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2020 Wedding Gown Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week

By Jenna Miller

When hundreds of brides were running around the Big Apple earlier this season for New York Bridal Fashion Week, we at Exquisite Weddings too had a correspondent on the ground.

Rhiannon Marquis, buyer for The Dress Theory San Diego, kindly gave us a front row look into what bridal trends are up and coming in 2020 and to be left behind in 2019.

One shoulder dresses, capes, statement earrings, and voluminous sleeves—those are the trends Marquis saw endlessly during her trip to NYC. Then there were a few she pointed to as emerging: dots, such as in the form of swiss dotted lace and pearl embellishments.

And fear not, planning brides, of our term “trends.” As Marquis explains, classic styles stick around and most all wedding dress styles never fully disappear—they just adapt to the new wants of brides. (Think: Some brides prefer classic dresses with modern twists, such as a jumpsuit a cape attached to it.)

“It’s common to see styles within the last few years stick around for a while,” she says. “One of the most common pictures we see from brides is from the ’90s of Caroline Bessette Kennedy walking out of the church with JFK Jr. in her silk slip dress—so classic but still on trend to this day.”

However Marquis has one heads up: Some accessories are getting the boot this year. Buh bye, sashes and belts!

There were a few designers that caught Marquis’s eye, as well, such as Monique Lhullier, who puts an edgy spin on romantic dresses, and Toni Maticevsky, whose dresses are unique yet  modern. Sarah Seven also came out with a new collection inspired by the designer’s trip to Italy and using Sophia Loren as her muse to play with timeless shapes and fun pearl details. (Pearls again!)

Another reason to get excited? Now’s your time to ditch the one-dress-wonder and go for a more versatile gown that can be transformed throughout the night into different styles. Consider: gowns with a removable overskirt or removable sleeves. Also, if you want a two piece dress or a slip dress, you’re in luck because they are very “in” right now according to Marquis.

“With so many couples opting to do a destination wedding or a multiple day celebration,” Marquis says, “we think brides will really enjoy putting together a few different looks that reflect their personal style.”

Personally, we can’t wait to see them in her shop! Here’s more of a sneak peek behind the scenes:

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