There's no silhouette more timeless than the ball gown wedding dress. Ball gowns are regal, elegant and glamorous, so it's easy to see why brides love this style time and time again. At New York Bridal Market this season, we saw a new take on ball gowns for 2018: petticoat-inspired skirts. What's that, you ask? Think of clothing from the 19th and early 20th century, when women wore large petticoats, hoop skirts and crinolines underneath their dresses and skirts to create a fuller effect (the bigger, the better). It's a technique that is still used today for most traditional ball gown wedding dresses, but this season, we saw petticoats on the outside of skirts for the first time. We think the resurgence of historical dramas, like Downton Abbey, Outlander, Victoria, and The Crown is behind this princess-inspired look, and it's safe to say we're obsessed!
Ball Gown Wedding Dresses Just Got a 2018 Upgrade
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We've seen layered tulle skirts in the past, but this season, Watters upped the ante by adding a ruffled trim to this playful Wtoo gown, giving it an even fuller appearance. Wear this gorgeous dress if you want to feel like you're floating on air.
Dress by Wtoo by Watters
No ball gown? No problem. BHLDN incorporated subtle petticoat vibes with this stunning sheath gown that would be perfect for a bride favoring a simpler silhouette. The high neckline and lacy sleeve cuffs add to the overall Victorian feel of the dress.
Dress by BHLDN