8 Trends To Know From Bridal Fashion Week

Most people see wedding dresses in an entirely different light than their regular clothing. And rightfully so. A bridal gown will likely cost way more than you typically spend on most items, and it needs to feel so special, so unique, and so you (which, in a sea of styles cranked out by fast-fashion retailers, isn't the easiest thing in the world).

But what you probably didn't realize is that bridal trends and normal runway trends aren't all that different — a lot of the elements seen during fashion month have made their way to the runways of Bridal Fashion Week, too. And when they get that "big day" treatment, they're even more awesome than you thought.

To break down the looks that have infiltrated the wedding-dress market, we asked Elle Strauss, fashion director at Brides, to round up what she loved most from the shows. "Fall '17 Bridal Fashion Week saw so many exciting dresses and styles," she says. "It was a veritable delight for even the most discerning bride." Click on to see her picks.
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Ruffles
Cascades of tulle floated down many of the runways this season, giving the overall vibe a heavy dose of romance.

Monique Lhuillier
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Sachin Babi Ankasa
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Odylyne The Ceremony
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Off-The-Shoulder
This all-over-the-place trend has officially hit the bridal scene in a big way, from chic and clean to soft and embellished. The best part? It's not just for "fashion" brides.

Ines Di Santo
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Rime Arodaky
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Marchesa
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Flared Sleeves
Sleeves aren't taking center stage only in ready-to-wear — creative options like bell sleeves are now all over the bridal market, too.

Rivini
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Odylyne The Ceremony
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Theia
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High Necks
Delicate and demure, this style was often seen in lace with a nod to the Victorian era.

Isabelle Armstrong
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Inbal Dror
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Julie Vino
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Bows
The finishing touch on many dresses this season was bows of varying sizes, sitting right at the waist.

Inbal Dror
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Monique Lhuillier
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Carol Hannah
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Heavy Adornment
Sparkles, embroidery, and beading — we loved it all. These days, no detail is too intricate.

Rivini
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Inbal Dror
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Naeem Khan
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Ball Gowns Are Back
See you later, minimalism. When it comes to skirt size, the bigger, the better.

Ines Di Santo
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Monique Lhuillier
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Reem Acra
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High-Lows
Finally, a chance to actually show off those bridal shoes we often spend too much money on but can't actually see.

Marchesa
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Rime Arodaky
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