Trends Ahead

Wedding fashion in 2013


With a fresh year comes a wave of brand new bridal fashion trends. Inspired by the latest catwalk and designer directions, we look at the cuts, fabrics and influences that brides, grooms and bridesmaids can look forward to in 2013.

On-trend Brides


Romance is back in 2013 with timeless, elegant dresses that are inspired by the past with fresh, contemporary details. Style 2351 from Benjamin Roberts’ 2013 Collection captures the look; the romantic neckline, statement-making floral corsage, full tulle skirt and floral cut outs are core trends this year.

And with romance, comes drama. Statement dresses, steeped in glamour, are big news and demand attention. The Odina dress from Enzoani’s Modeca 2013 Collection perfectly illustrates this powerful combination; a classic ball gown shape with on-trend details including a demure high neck, flattering sash and layered satin and lace.

“Lace plays a huge part in 2013,” says Rebekah Hock at Eternity Bridal, “delicate Chantilly lace and heavier corded styles in unusual designs.” Rebekah says that soft romantic gowns in frothy tulle, with layers of scalloped lace edging, will be popular, and other trends to look out for include soft textured flowers and 3D beaded lace appliqués, detachable sleeves, lace jackets and keyhole backs.


Louise Johnson at Alexia Designs is backing statement gowns as the strongest 2013 trend: “Whether it’s an over the top lace fishtail gown or a sparkling tea-length, the top trend for 2013 will be standing out from the crowd.”

And with romance and drama making such a comeback, vintage influences play a huge role. Justin Alexander’s Spring 2013 Collection is inspired by 1930s Hollywood and 1950s Parisian styling with form-fitting mermaid silhouettes and vintage-heavy, tea length styles oozing elegance — and you could win the Justin Alexander gown of your dreams during January and February 2013 by heading over to the competitions page: Enter now!

Bridesmaids in Fashion


Lace is a key trend for brides in 2013 — and for bridesmaids too. Sinclair Sellers from Maids to Measure says that adding a touch of lace adds texture and detail to your bridesmaids’ dresses. “Subtle touches, such as lace sleeves or a lace sash, can really set your maids apart,” Sinclair says. “To be even more daring, use contrasting satin under the lace.”

Other 2013 trends for bridesmaids include different designs for each bridesmaid in the same colour — or having the same dress in different colours for a rainbow effect. If you want a fun and flirty contemporary look, raise the hemlines. “A big look on the catwalk has been the bubble hem recreated in our Joules dress,” Sinclair says. “It shows off the legs for a more informal but fashionable wedding.”

And if you’re looking for the hottest new colour around, Sinclair suggests mint green: “It can be used for the whole dress or against more neutral tones. This beautiful colour is on trend, gives a bright and fun touch, and goes well with a whole range of flowers.”

Well-dressed Grooms


According to Marc Wallace at Marc Wallace London, green is the hottest colour for grooms. He advises men to mix it in with their accessories or suit, giving a fresh look for the spring and summer.

Marc also predicts the rise of clean cut suits with sharp lines for 2013. “Keep the trousers slim and flat fronted,” he advises. “This year, fabrics have muted earth tones and look out for textured weaves and tonal designs when picking out cloth. To lift up the look, add some block colour into your accessories: ties, shirts, cufflinks and shoes all need to be considered.”

And Steve Bishop at STEPHEN BISHOP says that this year’s grooms should be sleek and modern: “The fit of a suit, particularly the trousers, is really important for 2013. Everything will be a slimmer shape for a very sleek effect. Accessories will be guided by the colour scheme, and the groomsmen should coordinate closely for a stunning impact.”

Fashion-forward Footwear


When it comes to footwear, grooms will have a range of more modern shoes and boots to choose from. According to Steve Bishop, a slightly tapered toe is the hottest style and Chelsea boot designs with a high tongue are must-have for grooms in 2013.

For brides, Adam Benjamin, director at Paradox London, says that 80s-style court shoes are on the way back into vogue. “Medium heel heights provide that classic, chic look,” he says.


Adam says that platforms will still be strong in 2013 and are a great choice for brides who want to elongate their figure but also feel comfortable. “Benjamin Adams San Francisco and Paradox London Pink Cherish will help you achieve this style,” he says.

And finally, wearing flats has never been so trendy for brides. “Comfortable, stylish and perfect for taller women, ballerinas are a perfect wedding shoe: Benjamin Adams’ Halle is a fantastic example of a flat shoe that is elegant and comfortable,” Adam says.


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