Nowadays, “bridal” doesn’t just mean a big, poofy white dress, a ridiculously long train, and a fluffy veil. There has been a major shift in how brides define and express their own kind of wedding fashion. We’ve seen jumpsuits, suit dresses, sheer gowns, separates, and more. Brides, and even grooms, are definitely leaning towards what is unconventional, creative, dramatic, and that genuinely shows off their personalities. While the traditional looks will still remain, there’s no denying that new, non-traditional styles are also taking the spotlight.
So, let’s go into detail about the changes in wedding fashion and what 2023 could possibly have in store. We talked to three fashion designers so we can gain more ideas and insights. Some of these new styles and fashion predictions may just inspire you to embrace your own version of wedding fashion, too. Keep reading.
“Wedding fashion is very versatile, intimate and personal. It’s the kind where you really see the overall personality of the bride. Where one can truly say it’s so her!” says Teena Sabrina Tan.
What makes this shift in wedding fashion so interesting and exciting is the fact that couples themselves are evolving. Brides and grooms welcome the fact that there really are no standard rules that need to be followed when it comes to their wedding day attire. It’s true. No one can tell you what you can or cannot wear. What matters most now is whether a garment makes you feel happy and exudes the kind of wedding you want to have.
“Traditionally we are conservative and more conscious of how other people would define us as brides or wives — that we should be perfect. Wedding fashion is evolving because the women are also changing. We are much more ourselves and we find so many new things about us that really ties to how we fashion ourselves in bridal,” according to Heleyna Bridal
We can consider the pandemic as a factor in this shift in wedding fashion, too. Budgeting became an even bigger factor these past two years and so couples have become more practical yet creative. In my opinion, the rise of intimate weddings with more casual and laidback programs also gave way for brides, in particular, to explore different kinds of wedding attire — pantsuits, non-white gowns, short dresses, and more.
Abraham Guardian of Ha.Mu also says, “Brides and grooms tend to want their looks to be more comfortable but also fun looking. They also want their pieces to be multifunctional and something they can easily reuse again.”
Let’s talk about what we can look forward to when it comes to wedding fashion in 2023 according to fashion designers. We’re adding a few of our own predictions here, too!
Fun and Expressive Styles
Teena Sabrina Tan says that there are more brides who are open to incorporating color to their gowns such as blush, powder blue or even multi-colored details. Her clients even request for multi-colored lace as well as high slits, puff sleeves, and capes! Brides are really taking a step forward in expressing themselves and making sure their personalities shine on their wedding day.
Practical and Multifunctional Outfits
A lot of brides and grooms have also been considering outfits that are re-wearable. Instead of spending a huge amount of money on attire they will only use for one day, they want to make the most out of their investment by being able to wear their wedding outfits again and again.
Including details that have a special meaning behind them is also highly popular especially for bridal attire. It’s a beautiful way to further customize your wedding look and make it uniquely yours. According to Heleyna Bridal, brides want details that remind them of their love story or a memory of a loved one. Heleyna Bridal incorporates these kinds of sentimental details through embroidery, custom lace work, and hand painted details.
Ruffles and Textures
Abraham Guardian of Ha.Mu says that couples nowadays want their looks to be comfortable while having an element of fun. Brides will be more open to interesting silhouettes, a shift from the classic A-line, mermaid, ballgown, etc., as well as their own personal take on dramatic details.
Gone are the days of stilettos reigning supreme for formal events. Why let your feet endure the pain, after all? Don’t get me wrong, heels are beautiful and they make you stand tall, but there’s also beauty in a pair of ballet flats or a chic pair of boots. Depending on your wedding theme, you can explore so many kinds of footwear. Some brides who have beach weddings even go barefoot! We predict that brides will be more adventurous when it comes to wedding shoes, and much like the attire, you’ll want a pair that you can keep in rotation as part of your wardrobe.
Multiple Looks in One
We’ve also noticed that brides have been favoring convertible dresses, which makes it easier to transition from a ceremony look to a reception look. Some brides have opted for detachable sleeves, overskirts, removable boleros, and more. This makes changing a lot quicker! It’s budget-friendly, too, since you won’t have to spend money on more than one dress.
We’ve also seen many brides who went for classy and sultry sheer gowns. Think exposed corset boning, a dress that fits like a glove, and lace embellishments all over. This is especially popular for beach weddings and boho-themed weddings. Now that destination weddings are back, we predict that we’ll be seeing a lot more of these sophisticated sheer gowns in the coming year.