In honor of our first-ever wedding boutique, we contacted one of the industry’s foremost authorities on everything bridal: Kimberly Forrest, associate fashion editor of Brides.com. When we asked her what tips and trends to look for this year, here’s what she had to say.
Q – What hot new bridal accessory do you recommend this coming season?
A – Anything with color! Brides are realizing that their wedding day look doesn’t have to be strictly white or ivory. And this doesn’t just mean “something blue” either—from green shoes to red birdcage veils, we love when brides infuse a bright pop of color into their accessories.
Q – What’s the number one thing brides should look for when picking out their dress?
A – It’s very important for brides not only to find a gown that they really and truly love (not one that they’ve been pressured into buying by family or friends), but also a style that fits their venue. That’s why it’s essential to start shopping for a wedding gown only after you’ve selected your wedding site. A heavy, beaded ball gown just won’t look right at a low-key beach wedding, nor will a barely-there sheath work in a grand house of worship.
Q – As far as bridesmaids are concerned, what’s a popular and fashionable choice for spring/summer 2011?
A – This season, we saw a lot of bridesmaid dresses with black elements, like sashes, brooches, floral details. The idea of adding a touch of black to a feminine silhouette is something we saw a few seasons back on wedding dresses, and the trend translates well to bridesmaid styles.
Bridesmaid dresses in neutral hues—black, navy, and particularly gray—remain popular, but we recommend punching up the look a bit by adding a brightly-colored accessory like a belt, headband, or shoe.
Q – Which bridal gown style is flattering on most women, regardless of their body type or measurements?
A – We find that V-necklines and A-line skirts are universally flattering, and a little strategically-placed ruching is always helpful as well! We actually did a great slideshow on flattering dress silhouettes a few months ago, which I think addresses a lot of body concerns.
Q – We’ll be featuring Badgley Mischka wedding shoes on BTR. Which is your favorite bridal design?
A – Hard for me to choose! I could totally imagine Keyes and Kiss Kiss designs looking really hot with a short dress at a reception. I also love the modern-classic feel of the Odessy model—the bow is so unique and architectural. I’ve noticed that our readers really like “bridal booties,” so the Olaf, with its lovely antique feel, is something I think a lot of brides will gravitate toward. And the “petals” on the Randee styles really mirror the floral elements we’ve been seeing on the runways.
For more insightful wedding tips and trends, check out the Brides.com website today!
And if you’re getting ready to tie the knot, get full bridal coverage on BTR as of February 17 for a limited time only.