8 Bridal Fashion Trends for 2022

A bride wearing an off-the-shoulder wedding dress with voluminous sleeves.

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to focus on planning your wedding again! Luckily, a new year means new trends so there’s lots of inspiration to go around, especially when it comes to bridal fashion. According to experts, 2022 will be an incredible year with tons of novel ideas for brides. We expect to see a wide range of styles from vintage to modern, with unique details that break tradition. In other words, this year could be the most interesting one yet!

Among the many bold concepts showcased on designer runways, one thing is for sure—maximalism is back. Brides right now want to make the most of their special day, and there’s no better way to make a statement than donning a jaw-dropping look. Are you excited like we are? Then keep reading to get the lowdown on which bridal style trends will be all the rage this year.

1. Royal Vintage

A bride putting gloves on.

After Princess Beatrice of York got married in Queen Elizabeth’s vintage gown, searches for vintage wedding dresses spiked. And the trend is still expected to be huge in 2022. However, vintage doesn’t necessarily have to be “vintage.” Shows and movies such as Bridgerton, The Crown, and Spencer have inspired brides across the world to implement old-fashioned elements even in modern gowns. Many of these design details have been spotted at royal weddings in the past. Some examples include Princess Diana’s large puffy sleeves, high collar tops like that seen on Princess Grace of Monaco, visible corsets, and even accessories such as gloves and birdcage veils.

2. Major Volume

A bride wearing an off-the-shoulder wedding dress with voluminous sleeves.

What better way to grab everyone’s attention than with a big, poofy, princess gown? We’re not just talking about ballgown-like skirts—although those have been spotted on every designer’s runway recently. Brides are also opting for statement details such as puffy and bell sleeves, oversized bows, and lots of ruffles and tulle. Bigger, it seems, is definitely better.

3. High Necklines

A bride wearing a long-sleeved wedding dress outside.

Speaking of high necklines…this is one versatile trend that’s in high demand among today’s brides. And, it’s one that we’ve seen at some high-profile weddings in 2021 already including that of Lady Kitty Spencer and Paris Hilton. For a modern take, consider a halter top as seen on Meghan Markle’s second dress. It’s a perfect choice if you consider yourself to be a modest bride that doesn’t want to show a lot of cleavage, and it can still look sexy when paired with a slim-fitting silhouette.

4. Flirty Florals

A bride wearing a wedding dress decorated with 3D floral fabric.

Flower detailing has been popular for a couple of years now and it’s not going away any time soon. In addition to prints and embroidery, brides are loving 3D floral fabrics for the added texture and an ultra romantic vibe. For a more fun look, consider having your floral detailing done in color.

5. Showing Skin

A bride getting buttoned into her long-sleeved dress by her bridesmaids.

Although modest and classic looks are timeless, adventurous brides are finding creative ways to add a bit of sensuality to their look. Some of the top requests include backless gowns, thigh-high slits, deep v-neck cuts, cutouts, and visible corsets. However, they can all be done in good taste. Keep things appropriate by balancing out what you show and what you don’t. And if you’re having a church wedding, make sure you double-check their dress code. For example, some religious venues don’t allow bare shoulders.

6. Functional Fashion

A bride wearing a dress with pockets.

Modern brides are keen on functional details such as…pockets! Many are also opting for suits or separates to feel more comfortable throughout the day. You can also look for an outfit with detachable skirts, removable sleeves, and easy-to-remove accessories.

7. Cloaks and Capes

A bride wearing a wedding dress with a cape and holding a small bouquet.

Capes are another trend we’ve slowly seen grow. It was most recently worn by actress Lily Collins, who took it to the next level by donning a hooded cape and that is expected to be the next big thing. Not only do capes give off fairy tale vibes, but they add an elegant touch to a bridal look.

8. Statement Accessories

A bride wearing statement crystal earrings and holding a colorful bouquet.

Last but not least, let’s not forget the little details. The right accessories can transform even the simplest dress into something extraordinary, which explains why modern brides are making the most of their finishing touches. This year, we’re seeing lots of statement hair clips, bold chandelier earrings, and (as mentioned before) bows! Accessories are a great way to draw attention to your face or another part of the body you want to highlight. They also make it easy to spice up your overall look.

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