Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life. You get to marry the love of your life in the dress of your dreams. Plus, you’re surrounded by your best girlfriends who are helping you get married!
You’ve put a lot of work into making sure you look stunning on your big day. But, you also want your bridesmaids to look stunning so they feel confident walking you down the aisle.
One of the easiest ways to make your bridesmaids feel beautiful on your wedding day is to help them pick stunning bridesmaids dresses. To do that, you need to be on top of the bridesmaid trends for dresses in 2018!
Check out some of the top bridesmaid trends for 2018 below.
If you’ve been perusing bridal magazines, stalking wedding photographers on Insta, and pinning like a fiend, you’ve likely noticed the trend of mismatched bridesmaids dresses.
This trend started a couple of years ago and will continue to be one of the stronger bridesmaid trends for the coming year.
Brides choose mismatched bridesmaids dresses for a couple of reasons. First, when executed well, it looks amazing in photographs. Second, it allows your bridesmaids to choose styles and colors that look best for their bodies and skin tones.
The key to planning mismatched dresses for your bridal party is you can’t give your bridesmaids complete free rein. You do have to put some rules in place to ensure everyone looks cohesive on your wedding day.
There are four elements to consider in a bridesmaid dress: neckline, hem length, color palette, and material.
Decide on two elements you want to be consistent across your bridesmaids’ dresses and let them go from there.
Halter and One-Shoulder Necklines
Halter necklines are going to be widely present in weddings in 2018. It’s a neckline that works for many body types thanks to its ability to create curves that aren’t there or flaunt curves that are.
This type of neckline is also ideal for brides or bridesmaids who don’t want to fuss over too much jewelry. Halter necklines look fantastic with statement earrings and no necklace.
One-shoulder necklines grew in popularity in 2017 and will continue to be popular well into 2018. They are an elegant option for any bridal party.
Designers have also stretched their creative muscles to go beyond the clean-cut one-shoulder neckline we’re used to seeing. In 2018, you’ll see one-shoulder designs ranging from delicate straps in the back to gathered material to drape at the shoulder.
High Slits, Flowy Tops, and Wrap Dresses
Floor-length bridesmaid dresses aren’t new, but they’re taking on a sexier look in 2018. High slits up long gowns will give the nod to sexy without being too over the top.
Strappy high-heeled sandals like ones from Rachel Simpson will look amazing with high-slit dresses. However, you should keep your wedding venue in mind. You don’t want your bridesmaids sinking into the ground if your venue is outdoors.
Flowy dress tops are also going to be one of the big bridesmaid trends for 2018. Flowy tops are an easy way to add a unique component to an otherwise simple silhouette.
Many designers have also included many wrap dresses in their 2018 collections. Wrap dresses are known for being universally flattering and look beautiful in cocktail length and floor-length.
Two-Piece Dresses and Flutter Sleeves
Two-piece dresses have been popping up more in wedding dress and bridesmaid dress designs. We’ll admit, it takes a daring bride and bridesmaid to wear a two-piece dress.
Two-piece dresses are a great option when you’re having a not-so-traditional wedding with a younger crowd. You can also mix and match tops with skirts to create the look you want. For example, a lace top with a tulle skirt creates a more romantic vibe.
Flutter sleeves add a vintage touch to bridesmaid dresses. They pair beautifully with floral patterns and feminine metallic patterns.
Lace, Velvet, and Sparkles
There will plenty of textural elements to pick from in bridesmaids dresses in 2018.
You’ll notice many dresses with lace details either covering the entire dress or in the bodice. Lace is a great option for brides or bridesmaids who don’t want a dress that’s too glitzy.
We’re going to get a blast from the past with the popular ’90s style of velvet. Velvet dresses in darker jewel tones will be widely used in fall and winter weddings in 2018.
Sequins and sparkles never really seem to go out of style. More brides are choosing glittery bridesmaids dresses ranging from small, sparkle patterns to full-length sequin dresses.
Sparkly dresses are perfect for any time of year and work well for evening weddings.
Nostalgia Rose and Jewel Tones
Blush has long been the go-to color for many bridesmaids. But, it’s finally time for blush to give way to a new, more vibrant classic color.
Nostalgia Rose is the new “it” color for designers of bridesmaids dresses. It’s a richer pink with some purple undertones.
This new color will make it more extendable into different seasons. Previously, blush could only work in spring and summer, but Nostalgia Rose is rich enough that it can work for any season.
Another popular color set that’s finally made its way into the wedding world is jewel tones. These colors have been widely used in daily fashion by designers at J. Crew and Banana Republic.
Jewel tones are your ultra-rich and deep natural colors. You’ll see dark emerald greens, rich mustard yellows, and deep ruby reds as you shop for bridesmaids dresses. These colors will look fantastic for a fall or winter wedding, especially if it’s in an outdoor setting.
Are You Excited About the 2018 Bridesmaid Trends?
Needless to say, if you’re getting married in 2018, your bridesmaids are going to look fantastic with so many exciting bridesmaid trends! And, if you’re a bridesmaid this year, you know you’ll look amazing.
With so many choices between bold and muted tones and different styles, there are plenty of dresses for brides and bridesmaids to fall in love with in 2018.
Once you find the perfect bridesmaids dresses for your wedding, you can focus on planning a fun and romantic wedding. Who knows?
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