Another year has whizzed by and it is time to start looking to the future. If you are planning nuptials for the year to come, it might be time for you to start wedding dress shopping! To give you a helping hand, here are 5 key 2022 wedding dress trends.
Short N Sweet
Thanks to Covid, the rise of the registry office wedding has boomed. So many couples settled for smaller weddings that it has now become a trend in its own right. Short, casual wedding dresses and suits have traversed from necessity to chic and echo the times we are living in. These are an amazing investment which can be re-worn again and again. For celebrity influence look to Emrata’s yellow suit, or Lily Allen’s retro dress.
On the other end of the spectrum, many brides are choosing to embrace hedonism after so long cooped up. This is resulting in the return of the sexy wedding dress. From sheer panels, to daring silhouettes, to lower than low backs there are sexy elements to suit every style. Modernise your sexy wedding dress by opting for a thigh high slit or sexy opera gloves and a scooped low back – think Ariana Grande in her custom Vera Wang wedding gown.
Thanks to summers in lockdown baking, taking walks and generally embracing cottagecore fashion has taken the logical next step into princesscore. The peasant girls of cottagecore summers have found their prince charming and ballgowns are the dress of choice. Think romance, with tulle, lace, and floral motifs big in the ballgown game. For the more grown up in style, dramatic silk or satin gowns with clean lines and exaggerated proportions are also proving extremely popular. Look to Lily Collins in her dramatic Ralph Lauren wedding cape for pure bridal fantasy inspiration.
Now more than ever there are two factors affecting bride’s dress choices: the financial squeeze of the past two years, and the looming impact of global warming. Thanks to these dreary facts we have seen a big rise in second hand or rented gowns gracing the backs of brides. We absolutely love this option for brides! Sites like rent the runway give brides the opportunity to wear designer or out of the box pieces they would never normally purchase for themselves. It is also the best economic and environmental choice and tres chic amongst younger brides.
You can even go down the sentimental route with a borrowed wedding dress, a la Princess Beatrice. She chose to marry in a reworked dress that belonged to her grandmother, the Queen.
Thanks to celebrity influence, veils have made a big comeback in bridal fashion. Perhaps it’s their fun mix of drama and tradition, or simply their ability to turn any dress into a bridal dress. Either way, they seem to be here to stay. Look to Ariana Grande for enviable short veil inspo, or Hailey Bieber in her iconic “Til death do us part” custom Off-White floor length veil.