Bridal trends without a traditional fashion week? Yes, there were some, we just had to find them in a different way. Thanks to the pandemic, this season was unlike anything we’ve seen before. And with no runway shows, press and buyers viewed Zoom presentations and look books from the comforts of their own offices or homes. While this is certainly different from bridal markets of the past, there was one element that was the same as every other season, and that was this: creativity in every collection. Gorgeous gowns. Sexy silhouettes. And exciting embellishments. Here are 5 2021 bridal fashion trends you have to see from the latest collections. Brides everywhere, take note, and pick your favorites.
There were many pretty necklines in the collections this season, and one wasn’t so new, but had a resurgence of sorts. It is the off-the-shoulder, which is sophisticated and revealing without baring too much. With this neckline, notice how adeptly designers manipulated fabric, and you’ll see how craftsmanship and couture training was used to create these amazing gowns. (Plus, wearing one of these gowns makes highlighting a gorgeous necklace, if you so choose, easy-breezy.) We picture this bridal fashion trend sticking around for a while.
Leanne Marshall BHLDN Ines Di Santo Sareh Nouri
THE SEE-THROUGH BUSTIER
Many of these dresses might get liners when ordered for stores, but when presented to buyers and editors, these gowns left little to the imagination. With see-through boning and illusion net or tulle overlays, these gowns with visible bustiers were sexy! So many collections had gowns with this detail that we wonder if this is a trend brides have been asking for, and maybe they aren’t asking to cover it up when they order their gown? Whatever the case may be, if brides want it, designers will make it, and we don’t see this trend going away anytime soon. Check out these picks from Eisen Stein, Galia Lahav, and more!
Eisen Stein Galia Lahav Lihi Hod Lihi Hod Galia Lahav
2021 Bridal Fashion Trends: MINIMALISM
We were waiting for this 2021 bridal fashion trend to explode (it’s been emerging for quite some time now) and here it is. With the pandemic, came brides in a quandary. Do they cancel their celebrations or pair down and make them micro-weddings? And what does this mean for their fashion choices? And as the situation remains fluid, what does that mean for the future of bridal fashion? Besides shorter gowns, jumpsuits, and gowns with detachable parts, another trend we’re seeing is a return to minimalism. And by this, we mean gowns without embellishment, yet still, couture looking, in gorgeous fabrics and in amazing shapes. As you’ll see from these gowns, they are anything but boring.
Ines Di Santo Wona Concept Anne Barge | Photo by Chrisean Rose Ines Di Santo Justin Alexander Signature Justin Alexander Signature Justin Alexander Signature Ines Di Santo Galia Lahav Wona Concept Rita Vinieris Ines Di Santo
SUPER DEEP V’S
The deep V neckline is another popular dress detail, and with daring brides, these necklines are getting deeper than ever! With illusion netting (or not) these gowns are for the bride that wants to be covered up in some areas, but not everywhere. If you want to look sexy but aren’t comfortable wearing a sheath or form-fitting gown, you could wear a ball gown with a super deep V neckline, and still look sultry. Brides, take note, if you want a super deep V, the possibilities are now endless!
Romona Keveza Justin Alexander Signature Anne Barge | Photo by Chrisean Rose Eisen Stein Galia Lahav Amsale Wona Concept Ines Di Santo Peter Langner
This last trend is also an accessory. (For more accessories, check out our round-up of new shoe and jewelry collections we can’t get enough of!) Sure, capes aren’t new, and for the bride that skips a veil or wears a short one, a cape can be practical (think warmth, winter brides!) as well as stylish. Here, we see modern, luxurious capes that complement the gowns they cover.
Naeem Khan Jenny Packham | Photo by Iakovos Kalaitzakis Jenny Packham | Photo by Iakovos Kalaitzakis Naeem Khan Wona Concept
For more 2021 bridal fashion trends, check back to the blog often for additional coverage on accessories, our favorite gowns of the season, and everything you’ll want to know as you plan your wedding day (and beyond!) attire.
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