From royal weddings galore to It-girl nuptials, like Priyanka Chopra’s many celebrations with Nick Jonas and Chiara Ferragni’s Italian spectacular with Fedez, 2018 was a huge year for weddings. With this throng of top-notch nuptials and the latest bridal, Couture, and ready-to-wear collections, we’re predicting the wedding dress trends of 2019.
The global runways—from New York bridal week to Paris Haute Couture—are giving the 2019 bride lots of thematic and fashion remixes to work with. Think Louis XIV-inspired ruffles, ’70s disco, and sleek silhouettes fit for metropolitan minimalists. Classic bridal archetypes are getting an overhaul as well; the beach bride is a little more gamine and sultry than bohemian, and the rustic bride has taken on a new polish, via our favorite It-girl trend, the Fashion Fairy Nymph.
In 2019, old world is new again in the form of fresh embellishments, large doses of color, and statement details that pack a punch. Here, the top trends that will set the tone for all 2019 aisles.
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1 Versailles Overload
It may be residual regal inspiration from The Duchesses of Sussex and York, or a strong reaction to fashion’s progressively casual takes on street style—but nonetheless, long live exaggerated puff sleeves, ruffles, and confection-like skirts.
2019 bridal and Couture is stepping back in time to periods of courtly dress, featuring large pleated ruffs, ultra-high necklines, and Victorian-inspired everything. When dressing for a church ceremony, traditional affair, or an ultra-romantic formal event, channel your inner Marie Antoinette.
Meghan and Eugenie may have gone modern for their recent weddings, but it seems the fashion set prefers you turn up the volume on all things royal.
From left: Vera Wang Bride; Sandra Mansour (top); Viktor & Rolf Bridal; Valentino Haute Couture; Oscar de la Renta Bridal Fall 2019
2 Feather Fantasy
With boho bridal on its way out (but more on that later), designers have gone all out glam. Layered skirts, ruffles, and embellishments are just the beginning—flights of fancy have taken designers to new heights, and all-over feather frocks, plush details, and plumes galore have become mainstays for evening and the aisle.
When it comes to this trend, don’t skimp. What might have felt trite or try-hard in seasons past is now theatrical, yet chic. 2019 is all about flairs for the dramatic, the grand, and the over-the-top that make fully feathered looks feel au courant; keep the hair and makeup ethereal, edgy, or minimal to avoid this look going costume.
From left: Oscar de la Renta Bridal; Huishan Zhang (top); Giambattista Valli Haute Couture; Ashi Studio; Elie Saab
3 Smoke & Mirrors
Sheer, gossamer tulles and satins and chiffons that waft like smoke—all paired with mirrored embroideries—were on display in droves this season and make for a fresh alternative to ivory.
In reflective and uniquely embellished designs, these mirrored pops and all-over accents in chrome and silver are sure to replace the onslaught of sequins and crystal beading that have flooded bridal collections in years past. Be it for the aisle, the rehearsal dinner, or the after-party this new take on sparkle and shine is elegant, elevated, yet edgy.
From left: Inbal Dror (top), Paco Rabbane for Net-a-Porter, Naeem Khan Bridal, Dana Harel, Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall 2019
4 Into the Blue
While the color blue is nowhere near groundbreaking in bridal, consider donning your wedding dress as a “something blue.” Blush and champagne both had their debut, and have since become mainstream fore the aisle; now, designers like Vera Wang and Reem Acra are looking to make waves with this cool shade.
Opt for a touch of the tone a la Carolina Herrera’s ribbon straps, or dare to be different in a head-to-toe look of whisper-thin tulle or lace.
From left: Ralph & Russo Haute Couture (top); Reem Acra Bridal; Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2019; Vera Wang Bride Fall 2019
5 Cape Town
Capes aren’t groundbreaking in the wedding world, but the new renditions of them this season were innovative and fresh for both the aisle or the after party. Be it a sheer covering embellished with embroidery, a cocktail cape covered in ruffles, an unadorned coverlet, or a full-length option that could sub in for an adorned veil, the wedding cape levels up a minimal silhouette, or ups the ante on an already stunning ensemble.
Whether or not your gown has sleeves, this is still the chicest way to cover up.
From left: Berta Bridal; Savannah Miller Bridal (bottom); Sandra Mansour; Elie Saab Bridal (top); Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2019
6 Panic at the Disco
New twists on metallics, jumpsuits, fringe, and all things disco are making a comeback—with a ’70s meets ’80s edge. Sequins paired with plunging necklines, sexy satin slips, lame, all-over-glitz, and over-the-top accessories will have you ready to hit the dance floor and shake things up for the aisle. From rehearsal dinner looks to after-after-party vibes, shop like a badass disco diva—we dare you.
From left: Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall 2019; Rodarte Fall 2019; Dundas Fall 2019; Naeem Khan Bridal Spring 2019
7 Statement Sleeves
Royal weddings are the prime example of traditional bridal sleeves and coverage, but if you’re after something a little outside-the-box, you’re in luck. This year, bridal sleeves are anything but ordinary. Be it a puff, raglan, or a detachable sleeve, the options are endless.
Nobody is up for bridal sleeves for the warmth—and this season’s options are all about the look. Sheer sleeves provide the illusion of a long line, while still showing skin; and gossamer sleeves with a pouf, flare, or ruff mix up monotonous wedding dress silhouettes that are tired and overplayed.
Structural and draped sleeves create an eye-catching look that is upgraded and highly sophisticated. For a wow-factor transformation, opt for 2019’s newest rendition of this trend: detachable sleeves. Don them down the aisle for a more traditional look, and then shed them for dancing.
