After more than a year of delays due to the pandemic, the wedding season is back and couples can finally say “yes” and begin the next chapter of their lives together.
That means wedding fashion is back too. So what’s trending for post-lockdown brides?
1. Blusher veil
What, you might ask, is a blush veil? It’s the kind of veil that falls over the bride’s face ready to be lifted by her fiancé. After Ariana Grande was portrayed in a bow veil when she married Dalton Gomez in May, eBay searches for “red wedding veils” increased 600%.
2. Royal inspiration
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary this year. More than a decade after that fairytale day, brides are still taking inspiration from Kate’s look. Pinterest reports 70% more searches for “Kate Middleton dress” and an increase in searches related to her wedding hairstyle and makeup. above.
3. Dresses with puff sleeves
The hit series Bridgerton has had a major impact on fashion this year, not least in the bridal department. Inspired by Lady Whistledown and Co. there was a 205% increase in searches for “wedding dress with puff sleeves” on eBay.
4. Strapless dresses
Strapless wedding dresses never really go out of style, but this year we’re seeing a shift from tight corsets with large skirts to simpler designs, perhaps because many weddings have been downsized due to pandemic restrictions. On eBay, searches for “tube wedding dress” rose by 500% and “white strapless mini dress” by 173%.
5. Bridal jumpsuits
In the past few years, celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski, Sophie Turner and Millie Mackintosh have chosen suits or jumpsuits as one of their wedding looks, and now we’re seeing more brides doing the same, with searches for “white satin jumpsuits” up 400% Ebay.
6. Maternity wedding dresses
As a result of the pandemic baby boom, we’re seeing more brides tie the knot during pregnancy this year. The wedding website Hitched reports an 80% increase in searches for “maternity wedding dresses,” while eBay saw a 542% increase.