This one was supposed to go up last week, but oh well. It’s late, but here’s my final wedding-theme post for National Wedding Month (February, FYI). I’ve already covered the top wedding trends, but today, I’m looking at the biggest wedding dress trends for 2023.
These are the new and exciting beauty and style trends you can expect to see at weddings this year.
Top Wedding Dress Trends for 2023
One of the biggest wedding trends for 2023 is the idea of going big and bold. You’ll definitely see that when it comes to the dress.
Gowns this year will feature a lot of embellishments and intricate designs. Think feathers, extravagant ruffles, and pearl details.
2. Feminine Touches
This one falls in line with the embellished element, but it was prevalent enough that it warranted it’s own section.
Floral details will be popular this year, particularly 3D flowers for some added dimension.
The other most common detail seen at fashion week was bows. Which totally falls in line with the added feminine flair we’ve already seen in 2023!
3. Timeless Elegance
Bold is in and this year, and the abundance of big, bold ballgowns is proof of that. Timeless classics like the A-line dress is also incredibly popular.
But a lot of designers are going bold in a different way too. Instead of over-the-top beading and bling, we’ve got a return to simple, sleek gowns. Satin, too, is making a comeback.
4. Slip Dresses
Ballgowns might be popular this year, but we’re also in the midst of a 90’s renaissance. Which means that slip dresses are a huge trend, and we’re seeing that when it comes to wedding dresses.
5. Deconstructed Styles
Both ballgowns and slip dresses are traditional bridal looks, but in 2023, plenty of designers are going for something far more unique with deconstructed styles.
A deconstructed dress is one that basically looks unfinished. In a wedding gown, you might see this exemplified with a mix of different fabrics and lengths or exposed linings.
For a while, strapless wedding gowns were everywhere. But in 2023, we’re moving away from that look. Long sleeves are now making a return in a major way.
What’s more, we’re seeing more vintage sleeve styles, like puffy sleeves and bell sleeves.
7. Exposed Shoulders
Strapless gowns are out. In their place, now, is the off-the-shoulder look.
Scoop neck off-the-shoulder gowns are especially popular. On top of that, a lot of designers are combining the long sleeved and off-the-shoulder styles.
Off-the-shoulder with long sleeves, or puff sleeves, make an incredibly fashion-forward and dramatic look.
8. Square Necklines
Another timeless design style making a comeback this year is the square-neck gown. This is a very regency-core inspired look. Again, it can be paired with puff sleeves or added embellishments for a more modern take.
9. High Necklines
Timeless gowns are in style this year, and a lot of brides are going for a Grace Kelly-inspired wedding look. That means high necks (or mock necklines) and a ton of lace.
10. Asymmetrical Necklines
Asymmetrical necklines are also hugely popular, as are one-shoulder designs. This is another element that can add to the deconstructed look.
11. Sex Appeal
There will be a lot of sexy gowns this year. Body hugging silhouettes, like the slip dress, backless gowns, those with cut-outs, and dresses with thigh high slits will be especially notable.
The sheer style is becoming increasingly popular, so you can definitely expect to see more sheer overlays in wedding dresses.
12. Corset Gowns
Along with that, corsets are having a major moment right now. (Probably due to the return of 90’s era fashion.) Corset wedding gowns will be huge this year. The exposed corset is another way to achieve a deconstructed, avant garde look.
13. Extra Drama
Wedding gowns are inherently dramatic, but in 2023, some of the biggest trends really play up the drama factor. Big sleeves and embellishments can add drama to a dress, for example.
Corsets are also a dramatic element. When paired with a ballgown or puffy sleeves, a visible corset looks especially high fashion.
Finally, intricate and dramatic layers of tulle will be especially popular.
14. Colorful Couture
White (or off white) will always be a popular choice when it comes to wedding gowns, but in 2023 we’re seeing more brides experiment with different colored dresses.
Blush has always been one of the most common alternative colors to wear, but this year, blue wedding dresses may take over. After all, it’s an easy way for brides to get their “something blue.”
15. Unique Silhouettes
Certain styles are considered timeless classics: A-line, for example. But this year, more brides will opt for unique wedding gown silhouettes.
Two-piece gowns, pants, or jumpsuits for example are very popular in 2023. Short, mini dresses are another good choice. And this year, we might also see a rise in the high-low gown (aka the “mullet” style dress).
16. Added Accessories
A wedding dress is never just the dress, is it? You’ve got the veil, for one thing. Then there’s the jewelry, and plenty of brides opt for an added jacket or belt.
But in 2023, the top trends for wedding dress accessories are much more unexpected. Detachable sleeves, elbow-length gloves, and an added cape are all huge and make for a true, statement making bridal look.