Trends: Dress the Part

Feel gorgeously ladylike in looks inspired by the Spring 2014 bridal collections



Under Cover The sartorial solution for chic winter weddings? A statement cloak ensemble à la Theia’s bateau-neck sheath and cropped cape in silk fil coupé jacquard (from left to right), Angel Sanchez’s sleek gown with beaded embroidery bodice and attached crepe cape, and Monique Lhuillier’s ethereal silk crepe seamed dress and subtly sleeved cape.




On the Rise Midcentury calf-skimming dresses are making a cosmopolitan comeback. Show a little leg in Heidi Elnora’s silk taffeta high-low number (from left), Ivy & Aster’s fitted Battenburg lace frock, or Marchesa’s floral texture gown. Many gowns can be altered in this silhouette; chat with bridal boutique consultants about options.





Flounce Back Full, layered skirts aren’t just for Southern belles and ’80s prom queens: new tiered styles are elegant and origami-like: e.g., Marchesa’s ruched tulle style (from left), Rivini’s sheer sheath with faille overskirt, and Yumi Katsura’s silk satin organza ball gown. Consider creating custom layers with Kimmi Designs.





High Fives Take a cue from Marilyn Monroe or Karl Lagerfeld and don a pair of dramatic gloves. Leather, lace, sheer, and fingerless designs were shown at Vera Wang (from left), Elizabeth Fillmore, and Oscar de la Renta. Vintage and antique stores are treasure troves of such accessories; so are Dolce Bleu and A Princess Bride Couture.