These 28 Simple Wedding Dresses Are Understated Perfection

...And certainly prove that less is more.
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Sofia Deeb
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  • Sofia writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide with a specialty in fashion and e-commerce.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Sofia was a writer for Santa Barbara Life and Style Magazine.
  • Sofia studied cultural anthropology and journalism at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Updated Aug 31, 2023
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Sometimes, less is more—and your wedding dress is no exception. If you're a self-proclaimed minimalist, a simple wedding dress will allow you to express your style and feel like yourself on your big day. After all, there's no sense in wearing a gown that doesn't feel like you. From empire to mermaid and even ballgown, when a silhouette speaks for itself, sometimes the added details aren't necessary. With plenty of stunning options from beloved designers like Justin Alexander, Savannah Miller and more, trust us when we say you'll have no problem finding a gown that's both simple and showstopping.

If you're just beginning your search for the perfect simple dress, you've come to the right place. We have plenty of wedding dress shopping tips to help you have a seamless experience. For a traditional in-person shopping experience, we recommend visiting a bridal salon near you. The trained consultants will be able to guide you through the process of finding a dress. Or, if you're searching in a pinch and need a wedding dress quickly, there are plenty of online stores that sell simple, minimalist styles. To make things as easy as possible, we've rounded up our favorite understated picks for 2023-24. . .you're welcome.

Top 10 Simple Wedding Dresses for 2024: Editor's Picks

If you're a bride that believes there is beauty in simplicity, these looks are for you. Keep reading to discover 10 editor-approved simple wedding dresses for 2023-24.

Rebecca Schoneveld Arya Gown

Off-shoulder satin wedding dress with leg slit by Rebecca Schoneveld
Photo: Rebecca Schoneveld

You'll feel like a goddess in this statement-making satin dress. Its ruched bodice, off-shoulder sleeves and side leg slit make for a sweet-yet-sexy ensemble. Paired with a set of sparkly sandals, it's a lovely option for your summer wedding.

Size Range: 00 - 30

Jenny Yoo Briar Gown

Off-shoulder long sleeve wedding gown by Jenny Yoo
Photo: Jenny Yoo

What this dress lacks in embellishments it makes up for in style. Its structured off-shoulder neckline falls into a classic fit-and-flare silhouette, complete with a chapel-length train. Finish off your look with subtle accessories, like a dainty pearl necklace.
Size Range: 0 - 18

Grace Loves Lace Mila Dress

Off-shoulder wedding gown with train from Grace Loves Lace
Photo: Grace Loves Lace

This fit and flare gown proves you don't need intricate details to wow on your wedding day. With an off-shoulder neckline, figure-sculpting bodice, and two-and-a-half foot train, this gown makes simple look stunning.

Size Range: XS - XXL

Rebecca Schoneveld Mirabel Gown

Strapless wedding gown with pockets by Rebecca Schoneveld
Photo: Rebecca Schoneveld

If you're looking for a simple wedding gown with a supportive bodice, consider this classic white gown cut from Italian matte satin. Its timeless design features a strapless neckline, scoop back and full circle skirt with pockets (yes, please!). We're also digging the drama that its bridal sweep train adds.

Size Range: 0 - 30

Justin Alexander Grove Gown

Satin wedding gown with cowl neckline by Justin Alexander
Photo: Justin Alexander

We're undoubtedly obsessed with this simple-yet-elegant A-line gown. Between its cowl neckline and full circle skirt, you'll feel like royalty while wearing it. Whether you're having a chic rooftop ceremony or a classy restaurant reception, this sleeveless satin pick is sure to blow your guests away.

Size Range: 0 - 30

Lulus At the Halter White Satin Halter Neck Twist-Front Maxi Dress

Satin halter neck wedding dress by Lulus
Photo: Lulus

Looking for the perfect beach wedding dress? We've got you covered. This lightweight satin option is sure to glisten in the sun. As an elevated take on a classic halter neck look, it features a slit at the back and a classic sheath silhouette.

Size Range: XS - XL

Justin Alexander Plus-Size Stretch Mikado A-Line Dress With Pockets

Plus-size wedding gown with V neckline and pockets by Justin Alexander
Photo: Justin Alexander

You can't even tell that there are pockets blended into the silhouette of this classic simple wedding dress (which is a major win in our eyes). The plus-size gown has an inset cummerbund on the waist to highlight your shape. We also love its deep V-neckline and elegant button detailing. (Bonus: It can be customized with a raised neckline for a more conservative style.)

