In-person or virtual (and now occurring at various times), NYFW is an epicenter for fashion trends, highlighting the work of some of the most talented designers. And while many people look to the ready-to-wear collections for everyday or red carpet pieces, we would be remiss not to highlight the immense bridal-esque fashion that gets sent down the runway.
Traditionally, brides have chosen to buy dresses from an array of ultra-talented bridal designers for their nuptials. But with such an unconventional year, including the rise of micro weddings, civil ceremonies, and elopements, there hasn't been a better time to opt for a different shopping approach. For those who are searching for a look that is a bit non-conventional–for dresses that are polished with a twist–the newest RTW collections are where you should focus your attention.
Mini dresses, jumpsuits, separates, and tailored bridal suits are trends we're absolutely loving right now, however, the latest Fall 2021 collections are also exemplifying statement coats, high necklines, and sequined gowns–looks that could be worn on and off the aisle. And yes, RTW may not resonate as bridalwear for everyone, but some brides may find a few inspo pieces for their second (or even third) look!
Below, we've rounded up 36 Fall 2021 RTW looks that are a must-see for all brides-to-be.
3.1 Phillip Lim
While some RTW dresses may merely serve as inspiration, this fully sequined tea-length dress could absolutely be worn down the aisle.
Adam Lippes was sure to provide versatility for his latest Fall 2021 collection. This cream, floor-length coat would be a chic addition to any bridal look–especially if you're looking to incorporate outerwear.
Getting married during the spring season? This floral Adam Lippes maxi dress is a perfect choice for a laid-back spring wedding.
Curated for Alaïa’s "Edition" line, this timeless maxi dress was hand-selected by the brand from decades of archived designs. An amazing look for a boho, beach bride.
We've said it before and we'll say it again, mini dresses are a trend that is here to stay–and this sheer, belted Alaïa mini proves our point.
This Alaïa dress is an elevated and sophisticated option for brides looking for more coverage on their big day.
Alice + Olivia
Alice + Olivia's playful maxi is versatile enough to wear at your engagement party or rehearsal dinner. The black option is also great for those looking for a daring look.
We're absolutely in love with this two-piece, coat and maxi skirt ensemble from Ambush. Major fashion inspiration for city brides looking to elope this winter.
Anna Sui's Fall 2021 collection definitely seems to have come straight out of a fantasy book, and this bridal-like dress exemplifies that. We absolutely could see this front and center at the ultimate boho wedding.
Leave it to Badgley Mischka to bring all the GLAM. This subtle high-low gown will certainly make a statement on anyone's big day.
Another showstopper from Badgley Mischka, this fully sequined gown can work as a second dress for the reception, or after-party!
A two for one special, these silver sequined dresses provide options for a bride who's the life of the party.
Looking for a "suit-like" look? Then this sequined blazer and trouser set is the one to wear; tailor-made for a fashion-forward bride.
Bevza's 70s-inspired collection showcases a caped dress for the minimal and free-spirited bride.
This Bibhu Mohapatra dress shows that it's ok to wear black to your wedding. The high-waisted ball gown would absolutely make a statement...in the best way possible.
Bibhu Mohapatra stunned us with this gorgeous, ethereal sheer champagne-colored gown. The sequined details and puffed sleeves give us old Hollywood glam vibes.
Though not common, brides can style their wedding look with a fabulous statement coat. This full-length tailored piece by Casablanca could also work as an entire bridal look for a courthouse wedding.
Christian Cowan showed up and showed out with his black and white fully feathered coat. Brides looking to add an extra piece of drama to their nuptials should certainly consider this look.
While coats are a huge trend this Fall 2021 season, Gabriela Hearst offers a chic alternative–a cape (or as we'd like to call it, a bridal cape). This full-body cape is an amazing accessory for a bride looking for a quick, removable piece of outerwear.
What we love about this look is its shock factor. An unexpected choice for some, but a look that can certainly make it down the aisle on a bride who's not afraid to take risks.
It's safe to assume that bridal designer, Alexandra O’Neill, had bridalwear in mind when creating this look (and we're glad she did!). It's simple, refined, and classic.
Another chic look from Markarian shows that the right RTW piece can certainly allow for a timeless bridal dress.
To no surprise, Naeem Khan brought the drama this season. This silver, metallic fringe gown is a statement piece for the most glamorous bride.
Looking for something blue? Feel free to walk down the aisle in this fully jeweled, baby blue gown.
We've found the perfect fairy-tale dress for brides who are looking to feel like a princess on her big day. The intricate floral detailing is perfect for an enchanted garden wedding.
Naeem Khan continues to provide options with this embellished dress and jumpsuit. Wear one as your second look, and another as your third!
For the minimalist, city-chic bride, we're sure you'll love this maxi, long-sleeved, high neck dress from Rosetta Getty.
This two-piece, featuring a structured blazer and "trouser skirt", is a great alternative to a classic bridal suit look.
Sukeina's sleeveless, high-neck dress is definitely a fit for the sophisticated bride who prioritizes comfort.
This latest dress from Sukeina provides a bridal-like pink mini dress, with an avant-garde structural design.
If this past year has taught us anything, we think one lesson would be to embrace your truest self. And for the bold bride, this vibrant jumpsuit from Tia Adeola does just that.
Tia Adeola continues her sumptuous collection with this fun and flirty fringe mini–perfect for a night of dancing!
Another favorite, Tia Adeola's feathered dress provides drama for the most glamourous bride.
Who says you can't be comfortable and warm for your wedding? Ulla Johnson's elegant, full-body sweater and flowy maxi skirt provides everything needed for winter wedding celebrations.
Adding to our list of favorite minis, this Ulla Johnson dress could work as a staple piece for a bride's engagement party or rehearsal dinner.
For brides having a celestial wedding, Zimmermann has literally created the perfect dress for your big day. This navy blue mini, with crystal details, will add to any starry night.