By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Fashion trends come and go, and wedding fashion trends are no different.
According to fashion search platform Lyst, wedding outfits are now surpassing Christmas looks in terms of searches, meaning wedding fashion is a priority for many of us, whether we are brides-to-be or guests.
The UK-based search engine for online fashion analysed the shopping behaviour of more than 5 million shoppers a month, who searched, browsed and bought fashion across 12,000 designers and stores online. It found that dresses with pockets (both for brides and guests), personalised trainers and pre-owned gowns will gain momentum this year as shoppers move towards more sustainable and comfortable alternatives for the big day.
As for accessories, other trend researchers predict wedding guests will be favouring bright hair bands over traditional pastel-coloured hats and feather fascinators, with searches for ‘diamond headbands’ increasing by 78% in the week after the Oscars. Many credit this trend to Rachel Weisz, who wore a vintage jewelled headpiece from Cartier.
Beyond fashion, it seems these other trends are taking over nuptials:
- Having a maid of honour only, rather than a slew of bridesmaids (anyone else heaving a sigh of relief?)
- Using smaller bouquets. Large ones tend to hide the bride’s waist, making her look chunky.
- Speaking of bouquets, since dresses are getting coloured, it’s best to keep your bouquet to one colour, like red or white.
- Offering a less formal menu. Instead of a three or four course formal dinner, couples are delivering what their guests really want to eat: artisanal pizza, tacos and mini burgers.
- Asking male guests to dress up in black tie. Megan and Harry apparently inspired this one! Visit ties.com to buy one for your groom
Whether you’re off to a wedding this spring, getting married yourself, or maybe just having a few ‘white wedding’ fantasies, I think you’ll love reading about these 10 huge wedding fashion trends for 2019.
10 Huge Wedding Fashion Trends For 2019
1. Coloured Dresses
It is not something exactly new for a wedding gown to be of a different hue from the traditional white. Back in 1937, Wallis Simpson wore blue at her wedding to King Edward, and in the eighties Emma Thompson chose a polychrome gown while tying the knot with Kenneth Branagh.
Many celebrities of our own time have gone wild with different shades too, from Jessica Biel choosing a pink dress to wed Justin Timberlake to Dita Von Teese’s purple gown while marrying Marilyn Manson. In fact, champagne and violet hues are hugely trending, as well as gold. If you’re looking for a non-white ethical bridal gown, try Reformation – they offer wedding dresses in a load of colours, like these, below.
2. Vintage Dresses
Pre-owned or vintage wedding dresses are more than just a trend, they are a powerful statement during the most populated day in a couple’s life. Such garments attest the dedication to the environment, and according to Lyst second-hand wedding dresses are up 93 per cent. After all, brides are meant to wear “something old,” so why not let it be your dress?
If you think a vintage wedding dress will make you look like a character in a costume drama, think again: many modern trends are just revamped versions of fashions from previous decades. Just look at this ’30’s gown, below – or the ’50’s dress below it. Their colours and cuts are still bang on trend today!
3. Sneakers, Not Heels
Heels can be quite painful, especially if you’re wearing them for hours on end. So no wonder more brides are choosing to wear white sneakers on their wedding day.
As a matter of fact, sneakers have already been sported by a number of high profile wedding guests including the Duchess of Kent, who was praised for her dress-and-sneaker look at the royal wedding between Meghan and Harry. Serena Williams also wore high-tops under her Valentino gown at the evening reception. This trend is getting so hot, brands like Converse, below, are taking orders for customised wedding trainers!
4. Dresses with Pockets
Modern times call for modern outfits, and dresses outfitted with pockets have been growing trend in recent years. Elie Saab has long shown couture creations with pockets, and it seems the style resounds with women – they give you something to do with your hands, and also offer a place to hide your phone and lipstick! In fact, of all the wedding fashion trends for this year, I personally like this one the best.
Love these looks below? See them and more here.
5. Jumpsuit Dresses
In 2019, brides, and guests, are swapping traditional dresses for more tailored looks, in the form of jumpsuits. This trend is perfect for the bride who isn’t too keen on the traditional gown, but also wants to avoid looking too ‘masculine’ in a full on suit. Naeem Khan makes beautiful dress/jumpsuit hybrids, as you can see below.
6. White Suits
Who says suits are just for dudes? With the likes of Lupita Nyong’o and Priyanka Chopra donning white suits to media events in recent months, women have been demanding them more, especially for big events like weddings. No wonder Stella McCartney is trying to meet consumer demand for white women’s suits with her stunning new bridal range, below.
7. Pearl Earrings
Pearl earrings of all kinds, big or small, statement-making or understated are set to be one of the biggest jewellery trends of the year, with online searches up a whopping 109% since January. Whether you choose a tiny, dainty pair, or a bigger, bolder style, just ensure they’re ethical, like this pair by Melissa Joy Manning, below.
Angelina Jolie’s marriage may not have lasted long, but her veil certainly made a splash, what with its embroidery of her children’s designs. She seems to have sparked a trend for custom-made, totally unique bridal wear, which is predicted to be popular with Gen Z shoppers.
Brides born after 1995 will demand more personalisation on their big day, according to Fashion Network, and are rejecting the idea of having a traditional wedding, choosing instead to have personalised details that echo their personal style and philosophy. According to their report, today’s brides seek “originality, uniqueness and digital and creative experiences.”
Expect to see more unusual wedding gear, like this lace jumpsuit by Stella McCartney, below.
9. Headbands, Not Hats
We’re not talking about the headbands you throw on when you’re having a bad hair day: the trend is for something more akin to a tiara, such as this look below, by Simone Rocha. It’s delicate, feminine and just a little bit royal. Wearing a headband also means you can skip the super-elaborate hairdressing sessions and go for a smoother, simpler hairstyle.
10. Vegan Brides
Silk is the most commonly used fabric in most bridal gowns, which is not ok for vegan brides, since several thousand silkworms are boiled alive to make enough fabric for a gown. Instead, other eco friendly fabrics are in demand for bridal gowns, like Tencel or linen, which look just as lovely and ‘breathe’ just as well as silk. Designer Sanyuka Shrestha makes some gorgeous vegan bridal gowns, such as those below.
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