11 Wedding Dress Trends That Will Be Big in 2016
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11 Wedding Dress Trends That Will Be Big in 2016

White dresses, ladylike lace and airy organza — when it comes to bridal fashion, some things never change. That being said, every season brings its own arsenal of fashion-forward updates that keep things feeling fresh and provides brides-to-be with a healthy dose of wedspiration. For 2016, designers took a step in a more dramatic, modern direction with 3D detailing, sheer panels and lingerie-inspired dresses. And capes — lots and lots of capes. If standing out is high on your bridal priority list, these are the 11 wedding dress trends you need to know.

1. Sheer Skirts: Showing off a little leg doesn’t have to be scandalous. Sheer tulle and organza skirts were popping up everywhere, embellished with ladylike floral appliqués, glimmering crystals and 3D detailing. Across the board, designers like Houghton, Oscar de la Renta, Christos Costarellos, Reem Acra and Mira Zwillinger created looks that are demure and ethereal, offering a playfully masked peek of skin instead of going full disclosure — perfect for the girl that wants something sexy without going over the top. (Photo via Thomas Concordia/Getty)

2. Flirty Feathers: If you’re still dreaming about Jenna Lyons’ wedding guest getup from Solange’s nuptials back in November 2014, listen up. Forget classic floral appliqués, bold beadwork and ruffled organza for your walk down the aisle — 2016 is all about making a statement with feathers. The unexpected detail found its way into the collections of industry heavy-hitters like Lela Rose, Jenny Packham, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang and Marchesa, in the form of fluttery skirts, bodices with old-world flair and short, sassy, reception-ready dresses. (Photo via Lela Rose)

3. Capes: It looks like the fashion world’s favorite next-level topper — the cape — isn’t going anywhere. The playful outer layer busted onto the bridal scene back in 2014, when Solange took bridal style to new heights with her chic Kenzo gown and dramatic cape (it kind of rocked our world), and it’s back in a big way. Naeem Khan and Pronovias went all out with the cape train trend, while others like Ines di Santo, Claire Pettibone and Jenny Packham opted for more toned-down interpretations of the statement-making style, offering an easy and unexpected way for the more traditional bride-to-be to stand out. (Photo via Slaven Vlasic/Getty)

4. Lingerie-like Dresses: Fans of the ’90s, rejoice, because elegant A-lines and ballgowns with bustier bodices and slinky slip-inspired dresses are bringin’ it in 2016. You might be quick to say “no thanks” to this seemingly racy trend, but designs from Rivini, Oscar de la Renta, Ines di Santo and Claire Pettibone will change all that. The lingerie-esque gowns are all about modern romance, sophistication and subtle sex appeal. Delicate lace, attention-grabbing appliqués and cascading layers of tulle and organza create balance within the look (and help win Mom’s seal of approval). (Photo via Slaven Vlasic/Getty)

5. Off-the-Shoulder Elegance: Strapless gowns remain one of the most popular styles, but for the bride that wants something a little more romantic, off-the-shoulder looks are where it’s at. The shoulder-baring style shows off some skin, but won’t scandalize elderly relatives and traditionalists, thanks to the long sleeves, lace and luxe satin seen at Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Jim Hjelm, Pronovias, Gahlia Lahav and Rivini. (Photo via Randy Brooke/Getty)

6. Watercolor Prints: Pretty pastels are on the rise, but watercolor and floral prints offer another option for the fashion-forward bride. Flowy boho sheaths (think: Theia), asymmetric ball gowns with retro flair (think: Elizabeth Fillmore) and painterly prints and bridal blooms are definitely trending. Keep your look feeling cohesive: Send your florist a photo of your dress to ensure your bouquet doesn’t clash. (Photo via Jemal Countess/Getty)

7. 3D Details: Fashion’s obsession with three-dimensional details is spilling over into bridal. Whimsical butterflies, dainty florals, intricate beading and architectural organza add depth and dimension to even the most classic of A-line gowns. The embellishments aren’t exactly for the faint of heart, but they’ll definitely make the rest of your bridal look seem effortless — no accessories needed. (Photo via Brad Barket/Getty)

8. The LWD: The LWD was holding it down during the Spring and Fall 2016 shows, with every collection putting its own twist on the playfully pint-sized frock. Elopements, city hall ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, receptions — whatever — there’s a little white dress for every occasion. Heck, there are so many options now that you could snag one for every aspect of your intimate or over-the-top affair. (Photo via Brian Ach/Getty)

9. Boho Beautiful: Bohemian brides don’t have to go off the beaten path to find the dress of their dreams anymore. Jenny Packham, Temperley London, Angel Sanchez, Inbal Dror and Alon Livne are just a few designers that will have you swooning over fringed skirts, bell sleeves, crotchet detailing and lattice-like overlays stat. There’s something for everyone, but one thing’s for sure: Not one of these elegant, ethereal gowns is anything short of stunning. (Photo via Thomas Concordia/Getty)

10. Pant Suits: If you’re the type that wouldn’t be caught dead in a big white dress, the bridal suit was made for you. Pamella Roland, Houghton, Theia, Angel Sanchez and Carolina Herrera bring us perfectly tailored tuxedos, chiffon-topped jumpsuits and wide-leg trousers with sheer cropped tops that have undeniable cool-girl edge that’s still just as elegant as a sophisticated mermaid or ball gown. (Photo via Randy Brooke/Getty)

11. Overskirts: A second dress might not be in your budget, but impeccable style doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. For the ceremony, add an overskirt to almost any gown and give your wedding day getup a formal, ultra feminine feel. For the reception, ditch the skirt, let down your hair and put on a swipe of bright berry lipstick to achieve a party-ready look. (Photo via Vera Wang)

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