Dress trends: sleeves, colorful gowns and bateau neckline

Embrace sleeves, raise the hemline, pop the champagne and party like it’s 1925

Gowns in colors like pink, blue, red and even black have appeared on runways for a number of seasons, and the fashion world trend is beginning to show up in actual weddings — especially pink. Leading the way in colorful dresses is Vera Wang, whose fall 2014 bridal collection featured all pink gowns including bright shades of petal, rose, coral and peony. Here are a couple of ideas for incorporating color without abandoning traditional white (or ivory): for brides who want a different dress for the reception, why not choose white for the ceremony and pink for the reception? Neck-to-toe color isn’t the only option­ — some gowns come with pops of color via overlays, sashes, trim or tulle under the skirt.

Sleeves — especially lace ones — are here to stay. A variety of lengths are widely available at bridal salons, including cap, three-quarter and even full-length. Sleeves in combination with shorter gowns are also increasingly popular. Though many designers market them as rehearsal dinner or reception dresses, brides are choosing them for ceremonies as well. Encore by Watters (watters.com/CollectionHome/Encore) has a large number of dresses in this style.

The strapless gown has lost a bit of its stranglehold on bridal fashion. In addition to sleeves, the bateau neckline (a high, wide neckline that extends to the shoulders) is becoming popular with designers and brides alike. It still leaves the arms bared but offers something a little different than straps or a halter. You’ll find it in combination with all lengths of dresses.

Shorter gown: Dress style Tikka from Encore by Watters
The bateau neckline: Ballgown with Swarovski crystals and pearls by Allure Bridals


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