As DIY, personalized weddings rise in popularity, attitudes toward bridal dressing are also getting reinvented. Though traditional wedding gowns will never lack demand, more and more brides-to-be are falling in love with simpler, minimalist dresses packed with understated flair.
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If you’re on the hunt for wedding dresses that skip the heavy, intricate beadwork and supersized proportions that evoke the grand, then this list is for you. Here, we compile 10 simple dress styles for you to consider for your big day. Remember that going minimal doesn’t mean an erasure of personality and panache—rather, it shines the spotlight on your best style essentials, enhancing your natural radiance.
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10 Simple Wedding Dress Styles:
1. Bandage Mini Dress with Detachable Puff Sleeves
While simple in terms of fabric, length, and a lack of extravagant sparkle, this flirty minidress is still high-octane in its own right. Filled out with a bandage wrap design and merengue puff sleeves, the outfit will work for ceremonies that are immediately followed by an evening reception filled with wine and dancing.
2. Ruched Satin Slit Dress
Combine three classic styles together in a classy dress for triple impact: the strappy one-shoulder, satin finish, and side slit. To differentiate this gown from a regular satin slip, go for a floor length, which adds a feel of bridal regality. For a more modern look, trade in the cool white shade for a demure champagne, which is warmer in tone.
3. Empire Waist Lace Dress
Allow a bit of regencycore to trickle into your bridal look. Opt for an empire waist dress in sheer lace and a dreamy chapel length train. Stay faithful to the dainty, classic look with a sweetheart neckline and nightgown straps. Keep the embroidery soft, and stick to light, gossamer fabric.
4. Matte High-Low Dress
As the more modest relative of the front slit dress, the high-low hemline of this style still enables a bride to show legs and shoes whilst maintaining a traditionally flouncy skirt. Cut in a matte fabric such as jacquard or embossed cotton, the dress is breathable and sweetly minimal.
5. Sheer Long-Sleeve Dress
If a plain satin tube dress is too simple for your tastes, spice it up by wearing a sheer turtleneck underneath. The fabric mix will harmonize nicely, elevating the otherwise run-of-the-mill style with a contemporary twist. Style it with asymmetrical earrings for a standout look. Evoke the goddess Venus with a fully pleated strapless gown. With its v-shaped bodice, tumbling hem, and subtly convex neckline, the overall design clls to mind a seashell washed onshore by the frothy whites of a strong wave.
6. Pretty Pleats
Evoke the goddess Venus with a fully pleated strapless gown. With its v-shaped bodice, tumbling hem, and subtly convex neckline, the overall design clls to mind a seashell washed onshore by the frothy whites of a strong wave.
7. Classic A-Line Gown with Pockets
If you’re aiming for a simple gown anyway, might as well throw in as many practical elements as possible. This no-frills, classy dress takes advantage of a the full A-line skirt by adding large pockets. What a treat!
8. Straight Neck Dress with Side Plunge
Give the usual leg slit a rest and instead move the action up to the bodice. The result is a chic and sleek take on sultriness, with an on-trend and flattering apron front with a ribcage-bearing side slit. (Brides who have tattoos on their ribs would love this one.)
9. Mixed Fabric Slip Dress
Mix the old and the new with this figure-enhancing column gown in contrasting fabrics. The slinky satin represents modernity, while the sentimental lace of tradition peeks through with symphonic subtlety. While still very uncomplicated, this dress is definitely a conversation starter.
10. Square Neck Long Sleeve Midi Dress
A belted midi dress is unlikely to go out of style—it slides across dress code territories with ease, moving from semi-formal work functions to parties to full on bridal. When teamed with long sleeves and a square neckline, you have a civil wedding-ready dress. Style it with nude pumps or a strappy white stepper.
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