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Wendy Reuer, Published June 09 2012

SPECIAL WEDDING EDITION: What to wear on your big day

FARGO - While the latest trends in bridal gowns may reflect a romantic innocence that seems reminiscent of retro styles, experts say a sleek, sexy look may be the next sought-after look for brides to be.

Brittney Krueger, owner of Affairs By Brittney, a full service bridal shop in Detroit Lakes, Minn., said a popular theme in the 2012 fall collections are slits, a sexy way to show a little leg for the daring bride.

Another trend she sees moving into the area soon is gowns with sheer illusion bodices: a gown topped with crystal and sequins overlaying a sheer fabric.

“We actually just got in our second dress like that. It’s gorgeous and I think it will be perfect for the right bride,” Krueger said.

The sexier styles may be sauntering down the runways, but it may be a little while before they are flying off the shelves, Krueger said.

“I think we’re going to start to see them in our area soon,” she said. “It takes us a couple years to catch on to those cover trends.”

In the meantime, 2012 shoppers still have plenty of options and fun trends to follow in both wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses.

“If 2012 has a trend, it’s really brides wanting the dress to reflect some part of their personality,” Krueger said.

And that personality can be reflected in many ways, from her own bridal gown to a variety of bridesmaid dress choices.

Three popular styles have sprung up this year as being favorites among brides and their maids: rosette detailing (often in a one shoulder design), shorter hemlines and lace.

Tea-length wedding and bridesmaids dresses have been increasing in popularity. The above-the-ankle-style is reminiscent of 1950s Parisian fashionistas.

While lace has long been the textile toted by Victorian-esque brides, the eye catching eyelets are drifting into bridesmaid territories as well.

Krueger said lace offers a romantic, effortless look.

Perhaps the biggest trend, Krueger said, is the shift away from uniform color and style between bridesmaid dresses and bridal gowns.

While the bridesmaids’ dresses may still reflect a small aspect of the bride’s dress (such as the same empire waist, or sweetheart neckline) gone are the days of the strict uniform.

Krueger said it is sometimes harder to coordinate, but finding one color then allowing each bridesmaid to pick a style they look best in, not only results in a “gorgeous” look but ups the ante for bridesmaids. It allows them to become more vested in the wedding and planning.

Designers have even honed in on the variety trend, offering both long and short options of similar dresses.

“It’s very close as far as how many pick short over long (dresses) but I’d say short has a slight lead,” Krueger said. “I think people really like the versatility of the shorter bridesmaids’ dresses.”

Krueger said designers are using more ready-to-wear fabrics such as cotton and chiffon, making it easier for bridesmaids to actually believe and possibly, just possibly, follow through with the old hope of wearing their dress again.