The Runways, 2007

Trendy. Perhaps the last word on earth you should think about when choosing your wedding dress. Well, sort of. Wedding dresses, in my opinion, should fit the following description…

Something timeless. Something flattering. Something that makes you feel jaw-droppingly beautiful.

And sometimes, that perfect dress just happens to be an “of the moment, oh-so-now” creation. So, let’s take a moment to review the season’s biggest wedding dress trends.

The Sheath
Ahh, this is my favorite new wedding dress style. So romantic and elegant. Sweet, but intriguing.

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Top Row: Carolina Herrera and Rosa Clara. Bottom Row: Badgley Mischka and Vera Wang. All photos via Brides.

The layers of wispy fabric and the romantic, unstructured cut are perfect for a really feminine, or bohemian bride. I love that this season’s sheaths have stunning detail work, whether it be a gorgeous ribbon or delicate beading. The end result is pure bliss.

The sheath is really best on slender women…because it doesn’t have a lot of shape to the cut, the sheath may make a pear shaped woman look frumpy.

The Mini
Hmmm. I have a love hate with this season’s Mini Wedding Dresses. There is something chic and European about them that I adore. And yet, they require the perfect setting to really become a wedding gown.

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Top row: Vera Wang. Bottom Row: Oscar and Vera Wang

So what is the perfect setting? Perhaps a casual garden wedding, a ultra sophisticated city wedding in Paris, a quirky but romantic bash at an art gallery. A really great pair of ballet flats (for the garden variety) or a killer pair of stilettos (for the chic of heart) will update this cute look.

The Mermaid
I really don’t like the name “the mermaid.” For such a gorgeous silhouette, it reminds me of Ariel swimming around singing about her long lost love. With that said, The Mermaid look is all the rage…rightfully so. It’s one part sexy, one part sophisticated and there is no doubt, the boys love this look. A thin layer of lace or chiffon will soften up the cut…

Mermaid

Top Row: Amsale & Elizabeth Fillmore. Bottom Row: Reem Acra & Ramona Keveza

If you choose a mermaid style gown, make sure that the flair happens at the right spot. Choose a high end seamstress to help you make this happen. Otherwise, a too high flair might make your rear look too large…a too low flair might make it difficult to walk.

And alas Spring of 2008 is now upon us with the European Runways just debuting their collections. Our next wedding dress trends article will feature some of the highlights from these gorgeous shows.