In 2021, trends changed faster than they’re created.
The minute you learn that new TikTok dance, it’s already old news and there’s a new TikTok dance that’s even more complicated. Fashion trends, on the other hand, seem to stick around a little longer than “The Renegade.” Bridal designers help build upon these trends as well, pushing the limits of modernity and eccentricity just barely to their breaking point—leaving fashion lovers wanting more.
The wedding dress industry is no stranger to trends. While some bridal designers will go all out with their wedding collections—to the point where you can sometimes barely tell that you’re even looking at a wedding gown—other trends are more subtle and can be easily followed by anyone.
From the most avant-garde to the utterly attainable, read on for some of the newest and most popular 2021 wedding dress trends.
In past years, wedding dress trends have replaced traditional white gowns with experimental new hues, such as pink and champagne.
Now, in 2021, the new color on the block is a chic shade of pastel blue. That’s right, brides are rocking blue down the aisle this year, and it looks amazing. A blue wedding gown has the soft, delicate feel of traditional white, but offers a cool undertone that’s going to pop on any skin tone.
Ditch the old “something blue” rule and make your wedding dress that “something” for a trendy new take on wedding day fashion.
Trendy Bride Tip: If an entirely blue gown is a little too out there for you, that’s totally understandable. This is your wedding day, not New York Fashion Week. Here are a few ways to incorporate this trendy color into your nuptials in a more subtle way:
This year, the top wedding dress trends are taking a page from Meghan Markle’s book. Simplistic designs that shape the body and highlight the face are sweeping the wedding dress industry right now. Forget the heavy beading and embroidery of wedding seasons past. This year is all about simple wedding dresses that are the epitome of elegance.
Pairing a sleek, simple gown with natural, glowing makeup and accessories that provide the bling (tiara, anyone?) is going to have your guests questioning if you’re marrying into royalty.
Trendy Bride Tip: A minimalist gown is going to look best when it’s made from certain fabrics. You want to make sure that you choose a sleek, soft fabric that doesn’t wrinkle too easily. Some good materials to look out for are:
If there’s one truth about trends, it’s that they tend to contradict.
While some of the top wedding dress trends have veered in the direction of minimalism, they also seem to be leaning toward layering and ruffles. That’s right, it’s one extreme or the other this year. Vera Wang’s 2020 Spring Bridal collection featured only gowns with extensive ruffles, layers, and netting overlays.
Not only are ruffles trendy, but they’re being added to some new places. Bunches of fabric on the shoulder, or around the waist is a huge bridal trend for 2021. Think pirate chic, with a parrot on your shoulder (but the parrot is made of soft organza fabric, and also it doesn’t have any sassy remarks).
These bunches and ruffles are meant to resemble floral designs, with a three-dimensional element that is utterly 2021. If you’re planning a spring or summer wedding, this beautifully modern floral trend is a unique way to celebrate the season.
Trendy Wedding Dress Tip: If you want to participate in this bridal trend, but Vera Wang’s designs are a bit avante-garde for your tastes, try a more subtle approach to these ruffled, floral patterns:
Get ready to go nuts over this one. This year is the year of gown pockets (queue screams of joy). For years, men have enjoyed the luxuries of pockets. Even when women earned the right to wear pants, they still didn’t provide the ample pocket space that men have taken advantage of for centuries.
Have you ever seen a man put something in his pockets? They have more storage space than a studio apartment.
Even at weddings, men walked around in their tuxedos, pockets galore. Meanwhile, women had to suffer their pocketless fate in beautiful gowns with zero functionality.
Well, that time has come and gone, because gown pockets are officially in. This is a trend for gowns that have a larger skirt. The gorgeous folds of flowy, A-line wedding dresses are a perfect place to hide pockets. (Sorry, mermaid gown lovers, maybe next year.)
Trendy Wedding Dress Tip: There is no good reason why someone wouldn’t want a gown with pockets. So, instead of offering alternatives to this wedding trend, here are some items that you can put in your pockets when the big day arrives.
Whether you’re a huge trend follower or you walk to the beat of your own drum, it’s undeniable that trends are difficult to ignore in 2021.
While some of the latest wedding dress trends are a little out there, others are an amazing example of how far the wedding industry has come. And although trends can be fun and exciting, the most important thing to follow on your wedding day is your heart. Is that cheesy? Yes. Is it true? Also yes.
First and foremost, what you wear on your wedding day is going to be up to you. While trends can be helpful in deciding what to wear, make sure that your wedding dress is something you would love no matter what decade it is. At the end of the (wedding) day, you’ll want to be wearing something that you feel happy, comfortable, and radiantly beautiful in.
Whether that’s a simple gown or pirate chic, just make sure that it’s undeniably you.
While your local wedding dress shop may not be up-to-date on all of 2021’s trends, Zola’s online Bridal Boutique has everything that you’re looking for. With a large selection of styles, designers, and colors, Zola’s Bridal Boutique is your one-stop-shop for all gowns, from traditional to trendy and everything in between.
Looking for the best 2021 wedding dress trends? You’ve come to the right place.