Bridal Gown Trends of 2008
Bridal gowns have seen many different styles, colors, shapes and sizes. Traditional gowns are very lavish and full while modern gowns offer more movement and have contour shapes to accentuate the bride with ease. Popular wedding gown trends in 2008 follow a very simple pattern of elegance and intimacy expressed in this year’s bridal flowers, reception decorations, and ceremony and reception music.
So what’s hot and what’s not this year? What’s in and what’s out in 2008? Easy! For bridal gowns, this is what’s in.
- Short Skirts: Longer tea-length to mini micro
- Color: Soft muted shades of pink, blue, silver and gold or bright yellow all-over, green and magenta accents.
- Bold Straps: Key-hole halters, off-the-shoulder, tank straps, or beaded double straps.
- Flared Skirts: Trumpets, mermaids, dropped waists with fluted skirts, A-line and modified A-line.
- Flowers as Accessories: Silk blooms incorporated onto the shoulder, the waist, the small of the back, or across a bodice.
- Flowing Fabrics: Chiffon, tulle, or organza in layers, ruffles, and tiers.
- Sheer Fabrics: Tulle or organza overlays.
The days of full, heavy skirts and extended trains are over. Brides now prefer dresses that accentuate the figure and allow carefree movement from the altar to the dance floor. So what’s out this year? What styles should be avoided? Bridal gown trends of 2008 suggest that these trends are definitely out.
- Long, draped, heavy skirts: Traditional skirts of heavy materials that restrict movement.
- Creams, dusty whites: Stark whites and off-whites are acceptable instead.
- Plain straps, around-the-neck halters: Sleeves, bulky or thick straps.
- Pencil skirts, restrictive skirts of any kind: Any shape that reduces movement or dramatizes unflattering shapes.
- Flowers strictly for decoration: Flowers now have a place in the up-do, along the dress, and in the bouquet.
- Heavy, stiff fabrics with little to no movement or ability to "breathe": Taffeta, and others.