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These Are The *Biggest* Bridal Trends For 2022 Weddings

Including what to wear as a guest too!
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Yep, we don’t know how it happened either but 2022 is well underway and that means we’re *already* looking forward to spring and the upcoming wedding season. 2020 and the first half of 2021 may have been all about the micro weddings but this year, we’re seriously hoping weekend-long soirées continue in full swing and we’re down for getting seriously dressed up for them.

When planning a wedding, there’s a ton to think about but it’s fair to say, nothing is likely to get as much consideration as your wedding dress. If you’re a guest, your attire is likely all you’ll be thinking about ahead of the event (and the betrothed couple, of course…).

While the last couple of years have delayed many weddings and forced couples to change plans last minute, so far 2022 seems green to go which means you can stride ahead with purchasing your dream outfits and have confidence you’ll actually get to show them off.

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Of course, the Pandemic has had an impact on what people are looking for, with many throwing out tradition in place of celebratory, contemporary designs and most couples looking to be financially savvy where they can be. The good news is, we’ve got it all covered.

From big sleeves, to flashes of colours, layers of tulle to minimalist designsthese are the biggest bridal and wedding guest outfit trends of 2022.

Which look will you channel?

Brides

THE SUIT

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The wedding suit first rose to prominence when Bianca Jagger wore that YSL suit in the ‘70s and in recent years has been gaining momentum once again (remember Emrata’s mustard number?). For those looking for a classically cool, nonchalant vibe for their big day, the good news is the tailored item is here to stay. If you’d rather not wear one for the day itself, they happen to make a great rehearsal dinner or after-party outfit too.

THE MINI

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A mini wedding dress manages to feel contemporary but has a playful retro feel to it all at the same time. Honestly? We’re obsessed with them. From romantic tulle to tailoring, silk halter necks to bouclé detailingthe choice is all yours this season.

PRE-OWNED AND RENTED

A perfect option for those wanting to avoid spending a ton of cash, renting a wedding dress is a seriously good option. Not only does it let you wear a designer you might never have thought you could, it’s also kinder to the environment and that, folks, we are certainly here for.

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THE TWO-PIECE

Worn previously by the likes of Zoë Kravitz, Ellie Goulding, and Hilary Duff for their nuptials, it’s not hard to see why separates are still big for 2022—they’re cool and chic. Some designs look like a dress when put together, others maintain a split silhouette by showing a little midriff. The best thing about separates is you can always find an occasion to rewear a white top. A full bridal gown may prove a little trickier...

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MINIMALIST

The ‘90s influence appears to be going absolutely nowhere for the year ahead as minimalism, square necklines, and slip-esque silhouettes continue to dominate bridal wear. A perfect option for those who love a pared-back look, the beauty of calling on yesteryear for style inspiration is that the look will never date in your wedding photos.

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ALTERNATIVE

Turn your back on tradition and go for something blushed, patterned, or vibrant. While many brides want cream, ivory, or white for their big days, others envision powder hues or something a little more out-there.

Guests

SEQUINS

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Nothing says back to partying like sequins, right? The style that never takes itself too seriously isn’t just for winter either. For the lead up to spring, go for moodier colours, swapping to lighter and blush tones for the spring and summer. You’ll be the bell of the (party) ball.

CUT-OUT

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When Kendall Jenner wore a full cut-out dress to her friend’s wedding, it sparked a viral debate. If you fall into the camp of totally acceptable, then this is your year. Opt for subtle flesh-baring details or go all out—the style is everywhere right now.

FRINGING

Influenced by the 1920s flappers and 1950s Hollywood, fringing is set to be a massive trend for party wear this year. Ease yourself in with subtle detailing or embrace fringed maximalism—either way you’ll feel super fun and flirty.

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VOLUME

There’s a proper sense of occasion that comes with a puff dress and that’s why we’re thrilled there are so many to choose from this season. A style that really comes into its own in the warmer months, pair dresses with delicate shoes and accessories to balance the look.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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