Wedding Dress Trends for 2021

Take a look at the route bridal is taking in the year of 2021. With elements taken straight from the catwalks, expect sleek silhouettes, sensational sleeves & a few surprises! We’ve listed the top ten trends you can expect to see as well as our favourite dresses from each trend, all available here at GSB!

1. Statement Sleeves

To sleeve or not to sleeve? If the high fashion catwalks are anything to go by then sleeves are here to stay are are better than ever! Sleeves on wedding dresses have been part of the conversation for the past year. Most think you only need sleeves on a wedding dress for a winter wedding as a bit of extra coverage. But now, they are more of a statement which add to the drama & beauty of a dress. The modern day sleeved wedding dress can mean some serious volume, but wedding dress designers are softening the look for bridal, keeping to lace work & soft materials. But in 2021 we can see more sleeved wedding dresses gracing the aisles, and not just for the extra coverage, but for the beauty and the fashion too.

CHEYENNE by Maggie Sottero Designs. Available at GSB now

SEDNA by Pronovias. Coming soon to GSB

BACALL by Pronovias. Coming soon to GSB

2. Thigh Split

It’s back! It was 2012 since a thigh split broke the internet thanks to Angelina Jolie walking the red carpet in that black gown, remember? We’ll now it’s your turn to get red carpet moment. The thigh split look has been back on the catwalk and has made a re-appearance in bridal. If you’re looking for a subtle way to bring some sexiness to your wedding day look without being too sexy & exposed, then a flash of leg always does the trick. Plus, it shows off those wedding shoes!

SEELEY by Maggie Sottero Designs. Available at GSB

D2840 by Essense of Australia. Available at GSB

MORGAN by Pronovias. Coming soon to GSB

3. Off-the-shoulder

We know this look has been seen before, but what hasn’t been seen before is the number of off-the-shoulder styles there are looking forward into the 2021 collections. The look brings a sweet, feminine style while being a little suggestive plus it’s a look which suits everyone. Win!

D2761 by Essense of Australia. Available at GSB

SABRA by Maggie Sottero Designs. Available at GSB

7115 by Stella York. Coming soon to GSB

4. Halter Necks

A halter neck probably wouldn’t have even crossed your mind when you were imagining your dream wedding dress, but designers are turning to this contemporary trend to bring something different to their dresses. A halter neck designs is a great choice for a bride who wants to cut an elegant figure on the big day. Sleek & stylish, a halter neck dress shows off a brides shoulders and perfectly enhances her frame. It also adds a bit of flavour & style to the look, & can be combined with the use of different fabrics & styles to give a dress a completely unique style. The halter neck style will naturally keep the front of your dress secure while showing off your back.

D3009 by Essense of Australia. Available at GSB

Ellen by Pronovias. Coming soon to GSB

D2835 by Essense of Australia. Available at GSB

5. Capes

Like sleeves, capes are a great way to add some coverage & warmth to a wedding dress – especially if you’re getting married in the winter months. But designers are starting to use a cape more as a statement. To add uniqueness and drama to a dress, and they are fast becoming the must have accessory for 2021. The length of the cape doesn’t matter, we have seen long, short, and in-between styles from the 2021 collections, but they all add something exciting and special to the dress.

Gwyneth by Zac Posen. Available at GSB

Moonlight by Pronovias. Available at GSB

Williams by Pronovias. Available at GSB

6. Strong Silhouettes

Shape & confidence exude from this 2021 trend. Let your silhouette do the talking! A strong silhouette keeps the detailing at a minimum and focuses on clean, crisp, sleek lines to create the drama. The perfect trend for a confident bride who want’s a minimal look with maximum punch!

Heidi by Zac Posen. Available at GSB

Brown by Pronovias. Available at GSB

Kerr by Pronovias. Coming soon to GSB

7. 1920’s Influence

This trend is all about capturing the mood of the 1920’s rather than a full on vintage look. Think jazz, think glamour & exuberance. This trend is about dresses which glitter under the lights with details that say ‘look at me’. This trend is about dresses which were made for dancing in, with silhouettes which keep the look contemporary.

Bacall by Pronovias. Coming soon to GSB

Kitty by Eliza Jane Howell. Available at GSB

Banky by Pronovias. Coming soon to GSB

8. Square Necklines

Something which isn’t usually seen on bridal gowns is a square neckline. But we are seeing designers bringing this element to their dresses. This look can be mixed with the off the shoulder look, or can be used to give the chest a little more coverage. So if a low cut look or a sweetheart neckline isn’t for you, have a look at the squarer style.

D3191 by Essense of Australia. Coming soon to GSB

ML1244 by Martina Liana. Coming soon to GSB

D3144 by Essense of Australia. Coming soon to GSB

9. Hues

We all imagine walking down the aisle in a gorgeous, bright white wedding dress, making sure everybody knows exactly who the bride is. But during the catwalks this season, we saw nudes, buffs & soft tones. The traditional White & ivory look isn’t for everybody, and unless you’re dreaming of going dark (Hello Tourmaline by Pronovias!) then a soft blush colour is way forward. With so many variations of nudes & blush, there is a shade to compliment every skin tone. Adding colour to your wedding dress can show off your daring rebellious side, but it can also bring an air of sophistication to the look, depending on how colourful you go! We love this look & how it makes a dress look ultra romantic.

D2848 by Essense of Australia. Available at GSB

RAPHAEL DAWN by Maggie Sottero Designs. Available at GSB

ML1154 by Martina Liana. Available at GSB

10. Corset

Bridal 2021 is bringing sexy back! Underwear as outerwear is a look which has become more widely seen over the past year or so, and the more daring of us have embraced this look. But in 2021 corsets will be more widely seen in bridal & will bring a sexier look to bridal gowns. Corsetry has been used in bridal wear since the beginning of time, but it has always been subtle and hidden. Now it’s on show and can be the main feature of a dress. It bring sophisticated sexiness & a fun element to a gown and works with fitted and full on princess styles too. It’s not a look for the shy, but will give a look of confidence from anyone who wears this trend.

D2888 by Essense of Australia. Available at GSB

DIONE by Pronovias. Available at GSB

PHOENICIA by Pronovias. Available at GSB