From left: Rodarte Fall 2019; Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2019; Galia Lahav Bridal Fall 2019 (bottom); Vera Wang Bride (top); Oscar de la Renta Bridal Fall 2019
8 Bigger Bows
Bows are back; in fact, they never left. A dramatic take on a ’50s staple, as seen at Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and at Balmain and Givenchy Haute Couture, bridal bows aren’t going anywhere; they’re simply getting bigger.
Departing from last year’s variations, which were more girly and quaint than theatrical, these deconstructed versions are more statement and super-structural, adorning shoulders, backs, veils, embroideries, and more. The irony about this super-femme trend? The bigger the bow, the edgier the look.
From left: Lena Medoyeff Bridal (top); Oscar de la Renta Bridal Fall 2019; Balmain Haute Couture Fall 2019 (top); Sandra Mansour; Carolina Herrera Bridal Fall 2019
9 Metropolitan Minimalism
Princess Eugenie and the Duchess of Sussex both opted for gowns that were void of lace and embellishment—and a rise in bridal minimalism soon followed, with designers showcasing simplicity and all things unembellished.
This year it’s more about the gallery girl and the cosmopolitan than the unadorned princess. Contemporary cutouts, boyfriend-inspired suiting, and clean cuts are all on offer once more, thanks to designers like Cushnie, Brandon Maxwell and a squad of other new designers tailored to those looking to stand out from the Chantilly-clad pack.
From left: Dior Haute Couture Fall 2019 (top); Ralph Lauren; Balmain Haute Couture Fall 2019; Brandon Maxwell Bridal for Moda Operandi (top); Ines di Santo Fall 2019
10 Veil Talk
Perhaps it was the Duchess of Sussex’s epic veil, trimmed in embroidery designed to symbolize the flowers of the British commonwealth; or, it could be Priyanka Chopra’s spectacular 75-foot raw tulle veiling, held by six handlers as she walked down the aisle in Jodhpur towards her now-husband, Nick Jonas.
Or, it could be that these It-brides were simply embracing a trend they noticed was on the horizon. This traditional accessory is having a major moment—but this time with unique twists. Strategically designed embroideries and pieced lace veils are more statement than accent in 2019. Designers are encouraging that brides see veils as not only an add-on to the gown, but as a part of an overall look.
From left: Naeem Khan Bridal Fall 2019; Elie Saab Bridal Fall 2019; Lola Varman Bridal (top); Danielle Frankel Objet
11 Floral Redux
Florals? For bridal? Groundbreaking. We know, this trend is so ubiquitous it’s almost hard to dub it trend-worthy—but this year’s floral force was greater than ever. Bold, 3D appliqué, hand-cut and placed embroideries, brocades, bold use of color, this trend knows no bounds in 2019.
This isn’t just about lace, or incorporating wildflower-printed bridesmaids gowns into your party—this trend is about bold use of color, texture, and drama. Remember when bridal takes on floral were just subtle prints, tonal blooms, or in shades of blush? 2019 blooms are more over-the-top than ever before.
From left: Monique Lhuillier Bridal Fall 2019; Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fall 2019; Reem Acra Bridal Fall 2019; Marchesa Fall 2019; Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2019
12 The New Beach Bride
BAZAAR Bride is no stranger to this trend, citing that the new beach bride breaks all the rules. In our study of this bridal archetype getting a new look, we noted why the beach bride is ripe for a switch-up: Effortlessness, irreverence, and a laissez-faire attitude towards dressing is never out of style–especially for the aisle.
Destination weddings are more popular than ever before, but with drama and formality on the rise (again) and boho bridal on the decline, a modern brides’ desire to wed on an island, in tropical climates, and barefoot in the sand with a look that’s anything but basic feels timely. Opt for a wow-factor swimsuit—but make it bridal a la Chanel Haute Couture.
As for the veil, Chanel’s crystal-encrusted swim cap could be a whimsical add-on. Or, opt for embroideries and appliqués that feel inspired by the sea and shore. For the bride looking to take a bit more of a risk, opt for a sheer gown, with a swimsuit-inspired lining beneath.
From left: Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2019; Zuhair Murad Haute Couture; Victoire Vermeulen Bridal
13 High-Low Hemlines
This hemline has been gracing the Couture runways for seasons, with Giambattista Valli introducing the confection-like tulle variations we aren’t over just yet.This year, eveningwear and bridal designers have translated this look for the aisle, offering up riffs on texture, color, volume, shape, and scale. This look is all about a wow-factor; the super-long train, and the mini hemline at the front, designed to show some leg and flaunt the perfect pair of wedding shoes.
With touches of black and plenty of ruffles to go around, the current assortment of high-low gowns is dramatic and full of bride-to-be potential. Our styling tip? Accessorize the look with an equally fashion-forward veil, or skip veiling altogether and opt for a chic and sleek hair-up look.
From left: Ashi Studio; Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall 2019; Oscar de la Renta Fall 2019; Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2019
14 Fashion Fairy Nymph
In her bridal version, we introduce the girl everyone wants to be. The”fashion fairy nymph” is defined by a look that is subtly bohemian, but with a polished effortlessness that is less festival-inspired and feels fresh. Think draped or puff sleeves and collars that are reminiscent of Victoriana, but more rustic than regal and straw, wide-brimmed hats in place of stately floral crowns. A response to athletic streetwear and the boho bride being less au courant, this is the new rustic bride.
From left: Valentino dress and By Romance hat photographed by Christian Oth for BAZAAR Bride (top); Alon Livne; Costarellos; Zimmermann; Jonathan Simkhai Spring 2019
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