Bridal Fashion Week: A Recap with Stylist Beth Chapman

I always love watching what the designers dream up and present at every Bridal Fashion Week. It’s not often that I myself get to attend because it’s always right in the thick of our wedding seasons, so I’m a social media follower extraordinaire. That pastime fosters many a group text about the newest and most stunning of the new designs I see. Lucky for me, my sweet friend and amazing bridal stylist Beth Chapman attends and reports back on every perfect dress detail you can imagine. Her fashion taste is exquisite and her styling is an art. I’m thankful she took the time out of her schedule to chat bridal fashion with us! Enjoy all the gorgeous looks from Spring Bridal Fashion Week!

Until next time – xoxo, Julie


Designers have shown capes for several seasons- a trend that I am  obsessed with!  A cape is a great alternative to a veil for a bride who wants a bit of drama for her ceremony.  This season, the designers expanded their offerings and showed many types of ‘cover up’ options includes capelets.

Poet Sleeves

One of the freshest trends this market was poet sleeves.  These billowy, romantic sleeves graced many runways and were shown both sewn to the gown and as a detachable option.

Large Scale Floral Detail

We have seen appliques and floral details for several seasons. This season it was all about the large scale floral. Some designers opted to strategically place this detail, while others used it throughout the gown. This trend is so refreshing and romantic, particularly for a Spring or Summer wedding!

Clean and Classic

We have been seeing two extremes in bridal, either very ornate or clean and classic.  Almost every designer had at least one clean gown in their collection.  Clean and simple fabrics like crepe, Mikado and shantung appeared on runways in both full and fitted silhouettes.  I believe that all brides should be timeless, so this is one of my favorite trends!

Watteau Trains

A Watteu train is a train that comes from the top of the gown. It is similar to a cape, however it does not come around the shoulders.  This type of train adds a bit more of drama in the back of a gown.  It can be used in lieu of a veil or a veil can be layered on top of it for an even more dramatic look.

High Necks

High necklines graced several runways-both as part of the gown, or as a separate removable jacket.  This look is classic, yet modern and very sophisticated!


There is truly a look for every bride and this was exemplified by the number of jumpsuits that we saw on the runways.  Jumpsuits are an alternative to a gown for a modern or same sex wedding or make a great option for the reception, rehearsal dinner or shower!

Beth Chapman is a bridal stylist, author and owner of The White Dress by the shore, a quaint luxury bridal boutique in Connecticut.

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