Nine Trends in 2019 and 2020 Wedding Dresses

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.

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection -  Style NIAB19006 .

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection - Style NIAB19006.

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.

Lee Petra Grebenau 2019 Enchanted Blossom Collection -  Gigi .

Lee Petra Grebenau 2019 Enchanted Blossom Collection - Gigi.

Another lingerie-style top and belt, this time paired with a tiered skirt rather than a detachable one.

Lee Petra Grebenau 2019 Enchanted Blossom Collection -  Lily Rose .

Lee Petra Grebenau 2019 Enchanted Blossom Collection - Lily Rose.

Another tiered skirt, this time ombre.  Color is still making an appearance in the collections for these seasons.

Kelly Faetanini Carousel Collection -  Tiana .

Kelly Faetanini Carousel Collection - Tiana.

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.

Ines di Santo East of the and Sun West of the Moon Fall 2019 Couture Collection -  Lysandra .

Ines di Santo East of the and Sun West of the Moon Fall 2019 Couture Collection - Lysandra.

Feathers

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.

Ines di Santo East of the and Sun West of the Moon Fall 2019 Couture Collection -  Freyja .

Ines di Santo East of the and Sun West of the Moon Fall 2019 Couture Collection - Freyja.

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.

Lee Petra Grebenau 2019 Enchanted Blossom Collection -  Chelsea .

Lee Petra Grebenau 2019 Enchanted Blossom Collection - Chelsea.

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.

Kali Garten 2019 Paris  Collection .

Kali Garten 2019 Paris Collection.

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.

Kali Garten 2019 Paris  Collection .

Kali Garten 2019 Paris Collection.

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.

Kelly Faetanini Carousel Collection -  Adair .

Kelly Faetanini Carousel Collection - Adair.

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.

Rue de Seine Wild at Heart collection -  Clara .

Rue de Seine Wild at Heart collection - Clara.

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.

Rue de Seine Wild Heart collection -  Ash .

Rue de Seine Wild Heart collection - Ash.

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!

Maggie Sottero -  Abbie Lynette .

Maggie Sottero - Abbie Lynette.

Capes

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.

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection -  Style NIAB19061 .

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection - Style NIAB19061.

The way the neckline of this dress integrates with the cape is all kinds of goals.

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection -  Style NIAB19100 .

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection - Style NIAB19100.

I’m not sure if this is technically a cape or a high train, but whatever it is, it is fantastic.

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection -  Style NIAB19094 .

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection - Style NIAB19094.

I love how over the top everything about this dress is.

Ines di Santo East of the and Sun West of the Moon Fall 2019 Couture Collection -  Nieva .

Ines di Santo East of the and Sun West of the Moon Fall 2019 Couture Collection - Nieva.

Jumpsuits

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.

Madison James Bridal for Allure Bridal -  Style MJ500 .

Madison James Bridal for Allure Bridal - Style MJ500.

Stunning. Perhaps not practical, but something about it strikes my fancy.

Ines di Santo East of the and Sun West of the Moon Fall 2019 Couture Collection -  Nyx .

Ines di Santo East of the and Sun West of the Moon Fall 2019 Couture Collection - Nyx.

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.

Ines di Santo East of the and Sun West of the Moon Fall 2019 Couture Collection -  Rae .

Ines di Santo East of the and Sun West of the Moon Fall 2019 Couture Collection - Rae.

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.

Sebastien Luke Spring/Summer 2019 Collection -  Styles  19B13 (jumpsuit) and A1902 (detachable and reversible skirt).

Sebastien Luke Spring/Summer 2019 Collection - Styles 19B13 (jumpsuit) and A1902 (detachable and reversible skirt).

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.

Sebastien Luke Fall/Winter 2019 Collection -  Style 19B17 .

Sebastien Luke Fall/Winter 2019 Collection - Style 19B17.

Plunging Necklines

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.

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection - Style  NIAB19010 .

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection - Style NIAB19010.

A more boho treatment of the trend…

Rue de Seine Wild Heart collection -  West .

Rue de Seine Wild Heart collection - West.

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.

Ines di Santo Fairytale Dreams Spring 2020 Couture Collection -  Blu .

Ines di Santo Fairytale Dreams Spring 2020 Couture Collection - Blu.

Here we have the adornments from earlier in the post paired with the plunging neckline.

Lee Petra Grebenau 2019 Enchanted Blossom Collection -  Magnolia .

Lee Petra Grebenau 2019 Enchanted Blossom Collection - Magnolia.

Statement Sleeves

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.

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection -  Style NIAB19096 .

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection - Style NIAB19096.

This sleeve shape has a real vintage feel to it with this modern take on a sort of mutton leg sleeve.

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection -  Style NIAB19026 .

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection - Style NIAB19026.

And I’m a sucker for anything with covered-button details.

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection -  Style NIAB19050 .

Nicole 2019 Milano Collection - Style NIAB19050.

Detachable sleeves … for ease of eating without them trailing in your food.

Rue de Seine Wild Heart collection -  Adara .

Rue de Seine Wild Heart collection - Adara.

A modest but classy look for venues where shoulders must be covered.

Maggie Sottero Classic Romance Collection 2019 -  Blake .

Maggie Sottero Classic Romance Collection 2019 - Blake.

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.

Sebastien Luke Spring/Summer 2019 Collection -  Style 19B12  Detachable sleeves and collar

Sebastien Luke Spring/Summer 2019 Collection - Style 19B12 Detachable sleeves and collar

Adornments, off the shoulder, what’s not to love?

Sebastien Luke Fall/Winter 2019 Collection -  Style 19B19 .

Sebastien Luke Fall/Winter 2019 Collection - Style 19B19.

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.

Sebastien Luke Fall/Winter 2019 Collection -  Styles  19B26 (gown) and A1906 (sleeves/cape combination).

Sebastien Luke Fall/Winter 2019 Collection - Styles 19B26 (gown) and A1906 (sleeves/cape combination).

Didn’t I tell you I loved Sebastien Luke?

Sebastien Luke Fall/Winter 2019 Collection -  Style 19B25 .

Sebastien Luke Fall/Winter 2019 Collection - Style 19B25.

Minimalism

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.

Rebecca Ingram for Maggie Sottero -  Jamilia .

Rebecca Ingram for Maggie Sottero - Jamilia.

This is the perfect example of how a simple, beautiful dress builds the perfect canvas for stunning accessories.

Ines di Santo Fairytale Dreams Spring 2020 Couture Collection -  Robin .

Ines di Santo Fairytale Dreams Spring 2020 Couture Collection - Robin.

They way this neckline frames her face is everything.

Ines by Ines Di Santo Fall 2019 Bridal -  Maakie .

Ines by Ines Di Santo Fall 2019 Bridal - Maakie.

This streamlined approach to adornment is so subtle, but powerful. And I would wear that jacket every day, y’all. Every. Single. Day.

Ines by Ines Di Santo Fall 2019 Bridal -  Agua .

Ines by Ines Di Santo Fall 2019 Bridal - Agua.

Another Sebastien Luke design with multiple pieces that really would lend itself to androdgyny.

Sebastien Luke Spring/Summer 2020 Collection -  Styles  20B11 (jumpsuit), A2001 (cape), and A2005 (leotard with long sleeves).

Sebastien Luke Spring/Summer 2020 Collection - Styles 20B11 (jumpsuit), A2001 (cape), and A2005 (leotard with long sleeves).

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.