These Are the Wedding Dress Trends Our Editors Love for Fall 2020

Pockets, feathers, colors...

Updated 10/09/19

Heather Waraksa

It's obvious we love Bridal Fashion Week, but we love recapping it even more. Our editors literally saw EVERY wedding dress, and now we're looking back at the trends we couldn't avoid on the runways this season.

Brides planning a 2020 wedding will have their pick of trends. There were so many tried-and-true fashion choices on the runways this season—plenty of bows, colorful gowns, pantsuits, and floral embroidery aren't going anywhere—but a handful of new trends stood out to our editors. Backs are bigger (well, barer) than ever, feathers are literally everywhere, pockets are having a moment, and even butterflies made an appearance.

Looking for wedding dress inspo before you hit the bridal salons? Below, the 9 wedding dress trends 2020 brides need to know.

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Naked Backs

berta plunging back mini

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The plunging v-neckline has met its match in the form of plunging, barely-there backs. From Ines di Santo to Lela Rose, Laure de Sagazan, and Berta, designers were betting on backless to be a hit for the next crop of brides. At times (like at Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang) the trend took on the form of a keyhole feature on the back, and at others (like at Rime Arodaky) as a draping cowl-back for a romantic twist on backless. (Above: Berta)

Lela Rose

lela rose
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Rime Arodaky

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Ben Simpson

Vera Wang

vera wang bridal fall 2020
Inez + Vinoodh

Laure de Sagazan

laure de sagazan modiano dress
 Jeroen Noordzij Photography

Carolina Herrera

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Courtesy of Carolina Herrera
02 of 10

Super High Slits

dress
Mike Colón

An Angelina Jolie level slit is not new to the bridal world, but this season designers literally took it up a notch. Daring slits were seen at Ines di Santo, Berta, Eisen-Stein, and Inbal Dror just to name a few. But the trend is even more aggressive this season taking on more of a half mini skirt (or barely any skirt) and half floor-length gown. (Above: Berta)

Ines di Santo

Ines Di Santo Wedding Dress
 Courtesy of Ines Di Santo

Eisen-Stein

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Courtesy of Eisen-Stein 

Inbal Dror

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Courtesy of Inbal Dror
03 of 10

Lingerie Inspired Corsets

Ines Di Santo Wedding Dress

 Courtesy of Ines Di Santo

It feels like bridal designers everywhere saw Moulin Rouge on Broadway and got inspired. Corsets and underwire cups were de rigueur on the runways this season and the result was a supremely sexy take on lingerie-inspired fashion that calls to even the most timid of brides. (Above: Ines di Santo)

Lihi Hod

wedding dress
Courtesy of Lihi Hod

Hayley Paige

Hayley Paige Wedding Dress

Inbal Dror

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 Courtesy of Inbal Dror

The Atelier

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Courtesy of The Atelier
04 of 10

Butterflies

monique lhuillier

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Maybe it's the ongoing '90s renaissance, maybe it's just bridal designers' love of all things secret gardens, but butterflies were all over this season. We loved the trend as part of a new take on floral prints at Monique Lhuillier, and even more as an embroidered accent on a train at Ines di Santo. (Above: Monique Lhuillier)

Ines di Santo

ines di santo butterflies
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05 of 10

Pockets

Rebecca Schoneveld Wedding Dress

 Courtesy of Rebecca Schoneveld

Don't worry 2020 brides, designers are looking out for you and your last minute lipstick needs. There's something so charming, and useful, about a wedding dress with pockets—and it looks like Inbal Dror, Eisten-Stein and more, agree. (Above: Rebecca Schoneveld)

Inbal Dror

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Courtesy of Inbal Dror

Jenny Yoo

jenny yoo bridal fall 2020 pockets
 Marcy Castelgrande

Eisen-Stein

dress
Courtesy of Eisen-Stein

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano Wedding Dress
 Courtesy of Caroline Castigliano
06 of 10

Off-the-shoulder Puff Sleeves

wedding dress

Ben Simpson

Off-the-shoulder wedding dresses aren't going anywhere, and every season they get a new lease on life by way of a slight trend upgrade. For 2020, designers were betting on big sleeves to update the ubiquitous neckline. Big, '80s-style puff sleeves adorned off-the-shoulder gowns at Rime Arodaky, Justin Alexander Signature, Monique Lhuillier, Allison Webb, just to name a few. (Above: Rime Arodaky)

Monique Lhuillier

monique lhuillier bridal fall 2020
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Justin Alexander Signature

Justin Alexander Signature Wedding Dres
 Courtesy of Justin Alexander Signature

Allison Webb

Allison Webb Wedding Dress

Zuhair Murad

zuhair murad
 Courtesy of Zuhair Murad

Julie Vino

honor dress
Rachel Brennecke
07 of 10

Bridal Belts

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Courtesy of Lein 

There were also statement-making accessories on the fall 2020 bridal runways. Brides will want to consider cinching their waists next year with a big statement belt. Danielle Frankel, Hayley Paige, Lein, Julie Vino, and Lee Petra Grebenau were among the many designers who gave dresses a belted treatment. (Above: Lein)

Danielle Frankel

danielle frankel bridal fall 2020
 BFA

Hayley Paige

Hayley Paige Wedding Dress

Markarian

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Photo by Lucia O’Connor-McCarthy 

Lee Petra Grebenau

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Collin Pierson Photography 

Julie Vino

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Duke Images
08 of 10

Floral Earrings

marchesa floral earrings bridal fall 2020

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Florals? For fall! That actually is groundbreaking. The fall 2020 collections definitely had a spring vibe—large floral prints, garden wedding frocks, bold headpieces adorned with flowers, and oversized floral earrings. Marchesa, Laure de Sagazan, Savannah Miller, Jenny Yoo and Watters had models dripping flowers from the ears, and it made a definitive statement: the bigger the flower, the better.

Laure de Sagazan

laure de sagazan earrings
Jeroen Noordzij Photography

Wtoo by Watters

wtoo by watters
 Courtesy of Wtoo by Watters

Jenny Yoo

Jenny yoo floral earrings
Marcy Castelgrande

Savannah Miller

savannah miller floral earrings
Sophie Moore
09 of 10

Feathered Skirts

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Mike Colón

There were no shortage of feathers this season, but designers took the trend a little further south in many occasions. Lela Rose, Berta, Inbal Dror, Sahroo and Naeem Khan adorned skirts with feathers, even going as far as dotting feathers across hemlines.

Inbal Dror

inbal dror
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Lela Rose

Lela Rose
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Sahroo

sahroo
 Courtesy of Sahroo
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Blushing Brides

Blush bride ines di santo

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Blush wedding dresses aren't anything new, what was once a trend has become part of the bridal world. This season, however, designers went above and beyond with dramatic takes on blush gowns made to wow even the most skeptic white wedding dress believer. Pink gowns would not be ignored this season—overflowing with layers of ruffled tulle at Monique Lhuillier and Ines di Santo, adorned with feathers as part of a chic pants separates set at Sahroo, even given the Greek goddess treatment at Zac Posen for White One

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier blush wedding dress
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Sahroo

Sahroo
 Courtesy of Sahroo

Zac Posen for White One

wedding dress
Courtesy of White One

Amsale

amsale bridal fall 2020
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