From opulent gowns bedecked with ruffles and colourful florals to effortlessly chic slip gowns, bridesmaid dresses have never been this gorgeous! Pick one of these jaw-dropping styles for your big day.
While 2020 hasn’t been an eventful year so far because so many weddings have been cancelled, postponed or held online, fashion trends are innovative and inspirational. Traditional silhouettes have been replaced with cool new shapes, the choice of materials is enriched and colours are daring. This year bridesmaids are ultra-glamorous in shimmery silks, elaborate ruffles and mind-blowing prints. The palette is extended to include even black and white, while jumpsuits have become the new normal. Do you need inspiration for your special day? Consider one of these ten ultimate 2020 bridesmaid trends. Or be creative and mix two or three of them simultaneously.
Inspired by the romance of bygone eras, ruffled details are all the rage right now! Sewn onto sleeves, necklines and hemlines, they complement a range of delicate materials including pastel-coloured silk chiffons, jewel-hued satins and delicate organzas with ornate prints. Ruffles can make any dress silhouette more interesting and flattering for different body shapes.
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Undeniably feminine, floral prints are one of the hottest bridesmaid dress trends for 2020. They appear in all imaginable colours from softest pastels to moody hues such as mauve, burgundy or eggplant. Filigree blossoms and soft petals in light shades are perfect for spring weddings, while bolder, tropical-inspired prints are ideal for summer. These prints are easy to mix and match with monochromatic looks of you want to alternate between different complementary styles rather than sticking to a strict theme.
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Who says bridesmaid dresses should be plain and simple? Go glam with a perfectly tailored, structured dress that is fabulously flattering and totally embellishments-free! Luxury is in the details, so pay attention to the cut and seams. A streamlined dress can be so much more elegant than an embellished one. If you want to make a classic style more intriguing, add a twist such as bell sleeves, geometrically shaped V-neck, low-cut waistline or a sexy slit at the front.
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Mix & Match
If you think uniformed bridesmaid dresses are boring, embrace the trend of mismatched outfits. You can focus on a single colour, silhouette or type of fabric. The key is to have one common element that ties the looks together while offering a palette of styles for your bridesmaids to choose. A combination of floral and monochromatic looks in blush pink, mauve or cerulean? Or an ensemble of jewel-hued satin gowns? An explosion of shapes and hues, a wild combination of fabrics and accessories? Feel free to choose because literally, anything goes!
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Are you looking for something fashionable but perfectly suited for the dance floor? Replace the traditional maxi dresses with elegant psuits! They are comfy and a bit masculine, but you can also make them as flamboyant as you wish. With eye-catching embellishments along the neckline and bold accessories to match, these one-piece looks will do the trick! Depending on the choice of fabrics and adornments, suits can look both formal and casual.
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This trend probably sounds too familiar. But wrap dresses are remodelled and revamped this year! The silhouette is one of the obvious choices because the shape can be adjusted to suit each of your bridesmaids. Plus they are so comfortable to wear! Whether they feature straps or sleeves, you can make them a little more interesting if you add ornate details such as ruffles, ribbons or bold embellishments which are so fashionable this year. Plus you can pick a slightly different model for each of the girls!
PHOTO BY ENCHANTED WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Slip Gowns & Cowl Necklines
A simple slip dress made of finest silk, satin or chiffon is a fantastic choice for elegant evening receptions. This dress style goes hand in hand with another popular trend - a sensual cowl neckline. The two elements blend well together, and they work for both wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. Impossibly lightweight and utterly feminine, these frocks ooze the effortless chic of the 1990s, offering a unique interpretation of the classic Hollywood glamour with a tad more sex appeal. Moving away from traditional cuts, these bridesmaid dresses can be worn over and over again.
Photography: Greta Elizabeth Photography
Patterns & Prints
Do you want a style that stands out from the crowd? How about patterns & prints. Perhaps it is a bit unexpected, but nowadays, bridesmaid dresses come in all shapes and forms. This year, we love the extravagant prints and textured patterns. You can choose from a variety of ethnic motifs, nostalgic retro designs, colour-blocking stripes or artsy abstract florals. Most importantly, they all look gorgeous when contrasted with streamlined white wedding gowns. You can even mix & match different prints to achieve that adorable bohemian effect!
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Shimmery Silks & Sequins
Are you tired of matte chiffons and plain jerseys? Do you want to add a hint of shimmer to your bridesmaid dresses? Think outside the box and try to find delicate designs made of shimmery silks or sequins. We can’t get enough of this 2020 trend! Whether they are fitted and slinky or cut in A-line shape, they are incredibly elegant and totally reusable after the wedding day.
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Black vs White
The two most-avoided bridesmaid dress colours are on trend right now! Black has always been considered too sombre for weddings, but think of it as a colour which allows endless styling options for glam evening celebrations. Mixed with glossy metallic, soft pinks or vibrant tropical hues, black is ideal for creative styling solutions. Plus it pairs so well with bridal whites and ivories! Speaking of whites… you probably wouldn’t expect to see it on bridesmaids? But forget the traditional conventions for a moment. White bridesmaid dresses will instantly capture everyone’s attention! You can contrast them with a bridal gown in a different shade such as blush, sky blue or mint green. Or simply juxtapose a heavily embellished ball gown with simple white frocks for your girls.