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10 Simple Wedding Dresses for the Contemporary Bride

10 Simple Wedding Dresses for the Contemporary Bride
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Simple wedding dresses are all about the unadorned, the unbeaded, the unstructured.


Sometimes, the most elegant wedding looks are the most simple. And even if you’re opting for a minimalist style, you can still find a dress infused with boho and beachy elements that make it unique. If you want to keep things super casual, a lot of brides are also opting for short or T-length wedding dresses right now (especially for alternative ceremonies planned to fit safety guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak).


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If you love the idea of going simple but are worried about the style looking more plain than refined, look for something with a few extra details. Pick a simple lace wedding dress where the silhouette is a bit less structured, for example, or a basic silhouette complemented by a draped neckline. You could always experiment with bold accessories, too.


Below, shop our 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 10 Image Credits: Lulus

Best Cheap Simple Wedding Dress

Best Part Of Me Cream Satin Bustier Maxi Dress


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.

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Best Simple Short Wedding Dress

Alicia Mixed Media Midi Dress


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 10 Image Credits: Anthropologie

Most Elegant Simple Wedding Dress

Thompson Dress


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 10 Image Credits: Saks Fifth Avenue

Best Simple Long-Sleeve Wedding Dress

Plunge Twist Gown


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 10 Image Credits: Saks Fifth Avenue

Most Versatile Simple Wedding Dress

Asymmetrical Draped Gown


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.

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Best Simple Plus-Size Wedding Dress

Draped Off the Shoulder Plus Size Crepe Gown


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.

7 of 10 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best Simple Wedding Dress With an Open Back

Lulus So Stunning Backless Sheath Dress


This otherwise-simple sheath wedding dress has a plunging back that makes it surprisingly alluring. The affordable pick from Lulus has a snug fit and hits right below the knees for an attractive silhouette, perfect for the modest bride with some tricks up her sleeve.

8 of 10 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Most Universally Flattering Simple Wedding Dress

Dress the Population Gracelyn Blouson Jersey Gown


This stunner from Dress the Population strikes the perfect balance between drapey and body-hugging. The blousy top meets a form-fitting trumpet skirt with a thigh-high slit. Reviewers do note that the dress runs small, so size up!

9 of 10 Image Credits: Free People

Most Trendy Simple Wedding Dress

Free People Halter Dress


A cream-colored classic, this maxi dress has a hidden zipper in the back, allowing for a streamlined silhouette. The raw hems and ribbon-style neck tie add a boho charm ideal for the whimsical bride who wants to look both elegant and laid back on her wedding day.

10 of 10 Image Credits: Free People

Most Effortlessly Cool Simple Wedding Dress

Free People Amalfi Maxi Dress


This long-sleeved maxi-style dress from boho-chic brand Free People is gorgeous all over, but it’s the back that makes it a real show stopper. The lattice crisscrossed back detailing elevates the otherwise casual look into something bridal-worthy.