When shopping for a wedding dress, a bride is looking for something that gives her the "this is it" feeling. She wants to feel comfortable, confident, beautiful, and sexy on her big day. The key is finding a dress for your body type, one that fits like a glove, and then letting the trends of the season do the rest of the work.

Whether you're looking to rev up a more traditional style or find something that stands out as totally unique, the dress for you is out there. This year's trends include stunning sleeves, the ever-relevant ruffle, and chic pantsuits for the non-traditional bride.

Romantic Ruffles

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Watters Bridal, Pearl's Place, pearlsplace.com

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Allison Webb, Linen Jolie, linenjoliebridal.com

Ruffles just seem to stay "in," and with layers of chiffon, organza, or tulle, you can't go wrong. Delicate, whimsical ruffles create volume and allure on an otherwise sleek dress that you just can't help but feel special in. Let romantic ruffles frame your shoulders and face or create a skirt that moves with you for added elegance. From subtler flourishes to dramatic frills, ruffles are feminine and sophisticated.

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Naeem Khan, naeemkhan.com

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Markarian Bridal, markarian-nyc.com


Sophisticated Sleeves

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Sottero and Midgley, Pearl's Place, pearlsplace.com

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Alyne by Rita Vinieris, ritavinieris.com

Dresses with sleeves are having a second coming of sorts. Designers are throwing it back with accentuated shoulders and dramatic sleeves embellished with exaggerated trim or billowy fabric. From clean sheer fabrics and cloud-like designs to voluminous and flowing, statement sleeves are in. Whatever style you're going for - minimalist, feminine, structural, playful, or glamorous -- sleeves may add just the extra oomph you desire. 

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Watters Bridal, Pearl's Place, pearlsplace.com

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Allison Webb, Linen Jolie, linenjoliebridal.com


Jumping for Jumpsuits

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Marriage by Viktor & Rolf, viktor-rolf.com

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Maggie Sottero, Pearl's Place, pearlsplace.com

Separates, rompers, jumpsuits are all the rage this year fro both pre- and post-wedding activities, as well as the ceremony. For the bride that wishes to celebrate in comfort and ease, this trend may be total perfection. From all-over lace to cigarette crops to wide-leg or bell bottoms, there are chic, modern options for brides to mix things up. Paired with peplum overlays or lace jackets, the dramatic looks run the gamut. 

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Cushnie Bridal, cushnie.com

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Theia, Linen Jolie, linenjoliebridal.com

This article appeared in our Bridal 2019 issue.