Ready to hear what is new in bridal for 2021? What is staying and shifting? While trends don't have hard and fast stop and start dates, they do evolve, so here is a preview of what is on the horizon that is new and what is here to stay a bit longer.
Black gowns are here to stay, if only in the present and for the coming year. Black gowns and black accents add a twist on elegance for brides who want something unique. Don't knock it. It is indeed on trend and we've had lots of looks at these gowns in our boutique.
Boho isn't going anywhere either, and we certainly understand the love of this trend. It's even bleeding into other trends. One of these newer trends is called Cottage Core. It is a romantic and fanciful look that, according to the experts, lands you somewhere between grandma chic and fairytale. From what we've seen, it is dramatic and theatrical in a way that other gowns seek to be understated and architectural. The Cottage Core look includes lots of lace, off the shoulder necklines and sleeves that flow, layers of fabric in the skirt, and a hint of a Harlequin Romance novel.
In 2021, we are also going to see short gowns, more ruffles, and Illusions lace in the bodice. Lace, dear readers, is still the queen because brides love it and it looks so beautiful on most everyone. We'll also see more floaty gowns with softer contours, full A-line skirts versus ballroom and mermaid skirts. And don't forget deep-V necklines. Those are here for at least another year.
Believe it or not, capes are an addition to gowns and they are remarkably cool. There are also little add on boleros and other extras that you can add and then remove for the reception.
Very little Traditional White
What was once only a "white only" proposition has now gone the way of the marketing firm and new names. This will continue in 2021. Brides are rarely choosing gowns in "white." Beige or cream is now considered the standard white, and there is still the desire for champagne, nude, buff and other skin tone related colors for the gown or for underneath the lace of a gown.
Bridesmaid's Colors & Textures
Bridesmaids continue to be big winners in the Options Department with colors of an amazing variety. The usual blushes, blues, roses are still in play, but you'll see more wine, navy, dusty blue, rust, fern, ivy, forest, mustard, eggplant, and olive. Bridesmaids are still choosing styles in a color so that personalities and body types can be accommodated and photos more interesting. Whether in crepe, chiffon or satin, a mix of these colors is available for brides and their bridesmaids. The mix and match trend is strong.
At BT, we know our brides pretty well and provide the array needed for the curious and trendy, the traditional and the "out there." If you dream it, we will try to find it. In the meantime, our encouragement and advice is steadfast: find a gown that makes you feel beautiful, fits you comfortably and showcases you as The Bride you want to be.