In 2018 ball gown wedding dresses with full skirts a-la fairy tale princesses are in fashion. Gowns like these never truly go out of vogue, but the addition of a few interesting details turns a classic dress into a fresh modern one. Ukrainian designers at Wedding Fashion Ukraine suggested that the brides move away from understated style with laconic lines and minimum décor and instead offered lace, 3D appliqués, bead embroidery, pearls, sequins, rhinestones, and metallized threads.
A bride in a dress with royal train can only be called Her Majesty.
Main trends of ball gown wedding dresses include illusion neckline, tattoo effect, off-the-shoulder cut, and stand-up collar. They all bring focus to the top of the outfit, which allows variations of image – it is possible to be romantic and gentle, elegant, or majestic. The top of the dress can be made from nude lace with handmade embroidery (Ukrainian embroiderers are universally remarkable), lace patterns or voluminous floral applications.
Nothing says “here comes a true queen” like cape and train. Instead of longs veils designers offer translucent capes masterfully embellished with embroidery, feathers, and lace. Thin veil-like capes can be replaced with more practical ones made from thick fabrics. They can both complete a gorgeous look and bring warmth during cold seasons.
Another alternative to a veil is a hooded cape, like the one popular model Hanne Gaby Odiele, famous for her unique style, wore to her wedding.
If one wants to depart from the majestic royal theme, long trails of thin lace or transparent tulle can be attached to bride’s shoulders. This elegant detail looks especially good in spring and summer, and it is perfect for Boho weddings.
Emphasis on sleeves
Any wedding dress in 2018, be it a simple style or a complex architecture, has an emphasis on sleeves. Some of them even resemble theatrical or historical costumes, but this is an especially chic, even dramatic look for a bride. Ukrainian designers showed voluminous sleeves in their collections, wing-like shapes, puffed sleeves, lush sleeves gathered with elastic bands or cuffs, Juliet’s sleeves, and flared sleeves.
Sleeves in the style of Princess Diana can be treacherous, as they bring volume to the top of the dress, so they should be chosen only by the most delicate brides.
The beauty of the wedding dresses of the coming year is in the way they combine several trends at once. For example, off-the-shoulder dresses look great with extraordinary sleeves – those with drapery, flounces, beaded fringe or ethnic patterns.
Thigh-high slash is one of the sexiest cuts woman’s wardrobe can offer. Celebrities know these dresses ensure they get noticed on the red carpet and enjoy dropping an occasional ‘leg bomb’. If a bride thinks she has what it needs to flash a leg, Ukrainian designers believe she should not hide underneath thick multilayered fabrics. In 2018, a bride can afford to be emancipated and sexy.
A slash can go many ways: thigh-high, center, asymmetrical or on both sides. The most conservative is the center slash, which only slightly lifts the veil of mystery, but it can dangerous if it starts too high. Typical slash starts at the thigh, revealing bride’s slender leg. More frank – cuts on the sides and an asymmetric cut. Asymmetrical slash and slashes on both sides on the dress are the most revealing, with asymmetrical looking good in flowy Boho style dresses and slashes on both sides fitting classic dresses from thick fabrics. Illusion neckline decorated with beads and lace appliqués can enhance the slash.
In 2018 a deep V-neck is au courant. Modest and shy brides are no longer in the spotlight, now striking girls who strive to impress their fiancés impress everyone. V-neckline looks good on brides with perfect shapes, bringing to them all attention at the event. Some designers created cuts so deep that they sometimes reach the waist.
There is a secret to deep cuts, though. They are all actually and illusion, only looking like naked flesh, while in reality all of them are covered with nude lace, allowing the bride to feel comfortable.
Designers suggest not stopping at one deep V-neckline and adding geometric cutouts on the sides.
Bird of Paradise
In 2018 feathers took on the flower 3D applications and became the most popular decor for wedding dresses. The more feathers, the more fashionable an outfit. Designers create capes with trains and skirts fully adorned with feathers. Such gowns resemble the characters from the Game of Thrones series. There is something wild, forbidden, unattainable in wedding dresses with feathers, as if a bride really transforms into an exotic bird, ready to fulfil a wish. Even some feathers that decorate a stand-up collar, sleeves, or the hem of the dress give a tender, romantic vibe, while a girl who puts on a dress fully embroidered with feathers becomes majestic and imperious.