The Top Wedding Dress Trends of 2023
Get your wishlist ready. Bridal Fashion Week just wrapped up 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 in the next year. This season, designers got back showcasing their collections IRL, after two years of virtual presentations and runway shows. The result? An abundance of über-chic inspo in the 2023 wedding dress trends—from dramatic ball gowns to lush floral prints to fun party dresses. If you're planning a wedding taking place next year or are simply dreaming of your future wedding attire, these are the 2023 wedding dress trends to know. Read on to get the deets on 10 of the hottest wedding dress styles —and how to pull them off.
1. 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 2023. 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.
2. Party 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.
3. Shades of Blue
Move over blush, there's a new "it" hue on the bridal fashion scene. Blue dresses ranging from pale periwinkle to more vibrant cornflower were a standout trend. This color gives you the best of both worlds: It's simultaneously a stunninig nod to the "something blue" tradition and is also a beautiful way to make a fashion-forward statement with your wedding dress.
4. Straight Necklines
While sleeves were all the rage for several years, the strapless silhouette is back—with some nineties-inspired flavor, of course. This sharply angled bodice highlights the decollete, neck and shoulders and is a true throwback. Popular in the nineties and early aughts, straight across necklines are all that and a bag of chips once more. The best part? While this this 2023 wedding dress trend is a blast from the past, straight necklines also work for pretty much every wedding style: Go classic with heavy satin, romantic with glitter tulle or sexy with form-fitting crepe.
5. Bridal Suiting
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 2023 bridal trends, crop tops, oversized bows and tulle trains gave the classic wedding pantsuit and jumpsuit an edgy vibe.
6. Ball Gowns
Sometimes more is more. Although barely there slip dresses were all the rage last season, maximalist ball gowns (read: ball gowns with puffy sleeves, 3-D floral appliqué and long trains) took over the runways this Bridal Fashion Week. If you're looking to go opulent and over the top with your wedding day look, consider giving this voluminous silhouette a whirl.
7. High Slits
Va va voom. High slits brought the sex appeal to Bridal Fashion Week. If you're looking to show some leg and elongate your frame, this is the 2023 wedding dress trend for you. Go full femme fatale with a curve-skimming silhouette that dares to bare or go timeless with a twist and opt for a formal ball gown with an unexpected thigh high slit.
8. Mock Necks
Yes, queen. This high neckline feels inherently regal, and is a timeless way to give basically any wedding dress silhouette a more modest, timeless feel. Take a cue from the likes of Grace Kelly with a ball gown with a mock neck, or add balance to a sultrier silhouette with a more conservative neckline. Another thought? Get in on the cottagecore aesthetic with a ruffled dress with an equally frilly high collar.
9. Open Backs
This 2023 wedding dress is bringing sexy back—quite literally. The bridal take on the slinky "going out" top, this detail is all about showing as much skin as possible from the back. Our favorite part about gowns with open backs? They make your exit just as dramatic as your entrance—and are perfect for some seriously editorial photo ops.
10. Asymmetrical Necklines
Designers embraced several new bodice styles this Bridal Fashion Week, and asymmetrical necklines were one of them. We love this trend for a few reasons: It flatters the upper body, adds a more modern slant to any gown and gives off gorgeous goddess vibes.
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