When choosing a bridal dress, ask yourself, "Does this dress express who I am?"
Are you ready to say “I do” to the man you love? Is the wedding date finally set? And what about the wedding dress? When you’re faced with the choice, it may seem difficult. This is normal: your wedding dress isn’t a whim, but a garment that embodies something sacred.
The choice of dress, whether custom-made, ready-to-wear, or second-hand, can be daunting. It’s essential that the wedding dress match the woman who will wear it. When trying on a dress in front of the mirror, the real question the bride-to-be must ask herself is: Does this dress express who I am?
To help you find a style of dress that really suits you, Aleteia has identified the top 10 most inspiring trends for 2023 from one of the fashion capitals of the world — France.
Drape brings out the purity of the lace-free dress. It’s a new way of ennobling the dress while it remains deliberately more stripped down. There’s something very pure about it, focused on the essential. The bohemian and country spirit of a few years ago is far behind us. Foxx dress, Laure de Sagazan
2The clean cut
Minimalism is one of the major bridal fashion trends for 2023. Simplicity is indeed invading the catwalks of fashion houses, which are proposing sober, plain dresses – for example, simple cuts with slightly flared bottoms. Bessie dress, Margaux Tardits.
3The top and bottom duo
As we have seen in recent years, brides are moving away from traditional dresses to more contemporary styles. The top and skirt duo offers a lot of allure while remaining more casual. More and more brides-to-be are tempted by this choice, which allows them incorporate one or the other on different occasions. Ventura top & Eastwood dress, Laure de Sagazan.
4The sleeve effect
Puffy, embroidered, or pagoda … The 2023 wedding dress has sleeves! They set the tone by bringing a lot of allure and elegance, thanks to the play of volume, draping, and materials. Hada dress with pagoda sleeves, Margaux Tardits.
Wedding dress designers have been experimenting with 3D technology for several seasons, and this year it’s taking on a new life. 3D embroidered flowers seem to invade the dress. They subtly adorn the sleeves, accentuating their line. Lima dress, Anne de Laforest
6The cowl back
Streamlined, fluid, the cowl back is always very fashionable. It emphasizes the subtle play of lace and ensures a feminine but sober allure. Léa dress, Harpe Paris
7The mermaid cut
Fitted from the hips to the knees and flared from the knees to the ankles: the mermaid cut has seduced many designers with its very feminine look. It is a cut that enhances the silhouette, but be careful with the choice of material for an elegant line and fall. Ubelia dress, Rosa Clara
8The “princess” dress
The traditional wedding dress is back in force this year. Its cut remains unchanged: a fitted top (thanks to the bodice), a highlighted waist and a generously flared bottom. Vika dress, Rosa Clara
9The high collar
Lavallière, chimney, or claudine collar … The trend of high necklines is also winning over wedding dresses. Inspired by the ruffle collars of the aristocracy, this refined and sublime detail will dress the necks of 2023 brides. Umberto top, Verdi skirt, Laure de Sagazan
10The mid-length dress
Without losing any of its elegant character, the mid-length 2023 wedding dress inspired by the 50s and 60s is making a comeback with many designers.