No longer do bridal looks consist only of romantic whites, sweet pastels and delicate fabrics. With the rise of social media and trendsetting celebrities, wedding dresses and accessories have evolved to incorporate trends in the latest fashion runways. This year, it’s all about making a statement, while still maintaining the soft elegance that defines a bride. If you are getting married, or know someone who is planning to this year, let’s take a look at the top 8 bridal accessory trends that will take over your social media feed in 2018.
Elaborate, outstanding headpieces can be seen all over the runways in the Spring 2018 Bridal Week. From delicate headbands at Jenny Packham’s (note: Kate Middleton’s favourite designer) show, exquisite floral headpieces at Mira Zwillinger’s, to an ethereal gold piece at Romona Keveza’s runway, designers are showing that it’s not enough to just pin a simple hair comb on your head and call it a day anymore. This year will see brides adorning their hair with standout embellishments, placing as much emphasis on their hair as they do on the rest of their attire. If you would like to add a sentimental touch to your headpiece, consider borrowing an antique hair comb from your mother or relative. It can also double as your something old and something borrowed for the day.
There was a time when brides opted to forgo the veil in their weddings, thinking they can be inconvenient and look dated. However, this year wedding veils are making a comeback, and they are more elaborate than ever. Whether it’s detailed embroidery, extra-long sheer fabric, or bejewelled trimmings; statement-making veils are celebrated by designers all over the runways in Spring ’18 Bridal Week. An uprising trend is to have something personal embroidered on your veil, such as your initials, wedding date or part of your wedding vows. The additional benefit of it is that you can frame the veil after the wedding is over, to serve as something to remember the day by.
We’ve all heard of the phrase “less is more.” But, when it comes to your wedding, sometimes more can be more. Layered jewellery has been a popular street style trend for a while, and it is making its way into weddings this year. Instead of one pretty necklace, brides are choosing to layer multiple pieces of jewellery to create a chic, modern style. You can embrace this trend by combining a few minimal pieces of similar themes together, or choose to go all out with ornate body jewellery, like the pearl-and-gem capelets seen on Monique Lhuillier’s and Lela Rose’s runways.
2018 is all about showing the world who you are, and few accessories can do this better than earrings. Bridal earrings are usually small ornaments with pearls or gemstones, but designers are choosing to change that this year. Mira Zwillinger featured a beautiful ear cuff on her runway show, and extensive jewelled earrings can also be seen in the work of other designers as well, among them Israeli bridal powerhouse Berta. When searching for earrings to complete your wedding attire, remember that you don’t have to be constrained by delicate, feminine pieces anymore. Find something that complements your gown, and can make a statement on its own at the same time.
Black is a HUGE colour in this year’s Spring Bridal Week runways. While wearing black from head to toe is still not a common practice, adding a pop of this contrasting colour to your attire can spice up any traditional bridal look. The easiest way to do so is to add a black sash or belt to your pale dress, which instantly creates a classic flourish with an urban touch. If a sash is not your thing, or doesn’t go with your gown; try combining this trend with previous ones, and go for oversized black earrings or layer on a black necklace.
Adding a cape or a capelet to your bridal attire is not only fashionable, it is also a practical choice. Most wedding venues are on the chilly side, and since many bridal gowns do not provide much coverage around the shoulders, putting on this chic outerwear can help ward off the cold without affecting the shape of your dress. Besides, it is a stylish fashion accessory itself. Bridal designers are incorporating more dramatic designs into their work, such as a jewel-encrusted capelet by Christian Siriano, an extensively bejewelled high-neck cape by Ines di Santo, and a hooded cloak from Elie Saab. If a full-blown cape feels too over-the-top for you, you can opt for a pretty capelet instead, or an elegant shawl for cooler climates.
Not only do they define your waist, an elegantly-designed belt can also complement your wedding gown perfectly. Instead of getting a ribbon belt, you can choose something with a bold accent, or pick one that is embellished with pearls and/or jewels. Romona Kezeva embraced this trend beautifully in their Spring ’18 Bridal runway, and renowned Russian designer Galia Lahav took it even further by adding a sexy Victorian corset belt into one of her looks.