Cover We rounded up the biggest wedding dress trends for 2022 (Photo: Courtesy of The Wedding Gown)

On the hunt for your dream wedding dress and looking to make a statement on your big day? We spoke to experts about the top wedding dress trends for 2022

When it comes to your wedding, saying “I do” to your dream gown may just be the biggest decision to make—aside from choosing who you’ll be exchanging vows with at the ceremony. From selecting the right silhouette that will flatter your body type, to hunting for accessories to elevate the overall look, wedding dress shopping is exciting—but with so many choices available, it can feel overwhelming, too.

To make the process a little less stressful for you, we talked with top leading retailers and designers in the industry—including Christina Devine, founder and designer of her eponymous wedding label; and Jacky Cheung, director of The Wedding Gown and founder of The Styling Concepts, to find out the biggest wedding dress trends that should be on your radar for 2022. From statement sleeves to ruffled tulle gowns, these are the looks to love for next year’s nuptials. 

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1. Minimalist styles

Clean and simple wedding dresses have been a big trend throughout the pandemic due to the rise of micro weddings, and according to Christina Devine, the trend isn’t going anywhere soon. “Minimal shapes will forever be in style but we’ll be seeing the resurgence of the clean bias-cut gowns, modern necklines and braless daring open backs in 2022.”

Whether you are petit, full-figured, or curvy, there is a wide range of minimalist gowns that feels just as gorgeous and stylish, without all the added embellishment.  

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2. 3D floral and textures

3D floral and textures are no stranger to the fashion world, but now these unique, sleek designs are set to be blossom in 2022’s wedding scene, according to Christina.

“Three-dimensional flowers made from fabrics and came in the form of feathered embellishments and lace detailing, will give you an ethereal look that’s sure to turn heads.” Full of movement and totally romantic, this design adorned with plenty of flowers, feathers and beading will make you look amazing in photos, too.  

3. Sleeve moments

The avant-garde leg of mutton sleeves of the 1890s and 1980s are set to appear on brides everywhere in 2022, Christina predicts. “The right volume and drape of sleeve can make any waist look inches smaller and draw the eye up towards the face. When choosing dresses with dramatic sleeves, be sure to look for designs with simpler skirt shapes or off-the-shoulder silhouettes to balance things out.” 

4. Bridal separates

Bridal separates may not be the most groundbreaking of ideas, but they are becoming a go-to for brides in 2022, coinciding with the rise of bolder, more unique looks for intimate gatherings that defined the pandemic. “From tops to skirts, pants, jumpsuits and jackets, bridal separates give you an infinite number of ways to create and style your own wedding day look,” said Christina. “Separates can be dressed up or down depending on the scale of your event, which is great as plans could change due to Covid.”

Another reason to wear this trend?  Those versatile pieces can be easily mixed and matched for stylish everyday looks that you will want to wear again after the ceremony.  

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5. High-low hemlines 

Fashion trends often come back into style, and wedding gowns are no exception. According to Jacky Cheung, high-low dresses, which were popular in the 2010s, are going to dominate the wedding scene amongst all the classic A-line and mermaid gowns next year.

"The high hemline at the front keeps things fun and flirty, while still serving all the drama of an extravagant train at the back—the best of both worlds,” said Jacky. “Not only it helps to elongate the frame, but the design also gives give the opportunity to showcase your beautiful bridal heels.” The unique silhouette will also make for a perfect look for bridal photoshoots, as the bride can move in her dress freely when posing in front of the camera.

Pro tip: For the most flattering lengthening effect, opt for a high-low gown featuring a higher hem in the front that hits mid-thigh.  

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6. Bright hues

As the micro wedding trend will continue to grow due to the ongoing pandemic, brides are likely to steer away from traditional white colour, opting for vibrant hues to brighten up their celebrations and create a bold impact that guests will remember.

"Not all wedding gowns have to be white,” said Jacky. “Eye-catching colours such as fire-engine red, flirty pink, daring black, rich burgundy, periwinkle blue, champagne gold, and many more countless shades of the rainbow will be bridal favourites in 2022." Vividly-hued gowns serve as a refreshingly fashionable alternative to the traditional white, which are perfect for fashion-forward brides who aren’t afraid to show off their sense of style. 

7. Ruffled dresses 

Another statement-making design to put on 2022 brides’ radar is the ruffled dress. “Playful, stylish and romantic, wedding gowns that feature tiers of voluminous, cascading tulle are designed for the brides with bold tastes and looking to give their dresses a wow-factor,” said Jacky. If you are feeling extra, choose a design featuring vibrant hues. Lasting impressions and endless compliments, guaranteed.  

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8. A modern take on the boudoir aesthetic

Dreamy and boudoir-inspired looks are making a major comeback and in a big way with a modern spin, thanks to Netflix hit drama Bridgerton. “In 2022, we’ll see plenty of boudoir-inspired dresses,” Jacky predicted. “Brides-to-be are looking to flaunt their curves in boned corsets and show some skin in designs featuring layers of airy tulle or sheer lace in relaxed fits. A modern take on the boudoir aesthetics creates a look that feels utterly romantic, feminine, and a little bit sexy without being overly revealing.”

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According to Jacky, bridal styling trends have also undergone a significant shift over the recent past, as reflected in brides’ wedding photography preferences in favour of a more high-fashion style with a touch of editorial flair. “We are seeing a desire for brides to experience more unique, candid photoshoots of their big days,” she said. “This has resulted in an increasing demand for luxury and highly personalised bridal styling services.” 

Below, she shared some of her favourite ways to style and accessorise wedding dresses.  

  • Donning signature gold or silver jewellery can add character to your gown and will instantly amp up your overall look. Opt for a pair of earrings or necklace that can complement your dress neckline and colour

  • Adding a belt can help balance proportions by defining the waistline, accentuating your curves and visually elongating the legs

  • A statement jacket is a perfect way to add personality and a bit of drama to your wedding look without overshadowing your dress

  • Skip the veil and let your beautiful make-up and hairstyles take centre stage to boldly express your personality and style 
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