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2012 Wedding Dress Trends

01/24/2012

With thousands of combinations of wedding dresses to choose from, finding the perfect dress for your big day can be just a little overwhelming! Style editor of CS Brides, Isaiah Freeman-Schub, helped fill us in on the hottest styles for 2012.

For more from Isaiah and CS Brides, make sure to check out www.csbrides.com

TREND: CLEAN & ARCHITECTURAL

This one is not only a trend, but a great go-to style for many brides. If you favor modern, simple lines in your everyday wear, Amsale is a perfect designer to start with when searching for your bridal gown. Her dresses are feminine without being fussy.
The Dress: Hampton One-Shoulder Trumpet Gown in Silk Wool by Amsale, $4,400
Available at: Belle Vie Bridal Couture (34 East Oak Street), www.belleviebridalcouture.com

TREND: BIG LACE

Lace is nothing new when it comes to wedding dresses, but we're seeing magnified, exaggerated versions this season. It's a way to make a big floral statement without looking too "vintage". Oscar de la Renta does it best, but other designers are experimenting with these large lace elements, too.
The Dress: Silk Taffeta Ball gown with Guipure Lace Bodice by Oscar de la Renta, Skirt: $3,990 / Corset: $2,390
Available at: Ultimate Bride (106 East Oak St.), www.ultimatebride.com

TREND: ETHEREAL GODDESS

Who wouldn't want to feel like a goddess on her wedding day? Light, airy gowns like this one from Palazzo help you virtually float through your reception from one well-wisher to another.
The Dress: Meredith Gown in Silk Chiffon by Palazzo, $2,790
Available at: Palazzo Salon (49 East Oak St.), www.palazzobridal.com

TREND: SHORT MOD

This kick-up-your-heels dress from Kate Spade is just pure fun. Definitely for the younger bride, the Mod look is perfect for a casual garden wedding or even a rehearsal dinner.
The Dress: Short Dress with Pearl Neckline by Kate Spade Wedding Bells, $425
Available at: Nordstrom Wedding Suite (55 E. Grand Ave.), shop.nordstrom.com/c/wedding-shop

TREND: COUTURE FANTASY

Talk about show-stopping! Vera Wangthe reigning queen of fantasy bridal gowns--delivers a truly stunning gown. Couture elements like pleating and dimensional appliqués popped up all over the spring runways from uber-luxe designers and more affordable ones alike.
The Dress: Vera Wang gown, $9,600
Available at: Vera Wang (945 North Rush St.), www.VeraWang.com

About Isaiah Freeman-Schub
An ardent fashionisto since childhood, Isaiah got his feet wet at Modern Luxury while completing his studies at DePaul University in Chicago. In his current role as Fashion Associate he conceptualizes fashion pages and produces feature photo shoots. Each season he spots the latest trends at New York Bridal Market and brings them to the chic Chicago bride.
www.csbrides.com

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