The Brideside team attended New York Bridal Fashion Week (NBFW) to get a deep dive into hot styles and trends for 2020 weddings. Keeping it real, brides-to-be have a lot to look forward to when it comes to wedding fashion in the new year! Expressing each person’s individuality with unique and customizable designs was a strong focus of the bridal fashion week shows this year, and we are here for it!

Although variety was the name of the game in Spring 2020 bridal and bridesmaid collections, there were some great trends that emerged from NYBFW. Scroll down to learn more about our favorite trends that you look forward to seeing in Brideside showrooms and online in the coming months!

Top Bridal Fashion Trends for 2020 Brides

Modern Texture: 

A trend we’ve been seeing quite a bit is bodices and skirts with cool textural dimension. Through elaborate beadwork or stunning appliqué, texture brings unique details that photograph beautifully. In small quantities or large, texture goes a long way!

Going for a show-stopping bridal look? Try some styles with 3D floral appliqué. 3D florals stand off the dress and might even have some movement on their own. We saw a number of dresses with 3D appliqué in the Jenny by Jenny Yoo collection (pictured below); it stopped us in our tracks every time. Be sure to get some close-up shots of all of the intricate designs!

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Spring 2020 Wedding Dress
The Jenny by Jenny Yoo Ellison Dress’s 3D floral appliqué is whimsical and dreamy.

Another textural element we saw at NYBFW was appliqué overlaid on sheer fabrics to create interesting contrast. With an illusion neckline, these floral or lace pieces pop against the skin for a romantic nature-inspired moment. When layered with a full skirt, the appliqué peaks through to provide something extra, like in the Amsale Etienne wedding dress pictured below.

Jenny Yoo Wedding Dress Spring 2020
The Jenny Yoo Etienne wedding dress is a modern take on floral and lace.

If you love this texture trend, you can also look or ask for gowns with nude, blush, or off-white underskirts against an ivory or white applique or lace pattern. It’ll play up the dimensions even more!

Clean with a Twist

Many designers at NYBFW showed minimalist wedding dresses that were anything but boring. With sleek silhouettes and fabrics, we saw effortless styles with interesting and unforgettable details. What are these “twists” we speak of? Think clean, crepe lines contrasted with a textured bodice, satin sheath silhouettes with an oversized bow or sheer panels in the back. The mix of classic and modern in the wedding dresses at NYBFW checks off all the boxes for cool brides with 2020 weddings; they’re stately without being over-the-top. 

We’re really loving the look of long-sleeved lace with paired fitted skirts in fabrics like sleek crepe, satin and mikado. The Jenny Yoo Collection Lisette dress (below) is a great example!

The Jenny Yoo Lisette bridal gown at New York Bridal Fashion Week
The Jenny Yoo Lisette bridal gown is one of our favorite new wedding dresses with long sleeves!

Love this sophisticated wedding dress trend as much as we do? You can see it in the Brideside Ellera collection. Check out the Colette gown — complete with a super cool lace back — below!

The Brideside Ellera Colette Wedding Dress with lace back
The front is simple and clean, but the back gives a modern lace twist! Ask for Brideside Ellera Colette at your upcoming bridal gown appointment!

Renaissance Revisited 

We’d be lying if we said this season didn’t bring the drama. Bridal fashion week designers brought back some big fashion elements from the Renaissance period and gave them an update. Infused with modern fabrics, these old-world styles are truly enlightened. We saw a resurgence of ball gown styles mixed with modern bodices, off-the-shoulder details, big sleeves and ruffles were abundant. Square necklines made an appearance as well. 

Corset bodices in particular were popular on the runway and with good reason; the boning is flattering and supportive, vintage but a little sexy. The contrast of the structured corset mixed with soft tulles or laces is beautiful and unexpected. The Amsale Ferren dress (pictured below) is a great example! 

Amsale Ferren Wedding Dress Spring 2020
The Amsale Ferren wedding dress is the quintessential modern corset.

Satin, a popular fabric of the Renaissance period, was also prevalent on the runway. Satin wedding dresses (or those with a similar sheen like lux crepes) are eye-catching and dramatic while evoking classic bridal style. Try it with sleek styling, like a  off-the-shoulder neckline (shown in the Jenny Yoo Cordelia gown below), an open back or some new-age appliqué.

Jenny Yoo Cordelia Wedding Dress
The Jenny Yoo Cordelia Wedding Dress will make you feel like a modern-day queen.

Many of these wedding dresses aren’t available yet in store, but these, and many similar styles, are coming to Brideside Bride as soon as they are on the market! Make an appointment to explore our selection of Jenny by Jenny Yoo, Amsale and Ellera (a Brideside exclusive!) dresses today.

Hot Bridesmaid Dress Trends for 2020 Weddings

We also spent some time at NYFBW looking at the new bridesmaid dress collections. Bridesmaids of the world: Get pumped for what’s coming in Spring 2020! We saw lots of gorgeous new styles and colors in the Jenny Yoo and Amsale shows that we think you’ll love. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Silky Materials

Say hello to chic and sleek styles! The runway was lit up with silky bridesmaid dress styles like soft satins and charmeuse. We’re loving the subtle sheen of these fabrics and how beautiful they look draped and flowy. Go for thin spaghetti straps or a cowl neck, inspired by the slip dress trend, like this Jenny Yoo style in ‘English Rose’ below!

Jenny Yoo Satin Bridesmaid Dress Spring 2020 Collection
This Jenny Yoo satin-back crepe bridesmaid dress is perfect for a bride who wants a slip dress style!

Tonal Pairings

Loving mismatched bridesmaid dresses but don’t want to go too out there? We’re seeing some great tonal dress pairings that will make you smile! Keep it in the family with bridesmaid dresses in close shades or patterns. Or, keep your color the same and switch up your fabrics! Either way, tonal pairings are a smart way to let all your bridesmaids choose their own dresses but keep the look cohesive as a whole. Take notes from these Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dresses that truly work as a group and individually. 

shades of gray jenny yoo bridesmaid dresses spring 2020
Satin-back crepe, matte and a pattern are the best of friends! These brand new Jenny Yoo styles will be available soon.

Unique Patterns and Textures

Gone are the days of solid-color bridesmaid dresses only! It’s nice to have some other options. We saw some really beautiful floral and marble patterns from the Jenny Yoo Collection, which provide a nice variety to bridal party dresses without going overboard. Say hello to a detailed floral bodice and simple skirt and some larger floral patterns that look heavenly together! 

Jenny Yoo pink patterned bridesmaid dresses spring 2020
We’re loving the textural floral elements in these new Jenny Yoo styles!

Cold Shoulder

One-shoulder bridesmaid dresses really heated up the runway at NYBFW. Be it draped or tied, the one-shoulder is back with a vengeance. We love the classic clean line seen in the Amsale bridesmaid dress (below), especially when paired with a sleek silky fabric. The one-shoulder dress is a nice option for anyone who wants a little extra support (and also wants to shake it up!)

Amsale One-Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress
This one-shoulder bridesmaid dresses from Amsale is sleek and trendy!

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