Big white weddings and intimate elopements may have been put on hold by the pandemic. But wedding dress trends for 2021/22 are still here and kicking! From short and sweet dresses to playful pastels; Bridal Fashion Week runways have projected a new lease of life for the traditional ball gown princess dresses.

One thing this year has proven, we all want to live life to the fullest and cherish every moment. This has most definitely been a key player in the evolving styles and the top trends for wedding dresses.

We’ve rounded up the latest styles, trends, and silhouettes for 2021/22 to help you pick the perfect dress.

On with the Wedding Dress Trends…

Transitional Pieces

The desire for two different looks on your wedding day is not just for the rich or for elaborate events. Since becoming a mainstream concept, there are now many ways to achieve two different styles without splurging on separate gowns.

This has never been more achievable with the transitional pieces flooding into the British Bridal market. These timeless two-in-one pieces give you the best of both worlds so you can have it all. Overskirts, capes, and sleeves are just a few of the versatile add-ons that can cater to your changing needs.

Short ‘n’ Sweet

If you love to skip tradition and go against the grain, then short wedding dresses will be right up your street! Short dresses with tons of personality are dominating the bridal runways in recent times.

They are perfect for showing off that pair of stunning shoes typically masked by long gowns. And, when we say short, we don’t mean it has to be a miniskirt, you can rock any length you want. Whether you choose to keep it short all day, or opt for a ‘fit change mid way through the day, these more relaxed pieces are easily dressed up or down to suit the vibe you’re going for.

Statement Sleeves

The 80s bold shoulders have entered the room, baby! Organza and puff sleeves have already comfortably made their mark on the runways for casual wear. But this season, designers love statement sleeves as a romantic feel with an edge for wedding dresses too.

So, whether you are considering floaty elegant long draping sleeves or you want to stick to something sweet & classic, the dreamy yet audacious touch is sure to accentuate your silhouette in all the right places. With the sleeves giving your body a postural presence, you’ll feel like a modern-day Daphne Bridgerton.

Pretty Pastels

Are you brave enough to shy away from the traditional white dress and choose something more colourful? Baby blues, beautiful blushes and calm champagnes have brightened up the runways this season. So, if there was ever a time to add a splash of colour, its now!

Watercolour-esque tones have added a touch of colour to the classic white wedding, whilst upholding the aisle-appropriate feeling we all know and love. These pretty pastels trends are the perfect way to express yourself and still please your more traditional family members too.

High Slits

After the past year or so, it’s all about being bold. So, it’s no surprise that brides are opting to step out into the spotlight by showing off some skin. Thigh-high splits are at the top of the wedding dress trends list, and they are here to stay!

The perfect way to bring a little bit of sexy to your big day! The array of options from ball-gown styles to tightly fitted dresses with a high slit means you can balance modesty and flirtatiousness just right and find the perfect dress that has just the right amount of cheeky. Now is the time to flaunt whatever you want!

Creative Couture

Think maximalist ruffles, feathers, frills & more.

Couture runways currently have a multitude of ruffles and feathers, creating expensive, high-end haute looks. Dramatic feather details and maximalist ruffled skirts are the perfect way to add a variety of dimension, texture, and glamour to your gowns. Don’t worry, these dresses often use faux feather to create their glamorous looks. Not only this but with feathers rarely entering our every day wardrobes, there has never been a better time to experiment with texture.

Two Pieces

The increase of non-traditional bridal wear couldn’t be demonstrated better than in the appearance of bridal separates and two pieces.

Whether you’re seeking a comfortable and practical alternative to gowns, or you’re just not a fan of dresses, these figure-flattering tailored ensembles will make you feel like the boss you are. It doesn’t just have to be suits either! Have you looked into dress & skirt combos? Many brides like the idea of being able to wear their wedding outfit again and with a top and dress it is easy to incorporate this into your wardrobe after your special day.

Deep V Necklines

Appearing in almost every collection debuted on the Bridal Fashion Week runways, the deep v-necklines are the dominant trend this season.

Another example of adding a little sultry moment to your bridal look, this daring aesthetic is sure to turn heads. From sleek deep Vs to lace embossed, this neckline has proven most popular among brides & is here to stay. Whether you are looking to add a little cheekiness to your big day or you just suit the V shape, this is a great look and can be as modest as you like with added inserts where needed to ensure you are completely comfortable.

No Back, No Problem

Backless dresses have been on trend for a few seasons now but are showing no sign of slowing down.

Both modern and modest, this versatile look is perfect for brides wanting to show a little bit of skin without shocking the grandparents! There is a huge smorgasbord of options with this look; it’s seen in ballgowns, long-sleeves and spaghetti strap dresses embossed with lace. This sexy silhouette is definitely here to stay as it works with just about every wedding gown style. So, whether you are looking for something sleek and elegant or you want your princess moment, backless dresses suit any style!

Simple Slips

Style icons of the 90s, like Kate Moss and Caroline Bessette-Kennedy, will be gleaming at the fashion revival of their famous slinky silhouettes.

This slimming satin fabric is perfect for whatever type of wedding you are planning and therefore is the simplest way to add a touch of elegance and luxury to your already super special day. Add a touch of glamour with some glitzy accessories, or stick to simple, wherever you want to go on the wedding scale, slip dresses have got you covered. They also a great afterparty or reception option if you are looking to go for two outfits on your wedding day.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re loving pretty pastels or living for the high-end couture gowns; you are sure to look amazing in any of these wedding dress trends for 2021/22. As the world becomes ever more modern, the variety of gowns (or two pieces!) gets bigger and bigger every year.

Brides are no longer restricted to daunting traditional, white, ball gowns. Dress shops are your candy store with a whole variety of sweet choices to pick from to complete your special day!

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