Happy New Year, ya'll! I hope 2015 was a beautiful year for you, and 2016 brings all your wedding dreams to life!
The holidays always bring a HUGE surge of engagements every year. If you're one of those newly engaged couples you're probably in overdrive trying to figure out this year's latest wedding trends. We're dedicating an entire series to helping you identify these trends. We'll feature apparel, decor & design , florals, and then we'll finish up with an inspiration piece on the Pantone Color(s) of the Year: Serenity & Rose Quartz. Our goal is to help you save time and your sanity by putting it all within easy reach. Aren't we sweet? ;)
Today's post is all about apparel - for gorgeous brides, dapper gents, and beautiful bridesmaids, so let's get started.
For 2016, dress designers are pulling out all the stops! Whether you're a classic, romantic, or modern bride, this year's dresses have something for everyone. Think 3-D floral appliques, feathers, and layers - anything that adds soft dimension to the dress is on point for 2016. The feather movement is a particular favorite of mine, and designers featured them on the waistlines, hemlines, even as a detail on peplums.
You'll also see a lot of sensuality in this year's dresses - plunging necklines and thigh-high splits add to the over-the-top feeling, but it's also softened by the flow of beautiful fabrics like silk, organza, and tulle.
Suits are still going to have a relatively slim cut, so stick with that silhouette if you have the proportions to pull it off. Though the overall shape is slim, pants are looking slightly fuller, which is great for guys with bigger builds. Cuffs are also making a comeback, but you'll only want to go for this look if you're on the taller side. If you aren't sure what cut works best on your body type, visit a tailor that specializes in men's custom suits.
For formal weddings, the tux is still king! Opt for wool in navy, charcoal, or black for the most up-to-date (yet still classic) looks. For summer weddings, linen blends are a perennial favorite as long as they match the formality of your wedding. Plaids & tweeds will also be particularly popular, just make sure that the pattern is subtle and doesn't visually compete with the rest of your look.
Gone are the days when your 'maids are all forced to wear a dress with one cut or color. How boring! Let them customize their dresses to their hearts' content (as long as it complements your color palette and design theme of course).
For 2016, think soft, flowy, and romantic dresses with lots of options for your sleeves and necklines. Think off-the-shoulder, one-shoulder, flutter sleeves or cap sleeves in sheer, almost gossamer, fabrics. Sequins and watercolors are still completely on trend and you can NEVER go wrong with vintage inspired pieces.
Now, keep in mind that these are TRENDS. Our advice is to use the individual apparel elements that work best with your wedding's color palette, style, and design theme. Don't feel pressured to incorporate all of this into your wedding if you're not sure how it will work. Or better yet, collaborate with your planner and designer about it and let them point you in the best direction.
Our next entry in the 2016 Trends series is decor & design and we think you're gonna love it! There's so much to talk about. See you soon. :) In the meantime, if you want to chat or set up your complimentary consultation, contact us today!