We scouted the Bridal Fashion Week runways to find the trends you need in wedding & bridesmaids dresses. Here’s what’s hot now!
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Bridal Fashion Week finally arrived and there’s no shortage of über-chic inspo in the 2020 wedding dress trends.
From bold botanical prints to romantic sleeves and fun party dresses, we hit the ground running to get the scoop on the new styles coming to a bridal salon near you.
So, if you’re planning a wedding taking place next year or just in the dreaming stage, these are the 2020 wedding dress trends to know.
Floral Print Dresses – We’ll spare you the “Florals for spring?” bit and just get right to the point: These aren’t your average bridal blooms.
Bold floral prints made an appearance in several 2020 wedding dress collections, adding a burst of color to the classically white runways of Bridal Fashion Week.
Whether they’re subtle and pastel, edgy and oversized or in the form of textural, 3-D embroideries, this cool-girl way to pull off florals adds whimsical visual interest to any wedding dress silhouette.
Ball gowns – Calling all royal wedding fans: This wedding dress trend is the one for you.
If you’re looking to make an entrance, consider opting for a classic ball gown—and we saw plenty of them in the 2020 wedding dress trends and collections.
The best thing about this attention-grabbing silhouette? It’s actually surprisingly versatile and works for most wedding styles.
Go full-on Grace Kelly with heavy satin or Elizabethan with billowy sleeves. No matter the details, this voluminous style is sure to turn a few heads.
Ruffles – If ever there’s a time to indulge your inner hopeless romantic, your wedding day is it—and it doesn’t get more romantic than this frilly, ultra-feminine detail.
A ruffle skirt adds dimension to a mermaid silhouette, while a full skirt of frothy, cascading ruffles is equal parts whimsical and fashion forward.
Airy Dresses – From streamlined ball gowns to sheer sheaths, light-as-air gowns took over the runways and 2020 wedding dresses.
Effortless fabrics like tulle and organza give off a gorgeous ethereal vibe without any additional bulk, so you can hit the dance floor without stressing about tripping over your gown or feeling weighed down.
Puffy Sleeves – Hear us out before you totally write off this ‘80s-inspired wedding dress trend.
A far cry from the sleeves Princess Diana and other brides of the maximalist era of fashion wore, these ruffle and off-the-shoulder versions are all about tasteful romance.
If you love this detail but are worried about overdoing it, look for a slim silhouette with puffy sleeves and keep the rest of your accessories simple.
Or, if you love this look but aren’t ready to fully commit, go for detachable ones you can take off for your reception or after-party.
Pants – These sleek dress alternatives are comfortable, figure flattering and totally of the moment.
Bonus: It’s basically impossible to put on one of these tailored ensembles and not feel like a badass.
For the 2020 bridal trends, lace details, 3-D floral embellishments and metallic beading gave classic white suits and jumpsuits a modern upgrade.
One Shoulder Necklines – This unique silhouette flatters the upper body and gives off serious goddess vibes.
The best part? This 2020 wedding dress trend also works for pretty much every wedding style—whether you go classic with heavy satin, Grecian with gauzy tulle or glam with one long sleeve.
Sparkle – Bring on the bling.
While glitz and glitter are nothing new where bridal fashion is concerned, over-the-top sequins, tonal beading and metallic embellishments turned the Fall 2020 Bridal Fashion Week runways into a glittery affair worthy of Studio 54.
Perfect for evening nuptials, this wedding dress trend is daring but sophisticated.
If you’re rocking a gown with lots of sparkle, keep your accessories minimal and let your glitzy frock do all the talking.
Tiered Skirts – If you’re on the hunt for a dress with some added flair but don’t want the hassle of a full skirt or long train, look no further than a gown with a tiered skirt.
Made for twirling, a layered skirt adds pretty texture and movement—but not heft—to a ball gown or A-line silhouette.
And don’t forget about your bridesmaids!
Need to outfit your bridesmaids so that they look just as fabulous as you do on the big day?
We’re sharing the top trends to watch for bridesmaid dresses in 2020 so you can get the job done.
From halter necklines to sleek silhouettes and fresh colors to consider, these aren’t your average bridesmaid dresses—they’re better!
These 2020 bridesmaid dresses give you an entirely new set of styles to work with, so choose your favorite trend (or mix-and-match your top picks) and get shopping.
Cowl necklines – The ’90s are alive and thriving.
Cowl necklines are making their return in full force, appearing in both wedding dress and bridesmaid dress trends. This flirty neckline goes hand-in-hand with another ’90s and early aughts favorite, the slip dress.
You’ll love this bridesmaid look if you’re envisioning a chic minimalist aesthetic for your big day, or if you want your ‘maids to wear lightweight, effortless dresses.
Sapphire blue – Expect this gemstone-inspired hue to be an “It” color for bridesmaid dresses in 2020.
Sapphire blue caught our eye in a handful of collections at New York Bridal Fashion Week, and we think this color strikes the perfect balance between bold and traditional.
It’s not as edgy as black, making it a stylish alternative if you’re on the fence about going to the dark side, but still brings a sense of drama and luxury to your big day.
Dress all of your ‘maids in sapphire blue for a seriously regal effect, pair it with other jewel tones like emerald and plum for a moody vibe, or mix in pastel shades such as blush and French blue to soften the overall look.
Mid-length hemlines – If neither maxi nor mini dresses are really your
thing, there’s a third option we think you’ll love.
It’s midi dresses, a.k.a styles that hit mid-calf or just below the knee. This in-between hemline is a demure choice that feels a little bit retro (in a good way!), especially when accompanied by a bustier-style bodice.
And it’s also super practical, since your bridesmaids won’t have to worry about revealing too much in a short skirt or tripping over a too-long dress when they take their heels off on the dance floor (because we know it’s going to happen). For the most fashion-forward take, choose a midi skirt with a slit to show a little bit of leg.
Halter necklines – With sleeves and straps still trending for 2020 bridesmaid dresses, we’re also predicting a spike in traditional halter necklines and sleeveless mock-neck styles.
This option is ideal for creating a statuesque, formal look—for example, if you’re having a black-tie wedding. The halter neckline complements a range of dress fabrics, from flowy chiffon to curve-hugging crepe and even lace.
Structured silhouettes – If you prefer a clean, streamlined look for your wedding party’s attire, you’re going to love this latest bridesmaid dress trend.
Structured silhouettes and minimal embellishments are on track to be major themes for bridesmaid dresses in 2020 — call it the Meghan Markle effect if you will. Breaking away from the usual bridesmaid dresses that feature flowy fabrics like tulle and chiffon, structured silhouettes are perfect for achieving an ultra-sophisticated look without the fuss.
This slinky fabric is making a comeback, and we are totally on board with its minimalist-inspired look. If you’ve ever heard that satin is a tricky or unflattering fabric to wear, don’t write it off just yet. New stretch satin blends and modern silhouettes, like stylish wrap dresses, make this material more forgiving than ever before.
And did we mention that an understated satin dress is totally re-wearable? Your gals will thank you!
Before you start looking at dresses, and after you’ve set a date and a location, you’re going to need an epic wedding stationery suite. You know, Save the Dates, wedding invites, and more. Check out these stellar options.
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Your big day is going to be … well … simply your Best Day Ever! We’re so happy for you both!