9 Wedding Dress Trends Picking Up Steam For the 2022 Bride
If you’re a 2022 bride, there’s a good chance you’ve also been a 2021 bride at some point, but ultimately decided to postpone your wedding due to the pandemic. While that can be frustrating, the extended time you now have to plan your special day also allows you to reconsider your approach to dressing for the moment. Or perhaps you got engaged during quarantine and your wedding is the light at the end of the tunnel; an adventure you can’t wait to approach with optimism – in a standout dress exploding with tiers that represents all the style you’ve been holding in.
Designers have planned accordingly, slowly rolling out well-rounded collections that speak to every type of personality and wedding destination. Perhaps the city hall bride will choose a minidress from Sophie et Voilà or PatBO. The playful bride may fall in love with the prominent floral appliqués from Markarian, Houghton, or Viktor&Rolf. The woman who knows just what silhouette she likes may be attracted to cream puff sleeves, something backless, or corsetry (thanks, regencycore!). And the new bohemian could choose a relaxed, boudoir inspired look, or something more intricate with a capelet and floral crown. Ahead, explore every fashion trend to note from the 2022 bridal collections, or jump ahead to your favourite.
It matters not how much fabric you have gathered at the front – or whether you’ve chosen a minidress or long gown for your special day – but rather the unexpected cutout that reveals your bare back from behind. For those who prefer high necklines and sleeves, think of this as your subtle way of incorporating sex appeal (not that you don’t have other options).
Oscar de la Renta spring 2022
Cream Puff Sleeve
Short, poufy sleeves are for the romantic bride who knows how to flatter her figure and has historically reached for dresses in similar silhouettes, all to accept an outpouring of compliments. These supersized cap sleeves, or what we’re calling “cream puffs,” provide a very particular polished look and lend a sort of super woman power. She knows what she wants.
Viktor&Rolf fall 2022
Capelets provide additional fabric to add dimension to your look and potentially provide warmth while adding princess-like attitude. Whether the capelet is sewn onto your dress or detachable, think of the option as another way to make your wedding dress stand out or feel different.
Halfpenny London spring 2022
Corsetry is another style that is particular to a certain aesthetic and not far off from the Bridgerton-inspired gowns you’ll start to see due to the rise of regencycore. Many bridal designers are incorporating them into wedding dresses with a V-split at the chest or a sweetheart neckline with well-defined piping.
Anne Barge spring 2022
The halter looks as elegant as ever from the front, but provides a sporty touch to the back of the dress, giving brides more room to bare their shoulders and less fabric for those who love to raise their arms and dance.
Halfpenny London Collection 3
Forever a playful and youthful touch, daisy, sunflower, anemone, and orchid appliqués bring this bridal season newfound happiness and light. They’re a symbolic offering or a promise on your own wedding dress to stay optimistic and look toward the future while acknowledging the past.
Viktor&Rolf spring 2022
The bohemian bride is incredibly relaxed about what she wears on her wedding day – she just wants it to feel dreamy and ultimately a reflection of her – whether that incorporates skin-baring cutouts, a proud flower crown, crop top, or a bishop-sleeved nightgown fit for a damn queen.
PatBO spring 2022
The past several bridal seasons we’ve seen tea-length dresses, midis, pantsuits, and playsuits as alternatives to the wedding gown. But with the rise of the minidress on the runway, bridal collections are following suit. Not only does this make the perfect opportunity for a modern shoe moment, it’s also a nod to the more casual City Hall or backyard wedding.
Viktor&Rolf fall 2022
Most bridal designers cater to the woman who loves drama with one incredible finale look. For 2022, the “go big or go home” moment comes with cascading tiers that can extend behind you and sweep the floor if you so please. Don’t be surprised to find full skirts with tiers of mixed materials as an option if you’re inclined to really drop some jaws.
Zuhair Murad spring 2022