Beautiful 2016 Wedding Dress Trends Part 2

In the second part of our Wedding Dress Trend Report for 2016 (see the first part here), we highlight some of the beautiful trends that will rock the bridal world in this year:

Powdered Hues + Metallics

A marriage of two beautiful details — blush, champagne or other light, pastel tones + metallic embroidery, lace or bold crystal embellishments — make for a stunningly unforgettable gown.

Pants and other shorts stories…

When is a wedding dress not a wedding dress? When it’s a top and pants combo, of course! Bridal pants and jumpsuits get the couture runway treatment with voluminous skirts and trains.

tony ward 2016 bridal strapless straight across neckline pants with a line overskirt alba

For fashion forward brides, channel Olivia Palermo with lace shorts or rompers with over skirts.

Colors Galore

Yes, colored wedding dresses are nothing new, and blush gowns have been an obsession here at WIHQ for some time now. For 2016, the palette is expanded further to include a wider variety of cooler tones, bold reds, iridescent colors, painterly effects, and prints, both delicate and bold.

Laces for days...

All over lace gowns, including the use heavier guipure and crocheted lace. Lace on lace ensembles (lace top + lace skirt) were also seen on a number of bridal runways.

... and bold embroidered detailing

Minimalist Gowns

Fans of wedding dresses with clean and modern lines, take heart. Many 2016 offerings feature gorgeously constructed, minimally embellished gowns with back details that wow.

pronovias 2016 bridal gowns bateau neckline chic sheath wedding dress cap sleeves style valeria

This chic short sleeve gown by Pronovias features a stunning keyhole back detail.

Cage Skirts

A soft, modern day take on the crinoline, this detail puts the spotlight on the underlying structure of a ball gown skirt.

Bohemian Influence

From bell & flutter sleeves, to relaxed, unlined and unstructured gowns, the boho chic style is more ubiquitous than ever in 2016.

Return to Tradition

Call it the Kate Middleton effect, but many of the celebrities who got married in 2015 donned gowns with long sleeves -- from Whitney Port's Ashi Studio to Allison Wilson's Oscar de la Renta; Nicky Hilton's Valentino to Geri Haliwell's Phillipa Lepley, and Princess Sofia Hellqvist's Ida Sjöstedt --  in a style reminiscent of the Alexander McQueen bridal gown worn by the Duchess of Cambridge (which in turn was inspired by Grace Kelly's wedding dress).

With so many styles and silhouettes to choose from, the bride looking for a classic look is spoiled for choice in 2016.

Want more beautiful inspiration? Don't miss the first part of our Bridal Trend Report for 2016.

You can also check out these posts for more gorgeous inspiration:

Top 100 Wedding Dresses Part 1: Ball Gown & A-Line Gowns
Top 100 Wedding Dresses Part 2: Sheaths, Fit/Flares, Trumpets, Mermaids
Top 50 Bridal Collections in 2015: Popular Collections on Wedding Inspirasi
The Hottest 2015 Wedding Dress Trends: Last Year's Bridal Trends

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