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6 Simple Wedding Dresses for the Contemporary Bride

6 Simple Wedding Dresses for the Contemporary Bride
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Simple wedding dresses are all about the unadorned, the unbeaded, the unstructured. And even if you’re opting for a minimalist style, you can still find a dress infused with boho and beachy elements, or keep things super casual with a short or T-length wedding dress. Just because you’re in a simple gown doesn’t mean you won’t have an elegant wedding — even better, it will be your version of elegant.




Simple Wedding Dress


We all have different ideas of a dream wedding dress. Most likely, your dream dress has also changed over the years along with the rest of your style. When I was 10 and lived for girly girl dresses, I fantasized about an Edwardian era dress like the one Anne Shirley wore on Anne of Green Gables.  Now, as more of a wool-sweater-and-jeans kind of gal, the wedding dresses I find myself drooling over are those that are blessedly simple.  Just look at this dress above — the careful tailoring on this bodice creates a dreamy but unfussy look.


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Simple Wedding Dress


Nothing is quite so chic as a form-fitting slip dress (as proven by Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s legendary gown). The simple white wedding dress above is a modern bride’s fantasy — comfortable and silhouette-hugging.  I am also completely in love with this Swiss dot blouson dress below. It’s timeless and soft with lots of movement (handy for a bride who wants to dance all night), and (bonus!) adds extra shape to athletic frames.



Simple wedding dress


If you’re looking for a little va-va-voom but don’t like all the styling of a corset dress, a simpler option is a sexy sheath dress. The one below features a fabric on the bodice with a slightly iridescent finish. Otherwise, the dress is completely plain, with its darts giving it extra dimension.  All eyes will be on you — no beading required!


Simple Wedding Dress


If you love simple but are afraid of being too plain or not “bridal” enough for your more traditional wedding, look for minimalist detailing. Pick a simple lace wedding dress where the silhouette is a bit less structured or a dress with small gathers and a draped neckline. The dress below is crisp and contemporary with a twist in the fabric at the waistline.  These little tailoring details add extra visual interest but still keep the dress streamlined.


Simple Wedding Dress


With such simple wedding dresses, you should follow suit with your accessories. This last simple silk wedding dress features a thin ribbon sash tied in a casual, sweet bow. This style enhances the more laid-back vibe of wedding gowns like this.



Below, shop our six favorite simple wedding dresses available in 2020 from popular retailers Lulus, Anthropologie's BHLDN, Saks Fifth Avenue, and even Amazon. Your favorite simple wedding dress may not even be in the bridal category, but we have a feeling you’re all about flouting convention anyway. Whether you’re leaning toward a simple short wedding dress or a gown with sleeves, we’ve got some ideas right up your alley.


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1 of 6 Image Credits: Lulus

Best Cheap Simple Wedding Dress

Best Part Of Me Cream Satin Bustier Maxi Dress

Price: $95.00

This simple satin wedding dress is subtly very sexy thanks to the bustier bodice and sweetheart neckline. For the price, this Lulus gown is a hidden gem.

2 of 6 Image Credits: Amazon

Best Simple Short Wedding Dress

Alicia Mixed Media Midi Dress

Price: $198.00See Reviews

Dress the Population is a popular brand at major retailers like Amazon and Nordstrom, with simple yet chic dresses you'll love wearing on your big day. This fit-and-flare A-line midi dress is flattering for a variety of body types, and the scalloped lace hem adds an extra element of charming whimsy.

3 of 6 Image Credits: Anthropologie

Most Elegant Simple Wedding Dress

Thompson Dress

Price: $168.00

There's something so Old Hollywood about this simple elegant wedding dress's off-the-shoulder neckline and body-hugging tulip shape. Pair the sleek crepe piece with stylish shoes for a seriously classy wedding day look.

4 of 6 Image Credits: Saks Fifth Avenue

Best Simple Long-Sleeve Wedding Dress

Plunge Twist Gown

Price: $395.00

You'll be looking and feeling like a goddess in this ethereal stretch jersey gown. The kimono style is chic and comfortable, making it elegant enough for a fancy celebration worn with a dazzling necklace to highlight the plunging neckline but also low-key enough for a beach ceremony paired with flat Greek sandals and gold jewelry.

5 of 6 Image Credits: Saks Fifth Avenue

Most Versatile Simple Wedding Dress

Asymmetrical Draped Gown

Price: $395.00

This simple wedding dress is sophisticated in the front and flirty in the back, making it perfect for all elements of a wedding, from vows to late-night dancing. This unique choice manages to be classy and modern at the same time, striking a complementary balance for a variety of wedding themes and venues.

6 of 6 Image Credits: David's Bridal

Best Simple Plus-Size Wedding Dress

Draped Off the Shoulder Plus Size Crepe Gown

Price: $160.97

This sultry off-the-shoulder wedding gown comes in ivory as well as white so you can pick the best bridal hue for your skin tone. The skirt loosely hugs the body for a flattering fit, while the side slit is a sexy-yet-demure touch. Shop the elegant wedding dress while it's on sale for 30 percent off.