Five bridalwear trends for 2022 weddings
29 Sep 2021
If you're looking for your 2022 wedding dress, here are the key bridalwear trends beginning to take hold
With restrictions on weddings now lifted, we are seeing two distinctive styles of wedding emerge from the pandemic: small and minimalist, and grand and extravagant. Covid-19 has made us all re-evaulate our priorities in life, and engaged couples are either downscaling their weddings and inviting the guests who matter the most to them, or upscaling with large guest lists and luxury celebrations.
The wedding spectrum has never been so wide-ranging, as couples are throwing out the rule book and eschewing tradition in favour of the wedding they want. And wedding dresses are following suit, with a vast array of trends beginning to break the surface.
Here's a rundown of the top bridalwear trends for 2022 weddings and beyond...
According to Lyst, searches for short wedding dresses spiked by 170% in the summer, owing to an increasingly relaxed attitude from brides who desire a more informal wedding – or a more practical piece for the evening celebrations.
From wraparound styles perfectly suited to a micro-wedding or elopement, to dresses with bridal elements - such as lace patterns and tulle skirts, there are a wealth of options for shorter wedding dresses. What's more, you can even choose shoes which will be put on show.
Above (L-R): Adrianna Papell Wrap Dress in Ivory, and Adrianna Papell Bell Sleeve Dress, both £130, available from John Lewis
Fuelled by prime minister's wife Carrie Johnson's rented wedding dress by Christos Costarellos, the bohemian trend continues apace with floaty fabrics and elegant floral embroidery to complete the look. Long bell sleeves and high necklines add a demure quality, while cut-out panelling and sheer fabric add a flirtatious and modern edge.
Open-air weddings have soared in popularity as a result of the pandemic, and a bohemian theme fits perfectly with this style of celebration. Team the look with a loose hairstyle or 'undone' up-do and flower crown of full and fresh or dried florals.
Pictured: Pronovias ‘Karlu’ features a ruffled skirt and sleeves in tulle and lace patterns, £2,150
The Netflix hit Bridgerton has captivated the hearts of a nation, and the romance of the Regency era is influencing bridal fashion with its flattering and feminine fashion. Empire line dresses and accessories – such as long gloves and chokers, are shining through, as brides seek regal and aristocratic qualities in their wedding wear.
Pictured (L-R): The debut collection from Vera Wang Bride in partnership with Pronovias features long gloves and headwear to celebrate the bride's individuality, while Lucy Martin Bridal's empire line gown is Brigderton through and through
Back to ballgowns
The classic ballgown never went away, but it is now enjoying a period of greater popularity thanks to recent celebrity weddings. Made In Chelsea's Lucy Watson and TOWIE's Jessica Wright wore show-stopping gowns with large ruffled skirts for their wedding days, and both brides looked nothing short of breathtaking.
According to creative resource Design Bundles, princess gowns are currently the most searched for style of wedding dress, and online interest has swelled to five times its average volume on 5th September 2021 – the day after Lily Collins married Charlie McDowell in a fairytale gown with sweeping lace hood.
Whether it is a result of the pandemic, as brides choose grander options for their long awaited weddings, or simply a trend that has been waiting in the wings to take off – there is no denying that ballgowns are back and bigger than ever before.
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Transforming your wedding dress from day to night is easy with detachable options, which are featuring more and more in bridal collections. Add sleeves, straps, capes and skirts for a speedy bridal makeover, and switch up your look for the wedding after party in an instant.
Pictured: Grace Loves Lace 'Star', features detachable tulle arm bands £3,020