I have been working on this blog post for weeks, and I keep getting held up in the rabbit hole seeing more and more stunning dresses. But this is it! I’m stopping and hitting publish NOW so that you can see some of these beauties, too. But I will keep posting to my 2019/2020 Wedding Fashion Pinterest board. This post is all about dresses and jumpsuits, but I have another one coming about separates and suiting trends for those of you who prefer to wear them. That post will also include more adrodgynous and gender fluid, gender queer options.
There is a distinct split in wedding dress trends this year — highly detailed embellishments and adornments or sleek minimalism. Both are well represented in the fashion shows for spring and fall collections. I’ve sort of divided them by the dominant trend/style, but most embody more than one.
Layered, adorned, and detachable skirts
Personally, I’m a huge fan of multi-function fashion, so I’m loving this trend of the detachable skirts. You can have the big skirt for the ceremony and, voila!, a great dancing dress for the reception without having to buy a second dress.
This also features the tattoo/illusion lace that is very popular right now, as well as lace that is much thicker and bolder than we have seen in previous years.
We also see the lingerie trend currently making an appearance in wedding fashion on the bodice of this dress. And that belt! Waistline accessories and adornments are popular right now.
Another lingerie-style top and belt, this time paired with a tiered skirt rather than a detachable one.
Another tiered skirt, this time ombre. Color is still making an appearance in the collections for these seasons.
This well adorned dress features more of a bustle-style skirt than a detachable one, but it still nods in that direction. It also features a deep plunge neckline that is very on trend. More of those if you scroll down.
Feathers can be hard to wear without looking like a bleached Big Bird coming down the aisle, but when worn well, they pack a serious whallop.
I’m dying over this feather shrug over the deep plunging neckline.
Illusions/Tattoo Lace, Sheer, Gossamer, Tulles, and Chiffons
See-through and illusions are the name of the game this season.
This blingy, translucent hash-mark pattern is gorge, and those off the shoulder cuff sleeves are ubiquitous in this season’s looks.
This dress takes the sheer fabric into the skirt as well as the lingerie top. In general I’m not a fan of so much sheerness, but the swiss dot fabric adds an element of vintage flare to it that I do love. And these looser, draped cuff sleeves and embroidery details are sweet details.
We’re seeing a lot more thick, bold lace (as opposed to the more vintage, dainty lace of seasons past) that resembles an illusion on the skin when placed on and under sheer fabric.
Dress tops made completely out of illusion lace are wildly popular right now, and something that all body types can rock. It’s also a great way to show the appearance of skin without feeling naked or exposed. I also think that with different styling, this dress could lend itself well to a more androdgynous look.
Thicker, Bolder Lace
As I mentioned before, lace this season is appearing much more bold this season. I’m surprised how versatile it is, going from boho to vintage to vavavoom with ease.
I love how different the cuff style sleeve look in this lace from other iterations in different fabric, and the lingerie treatment in this much more opaque fabric than other treatments.
The thicker lace without a lining provides a totally different approach to the sheer/illusion trend that gives it a wonderfully different mood than the sheer dresses above.
I love the use of the plunge neckline on a women with curves up top. All my large-chested ladies — you too can rock that trend. Just invest in the proper bra!
While not a new trend, it’s still one of my favorite recent trends in wedding wear that easily works for all genders. They also are very prevalent in gender fluid fashioning.
You usually see capes with a less voluminous skirt, but I LOVE this one paired with a ballgown. And I love this ballgown.
The way the neckline of this dress integrates with the cape is all kinds of goals.
I’m not sure if this is technically a cape or a high train, but whatever it is, it is fantastic.
I love how over the top everything about this dress is.
I’m not normally a jumpsuit fan because I think they are completely impractical. I mean, who wants to be totally neckid trying to go to the bathroom? Not this girl. But, since wedding dresses are already pretty impossible to pee in anyway, what better time to rock jumpsuit? They are fabulous for all types of bodies and personalities.
The bold lace appliques take this to a totally different place than most.
Stunning. Perhaps not practical, but something about it strikes my fancy.
In the midst of all of this detail and adornment, there is a trend for minimalism that I must say, I really, really adore. Scroll to the end if it’s your thing too.
I am completely obsessed with this ensemble. The skirt/train is detachable and reversible, so the smooth side can either be on top or on bottom. I actually think that Sebastien Luke is my favorite designer included in this blog post. So many of his pieces are multipurpose, and they are all oh so fabulous.
This wide leg jumpsuit reminds me of the beach pajamas of the 1930s. I’m so in love with it, I can’t even tell you.
A deep plunge neckline can be hard for certain silhouettes, but there’s no denying the statement they make.
This dress particularly is one that many different body types could wear. The illusion fabric within the plunge makes it feel less uncovered than many other dresses of this style.
A more boho treatment of the trend…
And a more structured treatment. I would love to see this on a gender queer model. Those shoulders were made to go on for days.
Here we have the adornments from earlier in the post paired with the plunging neckline.
Who doesn’t love a great sleeve?
There have already been several of these cuff sleeves in the post, but they still qualify as a statement in my book.
This sleeve shape has a real vintage feel to it with this modern take on a sort of mutton leg sleeve.
And I’m a sucker for anything with covered-button details.
Detachable sleeves … for ease of eating without them trailing in your food.
A modest but classy look for venues where shoulders must be covered.
I love how different this Sebastien Luke dress is. And those sleeve are like spats for your arms combined with gloves — so different and cheeky.
Adornments, off the shoulder, what’s not to love?
These sleeves are also a hood. It totally has that Ever After, modern Cinderella at the ball feel. And they are a separate piece so you could ad them to any dress you wanted. Slay, queen.
Didn’t I tell you I loved Sebastien Luke?
I’m more of a minimalist when it comes to wedding dresses. They are gorgeous in their simplicity and they are just screaming for personalization and personal touches.
This dress is in the top five of all the ones I looked at. So much love for that hem detailing.
This is the perfect example of how a simple, beautiful dress builds the perfect canvas for stunning accessories.
They way this neckline frames her face is everything.
This streamlined approach to adornment is so subtle, but powerful. And I would wear that jacket every day, y’all. Every. Single. Day.
Another Sebastien Luke design with multiple pieces that really would lend itself to androdgyny.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these dresses as much as I did. Which trend is your favorite? Which dress? If you are interested in reading more about 2019 and 2020 wedding dress trends, check out these articles from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and The Style Bouquet.
I’ll be back with another post with suits and separates, so stay tuned if that’s your jam.