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Top Wedding Dress Trends for 2020
Next year’s bridal fashion verdicts are officially in: prepare to be dazzled by the new line-up of shapes, hemlines, embellishments, layers, colours and accessories. The Wedding Ideas fashion desk has brought together a hotlist of the key wedding dress trends fresh off the catwalks in one handy round-up to help style-conscious brides-to-be in your quest for The One. From feathery feels to Studio 54 glamour and frothy tulle ruffles to tailored suits, read on for next season’s most covetable big-day looks.
This big (sleeved) trend sees 80s volume making a huge comeback, but banish those visions of meringue-style dresses that plague your family photo albums. Theia showed us how to do nostalgia right with a modern take on the retro trend at New York Bridal Week 2020.
Corset Wedding Dress Styles
The underwear as outerwear trend which first propelled into the fashion pages at the start of this decade is making a comeback as we head into 2020. This time it’s commanding the stage at the bridal shows and we’re loving the corseted trend seen at Hayley Paige, Lihi Hod and and Ines Di Santo in New York.
Ever since the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out onto the steps of Westminster Abbey in that stunning Sarah Burton dress back in 2011, long sleeve wedding dresses have continued to grace bridal collections and prove popular with brides around the world.
From high-octane Victoriana, to sleek and simple sheer sleeves, the trend is executing its staying power, thanks to new styles, fabrics and cuts for 2020.
Think jumpsuits, fringing and bohemian ease, the 1970s are officially back!
Dig out that mirrorball and unleash your inner Bianca Jagger: for spring 2020, Studio 54-inspired chic is the way to go if your bridal vibe is boho. This free-spirited trend could be seen in the wild fringing at Oscar de la Renta, Charlie Brear and Virgos Lounge, flare-legged jumpsuits at Viktor & Rolf Mariage and Reem Acra and the sequinned maximalism at Naeem Khan and Galvan. Subtler ways to channel the party decade? Drape an embellished kimono over a simple slip, à la Theia.
Pair this fabulous Charlie Brear beaded fringe gown with some chunky metallic heels and feathered earrings to complete the free-spirited and totally elegant 70s look. Groovy baby!
This chic lurex dress by Viktor & Rolfe Mariage features a beautiful drape and neck sash and gorgeous 70s style luxe sleeves, complimented by a sexy split at the front and a flirtatious opening at the back.
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From full-length lace cover-ups to structured silk jackets, hold something back for the big reveal.
This silk peplum Warhol coat proves that Halfpenny London truly understands the modern bride. Sleek, beautiful and utterly individual this silk jacket fuses vintage inspo with Brit cool for a totally chic cover up.
Check out some more cool cape options here
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Modest Wedding Dress Trends
Keep necklines high and hemlines low with the modern take on the Victoriana wedding dress style
Following on from 2019’s RTW prairie-chic trend (see The Vampire’s Wife and Rixo), bridal labels such as Zuhair Murad, Katya Katya and Eisen Stein have taken the covered-up look one step further, with ruffled Victorian-era necklines, long, fitted sleeves, and even longer, flowing skirts. For extra sartorial points, serve up this demure period-inspired look with sheer layers and lashings of peekaboo lace.
Though high-necked and floor-length, this graceful Eisen Stein number is figure-hugging, sheer and with lashings of lace and chiffon, is a sexy, modern take on the Victoriana trend.
This extraordinary gown from Phuong My fuses the Victorian trend with a classic ball-gown full tulle skirt. The lace bodice with its high neck and long-sleeves is well-fitted, contemporary and sexy and the heavy, flowing skirt is completely princess-worthy. We’ve got serious dress envy.
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RELATED: Eager for more princess-worthy gowns? The Jude Jowilson bridal collection for 2020 features some gorgeous classic ball-gown style dresses.
Co-ords or clash? You decide. We heart this subversively chic look.
These gorgeous Ralph and Russo tailored troos will take you from wedding day, to dancing the night away in the most elegant and modern way possible.
