I don’t know about you but when I find the time to scroll through Pinterest, I somehow grativate to a lot of wedding dress photos, looking at all of the infinitesmal details that, to me, make each dress so special and unique. There are those details that I like better than others, but when I like a detail, I love the detail. Below I’ve shared 10 wedding dress details that have caught my eye.
1. Cowl Neckline
I’ve seen this style mostly on bridesmaid gowns in the past, but lately this wedding dress detail has been popping up on some seriously beautiful wedding dresses. Perfect for those slinky, slip-like gowns with spaghetti straps and made with a silk crepe fabric that just drapes beautifully, the cowl neckline is for the bride whose style aligns with old, classic Hollywood with a modern twist to it. I’d even say it has a ’90s nostalgia to it, going back to Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s wedding dress. So simple, yet so beautiful. I’ve seen the cowl necklines on both the front of the dress and on the back of the dress, allowing more exposure of one’s back. Each style is dramatically unique and unbelievably breathtaking.
2. Victorian-Style Buttons
Such a simple and dainty wedding dress detail that I envision for my own dress one day, these small buttons typically come down half way or almost all the way down the back of the dress (as seen below). Another older tradition crafted into a modern style, these, what I call Victorian-inspired, buttons are for those brides who embrace life’s simplest pleasures. Like buttons trailing down a wedding gown. I love the look of this detail; it draws the eye exactly where it is supposed to and takes a simple gown to a whole new level of elegance.
3. Hint Of Colour
When I think colourful wedding dresses, the first dress that comes to mind is Alexandra Grecco’s Wilder Gown, an absolutely magical gown perfectly situated in her collection entitled, The Magic Hour. This dress might just be one of the most beautiful creations I’ve ever seen, with its see-through bodice and subtle lavender flower overlay. If I was getting married right now, this would be my dress, or a top contender. Alexandra Grecco is an aficionado at what she does and creates some of the simplest yet most divine, scrumptious pieces I’ve ever seen. Aside from this dress, my absolute favourite piece of hers is a toss-up between the Quinn Jacket or the Venice Capelet, both of which are meant to go over your dress. The former is peppered with delicate pearls, while the latter has a ’70s kimono vibe to it. Each collection is made with a different vision in mind, and is just as beautiful as the last. If you are looking to step outside of the box on your wedding day, I encourage you to take a chance and try on some coloured dresses. Think light lavender or blush to add a subtle touch of magic to your special day!
4. Midi Hemline
Whenever I thought of formal midi-length dresses, all that came to mind were ‘cutesy’ tea dresses, and I wasn’t a major fan of them as dresses, let alone as wedding gowns. However, there’s been a resurgence of the midi dress in the last few years, but not ones that are poofy and made of taffeta, but rather sleek and flattering. The midi dress nowadays is sophisticated and elegant, a train I seldom believed midi dresses could be years ago. This hem looks beautiful on all brides and is a perfect complement to a simple white or nude heel. My style inspo these days for such a dress is a ’90s strappy heel or a nude pointed-toe. Midi wedding dresses have never looked so good as in 2019.
5. Wide Scoop Neckline
The big sister of necklines, the wide scoop neckline is a wedding dress detail that is dramatic in its own way. You might see the wide scoop on princess gowns, but, in my opinion, the most beautiful dresses that have this neckline are those that are form-fitting, creating a corset-like bodice but waaay more elegant. If I could describe this dress in two words they would be “subtle drama”; as oxymoronic as that may sound, this is a dress that speaks volumes.
6. Two Piece
I’ve seen this trend popping up everywhere these days. A new twist on tradition, two piece gowns typically have a fuller skirt and a tighter cropped top. For the bride who loves to break fashion rules, this wedding dress detail is for you. Forget a traditional wedding gown and wear a top and skirt combo — or better yet, a top and pant/pant suit combo. I seriously respect those who subvert stereotypes and express themselves their own way, through fashion.
I am all for showing off your back and your beautiful back muscles. Less of a traditional dress, but ever beautiful, backless dresses are daring and fierce. They are bold and dramatic, and I love everything about them. If you want to go a bit out of our comfort zone, try a backless or low back dress and let your daring side come out. 😉
I mentioned this above and while it’s not technically a wedding dress detail, it’s most definitely part of the wedding dress outfit. In fact, I would argue that it entirely completes the outfit. Imagine a slinky spaghetti strap dress with a capelet like Alexandra Grecco’s Venice Capelet over top. I would feel all kinds of romantic. Just replace the first ‘e’ in Capelet with a ‘u’ and you get Capulet, paying homage to Juliet Capulet of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. At the same time, it’s also very much 1970s-inspired, with its kimono flow and chiffon-like fabric. It’s very Stevie Nicks, too. Juliet Capulet. Stevie Nicks. Very different times and yet, both show up in this piece. I love everything about this capelet and would probably wear it before, during and after my wedding day if I could.
9. Puff Sleeves
Perhaps one of the more dramatic evolutions from one era to another, the puffy sleeve has quickly become something that can be seen as elegant in the right proportion. Despite puffy sleeves being larger in proportion to begin with than the rest of the dress, there are those dresses (see below) that have transformed puffy sleeves into something so unbelievably chic. I would wear this dress in a heartbeat because it pays homage to so many different eras while also being modern and classic.
10. Pantsuit, Pantsuit, Pantsuit
I had to throw this wedding dress detail in here. Not a typical detail in the sense of buttons or lace, but a large detail that completely transforms the look and stereotype of a wedding day outfit. I am all for pantsuits for any event and for a wedding I feel no different. This is a bold look and so beautiful; there’s something about a woman wearing a pantsuit that just screams confidence and assertiveness. It’s sexy! If you really want to try something different, look for the pantsuits at your wedding outfit appointment.