Over the past year, bridal fashion trends have made a glamorous comeback. From feathers and high slits to party frocks, wedding style today is defined by over-the-top fashion fit for a celebration. And if 2024 bridal fashion trends — unveiled during New York Bridal Fashion Week in the spring and fall — are any indication, aisle style is going to get even bolder.
Think: '80s nostalgia (see: strong shoulders, bright colors, and voluminous sleeves) and dramatic add-ons, as well as a departure from white. It makes sense: As weddings continue to be disrupted by the lingering effects of the pandemic (see: minimonies and elopements), more brides are looking for versatile styles that pack a punch and speak to their personal style.
Ahead, take a look at the biggest bridal fashion trends for 2024 that are anything but traditional.
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It was only a matter of time before the Barbiecore craze entered the bridal space. As more brides are opting out of the traditional white dress, there's an opportunity for designers to play with color. And Barbiecore pink — seen in the collections of Nadia Manjarrez, Theia, and Rebecca Vallance — is next year's pick.
With the return of maximalism, pearls have entered the chat. It seems designers know no bounds when it comes to pearls for 2024, as brands like Hera Couture, Watters, and Theia have included everything from gowns and veils to gloves dripping in this gemstone. And when it comes to adding them, more is more.
Capes have long had a hold over the bridal world. Yet, as modular fashion takes over wedding style, they’re becoming increasingly popular as a way for designers to give their customers more ways to wear the same gown. Brands like Safiyaa, Sachin & Babi, and Self-Portrait included capes in their spring 2024 collections that ranged from short capelettes to frothy lace versions.
Asymmetrical details have been trending in bridal fashion over the past few years, from high-low hemlines to cut-outs. But for spring 2024, designers are taking on the one-shoulder dress in innovative ways. Take, for example, designers Nadia Manjarrez, who included a corseted one-sleeve gown in her lineup, and Markarian’s Alexandra O’Neill, who featured a gown with two different sleeves — one off-the shoulder and the other blooming from the neckline.
Veils Made Modern
If there’s a bridal accessory that’s remained untouched over decades, it’s the veil. But bridal designers are seeing this traditional accessory — rooted in ancient Rome — become more of an add-on than a part of the look. This is why veils are becoming shorter, with designers like Wiederhoeft, Cinq, and Honor featuring versions that only reach the bride’s neck or waist, resulting in an avant garde look. For a dramatic approach, designers are also going for cascade-like lace veils.
The spring 2023 ready-to-wear runways saw minimal trains become one of the season’s top trends. And bridal fashion, which has long exhibited flamboyant trains, is following suit. Whether it’s scarves that doubled as a train or sleek cuts of fabric that don’t touch the floor, wedding style is saying goodbye to the once-dramatic detail, as evidenced by designers like Markarian, Cinq, and Dana Harel. Even when the trains were long, designers like Nadia Manjarrez kept the fabric light enough for them to appear as if they floated away from the bride’s body.
This particular decade is not necessarily remembered fondly in terms of bridal fashion. It was all about lace necklines, puffed sleeves, iridescent fabrics, and lots of tulle. While it’s now back in wedding style, it’s more subdued than you remember. Think: lace turtleneck gowns that include cut-outs, like the ones exhibited at Galia Lahav, as well as bold shoulders that don't hold back on volume, which were seen at Justin Alexander and Rime Adoraky.