2020 Wedding Dress Trends

A bride wearing a long-sleeved lace wedding dress.

Bridal fashion in 2020 is looking fabulous. From the runways to social media, wedding dress trends are coming in from every direction. There are eternal classic styles, blasts from the past, and tons of new interpretations. Whether you’re the trendy bride type or simply looking for something unique to wear at your wedding, look to these top hits for your bridal inspiration.

Statement Sleeves

A bride wearing a lace wedding dress with bell sleeves.

Designers have been getting creative with sleeves for a while now, and this year, they’re making them bigger and bolder. From puffy sleeves a la Princess Diana’s dress to Renaissance-inspired bell shapes, statement sleeves are making a comeback. Bell sleeves work well with a variety of looks including a relaxed bohemian one. They’re ideal for a fairy tale-themed wedding. Other trends in sleeves include t-shirt cuts, which pair well with a low or high scoop neck cut, wide v-neck, or cowl neck. This style is flattering on pretty much everyone. Look to the designs of Jenny Packham and Carolina Herrera for some ideas.

Show Your Shoulders

A bride wearing a dress that shows off her shoulders.

You can also skip sleeves altogether and showcase your sexy shoulders instead. Off-the-shoulder styles and one-shoulder cuts will be even more popular in 2020. There are many varieties to this, with a flattering option for all. Choose lace or a lighter material for a romantic feminine look, or a stiffer one such as satin for a style that’s more classic.

Hop into a Jumpsuit

Pants, be they as part of a tuxedo or a jumpsuit, are showing up everywhere. If you want to add a tomboy touch, they may seem like no-brainer, but they should also be considered even if you’re after a feminine look. Some of the designs spotted on the runways can rival haute couture dresses. If a jumpsuit doesn’t feel right for a ceremony, they could work well for the reception or after-party. It’ll make it much easier to dance and mingle, won’t it?

Anything but White

A bride wearing a pink wedding dress.

Of course, white dresses will always be in fashion but in 2020, expect to see a lot of off-white and colored varieties as well. Marchesa, Vera Wang, and Valentino all showcased some creative colored bridal dresses on the runway. Alexander McQueen and Reem Acra also presented plenty of combos with black. If you want to lean towards a more traditional take on this wedding dress trend, opt for champagne, blush pink, peach, or sky blue for your dress. A soft green shade is also expected to be big, as are metallic details. Or you can also go bold with a jewel tone or your favorite color.

And with a Bow on Top

A bride getting the bow on the back of her lace wedding dress tied.

Bows have been spotted everywhere in all shapes and sizes. At the front of the dress, on the back, or on the bodice, bows will be big this year. Pronovias offered some interesting ideas on how to implement a bow on any wedding dress design. No matter how you wear them, they will definitely make a statement.

The Gone-in-Seconds Skirt

The jumpsuit can also be paired with another up-and-coming trend: the removable skirt. Spotted at Oscar de la Renta and other runways, removable skirts come in many different styles. Some are half-skirts, so they only cover the back or one side, while some wrap around completely. The removable skirt also pairs well with dresses and allows you to easily switch between two different looks. If you’re a fuss-free bride, you’ll appreciate the endless fashion options that this innovation will give you.

Fluffy Feathers

Feathers have slowly been showing up on the runways like Lela Rose and Hayley Paige the past few years. This year, you’ll see a whole lot more of them. While they may seem too much for a classic bride, they’re definitely a must-have for anyone who doesn’t mind the extra attention. Feathers, depending on how you wear them, can add an ethereal element to your look. You can wear a few as just an accessory, or opt for a full-on dramatic look.

Spaghetti Straps

A bride wearing a wedding dress with spaghetti straps and running down the street with her groom.

You may remember narrow straps as a ’90s thing, but they’re making their way back into fashion. The looks showcased today are far from outdated, however, with modern details such as deep cuts in the front and/or back, mermaid silhouettes, and luxe fabrics. You can get some ideas from Pronovias, Whistles, and Morilee by Madeline Gardner.

3-D Flowers

Floral prints will continue to be a hit this year so designers such as Monique Lhuiller are taking it up a notch making the flowers three-dimensional. On a white or monochromatic dress, it’s an interesting way to add texture. Alternatively, they can be used to stain the dress with pops of color in a futuristic fashion.

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