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A-line Homecoming Dresses are traditionally made from lightweight, free flowing materials like silk in order to create a light and airy appearance. They may have several layers of lightweight fabric built into their design but the skirt portion of the gown should move freely, swaying with the breeze and the wearer stride. This free flowing character is an essential component of the classic design.
While some hemlines on modern may fall at the ankles, the most traditional skirt of the classic empire dress reaches to the floor, covering the shoes while standing and making them only barely visible when seated. These A-line Homecoming Dresses are appropriate for any formal occasion, including everything from Homecomings and formal dances to wedding parties and other formal social events.
After a full week of scoping out the stunning collections at Bridal Fashion Week, a few trends emerged as favorites among the wedding dress set. After sorting through the lot and sussing out our favorites, the 10 that follow are the looks we predict to see on real brides come Fall 2015. Good news: there's something available for everyone, no matter your bridal style.
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1. BREEZY BOHO
Gowns by: Carol Hannah and Amy Kuschel; Photos by Dan Lecca
From flowy sleeves to floaty skirts, these gowns are low mantinence and perfect for dancing. This gown from Alyne also contributed to the rise in boho.
2. CLEAN AND SIMPLE
Gowns by Jean-Ralph Thurin and Anna Maier; Photos courtesy of the designer and Dan Lecca
These well-constructed silk gowns will emphasize your curves in all the right places—and look just as striking without any embellishment.
3. CROP TOPS
Gowns by Naeem Khan and David''s Bridal; Photos by Dan Lecca
This street style favorite is going bridal, and we have to admit we love the flirty glimpse of midriff. Houghton and Theia also featured crop top bridal looks.
4. GOLD ACCENTS
Gowns by Badgley Mischka and Della Giovanna; Photos by Dan Lecca
Gone are the days of silver being the only acceptable accent for brides! The glam gold made an appearance on many runways this season, and it feels luxe and modern. Sarah Jassir and Amsale also featured this metallic accent.
5. DEEP V
Gowns by Dennis Basso and Inbal Dror; Photos by Dan Lecca
Necklines took a seriously sexy turn this season by dipping lower than ever before. Delphine Manivet and Ines Di Santo's designs also took the plunge.
Gowns by Hayley Paige and Johanna Johnson; Photos by Dan Lecca
This unusual detail really packs personality into an otherwise classic wedding gown, and we bet it'll really wow the crowd when they see the way it moves on the dance floor. This Kelly Faetanini number also makes use the detail.
7. THE FROZEN EFFECT
Gowns by Alfred Angelo and Theia; Photos by Dan Lecca
Between icicle-like shimmer and bundled up snow queens, the Disney movie Frozen definitely served as inspiration for many designers. The brides on Houghton's runway also featured a cozy look.
Looks by Houghton and Naeem Khan; Photos by Dan Lecca
Brides are no longer limited to a dress for their bridal look. Tuck a blouse into a skirt, or opt for a well-tailored pants suit, a perfect ensemble for a same-sex wedding! Rivini also showcased a sheer pantsuit on her runway.
9. SHOWING SKIN
Gowns by Pnina Tornai and Rania Hatoum; Photos by Dan Lecca
The designers this season are daring you to bare by offering sheer skirts, thigh-high slits, and cut-outs galore. Badgley offered illusion detailing, Ines di Santo featured high slits, and Rivini showcased cutouts.
10. Tiered Ball Gowns
Gowns by Anne Barge and Maggie Sottero; Photos by Dan Lecca
For the bride who wants to live out fantasy, this look is playful and romantic! Isabelle Armstrong and Katerina Bocci also made gowns fit for a princess.
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In case your groom wants to make a special mark on his attire, have him consider these unique boutonniere ideas from featured real weddings:
1. CAMERA LENS - One of my favorite weddings of all time is the infamous Jodi and Kurt's of Jodi Miller Photography, shot by This Modern Romance, so it was only suitable for the boutonnieres to be camera lenses and film negatives.
Photo: This Modern Romance
2. POLICE OFFICER BADGE - Have him wear his career of choice proud! Guests will certainly have to be on their best behavior.
Photo: Flora + Fauna
3. FEATHERS - Add pops of color against a dark-colored suit with peacock, feathers!
Photo: This Modern Romance
4. NEWSPAPER - Turn scraps of old newspaper and wine corks into double-duty pieces of artwork. One being the obvious; two being escort cards.
