The Top Wedding Dress Trends of 2022
Get your wishlist ready. Bridal Fashion Week has finally arrived and The Knot's fashion team hit the ground running to get the scoop on the new styles coming to a bridal salon near you. There's no shortage of über-chic inspo in the 2022 wedding dress trends—from frothy ruffles to romantic sleeves and fun party dresses. If you're planning a wedding taking place next year or are in the dreaming stage, these are the 2022 wedding dress trends to know. Read on to get the deets on what's hot—and how to pull it off.
1. Short Dresses
These looks are short on hemline but big on personality. Whether you're eloping, planning a casual ceremony or looking for a good excuse to show off a killer pair of shoes, this 2022 wedding dress trend is for you. Have your heart set on a long gown for your ceremony? A short dress is also perfect for all of your other wedding-related events like your reception, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.
The return of larger weddings makes it a perfect time to indulge in a maximalist gown—and it doesn't get more over the top than this frilly, unapologetically extra detail. A ruffled skirt adds airy dimension to a streamlined silhouette, while a full skirt of cascading ruffles is perfect for the bride looking to make a serious fashion statement. If you love this frothy trend but aren't into a dress with lots of volume, consider a one with understated ruffles on the bodice or sleeves.
3. Colorful Florals
We'll spare you the "Florals for spring? Groundbreaking," bit and get right to the point: Gowns with bold blooms will be everywhere in 2022. While floral motifs and wedding dresses are a classic pairing, colorful prints and splashy embroidery give this established trend a gorgeous refresh. To pull off this fashion-forward look in real life, keep your accessories simple and let your gown do all the talking.
4. Puff Sleeves
Puff sleeves may conjure up visions of outdated '80s wedding dresses, but these more subtle versions are all about tasteful romance. This suprisingly versatile detail can be adapted for any silhouette—from a fitted slip dress to a grand ball gown—meaning you can rock regal statement sleeves no matter your wedding style.
No gown? No problem. These sleek dress alternatives are comfortable, figure flattering and totally of the moment. Bonus: It's basically impossible to put on one of these tailored ensembles and not feel like a badass. For the 2022 bridal trends, crop tops, one shoulder necklines and shorts gave the classic wedding pantsuit and jumpsuit a fun and festive vibe.
6. Square Necklines
Bridgerton stans, take note. This sharply angled flatters the decollete and is a true throwback. Popular in the Renaissance and then Regency eras, square necklines have since made a major comeback. The best part? This 2022 wedding dress trend also works for pretty much every wedding style: Go classic with heavy satin, romantic with floral lace or boho with crepe.
7. High Slits
Va va voom. High slits brought the sex appeal to Bridal Fashion Week. If you're looking to show some skin, this is the 2022 wedding dress trend for you. Go full femme fatale with a curve-skimming silhouette that shows lots of leg or go timeless with a twist and opt for a formal ball gown with a thigh high slit.
Similar to square necklines, corsets are all about Old World appeal. Invented in the 1500s, this structured bodice supports the bust and cinches the waist. And while this style is nothing new, reimagined bustier tops and corsets with exposed boning, sheer panels and cutouts were everywhere in the 2022 collections. If you're looking for a wedidng gown with a silhouette that's equal parts functional and sultry, consider a wedding dress with one of these lingerie-inspired bodices.
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