Top Wedding Dress Styles of 2016

For 2016, wedding dress designers broke through the traditional bridal mold, offering elegant and modern new styles. From full ball gowns to tailored pants, 2016 brides have more options than ever before when choosing their perfect look. Here are six of the top bridal trends for this year.

1. 3-D Floral Appliques

Classic floral appliques remain in style for 2016. This year, brides are choosing more modern elements, such as oversized laser-cut appliques, sparkling details, or tiny beaded blooms. Cap-sleeved gowns with intricate floral beading were a huge hit on the runway. The sky’s the limit when it comes to appliques, which are available in many shapes and colors.

2. Exciting Necklines

It’s no surprise that plunging necklines are a leading trend for 2016, considering the recent low back trend in wedding gowns. A plunging neckline makes a daring statement that is sure to turn heads. Brides who don’t wish to take the plunge can choose from other types of daring necklines, including ruffled collars, intricate embellished necklines, sheer overlays, and lacy mock turtlenecks.

3. Feathers

Fun and flirty, feather details have surged in popularity with brides this year. Wear a ballgown covered with ostrich feathers to look heavenly during a winter wedding, or choose a gown with a few feather accents. For spring and summer weddings, some designers are offering crop tops paired with feathered skirts.

4. Little White Dress

Almost every designer’s collection included a little white dress option. Little white dresses are perfect for a simple courthouse wedding, rehearsal dinner, or even as a second dress for the wedding reception. This year, brides can choose from charming vintage lace dresses, tea-length gowns with full skirts, or simple white shift dresses.

5. Pants

Many brides are choosing the forgo the traditional wedding gown in favor of a pair of well-tailored pants. Completely appropriate for a walk down the aisle, the white suit is chic, formal, and makes a true impact. This year, designers pushed the envelope on their bridal pant offerings, creating chiffon jumpsuits, strapless tops paired with lace pants, flirty lace shorts, and even white overalls!

6. Princess Overlay

A hybrid of the princess-style ball gown and a sleek column dress, the overlay is a great way for brides to have their cake and eat it, too. The extra layer of tulle or organza gives your gown a princess feel, but the slimming column or slip underneath maintains the modern feel. This is an excellent choice for the modern bride who still wants to add a little tradition to her gown.

There’s no doubt about it — 2016 truly is an envelope-pushing year for bridal fashion. Whether your style is modern or romantic, there are thousands of styles to choose from.