Fashion & Beauty
6 Simple Wedding Dresses for the Contemporary Bride
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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