Size Range: Custom

Reformation Ronda Silk Dress

Silk wedding dress with cowl neckline by Reformation
Photo: Reformation

You'll be stunning in silk with this understated pick. Its A-line skirt and cowl neckline offer a classic style, while its asymmetrical straps keep things fresh and modern. Made from sumptuous and smooth 100% silk, this is one pick that feels as good as it looks.

Size Range: 0 - 12

Vivienne Westwood Cora Cocotte

Vivienne Westwood off-shoulder wedding gown with boned bustier bodice
Photo: LOHO Bride

Simple wedding dresses don't have to be boring, and this look is certainly a testament to that. With a boned bustier bodice, off-shoulder sleeves, and a draped satin skirt, this gown brings the romance of the Regency era to life in the 21st century.

Size Range: Custom

Savannah Miller Odette Gown

Long sleeve high neck wedding dress by Savannah Miller
Photo: The Knot

Here's a modest wedding dress option we adore. A fit-and-flare silhouette, long Juliet sleeves, and mock neckline are just a few of its standout features. Detachable streamers at the back provide additional coverage (and flair). Our verdict: this simple pick is sure to stun for a church ceremony.

Size Range: 0 - 18

Simple Elegant Wedding Dresses That Are Just Right

Maybe you're looking to skip the accessories and let your dress do all the talking. Luckily, there are plenty of options that will do the trick. We're firm believers that elegance and simplicity go hand and hand, and these six wedding dresses certainly prove it.

Watters Laurie Square-Neck Bow Satin Wedding Gown

Square neck wedding gown with bow detail by Watters
Photo: Anthropologie

We love the front of the dress, which features a simple-but-sleek square neckline, but the back is where the real magic happens: It has an oversized satin bow that will trail behind you as you walk down the aisle. The icing on the cake? The bow is removable, making it easy to switch up your look throughout the night.

Size Range: 0 - 16

Stella York Sleek A-Line Plus Size Wedding Dress

Strapless wedding gown with sweetheart neckline by Stella York
Photo: The Knot

Here's a plus-size pick that's perfect for your wedding day. Its strapless sweetheart neckline and side leg slit create an ultra-glamorous look you're sure to love. Not to mention, its subtle bow waist belt is the perfect compliment to its silhouette.

Size Range: Custom

Savannah Miller Mae Gown

Savannah Miller wedding gown with slim straps and pearl belt
Photo: Savannah Miller

This simple wedding dress certainly doesn't sacrifice on style. Made from Italian matte-crepe, it has slim straps and a subtle cowl neckline, but our favorite part has to be the sleek belt. The detachable accessory is embellished with tiny pearl beads for a subtle touch of bling.

Size Range: Custom

Lulus Long-Lasting Love Ivory Satin Lace V-Neck Mermaid Dress

Lace V-neck mermaid wedding dress by Lulus
Photo: Lulus

A little lace goes a long way with this understated pick. Its classic mermaid silhouette is made modern by gorgeous sheer lace panels on the back and sides. Complete with a deep V-neckline, it offers a look that's both sweet and sensual.

Size Range: XS - XL

Justin Alexander Fiona Gown

Off-shoulder wedding gown with sweetheart neckline by Justin Alexander
Photo: The Knot

A sweetheart neckline is a sexy way to upgrade any simple wedding dress, and this dress is proof. Made from comfortable mikado fabric and featuring bardot off-shoulder sleeves and a classic fit-and-flare silhouette, you'll never want to take this figure-flattering dress off.

Bridal by ELOQUII Corset Gown With Bubble Skirt

Corset wedding gown with bubble skirt from Bridal by ELOQUII

We're getting major princess vibes from this regal wedding gown. With a flattering corset top and whimsical bubble-hemmed skirt, it's practically fit for royalty. Pair it with evening gloves and a tiara for the perfect royal wedding-inspired look.

Size Range: 14 - 28

Minimalist Wedding Dress Picks With Simple Design

Any true minimalist knows that sometimes, less really is more—especially when it comes to fashion. A pared back style with a structural silhouette can be just as bold as an ornately-embellished one, and after you see these six styles, we're sure you'll agree.

Savannah Miller Rose Gown

Off-shoulder wedding gown with structured bodice by Savannah Miller
Photo: Savannah Miller

When it comes to minimalist wedding dresses, this one checks off all our boxes. Between its structured bodice, off-shoulder sleeves and gorgeous silhouette, it makes a serious statement. Dress it up with accessories, or wear it as is—either way it's a fashion forward choice.

