Anomalie stylist manager, and the second stylist to join the company and personally helps to bring hundreds of brides custom wedding dresses to life breaks down the major trends spotted at NYC’s 2019 Bridal Fashion Week.

As our NYC-based stylist manager, I have been surrounded this past week by Bridal Fashion Week greatness at every corner. I also have a few friends who walked these fabulous runway shows – so, when I was asked to write a blog post about the latest and greatest strutting the catwalks and gracing the NYC streets, I felt right at home!   

There were definitely a LOT of new unique design concepts being displayed, so below I compiled the top eight “trends” that I think we’ll be seeing a whole lot of in 2019 (and I am hoping to see hit the Anomalie LookBooks of 2019 and beyond)!   

Billowy Statement Sleeves

Putting this first since it’s my favorite BFW trend!  

Statement sleeves – these are such a fun way to make a dress unique and true to you. The fun thing about statement sleeves is – although this detail was broadcast a lot for Fall of 2019 bridal dresses – they can really be worn during any season (even the hot ones). Lots of the statement sleeves were bellowy in nature and made from sheer, light fabric (chiffon or tulle), with an exposed shoulder. The key is that these sleeves are not fitted to the arm, meaning they are airy and not against the skin (a bonus for mobility and staying cool)!  They also can be shorter, ¾ length, long (oh, or detachable)!

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Joy added chiffon billowy sleeves with a thicker cuff and buttons. Photo: Emily Schutz Photography

A Touch of Color (Pretty Pastels)

Lots of bridal brands were showcasing pastel colors (light and not too saturated of a hue). Colors like: powder blue, vintage blush, and lavenders in softer fabrics including tulles, chiffons (and even organzas).

Colored dresses in the bridal world can be far and few, so going custom can be a great way to achieve this look (should you want to veer outside of the traditional whites).  Colored laces are also a fun way to add a touch of hue to your gown. It can also be your “something blue”! Don’t be turned away from color – you can achieve it in a very minimal way should your heart desire!

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Haley looking fabulous in vintage rose. Photo: Nesting Photography (Jamie Clemons)

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Janelle twirls in a soft blue gown. Photo: Lets Frolic Together

Short Dresses (and Convertible Dresses)

Short white dresses were a popular look at BFW – great for both the bride who doesn’t want a long dress, has a less formal wedding, or the bride who wants to change up her look mid-way through her big day (that could also mean an overskirt that can be removed).  Short dresses in BFW went both ways in detail: with fun embellishments (added lace, beading, or textured fabrics), and others with a more classic look – a plain, structured fabric feel.

Have a destination wedding with hot weather, on the beach?  This could also be your go-to!

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Meghan Markle Mode

Clean and minimal seemed to be a big hit this year in BFW in many ways. Fabrics on their own – without the need for lace or embroidery – and sophisticated necklines (halters, high-necks, boat and scoop-necks) were more prominent this year post Royal wedding (and with good reason)!   

No one looks back at this style and regrets it – it’s classic and timeless (and making a 2019 comeback).   

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Go Big or Go home – V-V-V-Volume

A big return to both the ballgown and the ballerina skirt It’s your big day and the one time you can wear a dress larger than life, or ballerina-vibes, and own it (without questioning your decision at all)!  Ballgown silhouettes in plain structured fabrics, with full lace appliques, or made from a brocade fabric – they’re all in (more than ever this year at BFW). Ballerina skirts – although slightly smaller in shape – still achieve that ballgown drama and what’s especially unique is, they can be designed in varying lengths. Both styles give a beautiful, classic feel with a princess vibe. The bigger the better, ladies!    

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Photo: Janet Howard

Party in the Back

Detachable trains, back skirts, godets, watteaus, shoulder capes, peplums, statement bows – there were a lot of fun displays, and they were mega focused in the back. Walk down that aisle with one look in the front, and a second look in the back – it’s a fun surprise for all!  There are so many unique ways to achieve the back drama, it’s just a matter of nailing down what you love best.

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Christine added glitz to her crepe gown with a detachable geometric train. Photo: Redeye Collection

Geo (Lace and Dress Cuts)

We definitely saw an uptick in geo lace requests in 2018, but the geo craze most definitely continued (and not just in lace)!  Straight cuts, squared-off necklines, asymmetric necklines, and of course those geo-patterned laces, were big in fashion week.

It’s one of the more unique routes to take with your dress since geo patterns are less traditional and can come in so many shapes, sizes, and cuts. That said, you can absolutely still achieve a classic, boho, or modern look with which is really special!     

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Brenda designed a gown using a geo guipure lace, Photo: Stephanie Brauer Photography

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Gabriela added a geo neckline to her chic crepe dress and complimentary tiers in her skirt. Photo: Arabela Espinoza

Bows (In More Ways than One) 

Statement bows in the back, mini-bows at the shoulders, bows at the waist, and accent bows at a mermaid seam – there were a lot of fun ways that bows were shown down the runway!  A bow can act as a the main accent piece to a more simple dress, or add a fun element to a detailed dress if in smaller form (i.e. draped bows off straps)!

Bows can be flowy, structured, or made from colored fabric (black accented bows on white were a big trend for example) – so you can get really creative here!

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Anomalie custom wedding dress sketches with statement bows.

Like a few of these ideas?  With Anomalie you can combine them! Like the concept but want to change something about it?  You can tweak it as you please. That’s the beauty of going custom ☺

We are here to bring your visions to life!  We’d love to chat through all your ideas (including if any of the above are in line with your gown vision)! Take our stylist quiz and get started on your own custom gown.