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Shorter wedding dresses are growing in popularity as more and more brides-to-be choose to step away from tradition. From tea-length wedding dresses and ballerina styles to 50s throwbacks and daring mini-dresses. Check out our edit of the best short wedding dresses here.
Even a simple flourish of this touchy-feely texture adds opulence to classic bridal styles.
Whether you’ve got the chutzpah to rock a full-on, marabou-look midi (see Oscar de la Renta) or prefer to keep the fluffy stuff as a simple cuff trim (Berta) or hemline highlight (Pronovias), there’s no denying that the big-day feathers movement is going nowhere. As the soft-touch embellishments reinforce their place in high-end bridal fashion for next season, they’re becoming more versatile: find them to everything from shoulder straps to mini skirts.
Float down the aisle in this fabulous feathered fantasy by Oscar de la Renta. If you’re looking for extravagance and elegance combined, a fluffy look is definitely the way to go.
If you choose the feathered way you can’t do it half-heartedly. Zuhair Murad display this triumphantly in this incredible feathered-ball gown from their 2020 collection. There’s no such thing as too many feathers!
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Lace Wedding Dresses
Go dotty for this spotty new lace trend, ideal for low-key overlays and barely-there sleeves
Romantic, whimsical and effortlessly elegant this Eione top and Ephyra skirt combo from Christos Costerellos is a simple and sophisticated option for non-traditional brides.
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Love the two-piece trend? Here are some more options for super stylish bridal separates.
For ultimate romance and impact, infinite layers of tulle is still the way to go
For serious princess feels, next year’s brides really need to pump up the volume. But what makes 2020’s riff on the ruffle different? It’s all in the texture: tulle is the essential ingredient for spring’s maximalist brides. Whether it’s A-line parachute tiers (as seen at Carolina Herrera and Demetrios), fanned fishtail pleats (perfected at Pronovias) or ballgown skirts of concertined crinkles (runway hits for Atelier Pronovias and Suzanne Neville respectively), the result is sheer perfection.
This immaculate gown by Carolina Herrera has a freshness to it that can only really be achieved by that many ruffles and such a fabulously full skirt. Joyful, graceful and pure, this dress is a true bridal masterpiece.
Provonias’ Serena gown is what mermaid dreams are made of. The ravishingly romantic ruffled fishtail skirt seems to go on forever and the sleek, figure-hugging bodice is sumptuously sexy.
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Related: Keen to celebrate those beautiful curves? These are the best plus size wedding dresses of 2019.
Micro-trend: Scalloped necklines
An antidote to last year’s Meghan-inspired boat-neck trend, this subtle decolletage cut flatters feminine curves beautifully.
Suzanne Neville does it again with this scalloped-neckline Heaven gown. Pure bridal beauty, the pretty cut of the neck gorgeously compliments the feminine curves that are shown off in this effortlessly elegant silk gown.
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Wedding Dress Styles: Your Ultimate Guide
From ball gown and boho wedding dresses to fishtail wedding dresses, here’s your ultimate guide and everything you need to know about wedding dress styles.
Ball Gown Wedding Dresses
The most traditional of the wedding dresses, the ball gown provides the ultimate classic bridal look and a choice shape for brides with a straight body shape – a fuller skirt will give the illusion of wider hips if you have an athletic frame. With layers of fabric descending in a beautiful bell shape and brought together with a tight bodice, this is ‘the’ style for brides picturing the traditional fairytale wedding!
You are guaranteed to make an unforgettable entrance in this timelessly classic haute-couture inspired Demetrios gown from their SS2020 collection. Luxurious, opulent and dazzling this glamorous dress is everything a bridal gown should be.
Reem Acra‘s signature blend of tradition and trend is perfectly demonstrated in this show-stopping dress. The magnificent full skirt paired with the delicate tight-bodice is truly a fairytale dream come true.
Boho Wedding Dresses
Loose, relaxed, and covered in lace, bohemian style dresses are the new go to style for a lot of summer weddings or weddings overseas. Perfect for creating an effortless, laid back, and free spirited look, bridal names are adapting a new found approach to designing – think white dresses with a touch of bridal!
