If you haven’t noticed an influx of ruffles in recent wedding photos, may we kindly suggest you open your eyes a little wider. Whether it’s on the catwalk or in a store window, boldly textured and ruffled wedding dresses are everywhere.
While clean lines and perfectly steamed gowns will undoubtedly remain popular, embellished, deconstructed skirts have trickled down from high fashion showrooms to wedding aisles. Layers of organza, handmade appliqués and intricate, non-linear folds have captured the eyes of onlookers. Instead of bejeweled bodices taking the forefront, it’s the billowing bottom half of wedding dress designs that are causing the “OOOOOH!” “AHHHHS!” while brides walk down the aisle these days.
There is a clear sense of romanticism associated with these gowns. The styles are rarely presented in bright white, with designers tending towards creamed-based hues and blush tones. Muted colors pick up shadows, showcasing texture patterns and allowing detailing, ruching and ruffling to stand out; Bright whites, on the other hand, often blind the eye and distract from fabric detailing.
This look is the fashion equivalent to the free-flowing hair craze that has swirled through the beauty scene this year. Both are strategically styled to look as though they were NOT strategically styled. Though it isn’t for everyone, deconstructed-chic is certainly the “IT” look of the season. It takes hard work to appear so carefree, all the while keeping an air of poised sophistication.
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By: Kelly Hamilton