When on the hunt for a wedding dress, should you be swayed by styles that are on-trend or stick with the classics?
While you’re spending hours scrolling through Pinterest in search of inspiration for your big day, it’s hard not to get caught up in what’s trending in bridalwear. What are the celebs wearing on their wedding day? What’s on the catwalk? What are your favourite influencers recommending?
Many brides-to-be love fashion and naturally want to follow the trends on their wedding day, but are nervous about choosing a style that could look dated in years to come.
Ultimately it should come down to your personal style and what suits your body shape, but let’s weigh up the pros and cons of traditional vs. on-trend styles:
On-Trend Wedding Dress Styles
The internet is awash with articles listing the top bridal trends for the coming year.
A quick search for #2020bride on Instagram will bring up over 130,000 posts and give you an idea of what the fashion forecasters are predicting will be hot in the new year.
For 2020, those in the know are predicting blazers over dresses, all-over lace, capes, statement sleeves, beading and feathers, sleek “old Hollywood” styles and more.
Top Wedding Dress Trends for 2020:
Statement Sleeves: 'Bijou' by Watters
Delicate beading: 'Galaxy' by Aire Barcelona
Allover Lace: 'Samara' by Eddy K Bridal
Old Hollywood: 'Dayton' by Justin Alexander
Capes: 'Rene' by Eddy K Bridal
Boho: 'Chicago' by Modeca & Le Papillon
Boho styles are still on-trend and we can’t see them going out of fashion any time soon; in fact, they’ve been popular for so long they could be considered classics!
Across our designer collections we’ve seen a growing popularity for elegant, form-fitting dresses in delicate fabrics, often with illusion lace, buttons down the length of the back, and hints of sparkle, often with A-line skirts and a subtle train. These dresses are modern yet romantic and feminine - and, in our experience, it’s not true that they only flatter tall, slender figures.
Traditional Wedding Dress Styles
When you think of traditional, or ‘classic’, bridalwear, you usually think of strapless ‘ballgown’ styles with a cinched waist, full skirt, and lace or beaded embellishments.
These styles are popular because they look great on almost all body shapes, they’re feminine, flattering and curve-enhancing, while also paying homage to historical tradition.
Traditional styles are arguably more ‘family friendly’ (i.e. they’ll please your gran) and won’t look as dated in years to come - but remember this is your big day, so if you love it then go for it!
It’s also worth considering that traditional bridal styles may be easier to resell or pass down as an heirloom, depending on what you plan to do with the dress after the wedding.
Classic Wedding Dress Styles:
Full skirt: 'Beauty' by Justin Alexander
Sweetheart neckline: 'Clarise' by Nicole Spose
Fit-and-Flare: 'Annicke' by Watters
Cinched waist: 'Miami' by Justin Alexander
Delicate embroidery: 'Esme' by Eddy K Bridal
Clean and simple: 'Dixie' by Modeca
Most of our brides opt for classic styles, such as the ever-popular fit-and-flare silhouette, sweetheart necklines, delicate lace and embroidery. They’re universally flattering, never go out of style and photograph beautifully.
Remember traditional doesn’t have to mean boring! Choose classic shapes with a “twist”, such as an off-the-shoulder neckline, keyhole back, pockets, unusual lace or embroidery, an oversized skirt or a retro length.
You can always take elements of what’s on-trend and add them to an otherwise classic style. A simple dress without embellishments can be styled in different ways to achieve an on-trend look, such as using a floral headband to add a modern boho touch.
Classic Styles With a Twist:
Pockets: 'Paloma' by Justin Alexander
Statement skirt: 'Gemmy Overskirt' by Watters
Keyhole back: 'Chanel' by St Patrick
Which style will you choose?
Don’t just be tempted to follow a trend because everyone else is doing it. What works for some, might not work for you!
Whatever you’re looking for, our expert bridal stylists are here to matchmake you with the perfect dress.
While it’s good to come to your appointment with a clear idea of the style you’re looking for, often our brides come out with something totally unexpected - so keep an open mind and opt for the dress that makes you feel amazing.Book Appointment