Totally flattering and easy to wear, these Grace Loves Lace dresses from their new collection are the ultimate in boho chic. Elegant and yet still free and easy, and with a hint of high fashion they are the perfect blend for a laid-back, ultra-stylish bridal look. Would wear again!
RELATED: Want more Boho? The Grace Loves Lace Capsule collection will definitely satisfy your relaxed bridal style!
A new trend on the block coloured dresses are proving far more popular than we anticipated, offering modern brides the chance to express their individuality for a ultra special occasion without taking away from the most flattering styles. Colour tints in champagne, dusky blue, blush, and even red have graced catwalks of some of the most prestigious bridal designers. You might find this selection a refreshing change from the impracticality of white!
This beautiful pink blush number from David’s Bridal offers a refreshing take on a classic ballgown bridal dress. The traditional shape and delicate colour are elegant with just a little bit of extra sass. Perfect for a bride looking for something out of the ordinary.
Why not steer clear of pale colours all together and go for something completely out of the ordinary? This midnight blue beauty from Pronovias is full of drama and still highly romantic.
Column Wedding Dresses
The column fit follows your body’s natural shape, soft fitting and minimalistic for a more casual approach to the bridal look. This type of dress is perfect for petite brides who don’t want to drown in too many bulky layers – you still want your figure to look defined. These styles are often a little more understated but still bang on trend in line with more relaxed boho styles.
This Theia Adrienne column gown from the SS20 collection has Greek Goddess vibes, proving that simplicity can often have the most impact. Flattering and flowing this dress lets you wear it and not the other way around.
This gorgeous True Bride gown is refined, classic and yet oh so modern, as well as being flattering on curves without being OTT. Its also bang on the bohemian trend with its romantic lace and pretty train and sleeves.
Related: Can’t decide what style to go for? Take a look at our handy guide to choosing the right dress for your shape…
Fishtail Wedding Dresses
Fit and flare dresses are a real winner for pear shape silhouettes or the hour glass figure! Something fitted all the way down to just above your knees will hug your curves and highlight the smallest part of your body – your waist. Otherwise known as the mermaid or fishtail dress because of the dramatic whimsical fanned skirt, choose from a wealth of necklines to complement your bust and frame.
This elegant Carolina Herrera fishtail gown fits beautifully in all the right places and makes your legs look as though they go on for days. The delicate illusion neckline with the chiffon overlay is fabulously flattering and sexy.
Donna Salado uses beads and chiffon in this wonderfully sophisticated fishtail gown, with pretty buttons down the almost-backless back. The flowing fishtail itself is subtle and gentle but still full of impact.
Embroidered Wedding Dresses
If you find yourself longing for a strapless style or something ultra sexy and a little more daring – illusion dresses have really taken a turn towards this trend in the last few years. Fashion-forward illusional necklines and backs combine with shear yet sophisticated fabrics, layers and overlays. This is where embellishments really come into their own!
Ralph and Russo have combined a classic ball gown with beautiful, romantic flower embroidery, heavenly added textures a chiffon overlay and a sophisticated illusion neckline to create this piece of ultimate bridal beauty. This dress is fit for a queen and we don’t think you’ll ever want to take it off…
This Berta embroidered gown is full of sparkle, pizzaz and illusions. Sultry, sexy and uber glam the daring neckline is full of drama and the double layer skirt adds to the alluring quality of this shimmering fairy-like gown.
The Best Wedding Dresses Under £100
1. Meryl Dress – Chi Chi Clothing, £75
If you want a shorter dress, this dip-hem Bardot dress is a total dream. This would be great for a civil ceremony, where you want elegant and sophisticated but also slightly more informal. Plus, for that price, you could easily dye it afterwards and wear it as a summery dress. It would look so good in baby pink or pastel blue.
