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Hot Off the Runway: Two Tier Wedding Gowns for 2012

If you are wondering what will be the freshest new look for spring 2012 wedding dresses, the wait is over! The most unique style which was showcased for spring is the two tier wedding gown. It is a completely new silhouette, very different from the mermaid dresses which have reigned supreme in recent years. Learn more about the intriguing new two tier bridal gowns, and discover if one might even be perfect for your wedding.

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I have always found it fascinating how a new silhouette or style can take hold simultaneously in the collections of many different designers. Do they all get together over champagne cocktails one afternoon and decide that the two tier gown is the new “it” style? However it happens, it certainly has happened in the case of the two tier wedding dress. You will find versions of this style in the 2012 collections at most of the major bridal houses. It can be a tricky style to wear; the key is to find one that works with your figure, rather than against it.

There are several approaches to a double layered skirt on a bridal gown. In some cases, the upper layer is a separate piece of fabric (attached at the waist, of course), that is allowed to float freely over the full length tier underneath it. The top tier can be as short as a pert little peplum, or as long as a mid-calf skirt. The designers were generally showing both tiers made from the same fabric, although there was a lovely vintage inspired dress at BHLDN that had a wide lace trim on the top tier, giving it a strong visual separation from the lower tier. At most of the designers, however, the visual separation was achieved by giving the top layer a bit of extra volume.

Speaking of extra volume, the key to wearing a two tier gown is to find one that does not add extra fullness where you need it the least. A short peplum, as seen at Marchesa, Junko Yoshioka, and others, is a great way to emphasize a small waist. It can help to create an hourglass figure on a bride with a fairly straight shape. However, curvy brides should steer clear of the short peplum, as it adds fullness to the hips. Gals who want to trim their hips should opt for longer tiers, such as the gracefully curved flowing tier skirt seen at Carolina Herrera. A long straight veil will make a nice counterpoint to the double layered gown. Try it with a jeweled comb for your bridal hair jewelry for an elegant detail.

The other way that two tier wedding gowns are being shown for 2012 is with the top tier tucked under, creating a small bubble. Christos showed several gowns with this silhouette, which is an interesting mix of slender and full on the bottom. The bubble peplum would definitely have to hit you at the exact right spot for this style to work. Some designers showed the bubble draped lower, such as Rivini, which is a bit less dramatic and fashion-forward, but also easier to pull off. Romantic bridal jewelry will be a wonderful accent for these feminine wedding gowns.

The new two tier wedding gowns for 2012 are a very interesting new direction. They may take a little while to get used to (at least for me), but they feel very fresh and unique. If you are a bride-to-be, why not take the leap, and try on some of the hot new double layer bridal gowns? You might just find that a two tier wedding dress is twice as nice!

Bridget Mora loves wedding fashion and has written hundreds of articles about wedding trends, bridal jewelry, design, and style. Read more of her articles about weddings in the wedding planning books she has written for Silverland Jewelry.

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