Ballgown, mermaid, sheath, fit and flare — shopping for a wedding dress can be an overwhelming experience, to say the least. (And those are just the silhouettes. We haven't even gotten to necklines, fabrics and details like lace, beading, slits, separates and, oh, you get the point.)
To help you narrow down your options, we asked two West Coast wedding-dress pros about this year's biggest bridal looks. From surprisingly sophisticated puff sleeves to billowing streamers, here's what to consider if you're saying "I do" in 2020 and beyond.
Big sleeve energy
Tessa Crowe, head stylist at Vancouver’s Everly Fine Bridal, admits West Coast brides lean more toward the practical side but there’s one frilly detail they’ve been gravitating toward for 2020: puff sleeves. “A lot of the dresses that we're seeing have a removable sleeve — something you can wear for half the night and then go sleeveless for the rest,” she says.
Two looks for the price of one? Count us on board — and not only because your arms will be freed up to break it down on the dancefloor once the time comes. “It’s a little bit of a different look and it’s just for comfort as well,” says Crowe. “So when the reception happens and you want to dance … you’ll be able to move your arms.”
Alena Leena Hedera Dress, $2,500 at Everly Fine Bridal.
Emmy Mae Bridal Hazel Dress, $2,200 at Everly Fine Bridal.
Alena Leena Begonia Dress, $2,500 at Everly Fine Bridal.
High and low
Add a little interest — and a little leg — to your wedding ensemble with a high-low hemline, a trend that’s been embraced by international brands like Vagabond Bridal and Rebecca Schoneveld.
Crowe says the subtle detail is great for minimalist brides who also appreciate the small details. (As well as anyone who wants to show off a killer pair of heels.) “You can do the high-low hemline and still have a dress feel very simple at the same time,” she says.
Rebecca Schoneveld Clara Dress, $3,100 at Everly Fine Bridal.
Vagabond Bridal Windsor Dress, $3,300 at Everly Fine Bridal.
Rebecca Schoneveld Prieto Dress, $2,400 at Everly Fine Bridal.
Floral appliques have been hit in the bridal world for a few years now but, this year, it’s all about how and where they’re blooming. Natasha Savas, sales manager at Bisou Bridal, suggests looking for romantic floral patterns that are “more spaced out” for a modern look.
She says floral appliques that cascade through a gown’s waist and onto the skirt are particularly popular because they create the illusion of a longer, leaner middle section. “The girls are just absolutely loving that look — anything that's going to accentuate the length of their torso,” she says.
Berta Bridal Fiona Dress, $8,160 at Bisou Bridal.
Galia Lahav Gia Dress, $14,700 at Bisou Bridal.
Berta Bridal 20-105 Dress, $9,860 at select retailers.
Not into traditional veils but love the idea of delicate tulle or chiffon trailing behind you as you walk down the aisle? Consider streamers: long detachable pieces of sheer fabric that tie at a dress’s shoulders and drape behind you like a train.
Savas calls the look a “new and fresh take” on the veil. “There’s a feminine touch to it. It’s an alternative to a veil without the commitment of having something in the hair,” she says. “And they look amazing in photos when the wind picks them up.”
Galia Lahav G-104 Dress, $9,760 at Bisou Bridal.
Ines Di Santo Alyne Dress, $4,860 at Bisou Bridal.
Monique Lhuillier Westwood Dress, $14,500 at Bisou Bridal.