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SS23 Bridal Trends: statement sleeves, high leg slits and more

By Jayne Mountford

May 4, 2022

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Image: Courtesy Lela Rose, Morilee, Savannah Miller

After two years of modestly sized weddings or no wedding at all, brides-to-be are keen to walk down the aisle wearing a beautiful gown, in front of family and friends. New York and London recently held bridal shows and some similar trends were seen at both. Perhaps influenced by Shondaland’s hit series Bridgerton and its Regency style, trends included statement sleeves, corsets and trains.

Statement sleeves

Image: Courtesy Rebecca Schoneveld SS23

Statement sleeves have been one of the season's biggest trends. At Morilee, sheer sleeves added an ethereal touch to a strapless gown with lace-covered bodice. From Rebecca Schoneveld, there were optional lantern sleeves on a strapless dress with a thigh-high side slit. Mini balloon sleeves made a statement on a demure duchess satin gown from Reem Acra.

Image: Courtesy Reem Acra SS23

High leg slits

Image: Courtesy Anne Barge

Gowns with high leg slits were another hard-to-miss trend this season. Rebecca Schoneveld showed a Chantilly lace ball gown with front slit, semi sheer bustier, pockets and a train. Anne Barge's corset gown was rendered in silk faille with a peek-a-boo slit and a detachable bow belt. Savannah Miller showed a modern high shine satin column gown with diamante straps and deep side slit.

Image: Courtesy Rebecca Schoneveld SS23

Corsetry

Image: Courtesy Dana Harel SS23

Gowns with exposed corsetry have made a major comeback this year. Dana Harel's Mikado silk gown featured a deep u neck corset with straps, above multi-layers. Lela Rose showed a corseted dress in a cherry blossom jacquard and at Morilee Madeline Gardner, a sleeveless organza gown with a glitter net bodice over an a-line satin skirt was shown.

Image: Courtesy Morilee Madeline Gardner SS23

Lace

Image: Courtesy Anne Barge SS23

Embellishing a wedding dress with lace has been a perennial favorite dating back to the days of Grace Kelly. From Anne Barge there was a v-neck full a-line gown with beaded embroidered appliques over oversized floral Chantilly lace. At Sareh Nouri there was a strapless embroidered floral lace gown with a deep sweetheart neckline and Morilee showed a chiffon gown trimmed with lace.

Image: Courtesy Morilee SS23
Image: Courtesy Sareh Nour SS23

Trains

Image: Courtesy Amsale SS23

A floral jacquard fit-to-flare gown by Amsale featured a detachable Watteau cape. Unlike the traditional cathedral train, a Watteau train attaches to the shoulders or upper back of the bodice, giving it a draping cape effect as it lightly trails the bride. Romona Keveza showed tulle streamers flowing from the back of a satin fishtail gown. Lela Rose showed a more minimal version.

Image: Courtesy Lela Rose SS23
Image: Courtesy Romona Keveza SS23
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