With the spring and summer months being the most popular time of year for weddings, many brides are now beginning to search for their ideal gown.
“Today’s modern wedding gowns appear to be trending towards more simplistic and classic silhouettes, while elaborate and luxurious fabrics, laces, and adornments are becoming more significant in the design,” Sharon Langert, who runs Fashion-Isha.com, a blog dedicated to fashion for Orthodox Jewish women, says.
“One of the most current and popular wedding gown styles is the flattering fit and flare, a style that softly hugs a woman’s curves while gently flaring out at the hips,” she says.
But for Jewish brides, depending on their religious denomination, there are special considerations of modesty to take into account.
“Modesty is not about being oppressed, but just the opposite — an opportunity to fully express the inner light and beauty of the divine and refine woman through fabric, silhouette, and texture,” says Langert.
“Trends aside,” she adds, “choosing the perfect wedding gown style is always a very personal and individual decision. There will always be those girls who dream of a tulle-infused Cinderella ball gown, or a simple and modern sheath, and the most important factor in choosing a gown is how it makes the bride look and feel.”
In Wedding Wednesday: The Real Wedding Dresses of the Frum and Fabulous, a recent post on Langert’s blog dedicated to the gown search and featuring photos of the author’s favorite bridal styles, she writes that “through necessity, many Jewish brides become their own designers. We are the queens of creativity when it comes to designing and modifying previously non-modest gowns.”
With that principle in mind, Rachel Leonard, fashion director for Brides.com, makes the following suggestions on bridal fashion this year — tips that can apply to Jewish brides of all denominations. For those who do not wish to purchase these specific styles of gowns, use them for inspiration.