Photo: Abi Q Photography
5. WOOD CHIPS - Carve mini chips of wood for a rustic, relaxed vibe. Doesn't it resemble a monkey below?
Photo: Jodi Miller Photography
6. BROOCH - Because he needs his "something old" too!
Photo: Joselyn Peterson
7. PINWHEELS - An easy do-it-yourself project that will blow with the wind.
Photo: Katelyn James
8. VINTAGE KEYS - Make it known that he has the key to your heart!
Photo: Christa Elyce Photography
For more inspiration, view more boutonniere photos here.
Never will we not love it when a wedding steps a bit outside tradition to showcase the participants' unique personalities. Here's 11 unique looks from bridal parties that did exactly that. PS—You should also check out Unique Bridesmaid Dresses We Love, Part One.
1. Tropical Florals
Photo by Oli Sansom
Only two things unify this vibrantly mismatched set of bridesmaid dresses: pretty blooms and even prettier smiles.
Photo by Nine Photography
The perfect option for a causal nautical-themed wedding.
Photo Maria Mack Photography
Unexpected texture in a classic silhoette might just be our favorite way to score fashion points with a bridal party. This rich velvet look is perfect for a glam cold weather wedding.
Photo by Nine Photography
Love this colorful nod to the bride's culture!
Photo by Katelyn James
Solid sections of sweet colors are a slighty more quirky alternative to the stripes listed above.
6. Pale Pink + Jet Black
Photo by This Modern Romance
This already-glam look amps up the Va-Va-Voom factor with short hemlines.
Photo by AK Studio Design
The pencil skirt and blouse combo satisfies the dress code for conservative weddings, casual weddings, and modern backyard weddings—doesn't get much more versatile than that!
Photo by Maria Mack Photography
We've seen yellow bridesmaid dresses before, but never something quite this bright. When paired with Poppy red, it's the perfect non-conformist retro bridesmaid look.
9. Blue Steel
Photo by Erin Hearts Court
This icy-cool color combo would be an edgy and refreshing choice for a downtown summer wedding.
10. Choose Your Own Adventure
Photo by Meg Perotti
From the looks of this photograph, we're guessing that each bridesmaid was instructed to wear the dress they felt they looked the sassiest in.
11. Cocktail Time
Photo by Stephanie N. Baker Photography & Graphic Design
We're seriously digging the graphic party attire these girls donned for their friend's big day. Talk about dresses they'll actually wear again!
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From ruffles and bows to suspenders and plaids, here are some looks all southern couples are sure to love.
1. Neutral Dresses and Cowgirl Boots
Photo by Earthmuse Photography
The variation of neutral above-the-knee dresses with lace detailing make for a quintessential southern bridal party, especially when paired with cowgirl boots.
2. Pinstripe Suspenders
Photo by Maxwell Monty Photography
The classy southern gent will feel right at home in these pinstripe suspenders. Ditch the coat and just pair with dress pants for a more casual groomsmen look.
3. Pale Purple Dresses
Photo by Feather and Twine Photography
From the bateau neckline and off-center bow, these knee-length bridesmaids dresses are perfect for a southern-style wedding.
Photo by Jodi Miller Photography
We love these chinos paired with a pale green tie, creating both a fashionable and comfortable southern look for the groomsmen.
5. Spring Floral Dresses
Photo by Oz Visuals
These voluminous flared pale floral dresses are the perfect way to embrace your inner southern belle.
6. Plaid Bow Ties and Suspenders
Photo by Steven and Lily Photography
Add a pop of southern style to your wedding with small details like these orange plaid bow ties and skinny gray suspenders.
7. Pastel Pink Dresses
Photo by Suzanne Rothmeyer Photography
These dresses are fun, flirty and feminine, reminiscent qualities of a charming southern belle.
8. Trendy and Tan Suits
Photo by Joielala Photography
Calling all charming southern gentleman! Opt for preppy tan suits paired with a matching pink tie and pocket square.
9. Cowgirls and Cowboys
Photo by Troy Grover Photography
Don't hide that southern pride! Ladies, go all out with cowgirl hats and boots. Gents, don rustic dress pants and classic suspenders.
10. Pastels and Stripes
Photo by Melissa Oholendt Photography
Bold stripes on the bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen ties create an adorable matching look fit for a southern spring wedding.
Hey, it's your big day! Why not glam up in style?
1. Monogrammed Button Downs
Photo by Andi Mans Photography
The perfect personalized apparel for pampering. You don't have to worry about smudging make-up when you change!
2. Rhinestone Tank
Photo by Meg Perotti Photography
Primp in this skin-tight tank and remind everyone you're the star of the day with some rhinestone embellishment.
