Just like every other area of fashion, trends are constantly evolving in the wedding world. But which wedding trends are women ditching and which can we expect to explode in the coming year? To find out, I spoke with Lily Kaizer, owner of vintage bridal boutique Happy Isles in Los Angeles—a favorite destination of fashion insiders. An expert in wedding fashion, she had interesting observations about which bridal trends are out from 2018. “I think we’ll be seeing much less of bell sleeves, illusion necklines, and Solange-esque capes,” Kaizer explains.
As bridal trends mirror what is happening on the red carpet and the runways, it’s no surprise that these pieces are on the decline. But looking forward to the New Year, what new wedding trends we will be seeing? Ahead, Kaizer is sharing the major wedding trends brides are wearing in 2019. Whether it’s retro pieces that will be huge for rehearsal dinners, unexpected veil colors, or the accessories brides will be copying straight from the runways, these are six new wedding trends that will be big next year.
'70S and '80S-INSPIRED PIECES
While weddings are typically the main focus, events like rehearsal dinners are a way for the bride to have fun with fashion. What are the new trends we'll be seeing in 2019? "Eighties-style party dresses and Studio 54–inspired jumpsuits for rehearsal dinners and reception outfits!" Lily Kaizer explains, "We're expecting to see more ruching and riskier hemlines as well as fully sequined disco vibes."
As Kaizer mentioned, jumpsuits are another piece we can expect brides to wear for rehearsal dinners or receptions. Look for elegant white styles or '70s-inspired versions covered in sequins.
Unlike jumpsuits and '80s silhouettes, however, feathers are a mainstay that any bride can feel confident wearing on their wedding day—now and in the year ahead. "Of course, the feather never dies!" Kaizer told Who What Wear. If you want to wear pieces straight from the runway, look to Oscar de la Renta's S/S 19 show, where feathers were a focus.
SKIRTS OVER PANTS AND HIGH-LOW SILHOUETTES
When it comes to what brides will be wearing on their wedding day, Kaizer predicts nontraditional shapes and silhouettes. "Skirts over pants and high-low silhouettes inspired by the past three years of Giambattista Valli collections as well as Amal Clooney's look at the Met Gala this year," she says. "We're seeing those ideas reflected at Rime Arodaky, Monique Lhuillier, and Ines Di Santo right now."
Are you ready for a fresh pop of color? "Colorfully embellished cathedral veils will take a grander stage," Kaiset is confident, "à la the ones just shown at Reem Acra." Listen up, brides—this can be your something blue.
FLORAL HAIR LOOKS
If you're ready to adopt a trend straight from the runway, think florals. "I think we'll see more major fresh-floral hair looks inspired by Rodarte's latest collection," Kaizer says.