Wedding dress styles change like the seasons. Silhouettes, lengths, sleeves, and even colors vary season to season and year to year. A few classic styles have withstood the test of time, but altogether, the wedding dress forecast for the summer of 2021 looks unique and promising.
If you are newly engaged or had to postpone a wedding due to the pandemic, use this opportunity to snag a gorgeous wedding gown for your 2021 nuptials. As in 2020, bridal styles show us that there are no longer rules for bridal fashion. No rules means you can wear whatever wedding gown you want, and we are loving it.
Whether you are a lover of traditional styles or prefer something more show-stopping, your personality should shine through in the wedding gown you choose. To give you a little help along the way, we have curated a list of our favorite wedding dress trends for the summer of 2021.
The Roaring ‘20s
After World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic, the 1920s emerged as a time of exuberance, lavishness, and prosperity. The fashions were no different. 2021 sees a renaissance of 1920s fashions; we see drop waists and sheaths and over-the-top (in a good way!) pearls and crystals. Consider it 2021’s Gatsby moment for luxury in our—eventual—emergence from under the pandemic.
After staying in and working from home and with even the most glamorous fashion lines producing loungewear, people miss the extravagance of parties, and your wedding might be your coming out moment!
For the bride who finds this type of lavishness garish but loves a singular element, rest assured, there is something for you. The summer of 2021 will see the Flapper-style trend in more muted and demure styles.
The best part—if your heart is set on a different style all together, you can choose the ‘20s style for a rehearsal dinner or your bridesmaids, and 1920s-inspired accessories, jewelry, and hairstyles are very of the moment.
We saw different prints last year in wedding fashion, but the summer of 2021 has moved beyond muted botanicals to cheery and playful patterns.
All-over graphic florals, vintage-inspired, and even wedding gowns covered in cats have graced the runways at Bridal Fashion Week.
If you love to make an entrance or have a fun, creative side, this trend is for you. Of course, oversized prints are not for every bride or every venue, for that matter. If you love this idea, at a minimum, try this trend for your wedding shower, bachelorette party, or just the ceremony portion of your wedding day.
Possibly prompted by Princess Diana’s appearance in The Crown’s last installment, capes will make a comeback in the summer of 2021.
Wedding dresses have been in many collections with some material draped from the shoulders. Some look more like a train made from ribbons or an elegant and ethereal superhero’s cape. Whatever you want to call it, we have seen many instances of material gathered at the shoulders.
Capes are versatile and range in length from cathedral to cropped. They are also embellished with jewels and lace and embroidered with colored blooms or drape elegantly in sheer tulle.
Capes compliment any bridal gown, so if you love the trend, you can add one of the many styles of capes to your wedding day attire.
Less is More
Wedding dresses appearing grandiose without any extra accouterments are among the standout styles for the summer of 2021.
Designers moved away from extra lace, beading, and traditional dramatics to clean lines, architectural elements, and impeccable cuts. It is all about showing fine tailoring.
These dresses look great on any bride and are an excellent option for a bride who wants to make a statement but does not like the extra fuss of beading, jewels, or embroidery.
Bareback wedding dresses have been a bridal favorite for a few seasons, evolving ever so slightly each season.
This season’s incarnation is surprisingly modest, with full frontal coverage. Many long-sleeved frocks surprised viewers with a bareback when the bride turned around.
If you love the bareback style, it has been seen in every iteration—Sleeveless, long-sleeved, spaghetti-strapped, and even in a heavily-boned corset style. There is one for every venue and style under the sun.
As fashion’s obsession with decade-inspired revivals continues, one of the 80s finest is making a comeback.
Puffed sleeves and bold shoulders are some of the hottest trends for the summer of 2021 wedding fashion. Bishop sleeves, shoulder pads, blouson sleeves, and more add drama and flair to otherwise simple wedding gowns.
If you love the look of a bold sleeve but can’t commit, there are detachable options.
Wedding gowns for the summer of 2021 have certain practicality to them, and the layered dress is no exception.
Brides are considering wearing their gowns for more than one occasion and embracing dresses with more than one purpose. You can wear an extravagant-looking long skirt for your ceremony which can be removed later for the reception. Or perhaps you would love a built-in style train that can be removed for the dance.
Layered add ons vary from knitwear, puffy overskirts, and gown toppers. The choice is yours.
Honorable mentions go to subtle sparkle gowns, bohemian dresses, mini dresses, lots of ruffles, and gowns with giant bows.
When you are ready to choose your wedding gown for your summer 2021 wedding, visit Viero Bridal.
Are you visiting Nevada? Our affordable designer gowns make Viero Bridal one of the best bridal shops Las Vegas has to offer.
In addition to our Las Vegas boutique, you can meet with one of our bridal consultants at our wedding dress boutiques in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles to choose one of the beautiful gowns from our collections. If you have a vision of your dream bridal gown, you can design your couture gown with us to your unique specifications.