Top Trends From Fall 2018 Bridal Fashion Week

We scouted the runways to find the bridal fashion trends you need to know about. See what's hot now.
by Shelley Brown
wedding dresses Fall 2018 Bridal Fashion Week
photo by Kurt Wilberding; Maria Valentino/ MCV Photo

Fall 2018 Bridal Fashion Week is finally here and the dresses are stunning. The Knot fashion team hit the ground running to bring you the latest trends straight from the runways. From pretty pink gowns to regal capes and slinky slip dresses, we've got all the hottest wedding dress trends you need to know. Read on to see some of our favorites.

  1. Capes and Capelets

    photo by Kurt Wilberding; Maria Valentino/ MCV Photo

    Not into veils? A full-length bridal cape or shorter capelet is the perfect alternative: It still adds dimension to your gown, but feels modern. Plus, this trend is an easy way to pull off a mid-wedding outfit change. Wear a cape or capelet for a more formal feel during your ceremony, then whisk it away to reveal a different look for your reception.

    From left: Marchesa, Mark Zunino,Monique Lhuillier

  2. Halter Necklines

    photo by Maria Valentino/ MCV Photo; Kurt Wilberding

    Put the emphasis on your face and show off your shoulders in a dress with an elegant halter nekcline. This more modest style also works for a range of body types, as it flatters the upper body and offers additional support for bustier brides. 

    From left: Hayley Paige, Alexandra Grecco, Maggie Sottero

  3. Gold Dresses

    photo by Maria Valentino/ MCV Photo

    Gilded gowns gave the bridal fashion week runways a little extra sparkle. Perfect for an evening affair under the stars, this trend is daring but sophisticated. Pro tip: If you're rocking a gown with metallic fabric or embellishments, keep your accessories minimal and let your glitzy frock do all the talking. 

    From left: Inbal Dror, Reem Acra, Lazaro

  4. Bows

    photo by Maria Valentino/ MCV Photo; Kurt Wilberding

    Bows have been hot for a few seasons, but this ultra-classic detail isn't going anywhere. This season, designers sent bows of all shapes and sizes—from small, delicate bows to statement shoulder ones and giant bow-adorned trains—down the runway, proving this traditional bridal embellishment can work for a variety of styles. 

    From left: Ines Di Santo, Amsale, Lakum 

  5. Ball Gowns

    photo by Maria Valentino/ MCV Photo; Kurt Wilberding

    If you're looking to make a dramatic entrance, a classic ball gown is for you—and we saw plenty of them. Go royal with frothy tulle or jacquard, or for a preppy look, try horizontal stripes. No matter the details, this voluminous style is sure to turn heads. 

    From left: Dennis Basso, Galia Lahav, Reem Acra

  6. Split Sleeves

    photo by Maria Valentino/ MCV Photo

    Sheer, split sleeves (long sleeves that split for a streamer-like effect) are a gorgeous way to make an ethereal statement and add movement to your gown. Channel your inner Stevie Nicks in a lace sheath gown with fluttery streamer details or go for full-on romance by pairing them with a sultry fit-and-flare dress.

    From left: Inbal Dror, Galia Lahav, Pronovias

  7. Pink Dresses

    photo by Kurt Wilberding; Maria Valentino/ MCV Photo

    It's official: The millennial pink trend has taken over bridal fashion. This versatile "it" hue appeared in almost every collection, running the gamut from splashy deep pink embroideries to more ethereal shades of blush and mauve.  

    From left: Naeem Khan, Anne Barge, Liancarlo

  8. Wedding-Worthy Pants

    photo by Maria Valentino/ MCV Photo; Greg Finck

    If you're eloping, looking for a chic bridal shower ensemble, or just aren't into dresses, we've got you covered. Jumpsuits and pantsuits are comfortable, figure flattering and totally of the moment. A sleek jumpsuit with a detachable train is dressy enough for a modern ceremony, while a tailored white pantsuit is perfect for city hall nuptials. 

    From left: Romona Keveza, Monique Lhuillier, Rime Arodaky

  9. High Collars

    photo by Maria Valentino/ MCV Photo; Kurt Wilberding

    A high collar gives off seriously high-fashion vibes. Scalloped lace will give you a regal feel, or go for a super-modern style with a sleek one made of tulle or satin. Pro tip: Statement earrings and a windswept updo perfectly complement this buttoned-up trend.

    From left: Reem Acra, Lakum, Mark Zunino 

  10. Slip Dresses

    photo by Kurt Wilberding; Maria Valentino/ MCV Photo

    Lover of '90s style, rejoice! The slinky, curve-skimming slip dress is back. Go for timeless glamour à la Carolyn Bessette Kennedy with a simple, heavy crepe style, or go boho with a lace embellished bodice. Either way, this silhouette is effortlessly sophisticated. 

    From left: Justin AlexanderBlush by Hayley Paige, Theia


    Check out all of our Fall 2018 Bridal Fashion Week coverage, plus expert advice, here.

    Ready to shop for your wedding dress? Find bridal salons in your area here


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