2. Camilla Dress – £85, Dorothy Perkins
Lace cap sleeves, a flowing chiffon skirt and a satin sash give this purse-friendly gown from Dorothy Perkins a classic bridal feel that will look right at home anywhere from your local village church to a beach in the Caribbean.
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3. Satin Dress – H&M, £49.99
Whether you’re getting married in a registry office or in your back garden, sometimes a casual wedding dress is just right. This frill-trim, tiered satin dress from H&M is the perfect pick for laidback nuptials and would look stunning with a simple wildflower bouquet.
4. Tiered Chiffon Dress – H&M, £59.99
Puff sleeve, tiered dresses are everywhere right now and we totally think the trend translates for wedding dresses too. This chiffon dress from H&M makes for the perfect laidback beach wedding or elopement look.
5. Premium Lace Maxi Dress – Vila Bridal, £75
Detailed lace contrasts beautifully with the simple shape of this dress from Vila Bridal at ASOS. The Scandi brand nail the laidback chic bridal style so popular on Instagram while retaining a timeless feel that won’t feel dated when you look back at your wedding photos in years to come.
6. Bardot Asymmetric Crepe Dress – Lavish Alice, £70
Wedding dresses don’t have to be long or midi lengths, you know. A mini dress can make a statement and give a modern, laidback feel to proceedings. We love this Bardot crepe mini dress from Lavish Alice at Selfridges.
READ MORE: 14 Beautiful Beach Wedding Dresses
7. Ruffled Crepe Midi Dress – Lavish Alice, £80
If you’re not quite feeling a mini wedding dress, how about this midi with a subtle side split? Lavish Alice have nailed the asymmetric look once again with this ruffled, one shoulder design that we could totally see at a city chic wedding.
8. Ruffled Side Slit Midi Dress – & Other Stories, £95
Calling all beach brides! This side slit midi dress from & Other Stories is the ideal gown for you. We love the on-trend square neck and ruffled straps and how the fit of the gown is tailored yet relaxed.
9. Art Deco Hand-Embellished Dress – Gatsbylady London, £75
If you’re a lover of vintage styles, then we reckon you’ll fall head over heels for this slinky drop-waist, embellished gown from Gatsbylady London. Available in off-white and blush, this gown would look amazing at a black tie wedding.
10. Flutter Sleeve Wedding Dress – ASOS, £95
We can’t quite believe that this gorgeous lace wedding dress from ASOS costs less than £100! It looks so expensive and your guests will never know that your wedding dress was such a bargain. Team this elegant style with a pretty flower crown to really enhance the boho look.
11. Plunge Neckline Wedding Dress – Boohoo, £40
Priced at a modest £40, this plunging lace wedding dress from Boohoo is super stylish. The detailed fabric makes the dress feel much more expensive than it really is and you will only need simple jewellery to complete this pretty bridal look.
12. Bella Bardot Maxi Dress with Thigh Split – Jarlo London, £88
Jarlo is a fantastic brand for figure-hugging dresses that flatter all shapes and sizes – you can choose to view their designs on different height and body type models so you can work out how it would look on you. You can buy it from ASOS, House of Fraser or their own website. We love this covetous, curve-enhancing bardot with a thigh split and fishtail train.
13. Crop Top Lace Mini Wedding Dress – ASOS, £95
14. Fleur Dress – Chi Chi London, £30
With a floral bodice and flowing, tiered tulle skirt, this dress is the height of romance and femininity. The deep plunge and cross-over back make this an up-to-date take on the princess theme and totally on trend. If you want to go extra on your big day, this would suit perfectly.
The Best Wedding Dresses Under £250
15. Ruched Halterneck Maxi Wedding Dress – ASOS, £120
ASOS has your on-trend styles covered, and with luxe attention to detail, this beautiful gown could not be more perfect for the most important day of your life.
The lightweight, woven fabric skims the body and falls effortlessly to the ground, while the halterneck and ruched front are two timeless features. This dress would be just as perfect at your beach wedding as it would be for your celebration at a stately home.
