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Spring 2012 Wedding Dress Trends

Mar 19, 2012 10:00PM ● By Anonymous

The princess’ chic style not only wowed the world, but left two lasting effects: lace wedding gowns with sleeves. Strapless dresses have long reigned supreme when it comes to brides, but gals who want coverage are having an easier time finding a dress that will hide their arms. Nearly every major bridal designer from Vera Wang to David’s Bridal now offers at least one gown, if not more, with wrist-length sleeves. Most of the time, these sleeves are lacey, just like the princess’.

 However, full-length sleeves aren’t for everyone. For those who want to don a sleeveless gown during their wedding reception but cover up during a religious ceremony, bolero jackets offer a stylish option. These trendy little jackets cover you up, but are removable for when the dancing begins later in the night. For a woman who just wants the illusion of coverage, gowns with illusion necklines are also extremely popular, particularly those with decorative backs.

 In general, brides are trying to find ways to make their dresses stand out from the others. For this reason, textured skirts, including ruffles, floral accents, and bows, are as still as popular as they were in 2011. Plenty of dresses also have color now, whether it’s subtle (more brides are wearing ivory dresses these days than pure white), a splash of color with a jewel-toned sash, or fully colored wedding gown in pink or even black. So it seems that even though Kate Middleton brought back a traditional look with lace and sleeves, plenty of brides are still going for their own unique look. 

-- Kelsey Casselbury