Even Classic Brides Will Be Tempted By These Wedding Dress Trends

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Much like fashion, wedding dress trends also come and go.

Bridal trends tend to be less variant than other fashion trends, as more often than not, brides want a dress that's timeless and classic.

It's not often that you go to a wedding and the bride is wearing a hot pink ruffled gown or a jewel-encrusted jumpsuit, right? That being said, there are some key trends even the most classic of brides might be tempted by this season.

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Over the years, we've seen everything from Bardot necklines to ombré hems peak in popularity, only to quietly take a backseat when new silhouettes, textures and details come to the design forefront. So what's next? I'm glad you asked. Instead of looking into a crystal ball, we went straight to the source, Claire Leese founder of Archive 12, to decode the top wedding dress trends in 2020.

So keep scrolling to see what 2020 has in store when it comes to wedding dress trends. Oh, and congratulations!

Puff Sleeves

Instead of statement necklines, designers have turned their attentions to sleeves instead, much like the ready-to-wear collections we've seen for 2020. "Statement sleeves have been going strong for a few years now but the puff sleeve is definitely the silhouette for 2020," says Leese. "Whether it's soft and delicate or a structured puff, it's a very flattering shape for everyone."

Matt Godkin Photography

Matt Godkin Photography

And For Love, available at Archive 12

Jeroen Noordzij Photography

Jeroen Noordzij Photography

Bon Bride, Available at Archive 12

PRAIRIE

This is yet another update to the boho bride—with a Victorian twist. Puff sleeves, smocking, empire waists, and an overall ease characterise this look, which is equal part chic milkmaid and fashion fairy nymph. "No doubt under the influence of the Little Women movie, and inspired by Ellie Goulding's Victoriana wedding dress by Chloe, the prairie look is gaining traction this season," says Leese.

Holly & Lime Photography

Holly & Lime Photography

Otaduy, Available at Archive 12

Annie Edmonds

Annie Edmonds

ruffles

While volume in bridal is nothing new, this season saw a return to a texture of wedding dresses past: ruffles."Forget the ra-ra skirts of the '80s, this time it has a much more grown-up feel," says Leese. "From skirts to sleeves the ruffle is back."

Shutter Go Click

Shutter Go Click

Rolling in Roses, Available at Archive 12

Matt Godkin Photography

Matt Godkin Photography

And For Love, Available at Archive 12

fringe

We're seeing a resurgence in 1920s fashion in the bridal market with designers offering modern takes on fringed formalwear. "Nothing says rock'n'roll like some fringing, for the low-key alternative brides," says Leese.

Matt Godkin Photography

Matt Godkin Photography

And For Love, Available at Archive 12

Toni G Photo

Toni G Photo

sustainability

Something old, something new. With 10% of all wedding food ending up in the bin and  an average couple’s day creating more carbon emissions than one person produces in an entire year, it’s no wonder that more brides and grooms are looking for ways to curb the environmental impact of their big day. "From ethically made gowns you can wear again to vegan-friendly fabrics, the rise of sustainable wedding dresses is a welcome and necessary trend that will only continue to grow," says Leese.

Rolling in Roses use peace silks and ethically sourced fabrics, handmade in York. Bon Bride design ethically made dresses you can wear again. Available at Archive 12

Bon Bride design ethically made dresses you can wear again. Available at Archive 12

Archive 12 is a modern bridal store in Belfast, offering low-key, high fashion wedding dresses for the cool bride. Opened in 2014, it has established itself as the go-to store in Ireland for the style-led, insta-generation of brides. Founded by ex-fashion and costume stylist Claire Leese, a self-confessed sucker for a strong brand with an eye for the hottest bridal fashion in the game.

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