Addressing the chicest trends to come from the 2021 bridal runway collections, SOCIAL & PERSONAL WEDDINGS advises all 2021 brides of the must-have looks and how to wear them.

1/ Bows

Ellie Saab

From small and sweet to big and bold, bows have swept across collections adorning everywhere from backs to waistlines and shoulders.

Who should wear it: Feminine and oh-so-romantic, bows are a fun and flirty addition to elevate your look.

How to wear it: In this case ladies, size matters. The bigger the bow, the bigger the wow-factor. Larger bows will be the focal point of your look so pare back on accessories accordingly.

Collections where it featured: Elie Saab, Ines di Santo, Kaviar Gauche, Anne Barge, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Viktor & Rolf.

2/ Exaggerated Ruffles

Monique Lhuillier

Frothy, tulle ruffles transformed gowns this season to create dreamy dramatic full skirts.

Who should wear it: This look was made for all the die-hard romantics. Ultra-feminine, these cascading ruffles are whimsical and fun.

How to wear it: As the ruffles add volume to your silhouette, keep accessories simple and clean to avoid adding any extra dimensions.

Collections where it featured: Ellie Saab, Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Ines di Santo, Justin Alexander, Viktor & Rolf, Kaviar Gauche.

3/ Plunging Necklines

Mira Zwillinger

Sensual and daring, designers took the plunge this season with necklines creeping lower than ever.

Who should wear it: These designs are not for the modest or fainthearted. While designers can adapt dresses to all body shapes, this particular neckline is best suited to those with a smaller bust.

How to wear it: V necklines can be incredibly flattering, elongating the body by drawing the eye down but it’s important to find a balance between seductive and too revealing. Sheer illusion fabrics give added coverage to avoid any unwanted wardrobe malfunctions.

Collections where it featured: Anne Barge, Ines di Santo, Alexandra Grecco, Jenny Packham, Marchesa, Viktor & Rolf, Mira Zwillinger, Naeem Khan, Oscar de la Renta, Pronovias.

4/ Puff Sleeves

Anne Barge

Sleeves were supersized this season with large, balloon sleeves popping up across many different collections in a nod back to the 80’s.

Who should wear it: The fashion-forward bride looking to make a statement.

How to wear it: Many collections such as Anne Barge, Marchesa and Ines di Santo featured gowns with a detachable sleeve which allow for a sleeker look for your reception.

Collections where it featured: Lihi Hod, Anne Barge, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Viktor & Rolf, Naeem Khan, Justin Alexander, Galia Lahav, Jenny Packham, Ines di Santo, Kaviar Gauche, Vivienne Westwood.

5/ Minimalist

Carolina Herrera

In stark contrast to the otherwise extravagant details we saw throughout collections this year, designers included some modest creations which are ideal for mini-weddings and day two celebrations.

Who should wear it: This is the perfect option for those brides who are having a mini-wedding or those who have chosen to do a small ceremony now and a big party later on down the line. These simple dresses allow you to still feel bridal without going OTT.

How to wear it: A more subdued gown allows you to indulge in accessories. From statement earrings to a dazzling necklace or opulent headpiece, use your accessories to add a little personality to your look.

Collections where it featured: Anne Barge, Carolina Herrera, Ines di Santo, Jenny Packham, Sarah Noueri, Justin Alexander, Marchesa.

6/ Caped Crusaders

Vivienne Westwood

Designers have amped up the drama in collections this year with added layers coming in the form of capes and statement boleros.

Who should wear it: If you have always idolised the drama of a long train, the regal flowing capes are a dreamy addition to your look.

How to wear it: The beauty of this trend is that it essentially gives two looks in one. Offering extra warmth, shrug off your cape or bolero when it’s time to hit the dancefloor and show off your dress in all its glory.

Collections where it featured: Alexandra Grecco, Jenny Packham, Vivienne Westwood, Savannah Miller, Ines di Santo, Eisen-Stein.

7/ Pant Suits

Savannah Miller

Smaller COVID celebrations saw the rise of alternative bridal looks with pantsuits, jumpsuits and trouser separates becoming a popular option.

Who should wear it: While these selections are ideal for pared back nuptials, this trend offers great versatility from tailored to boho and everything in between. If you aren’t normally a dress type of girl, this is the look for you.

How to wear it: From the wedding day itself to pre and post celebrations, this is a great investment as an item which can be worn again and again. Add a pair of statement heels to complement your look.

Collections where it featured: Alexandra Grecco, Naeem Khan, Savannah Miller, Kosibah, Danielle Frankel.

8/ Square Necklines

Ines di Santo

Trickling down from mainstream fashion, the square neckline was the standout trend for 2020 so it is no surprise that we can see it creeping into bridal wear this season.

Who should wear it: Opening up your chest with a focus on the décolletage, this neckline is incredibly flattering and is a great option for all shapes and sizes.

How to wear it: This neckline offers a great opportunity to show off a statement neckline or a dazzling pair of drop earrings.

Collections where it featured: Ines di Santo, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Ramona Keveza, Sarah Noueri, Justin Alexander, Jenny Yoo.

9/ Short Dresses

Sarah Noueri

A staple in most designer’s collections, the requirement for shorter dresses has never been so great in the wake of COVID.

Who should wear it: Shorter dresses offer a more casual take on bridal wear and are ideal for all brides and a mass of occasions including COVID weddings, day two celebrations or registry office ceremonies.

How to wear it: When opting for a shorter hemline, don’t be afraid to splurge on that dream pair of heels. Accessories will dress up or down your outfit, depending on the look you’re hoping to achieve. The good news is that these are all pieces you can wear again after the wedding!

Collections where it featured: Ines di Santo, Naeem Khan, Oscar de la Renta, Viktor & Rolf, Ramona Keveza, Sarah Noueri, Eisen-Stein.


- Alexandra