Winter Wedding Dress Trends to Watch in 2017

With January coming to a close and the coldest month of the year around the corner, this is often the perfect time of the year to do your dress shopping if you’re getting married in the winter or spring. After all, with the lower temperatures that come with this time of the year, you want your dress to be as comfortable as it is breathtaking. Below, we break down some of the major dress trends to keep an eye out for this season, with exposed skin being the big overarching trend of the year.

As 2016 saw a rise in plunging necklines and 3D floral blooms that adorned dresses from Oscar de la Renta and Marchesa, this year is seeing a refinement of a number of last year’s trend. Firstly, you’ll likely be seeing more dresses that will leave your shoulders exposed or show off more skin than your mother’s wedding dress did. After all, the off-the-shoulders trend has been rocking the fashion runways for several seasons, so it was only a matter of time before it trickled down to the wedding world.

Of course, the off-the-shoulder trend has also given way to the rise of toppers like Oscar de la Renta’s bomber jackets, caplets, ponchos, and even boleros! Of course, while you may be cringing at reading those words and imagining them as you walk down the aisle, when you see a fur-covered bomber jacket, you might think twice about your presumptions about this trend.

Another recurring trend that we’ve been seeing on and off the runway is oversized bows with Caroline Herrera, Sachin & Babin, and Oscar de la Renta all making use of oversized bows as waist details, sleeve additions, or in some cases, affixed to jewelry!

Finally, what about those brides’ who wish to break with tradition and not wear white? Designers are increasingly creating options for those polychromatic brides who carry the Pantone book like a bible. Rose Quartz and Serenity, which is a light blue, are two colors that have seen a major resurgence and thus if you want to step outside of the box and try something truly different, consider going through the Pantone book and identifying which color tones match your personality.

By embracing exposed skin, toppers, oversized bows, and colors—though do not do this all within the same dress!—you will stay trendy this winter while taking the breath away from your friends and family.