Six bridalwear trends that should be on your radar


Must be talking to an angel: a flurry of plumes transforms skirts into tiers of texture and shoulders into would-be wings (if the shoe fits…). To avoid the feather-boa effect, use sparingly and combine with decadent crystal embellishments and appliqué.

Tracy Lord gown, from £3,000, Eliza Jane Howell

Iris ostrich camisole, from £825, and Maribou skirt, from £2,600, Halfpenny London

Giselle gown, from £2,750, Anny Lin Bridal

Hawthorne gown (style 6752), from £3,025, Hayley Paige Bridal


Once a permanent fixture of your school uniform, these flirty folds take on a whole new personality when applied to a couture gown. Gone are the stiff ridges – in their place, you’ll find a gentle, breezy concertina, adding movement and extra dimension to fragile fabrics.

Sassy gown, £POA, Joyce Young Design Studios

Elena gown, £POA, Suzanne Neville

Two-piece plissé chiffon top and skirt, £POA, Le Spose di Giò

Badri gown, from £1,155, Willowby by Watters


Swish, swish, swish. Get used to the heavenly sound of fluid silks and airy tulles sweeping around your feet as these will be the ethereal fabrics your fairytale-deprived, over-worked soul will be lusting after this year. The insouciance, the playfulness – it’s all too irresistible.

Ridley top, from £1,250, Iris slip, from £850, and Ridley skirt, from £990, all Halfpenny London

Avignon gown, from £2,622, Watters

Venus gown, from £2,140, Naomi Neoh

Ajorit gown, £POA, Joyce Young Design Studios

Statement sleeves

Banish trailing magicians’ robes in tacky velour from memory: arms are the focus this season, but with a distinctly more couture, indulgent feel. From ‘70s bell sleeves in delicate Chantilly lace, to Halfpenny London’s removable, flouncy tulle numbers, we’re spellbound.

Pradera crêpe mermaid gown, from £2,160, Rosa Clará

Constance gown, from £2,495, Sassi Holford

Luna gown, from £1,365, So Sassi

Juniper dress, from £1,200, with Buttercup sleeves, from £390, Halfpenny London


No matter the season, our obsession with blooms will never wilt. In 2018, the aim is impact. Look out for fields of flourishing 3D floral appliqué which densely blossoms across skirts and bodices, or lively prints resembling freshly plucked petals and foliage.

Audrey dress, from £2,950, Temperley Bridal

Sheer tulle dress with floral sequins, £POA, Le Spose di Giò

Candice gown, from £3,000, Alan Hannah

Annie gown (style LB204), from £1,300, LouLou Bridal


Not for the shy and retiring, this revealing take on bridal allure leaves significantly less to the imagination – but just enough to spare your grandmother a heart attack. The trick is to experiment with frothy layers, dainty florals and sweet polka dots to keep it pretty, rather than racy.

Audrey gown (style RD207), from £5,100, Florence by Riki Dalal

Calé dress, £POA, Otaduy

Edelweiss gown, £POA, YolanCris

Sage gown, from £1,404, Willowby by Watters