The Most Popular Wedding Dress Styles for 2011

By Ellis Friedman , last updated November 10, 2011

With so many choices of wedding dress styles, the search for the perfect dress can be harrowing. While a wedding dress should look contemporary and stylish, it is also important that it reflect the bride’s personality with a timeless look. A glance at the most popular wedding dress styles for 2011 will shed some light on classic yet contemporary wedding dresses.

Ruffles and Flowers

In 2011 wedding dress styles are all about a girly, romantic chic. Ruffles and flower appliqués are gracing every silhouette. Vera Wang’s Spring 2011 Bridal Collection is teeming with ruffles and flowers, as is the Reem Acra Bridal Royal Collection and numerous other bridal designer lines. Ruffles can be subtle and feminine as well as big and bold, so choose the amount of decoration that suits your taste and your figure. When buying a dress with ruffles, make sure it is a flattering cut, as ruffles can obscure or add bulk to one's body.

One Shoulder

The one-shoulder neckline is definitively in style for 2011. The one shoulder neckline is flattering to the shoulders and collarbone and its elegance transcends trends. A perfect example of a classic one-shoulder gown is the Vera Wang White One Shoulder Gown with Asymmetrically Draped Skirt, $600. The Grecian-inspired draping flatters the waist and gracefully sweeps around your figure, and the asymmetrical draping is another of 2011’s wedding dress trends.


Another of the hottest wedding dress styles for 2011 is the mermaid, which hugs close to the body through the waist, hips, and flares out just above the knee. The mermaid silhouette accentuates a beautiful hourglass shape and adds some drama to any bride’s entrance. A luxurious example of a mermaid gown is the Priscilla of Boston Style 4109 strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline. Because mermaid is one of the hottest styles for 2011, virtually every bridal site and salon will carry the mermaid style.

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