As the lockdown lifts, many of our brides are wanting to get back to our wedding planning, and even more importantly, shopping for their wedding dress.
The effects of the pandemic are already being felt the world over, and bridal fashion is no exception. We’re seeing a huge contrast in gown styles; with some brides opting for a simpler gown that they may be able to wear again, and others going all out glitz and glamour to treat themselves after a tough few months.
Whichever style you prefer, we’re sure to see a lot of change in bridal wear trends over the course of the next 12 months, purely down to the effects of the pandemic. From the start of this year alone, many designers have already altered their designs to suit changing tastes in bridalwear.
So we will be keeping an eye on emerging trends to update you as they arrive.
Looking at the latest bridal collections, we’re seeing heavy focus on full lace bridal gowns, with particular emphasis on sleeve detailing.
Allure Bridals Style 9754 – https://www.allurebridals.com/style/9754#gallery-1
Hibiscus Gown from Victoria Kay’s Signature Collection – https://victoriakay.co.uk/categories/2021/
These seem to be an emerging trend with nearly all the bridal designers we researched. Plunging necklines draw attention to the bodice and accentuate the shape of the gown. Some designers are going one step further by adding swarovski crystal detailing to the neckline.
Ronald Joyce Dierdre Gown – https://www.ronaldjoyce.com/collection/ronald-joyce/69575#
Mori Lee Addison Gown – https://www.morilee.co.uk/product/bridal-wedding-dresses/morilee/addison-wedding-dress/
Spaghetti strap styles
Going with the no fuss approach, an emerging trend we’re seeing is spaghetti strap gowns. None of the fuss of floaty sleeves or embroidery here.Some brides want a lightweight fitting gown that looks effortless and easy to wear.
Ivory & Co Bridal Alabaster Rose Gown – https://ivoryandcobridal.co.uk/collections/wild-at-heart/products/alabaster-rose
Victoria Kay Ella Collection – https://victoriakay.co.uk/categories/e259/
Off shoulder Bardot style
This style looks elegant and adds Hollywood glamour to the bridal look. Designers are using clean off shoulder looks as well as mix of heavy beading and embroidered off shoulder styles.
Justin Alexander Anastasia Gown – https://www.justinalexander.com/justin-alexander/collection/wedding-dresses/88148/
Ronald Joyce Doda Gown – https://www.ronaldjoyce.com/collection/ronald-joyce/69568
Extreme Low Backed gowns
If you have a low backed gown in mind, think lower! Designers like True Bride are showcasing gowns with extreme low backs and silk button detailing for brides who want to look elegant but sexy at the same time.
True Bride Gigi Dress – https://www.truebride.co.uk/2215/First-look-at-True-Brides-new-bridal-collections
Audrey Wedding Gown by Mori Lee – https://www.morilee.co.uk/product/bridal-wedding-dresses/morilee/audrey-wedding-dress/
Due to the current uncertainty surrounding wedding numbers and the potential for other lockdowns, many brides are opting for simple gowns with more of a focus on cost. There does seem to be this general consensus that brides think they should go for something less poofy for their wedding, with a return for more simple silhouettes.
Nicki Flynn by True Bride Gemma Gown – https://www.truebride.co.uk/2215/First-look-at-True-Brides-new-bridal-collections
Allure Bridals Style 9600 – https://www.allurebridals.com/style/9600
A continuation from last season, statement sleeves have been changed up for this season with more of a focus on balloon lace sleeves and also fit and flare boho sleeve styles.There is also a new emerging ‘flutter sleeves’ trend seen in Justin Alexander’s latest collection, inspired by 1930’s Art Deco.