Despite the fact that 2020 has been a particularly tough year for weddings, the industry still rolls on, unveiling brand-new trends—and a brand-new outlook. For couples who initially planned to get married this year, it’s a welcome change of pace in an otherwise gloomy year of postponements or extremely pared-down parties (hello, micro-weddings!). Now we’re looking at a hopeful start to a new wedding season.
Of course, weddings look a lot different now than they did a year ago. (Who would’ve ever thought there would be a market for wedding face masks?) Celebrations are being reimagined, and bridal trends are wide-ranging. This year, many brides opted for a minimal look for civil or virtual ceremonies—luxe silk pants and blazers, for example—and saved their original gown for their rescheduled wedding date. In fact, minimal styles have been trending for a while now: sleek A-lines, simple slip dresses, glamorous separates, and clean silhouettes. They’re all modern takes on the traditional bridal gown, and they all feel completely of-the-moment in today’s tricky climate. Keep an eye out for them next year, too.
According to experts, there’s another bridal buzzword floating around, and it’s one you don’t often hear in conjunction with wedding gowns: versatility. In a time where all eyes are on social responsibility and sustainability, the idea of choosing something that you can wear again is suddenly rising to the top. Those creamy silk pants or that shimmery white skirt? Wear it to a fancy party (once we all start going to fancy parties again). For 2021, these wear-again styles range from impeccably fitted slip dresses and silhouettes with bold leanings (“statement sleeves” are trending now) to smart separates (silky capes!).
But all this talk of versatility and sustainability doesn’t necessarily mean the end of frothy, frilly fun. There are still plenty of gorgeous confections out there—dramatic backs and oversized bows and light-as-air tulle layers and feathers—that feel fresh, new, dreamy, and hopeful.