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Area retailers say this year's trends veer away from traditional wedding tuxes, gowns

Intricate lacework is shown on this bridal gown, which also features a key-hole back and transparent sleeves, on display at Bliss Bridal in Mitchell. Sandy Slama, owner of Sandra Rose in Tyndall, said all three of those features have increased in popularity for bridal gowns recently. (Photo by Candy DenOuden/Republic)

Every year, the fashion world rolls out runways of new styles, from the glamorous to the ghastly.

Those trends trickle down into everyday wear and, of course, weddings.

But Milan, New York and London are a long way from South Dakota, and while news may travel fast, clothes take a little longer.

"You see that stuff start with the fashion shows on the coasts," said Sandy Slama, owner of Sandra Rose in Tyndall. "Years back it would take maybe a couple years before we'd start seeing it here."

Slama, who opened her full-service prom and bridal boutique 16 years ago, said that's still what drives South Dakota's formal fashion trends.

"Anymore between Pinterest and Internet, I see that timeframe shortening," Slama said. "What we'll see at the shows at market ... typically we'll see here one season later."

Slama said lace has been hot for wedding dresses this year, as well as key-hole backs and a slight departure from the ubiquity of strapless gowns.

"Strapless is still big, but I'm seeing a lot of girls wanting a little something more there," Slama said.

For bridesmaids, she said shorter styles are popular, with blue and purple shades dominating the color wheel.

"The different shades of blues and grays have been strong," Slama said. "I'm starting to see hints of grays and yellows, or grays and peach kind of pop onto the color scene."

For men, Slama said while black tuxes are always a "mainstay," but other colors are starting to pick up.

"The charcoal gray, platinum tuxes have been a kind of emerging style here," she said.

Other area retailers agree, saying non-traditional tuxes have picked up steam.

Renee Michael, of Michael's Toggery in Mitchell, said she also has seen an uptick in colorful tuxes.

"We're seeing more wedding parties pick charcoal gray or brown or even ... a tan color," she said.

Most of the time, though, she said a black tux with a colored vest is the route people choose.

"There are hundreds of colors of vests," she said.

Megan Sabers, owner of the recently opened Bliss Bridal in Mitchell, said along with gray, brown tuxes have been popular.

"A lot of people are going away from the traditional black," she said.

Bridal trends are not quite so easy to pin down, though.

"There's so many different things right now," Sabers said. "I've seen everything this year, from vintage lace to your Cinderella princess dress. Everybody that has come in has wanted something different."

She has seen brides leaning toward ivory, rather than snowy-white hues, for their gowns, and bridesmaids fitted in nude or earth tones.

The disparity between the shops could reflect what fashion writers are calling this year's biggest trend: anything goes.

According to The Associated Press, top fashion analysts say Westerners are "trended out," leaving more room for personal touches -- particularly on the wedding scene.