Throughout history, there have been some wonderful fashion trends where maximum embellishment was key (1980’s – I’m looking at you!). If you take a look through some wedding albums you will see big and beautiful gowns adorned with bling, lace, tulle and everything else.
One trend we are loving at the moment is the minimalist gown, and current designers have got this one down.
Minimalist weddings, in general, are the go-to theme this year, in line with our recognition of the need to save on excess and waste. Modern brides are opting for a ‘less is more’ focus to the big day, which can help them to save money, reduce their environmental impact and still have an unforgettable day.
Let’s have a look at why we love minimalist wedding gowns so much, who they are best for, and check out some of our favourite minimalist wedding gowns as well.
Why are Minimalist Wedding Gowns so Awesome?
If you suspect you might be the minimalist, unfussy kind of bride, then these gowns are perfect for you. While many brides aim to make as big of a statement as possible on their wedding day, you don’t have to go big and bold to be memorable.
Some of the most stunning wedding gowns are blissfully sleek and minimalist of design and will have you looking and feeling your absolute best. And they will still totally wow all of your family and friends and have them doing a double-take when they see you.
One of the most famous and copied gowns of all time was Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s slip gown, showing that she was leagues ahead of her time. Simple, stylish and clean, it blew fashionistas across the globe away.
Another wonderful example of a gorgeous minimalist design is the high necked reception gown that Meghan Markle wore to her reception.
Modern minimalist designs are breathtaking and have us very excited. From the classic slip and sheath look to super-feminine wrap dresses, you are sure to find something that you will love, and that will perfectly suit your figure.
Minimalist gowns do pare it all back to the basics, so while they are great for unfussy brides, they also mean you need to be comfortable in your own skin, as you can’t really hide your body behind layers or frills.
A minimalist design means you are the star of the show, not the gown itself. So be prepared to shine.
How to Accessorise with a Minimalist Wedding Gown
A minimalist wedding look is not just about the gown but is achieved with the cumulative effect of everything that you do on the day. From hair and makeup to your jewellery, veil and more, the minimalist bride has a complete, polished tailored look.
A minimalist bride will generally embrace her natural beauty on her wedding day. You may wear your hair down or pulled back in a simple sleek bun or ponytail.
Makeup will also usually be natural or low-key with nude hues that compliment your skin tone beautifully. You may play up one feature, such as going for long, lush lashes or a lip colour that pops, but generally, it is all about you.
In terms of jewellery, you could opt for a bare neck and just play up your earrings, or stick with one clean adornment such as an ornate hairpin.
Veils are sheer and barely there, usually one tier and made with extremely fine tulle or netting. Minimalist veils are without ruffles or gathers, will neatly and drape well.
4 Minimalist Wedding Gowns to Take Your Breath Away
Michael Lo Sordo is not a wedding dress designer as such, but this is a great reason why his gowns are ideal for the minimalist bride. Favoured by big names such as Margot Robbie, his silk gowns offer clean lines and big va-va-voom factor. He also makes some super sleek satin bridal suits that are to die for.
The gowns from Made With Love Bridal are always showcasing what makes a woman extraordinarily feminine. We are blown away by the sensuality of this mermaid gown which accentuates all the right places even with its minimalist style.
Karen Willis Holmes is one of Australia’s favourite wedding gown designers, and she really knows her way around a woman’s body. Her gowns are feminine as well as sexy, and while some can be big on bling, her minimalist gowns, like this one below, bring some old-school Hollywood glamour to your day.
Toni Maticevski crafts modern structural pieces that inspire and delight contemporary brides. We love the Grecian goddess look created by his one-shouldered gowns, and his bridal jumpsuits are also on point, but our favourite is this minimalist mythology gown.
If you had a minimalist look for your big day, we want to see it. Send pictures to our photo gallery and share the sleek and stylish love.
Or if you are looking for that minimalistic gown…..come and visit our store. You never know you might say ‘Yes to the Dress.’
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