Bridal Fashion Week has come and gone (almost like 2017!), and with it we've gotten a peek at the wedding dress styles to expect in the coming year. Some 2017 trends will make their way into 2018 and may just become as classic as white lace and some have reinvented themselves by putting a twist on what we've come to expect.
Get excited because 2018 wedding dresses have something for every kind of bride, whether she's saying I do at a chic civil ceremony or reciting her vows in a charming rustic barn.
Scroll down for 5 of the most standout wedding dress trends for 2018.
Cover Ups: Princess Capes, Wedding Jackets
In 2017 we saw the rise of cover ups like shrugs, boleros, and capelets. 2018 will usher in all of those things, as well as full length princess capes and cloaks. These beauties fasten at the neck and flow all the way down to the floor, giving the bride a fairy tale princess look. Princess capes are perfect for winter brides, and they can also be worn as an alternative to a train or veil.
Another trend we saw down the bridal show runways was wedding jackets. These add a cool and casual element to any kind of wedding gown, whether it's a bohemian lace dress or a long, silk number. If you love the look, but don't want to wear one down the aisle, just pop it over your dress during the reception or wear it for some fab photos with your bridesmaids (bonus if they have matching jackets!).
Sleeves: Detachable, Shoulder Bows
Sleeves, whether short, long, or adorned have seen the spotlight over the past couple of years. Brides are loving the look and appreciate a style other than strapless. But what about the bride who wants something in-between? Sure, the off-the-shoulder look is pretty hot, but designers have taken it one step further by creating detachable sleeves. That way, you can don the sleeves during the ceremony and whip them off for the reception. Or vice versa!
Photo by FirstView via Martha Stewart Weddings
Shoulder bows also made their way down the catwalk. It's a simple adornment, but can make a statement when paired with a dress that's more minimalist.
Length: Tea Length, Mini, Jump/Pant Suits, Shorts
David's Bridal Mini Lace Dress via Brides
Brides who want to bare just a little to a lot have plenty of wedding dress options. And some aren't even dresses! Mid-length will have a major moment come 2018 with pant suits, shorts (think shorts underneath illusion fabric hi-low skirts), and even mini skirts following behind. These lengths definitely aren't for everyone, but the fact that they are an option is great for brides who want to move away from traditional hems.
Color: Shades of Pink and Nude
Oksana Mukha Wedding Dress via Deer Pearl Flowers
The 2017 blush and blue trends still had their moments on the 2018 bridal runways, but other shades of pink, and even nude, made an appearance. Peachy and pearl pinks are a great alternative to classic whites in that they aren't too in-your-face, and nude looks gorgeous on any skin tone.
For brides who want to keep their wedding look chic, clean, and simple, a minimalist gown is the perfect choice. That's not to say she can't elevate her style with statement jewelry or heels. Minimalism can be a blank canvas for a bolder look or gorgeous on its own.