Rita Vinieris
Rita Vinieris

Coming off 2020, a year like no other, it's not surprising that COVID-19 has had an impact on 2021 wedding dress trends. From moving celebrations to the great outdoors to an increase in multi-event weddings and elopements, wedding dress designers are answering the call with their 2021 bridal collections featuring shorter hemlines, distinctive details and versatile styles. Typically the bridal industry showcases the latest collections on the runway at New York bridal fashion week in October. Needless to say, that wasn't possible and so we've resorted to virtual viewings to bring you this round-up of the latest bridal fashion trends.

Here are the top wedding dress trends of 2021.

Bishop Sleeves

Voluminous sleeves were a big 2020 wedding dress trend and we're seeing the focus on distinctive sleeve designs continue but with more emphasis on long sleeves—a look made popular by The Duchess of Cambridge. However, the 2021 collections take a twist on this classic look with bishop sleeves, that are loose for the length of the arm and fitted at the wrists. This style is quite versatile and works with a modern, boho or classic wedding gown.

Shown here, from left to right: Paloma BlancaAlyne by Rita Vinieris and Mikaella.

Shorter Hemlines

The move towards outdoor weddings and smaller venues have brides looking for a dress style that's easy to maneuver. From maxis to minis, there are lots of elegant options out there for brides looking to keep their dress off the ground. And the best part? You can wear a killer pair of shoes.

Shown here, from left to right: Ines Di Santo, BHLDN and Little White Dress by Amsale.

Minimalist Looks

The 2021 wedding trend towards more intimate weddings has some brides seeking a more sophisticated, slinky look versus a voluminous ball gown. Slip dresses, figure-hugging silhouettes and subtle details can be found in many of this season's collections.

Shown here, from left to right: MikaellaElizabeth Fillmore and Jenny Yoo.

Distinctive Necklines

We were excited to see softly draped cowl necklines in both bride and bridesmaid dress styles as it is a such flattering style for most women. On the other end of the spectrum, we're seeing structured necklines that make a strong design statement with square, halter and folded designs.

Shown here, from left to right: Ines Di Santo, Amsale and Pronovias.

Ultra-low Backs

Many designs in the 2021 wedding dress collections also feature a super low back to create a sexy, wow-factor! This style can be worn with a sheer cape or offset by a higher neckline so that it's not too OTT as you say your vows.

Shown here, from left to right: Rivini by Rita VinierisJustin Alexander Signature and Ines Di Santo.

Convertible Styles

This idea has been around for a while now but has become more relevant in the context of COVID. With wedding formats changing to include minimonys now and a larger celebration later, shift weddings or multiple small events, brides are looking for a dress that is versatile. Removable skirts, toppers and jackets can really change up the look of the dress and let brides enjoy wearing their gown on multiple occasions. 

Shown here, from left to right: Galia LahavMira Zwillinger, and Anne Barge.

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