I’ll admit, I’m terrified of marriage. My closest female friends are either just as terrified as I am or consummate scholars who will probably be studying well into their thirties which we all believe will prevent those oh-so-important nuptials from taking place. Our male friends often joke that we’ll be spinsters in our later years – heaven forbid.
However, lately marriage has been consuming my mind. My closest friends may be running from commitment like the plague, but all of my other friends are jumping in wholesale. Add to that my current obsession with the television shows “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Four Weddings,” I’m convinced everyone is getting married.
Even designers are hearing wedding bells. Dolce & Gabbana presented their spring 2011 collection in Milan last week. The collection was almost entirely white – they drew inspiration from the idea of a bride’s hope chest and centered the collection around items, both new and old that she would place into her bridal trousseau in preparation for her new life as a wife.
If you’re going to start a new life as a wife, what better time to do so than in the fall. The simplicity and lightness of a spring wedding, and the brightness and energy of a summer wedding just pale in comparison to the boldness, glamour and beauty of a fall wedding.
Where there is a wedding, there will be a wedding dress. Undeniably the task of finding the perfect gown is one of the most daunting in the entire wedding process. Finding a dress that is flattering, embodies your personality, will make your husband-to-be swoon and yet still make your parents cry tears of joy is a lot to ask of one dress. But rest assured there is a gown to suit every personality.
For fashion lovers, classic gowns with subtle nods to current trends are all the rage. Prim and proper fifties inspired numbers are the epitome of glamour, perfect for statement fall weddings. Fifties style gowns are also coming outfitted with belts, creating a stunning hourglass silhouette and making classic styles au courant.
Figure hugging dresses are a very popular silhouette among brides, and according to fashion forecasters will be a hot trend for seasons to come. Mermaid style dresses straddle the fence of sexy and classic. Fitted in the bodice and hips, this silhouette is fifties inspired and great for a bride who wants to highlight her figure with a classic silhouette.
For the more laid back bride, a simple grecian dress can be stunning. Empire waist with light floaty fabrics, grecian dresses make a loud statement without trying too hard. Layered tiered skirts and asymmetrical dresses are also easy to wear and very modern options for the no-fuss bride.
Strapless ball gowns will forever be a staple for the classic princess bride. Take it a step further with a sweetheart neckline. All the rage for fall 2010, sweetheart necklines are flattering on almost all bust sizes and are ultra feminine.
The non-traditional bride has long opted for a splash of color in her gown to stand out. Now, not only is wearing color a trend for those who want an out of the box gown, but wearing a shorter tea length gown is as well. For those who want a traditional dress, but love the idea of a shorter gown, opt for a wardrobe change featuring a tea length dress for your reception.
Gone are the days of one-style-fits-all bridal party attire. At one time, simply choosing a color and allowing your bridesmaids to choose their own gown was a radical thought when it came to weddings, now it’s almost a given.
The myriad of styles, lengths and silhouettes can make choosing just one gown overwhelming for a bride-to-be. Staying true to your personality and choosing a style that flatters your figure is key.
Photo Credit: Featured – Vera Wang -
Fifties Belted Dress – Stephanie Allin
One Shoulder Mermaid Gown – Pronovias