Size Range: Custom

Jenny Yoo Harlyn High-Neck Open-Back Wedding Gown

Halter neck wedding dress with leg slit from Jenny Yoo
Photo: Anthropologie

You'll look oh-so-stylish in this simple gown for your wedding day (or for your wedding after-party). A classic halter neckline, dramatic open back and sexy leg slit are just a few of the charming details that define the festive ensemble.

Size Range: 0 - 16

Katherine Tash Kyle Gown

Strapless plunge neckline wedding gown from Katherine Tash
Photo: Katherine Tash

Show off your shoulders in this sexy strapless number. A plunging illusion neckline and figure-flattering fit-and-flare silhouette make it an eye-catching pick. Oh, and we can't forget to mention that train.

Size Range: Custom

Kelly Faetanini Dora Gown

Wedding dress with asymmetric neckline by Kelly Faetanini
Photo: Kelly Faetanini

This modern wedding dress proves that understated is never overrated. Though simple in design, its asymmetric neckline offers a unique look you're sure to love. P.S.: It's also available in black.

Size Range: Custom

Bridal by ELOQUII Tulle Gown with Slit

Tulle wedding gown with one-shoulder cutout neckline by Bridal by ELOQUII

Here's a modern minimalist pick that exudes elegance. Made from figure-flattering crepe georgette fabric, this dress features a one-shoulder cutout neckline and a trumpet silhouette. Pair it with a cathedral-length veil for the ultimate cool girl vibe on your wedding day.

Size Range: 14 - 28

Lola Varma Dane Gown

Sleeveless open back wedding dress by Mrs. Fray
Photo: Mrs. Fray

For a minimalist look with maximum wow-factor, we love this gown from Australian designer, Lola Varma. Made from buttery smooth 100% sand washed silk—and featuring a sultry open back and flowing train—this dress is sure to look sleek as you walk down the aisle.

Size Range: 2 - 18

Plain Wedding Dresses With Unfussy Style

If you're a bride who loves to accessorize, we have the looks for you. With simple, unfussy silhouettes, these six dresses offer the perfect blank canvas for all your favorite wedding accessories. Our picks? A sparkly embellished bridal belt, or an embroidered veil. Better yet. . .why not both?

Jenny Yoo Lawrence Gown

Square neck taffeta wedding gown by Jenny Yoo
Photo: Jenny Yoo

You'll shine bright in this timeless taffeta gown. We adore its carved square neckline and sleek A-line silhouette. Plus, there are stylish sheer panels on the sides of its bodice, making it a minimalist bride's dream.

Size Range: 00 - 32

Kelly Faetanini Daphne Gown

Long sleeve square neck wedding dress by Kelly Faetanini
Photo: Kelly Faetanini

Modest wedding dresses are known to stand the test of time, and this is a classic option is certainly no exception. It features a flattering square-neckline, cozy long sleeves and an utterly charming chapel-length train.

Size Range: Custom

Justin Alexander Drew Gown

High-neck scoop back wedding dress from Justin Alexander
Photo: Justin Alexander

Simple wedding dresses don't have to feel outdated. In fact, this high-neck gown is anything but. With a low scoop back, button detailing, and a sweep train, this pick is both timeless and modern at the same time.

Size Range: 24 - 32

Lulus Ready For Romance Ivory Sleeveless Maxi Dress With Pockets

Wedding dress with sweetheart neckline by Lulus
Photo: Lulus

Further proof that you can't go wrong with a classic: meet this charming satin gown. Its sweetheart neckline and princess-seamed bodice frame the body in the most flattering way. Oh, and did we mention it has pockets?

Size Range: XS - 3XL

Jenny Yoo Emery Gown

Crepe fit-and-flare wedding dress by Jenny Yoo
Photo: Jenny Yoo

It doesn't get more simple than this. Made from Italian crepe fabric, this classic fit-and-flare look is available in both ivory and antique white. Its low scoop back and cathedral-length train are just a few of its features we love.

Size Range: 00 - 32

Galia Lahav Ivy Gown

Long sleeve high neck wedding dress by Galia Lahav
Photo: Galia Lahav

We just can't get enough of simple long-sleeve wedding dresses, especially when they look as good as this one. Guests will be in awe once they lay eyes on this captivating stretch-crepe gown with a high neckline and dramatic open back.

Size Range: 0 - 14

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