25172418-Untitleddesign282729-c25172536-960x600.jpgThere’s something magical about bridal dresses with age-old charm. Wedding gown trends are constantly evolving, but marriage is that once-in-a-lifetime walk down the aisle, with all eyes trained on the big bridal gown reveal. In your mission to dress the part for the big day, it’s important to pick a dress reflecting the modern era yet evergreen for your wedding album. These dresses are a modern update of retro styles, but are thoughtfully designed with heirloom value. From regal capes to flapper-style feathers, here are 15 new bridal dresses to love for eternity.

 

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Look 1: Capes
They go way back to the time queens got married, so a little regal help to your big day will go a long way.

 

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Look 1: Capes
Since you’re royalty for the day, channel your inner queen or superhero by emerging in a sweeping gown that's effectively a makeover bridal accessory.

 

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Look 1: Capes
Ornate, modern, or mesmerisingly detailed, not only do capes or capelets add more drama than a veil, they make for an impressive march down the aisle, too.

 

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Look 2: Black &White
The graphic black and white look evokes the mono-crazy Sixties, when monochrome minimalism was en vogue. Today, the modish black-and-white has been adapted into chic and ritzy wedding dresses.

 

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Look 2: Black & White
Monochrome endows a sophisticated strength to the bride. With the simple combination of black and white, she's making a bold statement through a classy and edgy choice.

 

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Look 2: Black & White
To rock the trend, let your dress retain its white authenticity and play up the focus with a slim black belt or a strategic ribbon.

 

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Look 3: Bell sleeves
Sleeves are one easy way to play up a bridal gown, and bell sleeves; with its long and flowing design, are a nod to the free-spirited bride

 

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Look 3: Bell sleeves
This retro trend has been reincarnated in several variations, from a balloon style and a 1930s-inspired, right down to a lacy romantic feel.

 

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Look 3: Bell sleeves
Bell sleeves especially accentuate the figure and stand out on slim-fitting dresses, among others. Judging by the many illusions this versatile sleeves is capable of, this trend is here to stay.

 

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Look 4: Ruffles
A super ladylike trend that brings to mind the flapper era, ruffles permeate modern bridal gowns as cascading visions, or textured throughout the dress with feathers.

 

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Look 4: Ruffles
Ruffles add a whimsical essence to the dress too. When gathered in the right places, they add dimension to the bride's frame.

 

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Look 4: Ruffles
They're also used as alternative embellishment when added to sleeves or sparsely through the skirt, complementing floral appliques or lacy embroidery.

 

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Look 5: Pearly white
There's an unmistakable Victorian feel about the pearlescent embellishment, combined with lace, high collars, and even satin fabric.

 

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Look 5: Pearly white
Beads get a dramatic upgrade, leaving the grandmother jewellery box and put on full display, decorating gowns in all-over beading or clustered to a certain body feature.

 

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Look 5: Pearly white
Additionally, pearly whites add a wedding-worthy touch to any lavish, floor-sweeping gowns.