Bridal Feathers Are The Dramatic Wedding Dress Trend We're Seeing Everywhere

There's something about feathers that just captures attention. The look is perfect for adding a bold touch to any outfit — especially a gown. Because of this, feathers are all over the red carpets, and for good reason. This small accent creates a stunning impact that leaves a lasting impression on anyone looking. Feathers can be added to blouses, purses, or skirts, but they look the best on a wedding gown.

"Today's bride is all [about] letting her personality shine," senior brand stylist Lindsey Lovehile tells Brides. She adds, "These optimistic touches bring a sense of whimsy and fun — and who couldn't use more of that!?"  No matter what type of dress you're looking for, feathers can be incorporated to create a dramatic wedding look. Having feathers on your gown allows you to embrace your extra side while still looking like a bride. With a few simple tips, you'll be able to find your perfect feathered dress in no time.

Stick out from the crowd

While most dresses have feathers that lay flat on the gown, this is not always the case. You can find beautiful dresses where the feathers protrude out, creating a fascinating look. This looks best when the dress itself is pretty plain, so it doesn't distract from the feathering accents.

Add a sheer touch

If you want a more mature look, consider looking for a feathered gown that is also pretty sheer. Sheer dresses create a sexier look, and the feathers have the power to give an editorial touch. Thinner feathers look amazing with sheer fabric, as it creates a seamless appearance.

Cover yourself in feathers

If you're the type of person who wants to make their wedding dress as memorable as possible, pick a dress that's covered with feathers. While some people might be afraid of the feathers becoming too overpowering, it actually creates a unique look that'll be hard to find anywhere else.

Focus on the trim

Covering yourself in feathers might not be your cup of tea. So, if you want to add a retro touch to your dress, look for feather trimming. Feather trimming is usually found on the hemline or the neckline with the rest of the dress remaining untouched. Opt for a shorter wedding dress with feathers highlighting your hem.

Go with a bolero

Let's say you already have the dress in mind but love the look of feathers. Your best option? Adding a feathered accessory like a bolero — or perhaps a wedding cape to satisfy your theatrical side — to wear over your dress. This is great for more demure brides who love the look of feathers without getting a completely new gown.