Dopamine dressing is always called for, but on one's wedding day? It's essential. And the easiest way to go about that is pump up the volume with super-sized features of your gown. Think: mega-plush sleeves a la Oscar de la Renta or a larger-than-life skirt, courtesy of Ines di Santo.
Turn Up The Volume
Much like having two weddings and celebrations, it's become customary for the bride to make an outfit change or two. Signal the easing of formality or the kicking-up-of-the-fun by raising your hemline. It's fun, it's flirty—and it's surely easier to cut a rug without your train getting trampled.
The Party Dress
Strike a vintage note with puff-sleeves worthy of a princess in a portrait.
Not looking to go classic? We give you the bridal hood. All of the romantic trappings with a bit of woodsy practicality.
The Veil Alternative
Shed a few layers of tulle and opt for a gown that gives more than its fair share of subtle sex appeal. You don't have to go full-on revealing, either. It can just be a hint of leg that peeps through.
For the bride who doesn't want to go the traditional route, there is nothing chic-er than suiting. Borrowed from the boys brings its own stylish sensibility to a look that will remain timelessly appealing.
Another way to mix things up? Ditch the white wedding gown in favor of a soft pink or a baby blue confection. Tradition isn't all it's cracked up to be, and besides, it's your day.
Something Blue, Something Pink
When in doubt, put a bow on it. It's feminine, it's fabulous, and it's the icing on the cake in terms of fun details.
Put a Bow On It
Floral applique is the perfect way to add interest to your bridal look, particularly if you keep it simple with the silhouette. Texture and dimension—not to mention a touch of romance–will ensure that your wedding dress stands apart from the pack in the best way possible.
Who says you have to go frilly with your wedding dress? Show off your silhouette with skimming fabrics and peek-a-boo cutouts.
One trend that will never date: simple, clean lines with beautiful fabrics that speak for themselves. When in doubt: channel Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.
Less Is More
Intricate corsetry and boning adds gorgeous contrast to layers of tulle and chiffon—and the fullest of skirts. Plus, it is ultra-flattering.
Want to be the ultimate cool-girl bride? Opt for a two-piece look. The bonus here is clear: you can break up the outfit and wear it again.