16. Elsie Dress – Chi Chi London, £120
A total snip at just £120, this all-over lace gown from Chi Chi London would easily look at home in a high-end bridal boutique. We love the fit and flare silhouette and plunging neckline, the Elsie gown perfectly strikes the balance between traditional and modern vibes.
17. Livi Dress – Chi Chi London, £140
We love this one-shoulder satin design from Chi Chi London. Shoulder and waist embellishments give this simple gown just the right amount of detail and draw the eye to your face and curves – ideal! We also love the sexy side split that’s just perfect for showing off your bridal shoes.
18. Reinah Twill Mini Dress – Ted Baker, £199
If you’re lusting after a mini wedding dress, we’d seriously consider the Reinah dress from Ted Baker at Selfridges. We’re loving the playful tiered skirt and tie waist and at just £199, there’s plenty of room left in the budget for some show-stopping heeled sandals to complete the look.
19. Leyden Dress – BHLDN, $198
We love this sweet and simple gown from BHLDN. The puff sleeves are super romantic while the fit and flare silhouette is fun and feminine. We’d definitely make like the BHLDN team and style the Leyden dress with some cute bow shoes!
20.Sophia Plunge Lace Wedding Dress – ASOS, £135
If you’re a fan of the traditional look but aren’t keen on traditional bridal boutique prices, check out the Sophia gown from ASOS. Featuring a classic lace bodice with cap sleeves and a floaty A-line skirt, none of your guests will suspect it came from high street favourites, ASOS.
21. Wedding Dress with Open Back and Floral Embroidery – ASOS, £180
We’re seriously into statement back wedding dresses here at Hitched HQ and so this embroidered beauty from ASOS had to make the list of our favourite cheap wedding dresses. Just imagine how stunning this will look as you stand at the altar!
22. Lace Halter-Neck Maxi Wedding Dress – ASOS, £120
Meghan Markle brought halter-neck styles back when she rocked that Stella McCartney gown at her wedding reception and we’re more than happy to follow her fashion lead. We love this lace take on the trend by ASOS, the lace skirt is long enough to look classic while leaving plenty of room for your dancing feet to move freely across the dance floor!
23. Fatal Seamless Stretch-Jersey Dress – Wolford, £130
Yes, the Wolford that’s famous for its tights and lingerie has created a totally gorgeous, sensuously-soft maxi dress. There’s nowhere to hide, but if you love tight-fitting clothing, something as simple and striking is this column jersey dress lets your body do all the talking. It might get a little cold being worn in the UK, but it’s ideal as a destination wedding dress.
24. Satin Wedding Dress – H&M, £120
This H&M dress is truly elegant and looks hundreds of pounds more expensive than its price tag – under £150! The necklines are really interesting: a straight one at the front and a deep V at the back. It mixes modest with a flash of flesh from behind.
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The Best Wedding Dresses Under £500
25. Gatsby Dress – Reformation, £460
Sexy yet demure, the Gatsby dress strikes the perfect balance. We love how the side split and flowing fabric make for a dramatic sweep down the aisle (as well as a seriously cool wedding photo or two!) and think that the simple design and long sleeves are totally timeless.
26. Ingrid Dress – Reformation, £350
This simple gown from Reformation is giving us serious 90’s supermodel vibes thanks to its square neck, spaghetti straps and elegant silhouette. We’d keep hair down in a natural style with this gown and pair it with some simple sandals and studs.
READ MORE: Our Favourite Lace Wedding Dresses
27. Jeanne Dress – Constellation Âme, £399
British brand Constellation Âme really know a thing or two about creating simple, chic designs that look and feel expensive. Just because they look pricey though, it doesn’t mean they are. The stunning wrap-over Jeanne dress is a bargain at just £399!
28. Liliana Dress – Ghost, £296.25
Boho meets vintage in this latest offering from Ghost’s Cloud Dancer collection. The Liliana dress features the most divine pussy-bow tie at the back and beautiful frill detailing around the shoulders. Cut in an effortlessly flattering silhouette, this gown will move with your body so you can dance all evening.