3. Colorful Floral Robes
Photo by Christa Elyce Photography
Channel spring's pallete by opting for robes with bright florals and loud colors.
4. Monogrammed Terry Cloth Robes
Photo by Jodi Miller Photography
Monogram your initials (or his!) into these cozy terry cloth robes for you and your best girls and enjoy a relaxing day of pampering.
5. Stylish & Slimming Robes
Photo by Taylor Lord Photography
Ditch your tired shower robe and opt for one with a shorter hemline and fun floral detailing.
6. Southern-inspired Plaids
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
Plaid button downs aren't just for crisp fall days and country concerts, get your gals to break out their old favorite to wear while you all get ready.
7. Short & Silky Robes
Photo by N. Barrett Photography
These pastel pink and off-white robes will be a primping necessity long after your big day has come and gone.
8. Boyfriend Shirts
Photo by Spindle Photography
An over-sized dress shirt might just be the most comfortable thing since sweatpants, get matching monogrammed ones for your whole bridal party.
9. Playfully Pink Robes
Photo by Millie Holloman Photography
Get all gussied up in this girly get-up. There's no doubt that all your gals will look pretty in pink.
10. Personalized Spa Robe
Photo by Spindle Photography
Inscribe your future last name onto the back of a comfy robe you can wear for years to come.
11. Full-coverage Wraps
Photo by Caroline + Ben Photography
Bundle up in these full-length robes, perfect for a fall or winter wedding.
Don't worry—they're still super cute!
1. Mod Stripes
Photo by Kate Osborne Photography
Chic stripes that really can be worn again—how awesome is this look for a modern winter wedding?
2. High-Low Citrine
Photo by Joie La La
These flowy yellow dresses were definitely a fashion risk . . . that completely paid off! Love the way they look blowing in the breeze.
3. Chambray Polka Dots
Photo by onelove photography
Casual chambray shirt dresses for a casual rustic wedding—this is laid-back wedding style at it's most fun.
4. Vintage Delicacies
Photo by Our Labor of Love
Long sheer dresses that almost look light nightgowns—we're envisioning these in a very Kate Moss-ian English Garden Wedding.
5. Ralph Lauren Rustic
Photo by onelove photography
Suede fringe skirts, distressed leather boots, big belts, white shirts—this is heritage Americana at its most authentic, people.
6. Pin-Up Glam
Photo by onelove photography
Betty Paige style get-ups, complete with seamed stockings and demure gloves.
7. Preppy Ribbons
Photo by Ruth Eileen
A spunky, sweet look for a cheerful southern wedding.
8. Studded Sleeves (and Collars!)
Photo by Jemma Keech
Punky detailing + demure peter pan collar = a glam meets punk meets classic bridesmaid look we won't soon forget.
9. Graphic Black and White
Photo courtesy of Jen Rios Design
Stripes, prints, patterns, and solids—when considered in the same color palette, this seemingly random sampling suddenly seems perfectly styled.
10. An Actual Random Sampling
Photo by Ruth Eileen
We've seen mix and match bridesmaid dresses in the same color family before, but this group is genuinely all over the map. Why does it work so well? Because all of the hues are of similar vibrancy (and those gorgeous smiles don't hurt).
Photo by Matt Edge Photography
Neutral bridesmaids dresses are gaining steam this year, but a bridal party in all white is still a break with tradition. We love that this group went even further by opting for sleek, architectural silhouettes.
12. Floral Maxis
Photo by Ryan Ray
Bold patten in a floor-length silhouette. Bravo, ladies—this is such a fun look for a more formal beach wedding.
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From Paula Patton's oversized shoulder ruffles to Lupita Nyong'o's fashion-forward cape, the 71st Annual Golden Globes red carpet was filled with many a major style moment—plenty of which will work for your walk down the aisle. We've broken down the trends from the night and found seven gown styles that will help you steal some of that Hollywood glamour. Happy dress shopping!
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HIGH NECK HALTER TOPS
Well, the 71st annual Golden Globes confirmed it: halter tops are back! This powerful style statement was all over the red carpet, and we love how it shows off strong, sculpted arms and shoulder muscles. It's a great option for fit, modern brides who aren't working with ample cleavage. Gowns (left to right): Theia and Mark Zunino.
Spotted on: Naomi Watts, Mila Kunis, Uma Thurman, Elsa Pataky, Edie Falco, Robin Wright, Hayden Panettiere, Monica Potter
Calling all glamour girls! If there was ever a way to sparkle on your wedding day, a gown completely encrusted in sequins is it. Why else would major starlets use this trick when they need to stand out on the red carpet? Gowns: Theia and Karen Willis Holmes.
