8 Fall Dress Trends That Are Perfect for Brides

For your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, and beyond

Updated 08/27/18
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Fall is on its way and if you’re recently engaged and planning a wedding during the autumn months, you’re undoubtedly in need of a few new dresses for all of your bridal events. From your engagement party to your bridal shower, bachelorette, and rehearsal dinner, there are a ton of occasions on your calendar to shop for aside from your wedding dress—that’s a whole other task! The season’s latest trends are an easy starting point when it comes to shopping for your bridal wardrobe and fall has eight super-stylish themes in store that make for a fresh and fashionable lineup of looks.

From ultra-feminine to bohemian and daring, new fall trends run the gamut whether you’re a mini, midi, or maxi dress enthusiast. Ladylike tastes will adore moody floral prints as a seasonal update to the lighthearted kind you’ve been rocking all summer as well as vintage-inspired silhouettes from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s (these shapes so super flattering on a range of body types). Another big focus for fall is romantic dresses á la the Old West (think a cross between Laura Ingalls Wilder and Laura Ashley) featuring puffy sleeves, frilled details, and sweeping maxi skirts—what could be better on an occasion that’s celebrating love? We love this an unexpected route for feminine aesthetics (i.e. a bit fresher than predictable ruffles, florals, and frills).

Bolder brides-to-be will certainly feel drawn to fall’s return to the ‘80s with a smattering of glamorous mini dresses with voluminous sleeves and in opulent fabrics—our top pick for a killer bachelorette look. Then, there’s prints, prints, prints galore! Leopard is an already ubiquitous motif among the style set that’s staying strong in the new season as well as scarf and mixed-print dresses for those unabashed by color and pattern. If you’re the type of bride who wants to set herself apart with a unique bridal wardrobe, these dress trends are definitely the way!

Ready to shop for dresses for your bridal wardrobe? Let these eight fall trends lead the way.

01 of 08

Moody Floral Prints

Courtesy of Who What Wear

Who What Wear Button-Down Frilled Dress

SHOP NOW: Target, $34.99

Courtesy of Aritzia

Wilfred Beaune Dress

SHOP NOW: Aritzia, $210

Courtesy of Reformation

Reformation Gavin Dress

SHOP NOW: Reformation, $218

Courtesy of RIXO

RIXO London Rose Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $425


ML Monique Lhuillier Casetta Floral Dress

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $495

02 of 08

‘80s Influence

Courtesy of LPA

LPA Shirred Button Up Dress

SHOP NOW: LPA The Label, was $218, now $131

Courtesy of Saylor

Saylor Maeve Dress

SHOP NOW: Saylor, $220

Courtesy of Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait Striped One-Shoulder Minidress

SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $380

Courtesy of Parker

Parker Alisa Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $548

Courtesy of Milly

Milly Cara One-Shoulder Silk Leopard Dress

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $550

03 of 08

Old West Romance

Courtesy of Christy Dawn

Christy Dawn The Lennon Dress Night Peony

SHOP NOW: Christy Dawn, $250

Courtesy of MISA

MISA Natalia Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $304

Courtesy of LoveShackFancy

LoveShackFancy Desiree Dress

SHOP NOW: LoveShackFancy, $425

Courtesy of Sea

Sea Ila Lace Maxi Dress

SHOP NOW: Sea, $545

Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor Tilda Floral Silk V-Neck Dress

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Taylor, $695

04 of 08

Mixed Prints

Courtesy of ASOS

ASOS DESIGN Long Sleeve Textured Wrap Midi Dress in Mixed Floral Print


Courtesy of Zara

Zara Patchwork Print Dress

SHOP NOW: Zara, $99.90

Courtesy of One September

One September Desert Floral Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $188


BCBGMAXAZRIA Floral Blooms Asymmetrical Dress


Courtesy of Tanya Taylor

Tanya Taylor Siena Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $495

05 of 08

Vintage Inspired

Courtesy of Mango

Mango Floral Linen-Blend Dress

SHOP NOW: Mango, $79.99

Courtesy of ASTR the Label

ASTR the Label Marleen Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $110

Courtesy of Maeve

Maeve Bernice Polka Dot Wrap Dress

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $168

Courtesy of Stine Goya

Stine Goya Freesia Long Sleeve Star Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $350

Courtesy of Saloni

Saloni Lea Silk Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $650

06 of 08

Scarf Prints

Courtesy of ASOS

ASOS DESIGN Curve Scarf Print Midi Dress with Pleated Skirt


Courtesy of Topshop

Topshop Scarf Print Pini Dress

SHOP NOW: Topshop, $100

Courtesy of Eliza J

Eliza J Halter Handkerchief Dress

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $158

Courtesy of Free People

Free People Mexicali Rose Maxi Dress

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $168

Courtesy of Tory Burch

Tory Burch Michaela Caftan

SHOP NOW: Tory Burch, $598

07 of 08

Maxi Lengths

Courtesy of H&M

H&M Long Dress

SHOP NOW: H&M, $79.99

Courtesy of The Odells

The Odells Seville Ruffled Maxi Dress

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $208

Courtesy of Yumi Kim

Yumi Kim True Love Maxi

SHOP NOW: Yumi Kim, $278

Courtesy of Rococo Sand

Rococo Sand Ruched Long Dress

SHOP NOW: Revolve, $422

 Courtesy of Dôen

Dôen Corina Dress

SHOP NOW: Dôen, $458

08 of 08

Leopard Print

Courtesy of ellos

ellos Wrap Dress

SHOP NOW: ellos, $44.90

Courtesy of MICHAEL Michael Kors

MICHAEL Michael Kors Leopard Print Flounce Hem Dress

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $98

Courtesy of C/Meo Collective

C/Meo Collective Sweet Thing Long Sleeve Dress

SHOP NOW: C/Meo Collective, $219.95

Courtesy of Joie

Joie Angeni Leopard Print Dress

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $298

Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg Cinch Sleeve Shirt Dress

SHOP NOW: Diane Von Furstenberg, $498

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