What's trending in bridal gowns
Some brides want a gown that’s classic and timeless. Others want to look stylish and chic as they walk down the aisle. If you’re in the latter group, here are nine of the latest trends from fall 2020 Bridal Fashion Week to inspire your wedding day attire.
1. Tiered skirts
This trend adds a new layer (or, rather, layers) of interest to the traditional ball gown. “The Diana Dream” dress from Viktor&Rolf’s “Mariage” collection, for instance, features a billowing taffeta skirt layered in a way that resembles a petticoat for optimum theatricality.
2. Puffy sleeves
The Diana Dream dress also features another popular design from this season: puffy sleeves. A direct descendant of the trend from the 1980s, these statement sleeves have been updated for 2020 brides by Viktor&Rolf as well as Rime Arodaky, Monique Lhuillier and many others.
3. Bare backs
A twist on the plunging neckline (which was also heavily featured on the runway this year), back-baring gowns offer an alternative way to show a bit of skin. The daring feature could be found on gowns from a variety of designs, including Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera.
4. Daring slits
Super-charged slits were another skin-baring alternative that populated the runway this season. Eisen-Stein, Inbal Dror and Berta all offered their sky-high takes on-trend, offering plenty of options to brides who want to a little sex appeal in their wedding gowns.
5. Practical pockets
There’s no doubt that brides have their hands full on their wedding day. This is probably why many designers, like Jenny Yoo and Rebecca Schoneveld, have opted to add pockets to their bridal gowns this season. These nifty additions are perfect for stashing lipstick for post-cake eating touch-ups or tucking tissues for the inevitable happy tears.
6. Bridal pants
Some designers swapped skirts for pants for an updated take on the bridal gown for 2020. Whether it’s a two-piece bridal suit or a one-piece jumpsuit, this trend is the perfect marriage of masculine and feminine. Viktor&Rolf’s Wild Rose Bustier Jumpsuit, for instance, pairs delicate rose detailing with structured cigarette pants for an effortlessly chic effect.
7. Sheer corsets
This year, designers seemed to take inspiration from garments traditionally worn under the gown with lingerie-style corsets. Hayley Paige, Lihi Hod and Ines di Santo all featured semi-sheer and highly structured bodices in looks from their latest bridal collections.
8. Oversized bows
Big bows were all over the runway this bridal fashion week. Some designers, like Amsale, wrapped up their gowns with bows on the back; others, like Lela Rose, feature the oversized detail front and center.
9. Square necks
The ’90s have made a resurgence recently, even, it seems, in bridal fashion. This right-angled neckline was utilized by everyone from Watters to Edem and is a great option for brides tired of sweethearts and scoops.