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Bridal Gown Trends for 2021

It’s time for all the 2021 brides to get excited – your wedding is finally happening this year! Choosing your gown is undeniably one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make in regard to your big day. From silhouettes and sleeves to fabric and theme, there’s certainly a lot to consider.

If you’re looking for some last-minute inspiration or still need to pick your bridal gown for your wedding later this year, you’ve come to the right place. We take a look at the latest bridal gown trends and everything we are expecting to see floating down the aisle in 2021.

Square Necklines

Square necklines have made a comeback in everyday fashion and now they’re hitting the wedding aisle too. The result is a clean, elegant look that works with nearly every type of fabric and silhouette. Lace, satin, crepe? You bet! Ballgown, A-line, Mermaid? No problem. It’s an option that is as versatile as it is flattering.

Justin Alexander Signature via @signaturebyja

Tiered Skirts

Love a voluminous, floaty skirt? You’re not the only one. This year, we expect to see numerous tiered skirts on our beautiful brides. The particular look will be identified by interesting layers, creating a statement and shape without being too heavy.

Inbal Dror Spring Summer 2021 via Inbal Dror Official

Bold Sleeves and Shoulders

The 80s have returned with a vengeance on the bridal runway, but with a modern take. Brides are choosing bold sleeves and statement shoulders over intricate lace designs and complex beading, making a statement with the structure of their dress rather than the fabric or detail. The overall look tends to be one of elegant romance.

Christie Nicole Bridal via Christie Nicole on Instagram

Pretty Shimmer

Now, shimmer can often be taken the wrong way. In 2021, we expect to see brides choosing gowns that are accentuated with pretty, subtle shimmer.  Think tasteful beading and glittery tulle as opposed to bold metallics and Las Vegas showgirl sparkle.

Eisen Stein Bridal via Eisen Stein Bridal on Instagram

Short Dresses

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the wedding industry, impacting the plans of many couples around the world. As a result, many people are choosing more laidback events for their nuptials. Whether it’s an elopement, small destination wedding or laidback weekend of celebrations, many brides are opting for gowns that suit their new wedding vision. This has led to short bridal gowns becoming increasingly popular. They’re fun, flirty and great for a casual, outdoor ceremony!

Oscar de la Renta Bridal via Oscar de la Renta


Capes are showing up in a big way, with some brides forgoing a traditional veil for a modern cape-look. They add an interesting element to an overall outfit, providing structure or detail where needed. For a beautiful yet subtle addition, try something sheer. Otherwise, a solid cape with strong detail is a great way to make a real statement with your bridal look.

GX Gala via Gala by Galia Lahav

Slip Dresses

Slip dresses are everywhere you look these days, and for good reason. They’re comfortable, stylish and truly versatile so it comes as no surprise that they are becoming an increasingly popular choice for brides on their big day. Choose something with thicker straps or added sleeves for a formal event, or stick to traditional spaghetti straps for a beach or destination wedding. Either way, this flattering cut will allow you to own your curves!

Newhite Bridal via Newhite Bridal on Instagram

Dreamy Ruffles

Ruffles are nothing new when it comes to bridal wear, but 2021 will see brides showcase these a little differently. This stylish feature will still be present in voluminous skirts, however, we are also likely to see ruffles appearing in sleeves or on the bodice of a gown. This will add shape and eye-catching detail to different parts of the body, although it is best to have ruffles on only one part of the gown. You don’t want the look to become too heavy or overwhelming. When done right, ruffles will create a dreamy look that is downright romantic.

Christie Nicole Bridal via Christie Nicole on Instagram

This year promises to be a good one for bridal fashion. Keep an eye out for these latest trends as they pop up on various catwalks and wedding aisles, or use them as inspiration to create your own dream wedding look.


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