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Bridal Trends: Dresses for 2013 Brides

Over-the-top tiers, headpieces and sleeves are all the rage for blushing brides of 2013

Before anything else is said, let’s just set one thing straight: I am a sucker for wedding. I mean, who doesn’t? From forcing my way as close as possible to the isle when my height was no more than 100cm, to watching the tearjerkers that are proposals and wedding videos – wedding is undoubtedly one of life’s finest moments to witness.

The recent Bridal Fashion Week has got us ‘ooh!’ and ‘aah!’ – ing with its inventive trends yet the traditional look doesn’t completely disappear. At the end of the day, there is a certain bride look we’d like to maintain upon being a bride, although that black lace dress from Vera Wang has got us playing with the idea of a totally unconventional wedding.

Kate Middleton and her Alexander McQueen wedding dress still heavily impacts the bridal trend for 2013, with Temperley London and Monique Lhuillier fronting the modest bride troops. Traditional veil morphs into fancy headpieces, as recently seen on newlywed Anne Hathaway. Vera Wang goes back to basic by showcasing an all-white collection where layers and tiers are the main draws, after 2 seasons of avant-garde, dark-hued wedding dresses.

If you have just secured a date for next year, or your man just popped the question, it is the right time to start planning your wedding dress. Here, we recap the best of 2013 bridal trends.

See-through neckline

Modest is the word to describe this latest bridal trend which sees a higher neckline on top of the main one, that goes up to the collarbone. The see-through addition puts a whimsical touch to classic sweetheart-necklined number. If Zooey Deschanel ever decides to walk the isle again, we imagine this would be the kind of dress she wears.

Lace detailing

What’s a wedding dress without the lace and frills, really? Lace is beautifully combined with shape-defining dresses this season, shifting away from the heavy, grandma-like end results.

Over-the-top tiers

Gone were the days of dome-like wedding skirts. Shape-defining gowns and over-the-top tiered skirts are where it’s really at right now. Vera Wang leads the march with dreamy, seamless layered dresses that make us think of ballerinas. If you are on the edgy side, opt for wedding cake-like dress as exemplified by Douglas Hannant.


This one is music to our ears since most of us are always self-conscious about how our arms look like in pictures. Channeling vintage wedding dresses, the sleeved wedding dress trend has remained since the day Kate Middleton walked the isle. Our favourite must be the full-on body-hugging lace number from Monique Lhuillier.


Anne Hathaway received both nods and head shakes over the Bohemian headpiece by Marchesa she sported on her wedding day. It turns out that the starlet is way ahead of trend, seeing how designers exchange veil with playful headpieces including floral hair adornment. Lebanese designer Reem Acra brings the best of both worlds – veil and headpiece – in her latest collection with gorgeous headband clad in veil; reminds us of Jasmine from Aladdin!

Beads galore

A trend that hits close to home, designers are looking to the East and come up with Indian-inspired beaded wedding dresses. As seen on Marchesa, beads detailing cover the shoulders beautifully, putting a glamorous and intricate touch into wedding dresses. Badgley Mischka turns a traditional wedding dress into a trendy one by creating gorgeous patterns all over it using beads.

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