Fashion Insider Special: Bridal Trends

February 2012

In the aftermath of Valentine's Day, plenty of happy couples are walking around with the we-just-got-engaged glow. And on the heels of that delirium comes—gulp—wedding planning. But ladies, let's be honest: Who can obsess over details before locking in the perfect dress? The stress of finding just the right gown for that special day can overwhelm any bride, but the Insider has come to the rescue with a roundup of our favorite bridal trends of the season. Happy hunting, ladies!

Art Deco

The yet-to-be-released remake of The Great Gatsby has already impacted fashion, with the 1920s popping up as a major trend on both spring and bridal runways. Look for details like geometric seaming and intricate, yet delicate deco-inspired beading. Jenny Packham Couture Bridal Collection Damask beaded tulle over silk charmeuse gown with Swarovski jewel detail (pictured left), $5,390, available exclusively at Little White Dress, 3420 W. 32nd Ave., 303-814-8972, lwdbridal.com

Fit & Flare

For girls raised on Cinderella, a ballgown will always be the top choice in wedding style. But the more contemporary bride will appreciate this season's sleek dress silhouettes cut close to the body, and the added drama of a contrasting flared skirt. Paloma Blanca Classic Collection gown with strapless crossover ruched tunic bodice and silk dupioni flower skirt (pictured right), $2,850, Bea’s Bridal Nook, 2800 E. Sixth Ave., 303-333-4588, beasbridalnook.com

Lace

A favorite of brides since Queen Victoria's day, lace has been turning heads even more in the post-Kate Middleton/royal wedding world. But if you want to keep your look more glam and less modest, go with a strapless dress and keep your accessories modern. Tara Keely ivory lace trumpet bridal gown with strapless sweetheart corset bodice, silk organza floral belt at natural waist, scalloped hem, and chapel train (pictured left), $2,185, Blue Bridal Boutique, 500 16th St., Suite 222, 303-446-2583, bluegowns.com

Texture

Embellishment options aside from beading and embroidery are big this season. Using materials like tulle, organza, and horsehair, designers whipped up frothy, yet modern silhouettes with draped, shaped, and even gently distressed detailing. Vera Wang Luxe strapless veiled mermaid Juliet gown with Chantilly lace appliqué and cascading eyelash flange on train (pictured above), $11,900, available exclusively at Anna Bé, 1575 Boulder St., 720-855-1111, anna-be.com