8 Popular Dress Styles

Sleeves, peplums, colors, illusion necklines and short dresses are just a few of the latest styles arriving from runways to shops near you.


The classic look of buttons is back in style. This satin mermaid features lace and hand-beaded detailing along the sweetheart neckline and a thin sash that cinches the waist. Buttons gracefully adorn the zipper and train. Pictured with optional corded lace jacket. From the fall 2013 Moonlight Bridal collection.


Lace has never really been out of favor, but it's all the rage right now when it comes to gowns. This trumpet gown has a Queen Anne lace build-up with a keyhole back. This style is adorned with soft venise lace appliques and buttons along the zipper closure. From the fall 2013 Moonlight Bridal collection.


Lace combined with other materials – like tulle – is also a popular look. This tulle fit-and-flare is accented with delicate beaded embroidered lace appliques on the bodice and sleeves. The neckline dips into a soft sweetheart and transitions to a low back with scalloped lace details. From the fall 2013 Moonlight Bridal collection.



Vintage-style dresses with high necks and figure-hiding silhouettes are gaining in popularity. This romantic gown features floral embroidery and intricate cutwork, designed by Collette Dinnigan. Clean lines, crisp cap sleeves and a single box pleat at the waist sharpen the understated elegance of a throwback silhouette fashioned from ivory organza. Exclusive to BHLDN.



Peplums (a short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waist) are appearing in large numbers on runways. This is the Kensington style, a silk taffeta strapless trumpet gown, from Amsale.



Credit Kate Middleton with bringing back sleeves. Many designers are leaving strapless styles behind and are now choosing three-quarter and full-length sleeves. Illusion necklines, like the one on this Azura gown by Alyne Bridal, are also still very much in style.


Some designers are eschewing traditional white for colors like pale pink. Other colors popping up on runways include blue, purple, gray and nude. This blush gown was created by Vera Wang.


Shorter lengths are starting to gain popularity with brides who want a more casual or warmer seasons look. This strapless Steven Birnbaum dress features a sweetheart neckline, silk twill drop waist and a silk chiffon rose skirt.

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