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Today’s wonderful guest post comes to us from wedding fashion insider Araceli Vizcaino-Sof Azazie, based in Mountain View, CA! Enjoy:

With the New Year, comes the opportunity to usher in some of prettiest of looks for 2016. With the bi-annual bridal fashion shows expanding our minds of what a “white dress” can be (sometimes, not white!), bridesmaid dress trends have loyally followed suit, adding their own flair down the aisle. Here’s the lowdown on old and new trends here to stay:

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The Old:

Deep plunging necklines

The red carpet way to show some skin is now wedding-vetted, with U-shaped necklines getting more angular.

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One Shoulder

The one shoulder dress stole the show this year, with brides who either incorporated them into their bridesmaids’ mix-and-match looks or went all-out for the asymmetrical necklines. Depending on the look, one shoulder dresses could still combine with a sweetheart top, bunch up sheer material into a flower, or use solid fabric to cover some more. It’s a sweet look to show off collarbones, and draw the eye up.

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Illusion details

Bridesmaid dresses have been taking their own spin around the park of illusion- from butterfly skirts with floating flower appliqués to sheer necklines featuring jewel cap sleeves. It’s a demure trend that is definitely here to stay.

The New:

High-low skirts

Crop tops are on their way out, but high-low skirts are still wonderful for brides who can’t decide between short or long dresses. While brides may choose to overlay a long, tulle skirt over a shorter wedding dress underneath for dancing at the reception, bridesmaids get the best of both worlds with a high-low dress. They’re especially flattering for girls with long legs, and move beautifully while in motion.

Photo Credit: Brittany Naylor Photography

Prints

For the more carefree “bridechilla,” printed bridesmaid dresses have been gaining serious popularity. From geometric patterns to florals, this trend is usually mix-and-matched for a wedding party dazzling in different styles and personalities. So long, solids!

The lingerie look

Sexy is the new…white? More Millennial brides are favoring this intricate ensemble, with pronounced bustiers walking the aisle crafted in eyelash lace, French lace, and detailed finishing. Others harken back to the ‘50s, with silk gowns skimming figures. Though the thought of a sultrier wedding still might surprise some guests, the novelty of the avant-garde is here to stay. For bridesmaids, that also means a sleeker ensemble, with spaghetti straps or pretty dresses winking back at you in the mirror.

Photo Credit: Karlee K Photography

The wedding countdown has begun for couples around the world and we can’t wait to see what trends they embrace this year.

Araceli Vizcaino-S is the Community Manager for Azazie, an online bridal boutique that specializes in a made-to-measure dress experience. At Azazie, dresses are designed in-house and wedding parties are provided with custom fitting for over 200 styles and 57 colors of bridesmaid dresses, wedding gowns, mother-of-the-bride dresses, as well as a wide selection of bridal accessories. To learn more about Azazie, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.