Fresh bridal trends for 2020

Choosing the perfect wedding dress isn’t always the easiest part of planning your special day, however, knowing the latest bridal trends can give you that push in the right direction.

The 2020 bridal collections are seeing new and interesting ways of creating a unique bridal style! Although they aren’t always the most practical for your big day, brides to be can use these runway ready styles as inspiration for their dream gown.

Unique Corsetry

The catwalks were full of corseted and structured designs – but not your typical style of corset. Birdcage designs with intricate boning and without linings were the favourite of some of the top designers.

Think underwear as outerwear but done in the most regal and elegant way, with sheer corset bodices and beautiful tulle skirts. Oscar De La Renta and Vera Wang showed us how best to create this look. For the more wearable designs look to the Halliday Gown by Wtoo by Watters, a beautiful corseted bodice and tulle skirt

with floral appliques.

Volume – big skirts and big sleeves

Think 80s glam but with more sophistication, the volume sleeve trend has taken the 2020 runways by storm. Designers are evoking a modern look through a retro throwback, with designs made for a bride that isn’t afraid of a bit of risky fashion

Anne Barge and Giambattista Valli showed some amazingly voluptuous designs in their latest collections, both playing with proportions to create a uniquely modern style. Real brides can take inspiration and go for gowns like Lepage by St Patrick, a less risky take on the volume trend.

Seventies Style

The cool bohemian style of the 70s combined with party girl disco glam has made a comeback on the bridal catwalks. With fringe detail, wide leg trousers and cape sleeves no longer being reserved only for the likes of Woodstock, 2020 brides are being told to let their hair down with easy to wear dresses and jumpsuits, designed with traditional 70s accents.

Designers like Oscar de la Renta used fringe and short glittery styles to properly convey this trend. To add some 70s flare to your wedding , or reception look to styles such as a lace jumpsuit or a flared sleeve fitted gown from designer Lillian West.


From fully-feathered ballgowns to chic little minis, luxurious yet lightweight feathers add a glamorous and feminine touch to any look for the ceremony, rehearsal dinner, or after-party. Although this is a trend normally only considered by the bolder bride, this seasons designs embody such a luxe and dreamy look that any bride could pull off this risky trend

The runways showed that more is definitely more, with designers such as Zuhair Murad and Naeem Khan going full on with their feathered frocks. Brides wanting a more paired down vision of this trend can look to Justin Alexander Signature, both the Hazel gown and St Moritz gown offering feathers on a modern silhouette.

No matter which bridal trend you look to when choosing your wedding gown, always consider what works best for your shape and bridal style. Catwalk trends can offer amazing inspiration and can push you in the right direction when it comes to finding your unique style. Ultimately you should always go with the style that feels most like you! At Harper Smith bridal we be with you at every stage.

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