When looking at the latest Bridalwear trends, it’s clear to see that anything is possible right now. Here are a few of the trends we’re predicting will stand the test of time and last long into 2022.
Who knew feathers would come back again? Designers are providing dramatic feather-laden options for brides wanting to make an entrance at their wedding. Feathers are being incorporated into sleeves, the neckline and within the veil to really make a statement.
The runaway trend of 2021, and expected to last long into 2022, Boho is officially back. It almost disappeared but then the resurgence of crochet gowns and floaty sleeves meant that Boho had a big revival. Many designers now have Boho gowns in their new collections, featuring long floaty skirts with floral detailing, giving the bride an effortless look.
Having a resurgence are gowns with a shorter hemline. Going back to basics where gowns are functional as well stunning, the short bridal gown has come about after the many micro-weddings had during the pandemic. But these shorter gowns are definitely a trend that’s looking to cement its place in bridalwear. Whether short, dip hem or midi style, there’s a huge selection of short gowns to choose from.
Statement sleeves are in full force and designers have really gone to town with their bell sleeves, bishop sleeves and puff sleeve gowns. We’re seeing a lot of off-the-shoulder puff sleeve gowns that add texture and volume to an otherwise ‘straight up straight down’ bridal look.
This is a trend that’s gaining traction as it showcases a simple look that can take the bride from day to night. It’s becoming popular as it can be altered with a cape or coat and then transformed into party mode for the evening reception with the removal of sleeves. Designers Pronovias and Justin Alexander are definite advocates of the two in one gown.
Not just in a white or ivory gown either. The addition of colourful floral accents to bridal gowns gives a nod to nature and adds a pop of colour and whimsy to the otherwise traditional Bridal Gown. Bridal designer Marchesa in particular have taken this trend and are running with it.
Slinky silhouette gowns
It seems the princess style of wedding gowns has weakened in popularity and in its place is a more relaxed style of wedding gown that takes inspiration from the 90’s when Kate Moss was the one to watch. Designers are focussing more on easy to wear gowns that flow, rather than the Disney princess style wedding gown that’s very structured. Gowns that drape across curves and show off a bride’s shape are in favour, and these can also be dressed up with a shawl or bolero.
Sustainability is definitely the word of this year; many brides have been searching for ‘vintage’ or ‘second-hand’ gowns in an effort to help the environment. They’re also searching for gowns they can re-wear after the big day and are going for alternative choices like a suit or slip dress.
Designers like Mori Lee and Pronovias are bringing back the corset bodice for weddings. The bodice is being incorporated into slinky gowns more often than not, providing a gown that accentuates the curves but also looks effortless and free-flowing in the skirt.