From capes and crochet to square backs and soft tulle, gen up on the latest trends in bridalwear
Whether you want to follow the crowd or embrace your own signature style on your big day, bridalwear trends are a good place to start when thinking about your wedding dress. With bridal fashions evolving much more slowly than those on the high street - and with many brides continuing to choose a timeless and classic look - it can be hard to pinpoint the trends which are starting to emerge.
Fear not, for we have rounded up the key trends to consider if you're marrying in 2020 and even beyond. Take a look at the bridal styles with staying power and those which have barely broken the surface...
1. Bold backs
Plunge backs are here to stay, but they're taking on a new form. Square shapes are dominating and elegant accessories such as back necklaces are stepping into the spotlight, adding interest to an otherwise bare back.
Above: Jesus Peiro Style 122
2. Androgynous alternatives
Jumpsuits, tailored suits, playsuits and trouser separates are mixing up the bridalwear portfolio with wedding outfit options guaranteed to wow. You don't have to be a tomboy to wear this style, the looks can be feminised with lighter, more floaty fabrics and beautiful beading and embroidery.
Above: Demetrios Style DR297T (top) and DR310P (trousers)
3. Modern minimalism
The Meghan Markle effect continues apace with fuss-free Mikado silks, clean lines and a notable absence of detail. Chic and sophisticated, these minimalist dress designs are available in more sleek styles similar to that worn by the Duchess of Sussex and more voluminous ballgowns befitting of a fairytale wedding.
Above: Demetrios Style 7994
4. Bohemian crochet
The rise of the boho bride and macrame wedding décor can be seen to have catapulted the crochet trend, which is creeping into mainstream bridalwear. For a softer effect, consider types of lace such as Guipure lace (pictured below) which offer a more intricate detail.
Above: E&W Couture 'Greta'
5. Detachable sleeves and capes
For two looks in one, brides are increasingly turning to accessories which switch up their wedding dress and transform from day to night. From delicate beaded capes which add romance and femininity to sleeves that can be removed for partying, there are a wealth of options with which to jump aboard the two wedding dress trend.
Above: Grace Loves Lace 'Matti'
Above: Grace Loves Lace 'Fabienne'
6. Soft tulle
Tulle, but not as we know it; criss-cross ruching is becoming more and more prevalent on the catwalks and it's not a coincidence. The softness and delicacy of tulle adds an ethereal and whimsical quality which is favoured by brides looking for a feminine touch, while the wrapping element draws attention to the body in all the right places for an ultra flattering silhouette.
Above: Ines Di Santo 'Sparrow'
7. Fabulous feathers
For old school Hollywood glamour, consider feathers for your bridal ensemble. Whether you dip your toe into the trend with a detachable feathered cape or embrace it whole-heartedly with a feathered skirt, for 2020, feathers are a bride's best friend.