The dress had so much texture and elegance, and the floral design reminded me of my mother’s wedding dress. I absolutely loved it!” Santorella declares.