Style trends lean­ing to­ward ‘most beau­ti­ful selves’

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In­di­vidual­ity is in when it comes to bridal fash­ion and ac­ces­sories.

“Brides to­day want to look and feel like them­selves — their most beau­ti­ful selves,” says Amy Con­way, edi­tor in chief of Martha Ste­wart Wed­dings. “That means bring­ing their own style into their look. They ’re cus­tomiz­ing with colour or pat­tern, dra­matic jewelry, bold shoes or other ac­ces­sories with per­son­al­ity.”

Some of the new looks:


“This year, em­broi­dered de­tails are a ‘must-have’ style,” says Dayna Isom John­son, a trends ex­pert at She says the site has seen a 40 per cent in­crease in searches for em­broi­dered bridal wear this year.

Flo­ral and ce­les­tial mo­tifs are most pop­u­lar, John­son says, with hand-stitch­ing giv­ing a folksymeets-for­mal fem­i­nine flair.

“The boho-chic look is go­ing strong. High col­lars, long sleeves, lace and flowy skirts all add up to a cool, Cal­i­for­nia-girl vibe,” Con­way says.

Speak­ing of sleeves, Con­way has no­ticed the state­ment sleeve: long bell sleeves or vo­lu­mi­nous puff sleeves. Some are even de­tach­able.

Bridal gown de­sign­ers are think­ing out­side the white lines, of­fer­ing dresses in blush, navy, celadon, peach, vi­o­let and om­bre hues. Vera Wang has gowns in fash­ion­for­ward scar­let, café au lait and even black.

Con­way is also notic­ing a bit of flap­per flair: “Fringe and feath­ers are fun de­tails, es­pe­cially on shorter, flirty dresses that brides are chang­ing into for late-night danc­ing,” she says.

But there’s room for a pared­down look, too. “We’re see­ing a re­turn to sim­plic­ity in some dresses. Clean, vir­tu­ally unadorned de­signs in lux­u­ri­ous fab­rics look el­e­gant and timeless — and put em­pha­sis on the bride,” Con­way says.


Brides with sim­ple, stream­lined gowns are pair­ing them with eye­catch­ing “state­ment” veils, per­haps dressed up with tiny stars or dec­o­ra­tive trims, John­son says.

San­dra Sil­veyra in Van­cou­ver, who calls her stu­dio Olivia the Wolf (“for fun and fear­less brides”), cre­ates un­der­stated hair ac­ces­sories out of seed pearls, brass flow­ers, glass and stone beads.


John­son says searches for bridal capes were up nearly 50 per cent this year. “De­signed for the bride look­ing to stand out, they also pro­vide shoul­der cov­er­age dur­ing a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony, or a quick pre-re­cep­tion change,” she says.

Besides capes and capelets in lace or silky fab­rics, look for mo­tor­cy­cle style jack­ets and sweaters.

Ivy and Aster has a comfy cash­mere wrap sweater in ivory or blush. And Re­becca Schon­eveld of Brook­lyn, N.Y., gives the mod­ern bride a pow­er­ful sil­hou­ette with satin pen­cil skirts, geor­gette capes and soft charmeuse skirts with pock­ets.


One of the hottest jewelry trends, stack­ing rings, is also big in wed­ding world, John­son says.

“Reimag­ined for a mat­ri­mo­nial set­ting, the cus­tom­iz­a­ble sets al­low fash­ion-for­ward brides to mix up their look,” she says. “Cou­ples can mark an­niver­saries and other milestones with spe­cial pieces im­bued with sen­ti­ment.”

Crown of Flight has a sap­phire­and-di­a­mond-en­crusted ring that can fly solo or be stacked with colour­ful sis­ter rings.

Lon­don de­signer Stephen Web­ster of­fers rings shaped like wings or for­get-me-knots.

“Yel­low gold is mak­ing a ma­jor come­back,” Con­way says. “It be­gan even be­fore Prince Harry told the world that it was Meghan Markle’s favourite. Speak­ing of the royal ring, we’ll be see­ing a lot of rings with a pair of round side stones.”

Besides in­ter­est­ing set­tings and shapes, there’s cre­ativ­ity in colour. Pink — home decor and fash­ion’s pet hue — has found a foothold in the en­gage­ment-ring mar­ket. Mor­gan­ite, a min­eral found in pinky hues from blush to salmon, is sell­ing well, ac­cord­ing to Wed­ It’s be­ing placed in rose gold, plat­inum and gold set­tings.

Look for other unique stones, like tour­ma­line, emer­ald, opal, gar­net and geode.

Colleen Banks, jewelry edi­tor and se­nior as­so­ciate style edi­tor at Martha Ste­wart Wed­dings — who is plan­ning her own sum­mer wed­ding — says chan­de­lier ear­rings are back.

‘There’s noth­ing bet­ter than a state­ment earring, es­pe­cially on your wed­ding day,” says Banks.


Banks plans to wear flo­ral print shoes to her wed­ding as part of a flo­ral theme that in­cludes big bou­quets and flo­ral-print brides­maids’ dresses. “I love the trend of brides adding their own per­sonal style through their shoes,” says Banks. “We’re see­ing pom­poms, vel­vets, wild prints, pretty much any­thing.”


Em­bel­lish­ments like the beads, silky threads and se­quins on this silk, chif­fon and tulle gown by Maria Kolo­moi­ets are a big bridal trend.


Envero Jewelry’s del­i­cate set of hand-ham­mered trinity rings and a 14-karat gold band with soli­taire di­a­mond re­flect a trend to­ward unique and more mod­ern bridal jewelry.


Katy Howieson de­signs unique veils, like this fin­ger­tip-length tulle num­ber with a starry trim, at her stu­dio in Eng­land.

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