Dress to Impress
So many dresses, so many choices, so little time! If you want some style inspiration before you make one of the biggest clothing purchases you will ever make, then check out our top trends for 2012.
One Shoulder Elegance
Choosing a one shoulder dress is perfect for a bride who feels insecure in a strapless dress. The asymmetrical neckline adds a touch of elegance and can add a real statement to a simple gown
DRESS BY JUSTIN ALEXANDER, STYLE NUMBER 8528
Lace it up
Lace is everywhere on brides dresses this year, and there is no doubting it is a style which is still heavily influenced by Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding stunner last year. How you work lace is entirely up to your personal taste – you can choose to have a gown created entirely from lace, or like Kate choose only to use it to highlight a particular area of your body.
DRESS BY SWEETHEART GOWNS, STYLE NUMBER 5975
A truly elegant gown that can really enhance the curves of the hourglass – however be warned if you want to hide your hips then steer clear of this style of dress!
DRESS BY ELLIS BRIDAL, STYLE NUMBER 11276
If you are dreaming of a fairy tale wedding then a ball gown wedding dress is the only choice to make you feel like a princess. This style has a tight fitting bodice with boning and a full skirt.
DRESS AVAILABLE FROM CHANTILLY LACE, BRIDAL BOUTIQUE, LURGAN AND ENNISKILLEN
Two into one
Becoming increasingly popular are convertible wedding dresses. Some come with a billowing dress but include a detachable train, others have intricate jackets than can be removed as the day goes on, or even ones where the style changes completely going from a long to a shorter (more danceable) gown underneath. (Detachable train can also be worn as a veil – example above)
DRESS AVAILABLE FROM McELHINNEY’S DEPARTMENT STORE, BALLYBOFEY
Vintage is a massive trend with brides at the minute. And while many brides would love the chance to wear an ‘original’ vintage gown they can be very difficult and expensive to source. But don’t despair many designers have managed to recreate this look in their modern gowns which are widely available.
DRESS BY JUSTIN ALEXANDER, STYLE NUMBER 8628