Gallery: Our Favorite Looks From The Spring Bridal Collections

The Spring 2012 collections have begun with bridal. After sifting through all the looks–from wedding day heavyweights like Vera Wang, Monique Lhullier and Oscar de la Renta–we’ve come up with a few of our favorites and categorized them according to mood: classic, romantic, modern.

By which we mean:

Gowns labeled “classic” are exactly that: traditional bridal shapes like mermaid and bell, usually sleeveless (or with small cap sleeves), a demure neckline and not too much embellishment in terms of shapes and details. For brides who love a timeless look: no fuss, to the point, more often than not simple white lace.

Gowns labeled “romantic” are similar to “classic,” though more ornately detailed and textured. Here we see a lot of striking, unusual detailing on less-traditional silhouettes. Think an asymmetrical cascade of ruffles or swirls of flowers along the bodice. For ‘fairy tale’ weddings and brides attached to that sense of being a princess.

Gowns labeled “modern” are those that buck tradition: unexpected shapes, shortened hemlines, sleek fabrics. Think armor-like beading on the bodice and (especially) gowns that aren’t plain old white. It takes a certain woman to pull them off, but when they work, they’re unforgettable.

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    • Mae

      I lovelovelove the Classic : Reem Acra, the sleeves are adorable, I love the waistline and flow-y skirt, gorgeous! I love Wang, though, her gowns are always gorgeous. The Romantic Wang is beautiful, too.

    • Lindsay Cross

      My favorite is definitely the Romantic Lhuillier. And I think you meant to say, “Pale Gray: For Ashley, because it’s her favorite color.”

    • M

      Did anyone else notice how skinny the girl in number 3 is? I mean, duh, models are skinny but wow, she looks ill. Kind of worrisome.

    • Daisy

      unfortunately for the curvier girls amongst us there seem to be a lot of mermaid-style dresses. Even with my modest size 12 my hips look like the university library in them…