The Top Wedding Dress Trends of 2022
Get your wishlist ready. Bridal Fashion Week has finally arrived and there's no shortage of über-chic inspo in the 2022 wedding dress trends. From frothy ruffles to romantic sleeves and fun party dresses, The Knot's fashion team hit the ground running to get the scoop on the new styles coming to a bridal salon near you. So, if you're planning a wedding taking place next year or are just in the dreaming stage, these are the 2022 wedding dress trends to know. Read on to get the deets on what's hot now—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 just 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.
From left: Alexandra Grecco, Ines by Ines Di Santo, Sareh Nouri
The return of larger weddings makes it a perfect time to indulge in a maximalist (read: the over-the-top opposite of minimalist) gown. And it doesn't get more maximalist than this frilly, unapologetically extra detail. A ruffled skirt adds dimension to a mermaid silhouette, while a full skirt of frothy, cascading ruffles is equal parts whimsical and fashion forward. Not into lots of volume? Consider a streamlined silhouette with unexpected ruffle details.
From left: Justin Alexander Signature, Ines Di Santo, Yolancris
3. Colorful Florals
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We'll spare you the "Florals for spring? Groundbreaking," bit and get right to the point: While floral motifs and wedding dresses are a classic pairing, colorful details like 3-D rosettes and embroidery give this established trend a gorgeous refresh. And, if a full-on colored dress feels like a fashion risk, pastel floral touches are a more subtle way to add some variety to your wedding day look.
From left: Naeem Khan, Markarian, Claire Pettibone
Feathers are another over-the-top embellishment designers are loving this season. No matter how you interpret this wedding dress trend—whether you're into ethereal, barely-there wisps or plumage that packs a serious punch—this gorgeous detail brings the glamour.
From left: Wiederhoeft, Elie Saab, Galia Lahav
5. Off the Shoulder Sleeves
If there's ever a moment to express your inner romantic, your wedding day is it—and off-the-shoulder sleeves are all about romance. The versatile neckline flatters the decollete and can be adapted for any silhouette, from a fitted mermaid gown to a grand ball gown. It can also work with any fabric as well, meaning you can wear this design no matter your wedding style.
From left: Mira Zwillinger, GALA by Galia Lahav, Marchesa
Kellie Walsh/Courtesy of Alexandra Grecco/Courtesy of Yolancris
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, allover beading, crop tops and oversize 'fits gave the classic wedding pantsuit and jumpsuit a fun and funky vibe.
From left: Naeem Khan, Alexandra Grecco, Yolancris
7. Square Necklines
Bridgerton stans, take note. This more geometric neckline flatters the collarbones and shoulders 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.
From left: Morilee by Madeline Gardner, Odylyne the Ceremony, Justin Alexander Signature
8. 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.
From left: Alexandra Grecco, Marchesa, Lihi Hod
9. Slip Dresses
Made famous by style icons like Kate Moss and Caroline Bessette-Kennedy in the '90s, this slinky silhouette is experiencing a bridal fashion revival. A curve-skimming satin number works for more formal nuptials while a breezy style with skinny straps is made for a destination wedding. For a more modest take on this inherently sultry trend, add a transitional piece (more on that below) like a sheer topper or lace capelet for extra coverage.
From left: Savannah Miller, Galvan, Anne Barge
10. Transitional Pieces
If you're in the market for a two looks but don't want to splurge on two different gowns, you're in luck. Transitional pieces (think: capes, capelets, toppers and coats) are appearing in designer collections everywhere. Pssst: These versatile add-ons are also a great option if you've rescheduled your nuptials for colder months and are in need of a wedding-worthy coverup.
From left: Alexandra Grecco, Danielle Frankel, Savannah Miller
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