Fashion-forward designs. Celebrity-inspired accessories. Modern silhouettes. The world of bridal wear has never looked bolder or been more fun.
While traditional dress designs will always be a safe option, many brides are now embracing dresses and accessories that reflect their own personality and individual style. We reached out to fashion expert Andrea Anastasiou, a stylist and the founder of White, a luxury bridal boutique with locations in Toronto and Montreal, to find out the top bridal-wear trends for 2020.
Sheath gowns with long sleeves and high necklines are very popular this year. “Look out for long, ivory gowns in layered French Chantilly and Alençon lace,” says Anastasiou. “Or Guipure-lace gowns with a more Victorian feel. The fit could be updated with formflattering and figure-hugging silhouettes, a stretch fabric, or even an open-back detail that reveals some skin.”
Anastasiou says dresses with voluminous sleeves are very chic right now, with designers adding feminine, puffy sleeves to A-line and fitted gowns. “it is a detail that came out of the ready-towear collections and translated well into bridal in a romantic way.”
“Showing off the leg has taken over from open-back gowns,” says Anastasiou. “Designers and brides alike are obsessed with this trend.” you’ll want to look for thighhigh slits on both A-line and fitted skirts. Bridal labels like Cushnie, Alex Perry and Galia Lahav embrace this bold look for 2020.
The statement veil is on the rise, thanks to its endorsement by famous brides like Meghan Markle and Hailey Bieber. “Long, embellished veils have never really gone away, but this season they are putting themselves centre stage,” says Anastasiou. The most fashionable styles can be quite long, or feature intricate bead work, floral or pearl embellishments.
Sustainability and longevity are increasingly important considerations for many brides. “We tell our brides about gowns that can be worn again,” says Anastasiou. “We have women who come back, and we will cut off the train to allow them to wear their wedding dress again.”