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Five Wedding Dress Trends for 2011

Posted by David Whitehurst on April 23, 2011

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Styles tend to come and go, and those for bridal gowns are no different.  Certain styles are coming back from the past, while others are building upon recent styles and going even further.

Designers are trying to pull out all of their tricks to get brides to choose their dresses, and this means that brides can pick from tons of styles!

Ruffles Are Definitely In

Ruffles are huge right now, and huge ruffles are perfect for brides who want to make a splash.  Most ruffled bridal gowns have a ton of layers and extremely full skirts, and can work with a ton of different necklines. Here is a link to a recent article on choosing a wedding dress neckline style right for you.

Bridal Gown Retro 1950s Style

Retro Look

Contrast ruffles with the sleek 1950s style that’s coming back – perfect for brides with an hourglass shape. These styles definitely represent the look of days long gone, and will be perfect for someone who always pictured herself growing up in a different era.



Seam Specials

Asymmetrical seams are totally different from the 1950s style, and they’re popular because they flatter many different body styles.  The skirts and bodices of bridal gowns that are cut, gathered and sewn like this break up yards of fabric and hide parts of the figure that the bride might not like.



On the other hand, flower detailing can hide the figure in a different way, kind of like the ruffles, by totally overwhelming the bridal gown. Or, of course, you can choose flower details that are more minimalistic in nature – like a detail that goes down the side of the bodice or acts as a gathering point for an extremely full skirt.


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Bows can work the same way – acting as a decoration item at the top of the bodice or a stylish sash.  Many women are choosing a sash style that ties into a big bow at the front, especially in a sheer fabric with a different color that provides some decoration and breaks up the long lines of the dress.  Blending a bridal gown sash with the colors in your Bridesmaid’s dresses is still trendy in 2011. 


And don’t limit yourself to thinking that a bow will be tied just above your backside a la 1980s style – this one will hopefully remain a distant memory!

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Topics: Bridal Gowns, Bridal Gown Ruffles, Bridal Gown 1950s Style

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