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The gowns that came out of the 2014 bridal market will satisfy both brides with an eye for traditional designs and those who veer toward the avant-garde, such as mixing lace with peplum or even donning a capelet. Brides can look forward to a wider selection of delicate, intricately designed accents on their dresses. The always classic lace will be present in 2014, especially when paired with long- and cap-sleeved dresses, which are also making a comeback.

“While lace has always been part of wedding Deborah Collins Dunn, editor of the Wedding Thingz. Or be slightly more daring and show off lace with a high slit dress that opens up to layers of eyelet trim for an unexpected, playful look.

Two other feminine, if contradicting, trends are also making waves on the runway. Open-back dresses are a surprising twist on the traditional gown, while capes and capelets cover up for a sophisticated final touch.

A handful of colored wedding dresses will often pop up on the runways each season, but 2014 could be the year that they really make a statement. As Dunn predicts, “pink will be the new white.” Fortunately, brides will have many styles to choose from, with Lazaro, Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang all showing the color, says Dunn. If pink isn’t your nonwhite hue, shimmery shades of gold, silver and sepia are sophisticated without being too edgy.

Peplum styles also made an appearance, but if you’ve steered clear of them before, now’s the chance to seize the moment. You can look stunning in peplum without going full-on bustle by choosing fits that hug your body instead of popping out at either side. Go shorter in the front and longer in the back with layered peplum to create an, hourglass shape.

As a finishing, what the bride wears on her head will really make a statement. Balance out a soft, lacy gown with a bold hair embellishment like a dreamy flower crown with tiny baby’s breath or a larger mixed bouquet. You can even braid a crown into your hair using your own tresses, or take a cue from chic 1920’s style and incorporate feathers into a hairpiece, a la The Great Gatsby. Dramatic, long and colored veils have also hit the runways, giving brides a hint of mystique on their wedding days.

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