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Blast from the past: Wedding dress trends coming back

A bride's wedding gown is one of the most memorable parts of a wedding. Trends come and go, and some make a comeback. Jane Kelly of J.J. Kelly Bridal in Oklahoma City recently talked about what trends are making an impact on today's dresses.
By Katelyn Kelly Published: June 27, 2013

Over the years, wedding gown designs have changed. Some changes reflect the era, while others take a little time to appear in designs.

Call it “vintage” or “retro,” what's old is new again in many of the trends influencing wedding apparel today.

Jane Kelly, owner of J.J. Kelly Bridal, 12325 N May, said it takes eight to 10 years for bridal fashion to catch up with everyday fashion trends.

“Bridal fashion is a whole lot slower to change,” Kelly said. “It takes bridal a long time for changes to be expected. Brides want to look like brides. They don't want to be trendy. Every bride wants to be pretty and romantic.”

Keep with tradition

If not runway trends, what does influence the evolution of the wedding dress? Often it is what movie stars, prominent figures and royals have worn for their weddings. Fashion icons Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Princess Diana have influenced the looks brides want to wear down the aisle, Kelly said.

“Brides are going toward a more traditional look,” Kelly said. “I'm seeing a trend toward a little sleeve. I couldn't give away a sleeve after Kate Middleton got married. Now, we see a few more sleeves — a capped sleeve. V-necks.

“But strapless is still the queen of the ball. Everyone looks good in strapless.”

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