If you’re planning on tying the knot in 2021, you’re probably starting to look into the all-important purchase – your wedding dress. Wedding industry experts have been keeping their eyes on the various up-and-coming trends for the new year, and there’s plenty of fashionable choices for all body shapes that are cropping up for 2021. Here are some beautiful wedding gown options you might like to explore:

Capes

Bridal capes are subtle and elegant, and they’re looking to be a hit in 2021. Capes suit any length of dress, and they make a beautiful alternative to a veil. A slightly thicker material will keep away the chill from exposed arms in early spring or autumn, whereas a lighter and more subtle fabric will be perfect for a summer wedding. For something a little different, shoulder capes are a stunning variant on traditional cape styles.

Short dresses

After a long year of lockdowns and isolation, 2021 is shaping up to be the year of showing off the results of all the exercise you’ve been doing at home. It’s looking likely that shorter wedding dresses are going to be popular, which is perfect if you’ve been working on cardio and leg toning. Both tea-length dresses and mid-length gowns, such as singer Lily Allen’s Dior wedding dress at her September nuptials this year, are set to make an appearance. Mini dresses in 1950s and 60s styles will also be seen at weddings next year, bringing a touch of retro chic to nuptial celebrations across the country. It’s also a great way to ensure your wedding guests get a glimpse of your beautiful shoes.

Bows and ruffles

You can’t get much more feminine than bows, and they’re making a huge comeback in 2021, as many brides look to shake off the months of wearing jogging bottoms and sweatshirts. From large statement bows to smaller pieces with multiple layers, these eye-catching and attractive adornments look equally as stunning on the back of a dress as they do on the shoulder, waist or back of the neck. For another feminine touch, ruffles make a more extravagant alternative to bows.

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Flowers

If the aforementioned bows aren’t to your taste, but you’re still wanting to add a feminine touch to your wedding dress, industry experts agree that 3D floral embellishments are going to be a hit next year. Gorgeous lace embroidery will add delicate interest to otherwise simplistic gowns, and flowers look stunning on almost any style of dress.

Trousers

2021 is going to see many brides opting for an outfit with a difference as they walk down the aisle. Dresses aren’t to everyone’s taste, so tasteful and smart trouser suits, which are both comfortable and practical, are set to be highly sought-after next year, particularly at civil weddings. Wide legged seventies flares can be paired with a lacy corset for a floaty, elegant look, or you could opt for a jumpsuit with intricate embroidery for a sweet and delicate style.

Layers

The mix and match trend is going to be popular next year, as brides choose to encompass a range of different styles into one outfit. Layered skirts will give the illusion of different lengths, and pairing a skirt with trousers is another way to pull together different styles. Don’t feel as though you have to opt for just one look – designers are catering for brides who want the many sides of their personality to shine through in their outfit.

Two pieces

Another way to personalise your wedding outfit for 2021 will be in the form of separate two pieces. Skirts and tops will enable next year’s brides to pair different styles together to form a complete ensemble. This option gives the opportunity to express individuality, and it’s also incredibly practical, as each piece can be worn at a later date matched with a different item for a whole new look.

Sleeves

Puffed sleeves in particular are going to be seen in 2021’s bridal attire, and there will be a wide range of styles and sizes to choose from. From subtler lacy styles to big, bold sleeves designed to make a significant visual impact, there is going to be a puff sleeve option to suit every bride next year. If you’re looking for even more versatility, detachable sleeves are also set to be a popular choice, meaning you can change your look during the day depending on your mood, or if you get a little chilly.

90s retro

The 1990s are set to make a comeback with flattering square necklines that suit almost every body shape making a revival next year, along with silhouette enhancing slip dresses, which never really went out of fashion. For brides wishing to wear a different dress for the ceremony and the reception, these two options work wonderfully well together for creating two different looks with an overall uniformed theme.

Colour

As brides seek to express themselves and their individuality, wedding gowns in colours other than the usual white, cream or ivory are predicted to rise in popularity in 2021. The shades are unlikely to be overly dramatic though, with next year’s brides opting for pastel hues of blue and pink for just a hint of colour.

If you’re planning your 2021 wedding, the advice from the experts is to primarily conduct your research via the internet. Bridal fashion week this year took a different twist as it was held entirely online, and it’s now easier than ever to window shop from the comfort of your own home.

Don’t be afraid to browse online through all the different choices to get an idea about your favourite styles. When it comes to trying on dresses, aim for a maximum of eight to avoid becoming overwhelmed. You could even hold bridal fittings in your house, meaning less time spent in shops and boutiques. Whatever your decision, 2021 is all about doing it your way, so take inspiration from the upcoming popular trends, but find a style that suits your unique personality and taste.

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