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When it comes to trendy wedding attire styles, changes to popular silhouettes, necklines, and skirt styles are more common than you think. Fortunately, the wedding dress trends of 2021 are just particularly great. If you’ve had to postpone your 2020 wedding, consider this an opportunity to get yourself a nice dress for your 2021 ceremony instead.
Of course, a bride’s personal style should determine her choice in dress, but there will always be accents and shapes that will be more popular than others over the years. “Simple, clean silhouettes and fabrics have been very popular lately and are rising through 2021,” said Sonali Lamba, co-founder and COO of Brideside, an online bridal retailer with showrooms in New York City, Boston, Chicago and Charlotte.
“If this year is something like the last, there are no rules for wedding fashion,” said Samantha Iacia, associate editor at WeddingWire. “Brides and newlyweds leave behind the idea that you can only wear certain types of clothes in certain environments.” Looks like everything will go in 2021! And we’re not mad about it.
If you prefer a minimalist aesthetic with fun fabrics, you’re in luck. “In the past, a bride looking for a simple silhouette would almost always look for a crepe dress, but this whole category is growing,” Lamba continues, adding that “soft mikado, taffeta and organza are also becoming increasingly popular.” A traditional silhouette with less traditional fabrics? We love to see it.
Oh, and just like any other aspect of fashion, the nineties are back. “The bridal fashion inspired by the 90s will be a big trend for 2021,” say stylists at the clothing company Azazie.
Shelley Brown, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor at Knot, agrees. “In 2021, we’ll see more streamlined silhouettes like sheaths and ’90s-inspired slip dresses than voluminous prom dresses and mermaids.”
Of course, shorter, less formal styles will also be on trend for the next year as more and more smaller ceremonies and elopements take place. That being said, not all brides get rid of the dramatic dress. “Removable parts are great for brides who want a different look for their ceremony and reception – especially if plans are delayed or changed due to COVID,” says Lamba.
“Short styles have a moment when you consider that weddings in 2021 will continue to look very different from weddings of the past. Think smaller guest lists, more relaxed and personal vibes, live streaming ceremonies, ”adds Emily Forrest, communications director at Zola.
“Cloaks and tulle borders are perfect for outdoor weddings, changing venues, and unpredictable weather,” emphasizes Lamba. “Plus you get two looks in one!” If you ask me, the more bridal looks you can get in one night the better.
Are you already thinking of your perfect dress? Read more 2021 wedding dress trends below, as well as a few dreamy dresses that might be just right for you.
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“Shorter trains will be popular in 2021 because wedding fashion trends are more casual than in previous years,” says Brown. Especially when smaller weddings and ceremonies become the norm, this casual yet gorgeous style seems to stay here.
“Brides choose more fun and a unique look that also offers flexibility and can be worn multiple times,” says Forrest. And the jumpsuit certainly fits this description. “Wedding fashion brands like Morilee and Anne Barge are even launching collections dedicated to casual short dresses and overalls,” Brown added.
“While sleek and chic styles are definitely on trend, there are also more maximalistic details such as ruffles, puff sleeves and 3-D flower applications,” notes Brown. We love the touch of shine these long puff sleeves add to the dress and just enough wow factor to the otherwise simple dress.
Gone are the days of big, voluminous skirts! Embrace this simpler bridal style, kind of a 90s-inspired look. “A lot of these neat case styles have a standout detail,” says Lamba, like the twisted knot at the neckline of this black halo dress.
Add a modern twist to your wedding dress with a moment with shawl sleeves like this one from Torrid. Made from luxurious crepe and georgette fabrics with a slightly fitted skirt, walking down the aisle in this dress will make you feel like the best of you on this big day. Major Princess Vibes!
There is nothing more beautiful than the subtle beauty of a slip dress. Sexy, slim and sophisticated, all eyes will * definitely * be on you as you walk down the aisle in this dress. I love the subtle detail with the cowl neckline and just enough pull to make a statement.
Little white dress
With more mini-funds and elopements in 2021 than ever before, brides are opting for something less dramatic and better suited to a smaller wedding. The little white dress still feels very bridal, but works in a more reserved setting.
The sleeves – long and short, voluminous and tailored, off-the-shoulder and off-the-shoulder – will be big in 2021. They complement the sheath-style dress that will be on trend next year and add the finishing touches to any simple silhouette. This dress in particular gives me a great Hailey Bieber mood.
“Light tulle adds dimension and texture, which can create a romantic and ethereal effect,” explains Lamba. That’s certainly the vibe I get from this detachable tulle skirt from Etsy, which is perfect to layer over a more fitted dress.
“The appliqué lace will be huge in 2021, partly because it combines so well with the clean fabrics and simple silhouettes that are becoming increasingly popular,” says Lamba. Case in point: this dreamy dress with an appliquéd lace top and a simple pleated skirt.
Romantic ball gown
With many weddings happening through Zoom, brides want to make sure their dress has an impact on the computer screen. A soft tulle skirt brings the necessary drama to this ball gown without looking like a cake topper. I love the romantic strapless neckline with its sexy little V-notch on the chest.
Pearls and embellishments will have a moment next year to add a touch of drama to the simplest sheath skirts, which are also trending. I love the sexy bodice of this dress combined with a figure-hugging ivory skirt. “The size of the look can be reduced, but not the special details that add shine and dimension,” says Forrest.