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Trend-Spotting: Mini Dresses, aka The Little White Dress

Twice a year bridal fashion designers flaunt their latest and greatest creations at Bridal Market in NYC (aka Bridal Fashion Week). Buyers from bridal boutiques far and wide–plus select media folks and the bridal fashion-obsessed–converge on Manhattan to get a glimpse of the new wedding gowns a season in advance. Bridal market just took place in the Big Apple, and Hilary Anderson and Justin Goodson of Alta MODA Bridal in Salt Lake City were front and center at the runway shows.

Anyone who’s stepped foot inside the blue-hued and wedding gown-lined walls of Alta MODA knows that the duo have a discerning eye for fashionable frocks, so I asked them to give us the scoop on the latest trends from bridal market– trends that will be making their way to a bridal boutique near you in no time.

The first trend to take center stage? Mini dresses, or as I call them LWDs–Little White Dresses.

Ivy & Aster

I couldn’t be happier about this trend! I have a serious love affair with the LWD. For brides seeking an alternative to a longer, more traditional gown, a LWD is right up their alley. Mini dresses are also perfect for reception gowns (another trend I fully support–what bride doesn’t want to play dress up twice?).

Monique Lhuillier

Hilary shares the following key elements within the mini dress trend:

  • When it comes to length, hemlines were short and shorter–above-the-knee to mid-thigh, anything goes
  • Guipure lace frequently made an appearance on short frocks
  • Sleeves were often paired with shorter hemlines (a nice way to balance the look)
  • Ruffles and flounces made their way up

Vera Wang

Modern Trousseau

Monique Lhuillier

Elizabeth Fillmore

Thank you, Hilary, for the scoop on mini dresses!

So ladies (and gents), what’s your take on the mini dress trend? Would you wear a LWD to your wedding?