The Top Wedding Dress Trends of 2022

We scouted the Bridal Fashion Week runways to find the trends you need to know about. Here's what's going to be hot in 2022.
2022 Wedding Dress Trends
Courtesy of Hermione de Paula/Courtesy of Odylyne the Ceremony/Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta
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by Shelley Brown
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Shelley Brown
Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor
  • Shelley writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in fashion, beauty, jewelry and accessories
  • Shelley writes and edits articles for The Knot magazine, as well as styles the magazine’s fashion and cover shoots
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Shelley was a freelance Digital Editor at Conde Nast’s Lucky Magazine and freelanced for FLAUNT Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Backstage.com and Paste.com
Updated Nov 19, 2021

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.

short wedding dress
Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta
short wedding dress
Courtesy of Hermione de Paula

short wedding dress
Courtesy of Amsale
short wedding dress
Courtesy of PatBO

short wedding dress
Courtesy of Kim Kassas Couture
short wedding dress
Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

 short wedding dress
Courtesy of Houghton
short wedding dress
Courtesy of Justin Alexander Signature
short wedding dress
Courtesy of Atelier Valentine Avoh

2. Ruffles

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.

ruffle wedding dress
Courtesy of Odylyne the Ceremony
ruffle wedding dress
Courtesy of Elie Saab
ruffle wedding dress
Courtesy of La Premiere x Inbal Dror
ruffle wedding dress
Courtesy of Theia
ruffle wedding dress
Courtesy of Kim Kassas Couture
ruffle wedding dress
Courtesy of Lazaro
ruffle wedding dress
Courtesy of Houghton
ruffle wedding dress
Courtesy of Ines Di Santo
ruffle wedding dress
Courtesy of La Premiere x Maria Pia

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.

floral wedding dress
Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier


floral wedding dress
Courtesy of Bliss Monique Lhuillier
floral wedding dress
Courtesy of Hermione de Paula
floral wedding dress
Courtesy of Romona Keveza

floral wedding dress
Courtesy of Ines Di Santo

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.

puff sleeve wedding dress
Courtesy of Hermione de Paula
puff sleeve wedding dress
Courtesy of Reem Acra


puff sleeve wedding dress
Courtesy of Bliss Monique Lhuillier
puff sleeve wedding dress
Courtesy of Alon Livne
puff sleeve wedding dress
Courtesy of Galia Lahav

puff sleeve wedding dress
Courtesy of Legends Romona Keveza

puff sleeve wedding dress
Courtesy of Rivini by Rita Vinieris
puff sleeve wedding dress
Courtesy of Demetrios
puff sleeve wedding dress
Courtesy of Lazaro

5. Pants

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.

wedding romper
Courtesy of Retrofete
wedding pantsuit
Courtesy of Rivini by Rita Vinieris
wedding jumpsuit
Courtesy of Galvan
wedding jumpsuit
Courtesy of Willowby by Watters
wedding pantsuit
Courtesy of Houghton
wedding pantsuit
Courtesy of Ines Di Santo
wedding jumpsuit
Courtesy of Morilee by Madeline Gardner
wedding jumpsuit
Courtesy of BHLDN
wedding jumpsuit
Courtesy of David's Bridal

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.

wedding dress with square neckline
Courtesy of Reem Acra
wedding dress with square neckline
Courtesy of Allison Webb
wedding dress with square neckline
Courtesy of Anne Barge
wedding dress with square neckline
Courtesy of Hermione de Paula
wedding dress with square neckline
Courtesy of Sassi Holford
wedding dress with square neckline
Courtesy of Theia
wedding dress with square neckline
Courtesy of Dana Harel
wedding dress with square neckline
Courtesy of Sareh Nouri
wedding dress with square neckline
Courtesy of Morilee by Madeline Gardner

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.

wedding dress with slit
Courtesy of Dana Harel
wedding dress with slit
Courtesy of Justin Alexander Signature
wedding dress with slit
Courtesy of Galia Lahav
wedding dress with slit
Courtesy of Morilee by Madeline Gardner
wedding dress with slit
Courtesy of Anne Barge


wedding dress with slit
Courtesy of Blush by Francesca Avila
wedding dress with slit
Courtesy of Romona Keveza
wedding dress with slit
Courtesy of Alon Livne
wedding dress with slit
Courtesy of Katherine Tash

8. Corsets

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.

wedding dress with corset
Courtesy of Hermione de Paula
wedding dress with corset
Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta
wedding dress with corset
Courtesy of Eisen Stein
wedding dress with corset
Courtesy of Justin Alexander
wedding dress with corset
Courtesy of Dana Harel
wedding dress with corset
Courtesy of La Premiere x Inbal Dror

wedding dress with corset
Courtesy of Galia Lahav

wedding dress with corset
Courtesy of Alyne by Rita Vinieris
wedding dress with corset
Courtesyof Ines Di Santo


To check out all the Bridal Fashion Week galleries, plus wedding dress advice and more, go to TheKnot.com/bridal-fashion-week.

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