29. Poppy Embroidered Dress – Phase Eight, £450
There’s a modern look to this Phase Eight dress that works really well with the timeless all-over lace look. The sleeves are flattering on every body type and those hems trimmed with contrast satin edging make this look much more expensive than it is. Don’t miss the semi-sheer back and the cute buttons down it.
30. Anastasia Jumpsuit – Constellation Âme, £329
Don’t fancy wearing an actual wedding dress? We’ve got you covered with this satin, wide leg jumpsuit. We love the halter-neck and gathered waist and could totally see this at a city registry office wedding with a pair of killer heels.
31. Sander Dress – BHLDN, $390
BHLDN isn’t technically a UK high street store – it’s the US-based sister brand to Anthropologie. That does mean that you’ll have to get it delivered, but for these gorgeous dresses it’s worth it. The Sanders dress is a chic, body-skimming v-neck dress covered in beading that has a truly vintage vibe.
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32. Kimono Sleeve Wedding Dress – ASOS, £295
Calling all boho brides! This surprisingly cheap wedding dress is about to make all of your laidback, flower-child wedding dreams comes true. We’re obsessed with the draping sleeves and deep V-neckline and would so be pairing this with a wild and wonderful bouquet.
33. Bellerose Dress – Ghost, £221.25
For under £300, there’s little on the high street with such beautiful craftsmanship and as elegant a shape at this price tag. We adore this contemporary and sleek off-the-shoulder dress, which draws the eye with the statement shoulder frill and then sculpts down the body.
34. Leaf Guipure Maxi Dress – Self-Portrait, £450
Modern brides will love this tiered, long-sleeve guipure lace dress from Self-Portrait. The graphic lace offers up a contemporary take on traditional bridal lace while the modest high neckline gives it a timeless appeal that will never date.
35. Puff Sleeve Floral Pattern Cotton Dress – Self-Portrait, £340
Cut to an A-line silhouette, this gorgeous Self Portrait cotton cut-out dress is fitted throughout with a flared skirt. We love the high-neck and on-trend puff sleeves as well and reckon this gown makes for the perfect micro wedding or registry office ceremony.
36. Cold-Shoulder Ruffled Pleated Chiffon Gown – Self-Portrait, £420
This romantic, flowing gown trails into a small train that will swish beautifully as you walk. Made from lightweight ivory chiffon, it’s pleated and ruffled for texture and movement, and features on-trend cold shoulders that lead to pretty ties at the cuffs. Wear with a pretty pearl hair clip and dewy makeup.
37. Fine Lace Panel Maxi Dress – Self-Portrait, £450
The final Self-Portrait gown on our list, this fine lace dress exemplifies the designer’s ability to craft thoroughly modern looking styles with a traditional edge – a useful skill in the bridal fashion world! Eyelash lace trims and panelling make this gown worthy of the catwalk while the flowing pleated skirt and pretty neckline make it destined for the altar.
38. Rosa Frill Dress – Ghost, £296.25
Look at that neckline! With its statement cut-out ruffle detailing, the Rosa dress is crying out for a destination or summer wedding. It’s cool, contemporary and moves like a dream. You won’t regret wearing this on a sunny beach as you say “I do”.
39. ‘The Ada’ Smocked Satin Gown – Les Héroïnes by Vanessa Cocchiaro, £500
Just on the dot of £500 is this eye-catching, modern gown. It’s cut from lustrous satin and has both a puddle train and scarf ties that flow down to the floor. You’ll look utterly ethereal as you move around in this flowing, loose fitted gown, especially with those on-trend side splits.
40. Laurel Dress – Ghost, £371.25
Timelessly elegant, the Laurel dress ticks every box of the current Victoriana trend. The high neckline, puffed sleeves and elbow-deep buttoned cuffs are all the height of demure and dainty. But turn around and there’s a dramatic diamond cut-out that brings this bohemian empire dress right into the 21st century.