Fall and winter wedding gowns that offer plenty of inspiration for the big day, plus accessories for a flawless finishing touch.

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Wedding planning is stressful, so try to enjoy at least one part — finding your gown.

Fall and winter trends make this a bit easier, with gorgeous new silhouettes and details, including illusion panels and plunging backs and necklines.

Here are some wedding gowns that offer plenty of inspiration for the big day, plus a few accessories for a flawless finishing touch.

Illusion effects

Illusion detailing is a subtle way to show some skin. The Watters Charlotte Gown ($1,850 at BHLDN in Anthropologie, downtown) has barely-there satin straps supported by illusion tulle. A luxurious lace bodice and sweeping tulle skirt combine to create a dreamy, modern piece.

Choose a gown that’s gorgeous from the back as well as the front. The glistening Sarah Seven Rivington Gown ($3,300 at The Dress Theory, Green Lake) is sophisticated and contemporary, with an illusion open back and column skirt delicately adorned with sparkly silver sequins.

Plunging pieces

The demure crepe bodice of the Sachin + Babi Grace Gown ($2,300 at BHLDN) is balanced with a buttoned-accented low back. An embroidered tulle skirt adds drama and romance to the modern-princess piece.

Looking for a gown you might wear again? Check out the golden glamour of the Truvelle Eden Gown ($1,485 at The Dress Theory), with an intricately sequined, rose-gold, plunging bodice. It’s paired with a relaxed, sweeping, almond-colored chiffon skirt and silk bow at the waist that accents the low-cut back.


Make an entrance in the dramatic Luly Yang V-Neck Peplum Bias Gown ($4,500 at Luly Yang Couture, downtown), featuring a structured lace top with a beautifully ruffled waist and plunging neckline. A floor-sweeping, liquid-silk skirt finishes the local designer’s polished gown.

Updated classics

A mermaid silhouette is a classic, streamlined look, and layering it in lace is a modern update. The figure-flattering Cicada Lace Jessica Gown ($1,795 at Cicada, downtown) has a sweetheart neckline and plenty of boning to create a perfect hourglass shape.

Cascading tiers are on-trend if you’re looking for a full ballgown shape. Try the Luly Yang Butterfly Kiss Organza Sweetheart Ball Gown (price on request at Luly Yang Couture) in ivory silk organza. Details such as appliqués at the sweetheart bust line and a tonal butterfly print on the top skirt tier add subtle, interesting textures.

Less-conventional looks

If you’re a life-of-the-party bride, consider the fun and flirty Marchesa Tulle Overskirt Embroidered Lace Dress ($2,900 at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite). The knee-length lace sheath features floral embroidery and scalloped edges, topped off with layers of tulle to create a voluminous overskirt perfect for the dance floor.

Brides who want to look chic and casual should check out the J.Crew Collection Cropped Top in Cotton-Silk Twill ($200) and Pencil Skirt in Cotton-Silk Twill ($295), perfect for a destination wedding or city hall ceremony.


Your wedding is a chance to spring for a pair of shoes with a little something extra, such as the show-stopping Badgley Mischka Seneca d’Orsay Pump ($215 at Nordstrom). The satin finish and baubled brooch add a glamorous finish to your look.

Or put on your party heels with the Kate Spade New York Izzie Bow-Back Satin d’Orsay Pumps ($358 at Neiman Marcus). An oversized bow at the back of the ankle strap makes a chic, fun statement.


This year, delicate bridal veils are seeing a major resurgence in popularity. For a modern, unexpected look go for a long veil that’s sleek and simple, such as the Twigs & Honey Single Layer Fingertip Veil ($120 at J.Crew).

Keep the chill off at winter weddings with a luxe cover-up such as the Foxglove Bridal Faux Mink Bridal Wrap ($150 at etsy.com/shop/Foxglove
Bridal), hand-sewn in Seattle by local designer Selena Kearney. For a more structured look, try the Annabelle NYC Coco Wrap ($150 at BHLDN), a ’50s-style, faux-fur cover up with hook-and-eye closure.

Layer a dramatic sash over your gown for an added touch of waist-defining texture. Try the hand-sewn Cicada Taylor Rhinestone Sash ($395 at Cicada), with delicately adorned crystal and pearl beadwork on satin ribbon.

Tote your essentials in style with the Natasha Couture Vintage Stone Clutch ($198 at Nordstrom). The opulent bead-, bauble- and stone-encrusted carryall is an easy way to amp up the glam factor and can be used at formal events for years to come.