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On the Ninth Day of Christmas: Wedding Gown Trends in 2019/2020

(Photo of Nicole Spose gown, courtesy of Archive Bridal)

‘Tis the season to recollect on a year’s worth of wedding trends and what’s to come after the calendar year ends. To a “12 Days of Christmas” tune, we’re revisiting what big day details we saw in 2019 and what’s sure to appear in 2020. (Spoiler alert: No partridges in pear trees… but a pheasant or peacock, maybe.)

By Becca Jones

Say Yes to the Dress, Bridezillas, Brides of Beverly Hills… the number of times the dress decision has graced our screens is startling—but for good reason. A bride’s wedding dress is arguably one of the biggest (and most exciting!) decisions leading up to the wedding. Here, Maria Elsom of Archive Bridal shares what gowns will be hot and not in 2020, and what to leave behind in 2019.

2019 was not short of glamour. Deep plunges, sheer corsets, shimmery tulle, and 3-D lace effortlessly graced their way into the bridal game. “These are all elements that are universally flattering to the female figure,” Elsom says. Detachable off-the-shoulder straps, which gives brides two gown looks, also boosted confidence levels and were a hit in 2019.

Elsom, however, predicts a shift in the upcoming year. “2020 is about fun, flirty looks combined with bespoke and sentimental touches,” she says. Consider: jeweled details like Grandma’s pearls paired with bold flowers, statement veils, and large bows. Customization will also be a go-to in 2020. Couture details as seen in intricate patterns, geometric lace, lux fabrics, dramatic trains, opulent beading, and asymmetrical designs will be hot as ever, Elsom says.

And of course, with the perfect dress comes the perfect fit. In 2020, stretch lining and power mesh will continue to satisfy brides on their big day. Minimalist looks will also lend their hand to great fit. Looking at you, modern sleek gowns—which often use plain silks, crepes, and mikado fabric to cling exactly where you want them.

To conclude, Elsom has an apology for some of you: Sorry gals, but in 2020, she hopes brides kiss bohemian gowns buh-bye!

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