Spotted on: Camilla Alves, Olivia Wilde (PS -- here's 14 more sequin wedding dresses we love)
BIG BALL GOWNS
Let's face it: this look will never go out of style for weddings. Nor do we want it to! Swooping skirts and fitted bodices signify feminity, which is why celebs and brides alike always turn back to them. Gowns: Monique Lhuillier and Elizabeth Stuart.
Spotted on: Taylor Swift, Sofia Vergara, Kaley Cuoco
What we were once convinced would be a short-lived trend (remember mullet skirts?) is slowly and steadily gaining more steam at major fashion events—and its seeping into bridal, too. We love this whimsical look because it's playful—and it shows off a great pair of shoes. Gowns: Reem Acra and Temperley London.
Spotted on: Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Michelle Dockery, Zooey Deschanel, Aubrey Plaza, Caitlin Fitzgerald
This modern fashion statement is one of our absolute faves—never has such a simple silhouette so immediately connoted sartorial confidence. Bring the style into your wedding day for a look that's equal parts easy-going and in-command. Gowns: Dennis Basso and Hayley Paige.
Seen on: Hellen Mirren, Olivia Wilde, Camilla Alves, Paula Patton, Kristen Chenoweth, Mayim Bialik, Lizzy Caplan, Alexi Ashe, Cat Sadler
Strategically placed lines of sparkle are a glam way to highlight curves and sparkle in photographs—which is precisely why starlets opt for this look on the red carpet. Use their strategy for yourself by trying a beaded wedding gown! Gowns: Mark Zunino and Maggie Sottero.
Spotted on: Kate Beckinsale, Rita Wilson, Hellen Mirren, Elizabeth Moss, Angela Bassett, Rashida Jones, Laura Dern, Melissa Fumero, Madison Walls
Don't want to wear white? No problem! Shine like the Golden Globe statue itself in a slightly shimmery shade of champagne. Take it from the stars we spotted on the red carpet: this shade will make you look (and feel) like a million glamorous bucks. Gowns: Romona Keveza and Austin Scarlett.
Spotted on: Robin Wright, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Anna Gunn
One of the most romantic wedding looks out there, and it made a major return on the Golden Globes red carpet. We love this style for a rustic country or garden wedding. Gowns: Lela Rose and Legends by Romona Keveza.
Spotted on: Emma Roberts, Zoe Saldana, Megan Mullally, Melissa Rauch, Rebecca Ferguson
The end of the year is always a fun time to reflect on the wedding details that wowed us over the past 12 months. From unforgettable moments to the best in bridal style, there's plenty of things to Ooh and Aah over. Today, we're focusing on the bridesmaids—scroll down for the ten styles we loved most this year.
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Photo by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography
Gold sequins! So fun, and they felt so fresh for 2013 when paired with matte nude heels.
Photo by Calynn Berry
This all-black bridesmaid group was super popular on Facebook—and we bet it has something to do with those hot pink shoes and bouquets!
Photo by Carmen Salazar Photography
Simple silhouette + substantial fabric + bouquets in the same hue = one seriously striking bridesmaid look.
Photo by Tin Sparrow Studio
This mix 'n' match group of dusty lavender and taupe dresses was the perfect fit for Tessa and Dan's modern meets rustic New York Wedding.
Photo by Whitney Photo and Video
A rich, rustic color palette for a fall wedding, and we love the subtle bits of lace woven throughout.
Photo by Woodland Fields Photography
Champagne is always a sophisticated dress color choice, and we love how this group made sure to select gowns with bits of sparkle. Also—the floor-length silhouette is perfect for a more formal wedding.
Photo by Alixan Loosle
Skirts and sweaters! This bridesmaid choice may be a bit unconventional, but it's also completely adorable. And the pieces can be worn as separates later on!
Photo by Lindsey Gomes Photography
We are suckers for sparkle here at Project Wedding, and the tops of these bandeau dresses fit right in. We love the way they add a bit of glitz to Jenna and Troy's otherwise rustic California wedding.
Photo by Wren Photography
Who says the bride is the only person that can wear white to a wedding? We love the clean look of this group of 'maids, and the bride still stands out because she's the only one in a long dress.
Photo by Emily Steffen
BHLDN dresses so springy you'd never guess they were for a winter wedding!
Photo by Shaun & Skyla Walton
Pretty, floor-length pastels in every color. Does it get any more perfect than this for a boho Cali wedding?