The Best Tea Length Dresses for Elegant Brides – The Trend Spotter

The Best Tea Length Dresses for Elegant Brides - The Trend Spotter

Hot off the runways, the 2020 wedding dress trends already have people talking—and there's a trend for every type of bride. From pearl EVERYTHING to cool metallics, bright colors, and chic European vibes, here's what you need to know.

Nina Westervelt

We’re officially back from New York Bridal Fashion Week where bridal designers from across the globe revealed their latest collections and, of course, the wedding dress trends for 2020! Un past seasons in which we've seen a lot of interesting but not totally practical trends (that means you, bridal athleisure), the 2020 fall wedding dress trends are actually wearable—and in a way, they signify a big return to tradition. Get ready for updated takes on classic bridal staples, including pearls, pretty floral prints, and sparkles. If you're planning a 2020 wedding and are about to go shopping for your wedding dress, here's what you can expect to see arriving at bridal salons in the coming months.     

Collin Pierson Photography, Nina Westervelt, MCV Photo

Designs by Lee Petra Grebenau, Lela Rose, and Hayley Paige

Pearl embellishments

We spotted pearl embellishments on almost every single runway this season, so there’s no doubt in our minds that this is one of the biggest wedding dress trends for 2020 brides.

But these are not your grandma’s pearls—instead of incorporating pearls as an understated detail, designers went above and beyond with the iridescent gems by using them for everything from off-the-shoulder sleeves and head-to-toe beading, to jewelry and shoes.

Lela Rose featured pearls throughout her entire Fall/Winter 2020 collection, including an off-the-shoulder column gown with a layered pearl neckline.

Lee Petra Grebenau gave us ALL the pearls with her Fall/Winter 2020 Collection (named Fields of Pearls), while Hayley Paige showed us how to do Western chic with a denim jacket and jeans encrusted in pearl fringe.

MCV Photo, Yudi Ela, Carol Hannah

Dresses by Lazaro, Alexandra Grecco, and Dear Heart by Carol Hannah

Metallic details

Move over, beading, crystals, and glitter tulle. There’s (finally) a new way to achieve bridal sparkle: metallic fabrics and shimmering embroidery. For fall 2020, designers used elements metallic foils, iridescent fil coupé (a fabric with a woven, fringe- pattern), and glittery threads to give their collections an otherworldly, heavenly effect.

The new collection by Alexandra Grecco, which is appropriately named Moonstone, is filled with slinky gowns in a pearlescent, celestial-inspired color palette for totally dreamy vibes. We also saw this romantic trend pop up in designs by Lazaro, Carol Hannah, Morilee by Madeline Gardner, and the Stardust Collection by Rime Arodaky x The Mews Bridal.

Duke Images, Isabelle Armstrong, Rita Vinieris

Dresses by Julie Vino, Isabelle Armstrong, and Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Italian influences

La vita e bella! This time around, Italy was a major source of inspiration for several designers. Looks ranged from curve-hugging gowns worthy of Sophia Loren’s wardrobe to sleek minimalist gowns that capture the essence of Milanese sophistication, making this trend one of the most versatile of the season.

Some designers named their entire collections after their favorite Italian escapes— the Napoli Collection by Berta, the Bellagio Collection by Julie Vino, and the Amalfi Collection by Kelly Faetanini—while other designers drew inspiration from specific Italian landmarks and eras.

Isabelle Armstrong wowed us with her modern takes on masquerade ball gowns in 16th century Venice, putting ornate fabrics, dramatic silhouettes, and a regal coat at the center of the collection.

FirstView, Rodin Banica, KT Merry

Dresses by Ines Di Santo, THEIA, and Monique Lhuillier

Floral prints

Say hello to one of the prettiest wedding dress trends of 2020.

Airy floral prints were seen on dresses in some of the most notable collections of the season, including Ines Di Santo, THEIA, and Monique Lhuillier, whose floral Tuileries ball gown is straight our wildest garden wedding dreams.

Watercolor botanical patterns, floaty fabrics, and actual hand-painted flowers (spotted at Ines Di Santo and Isabelle Armstrong) are all fashion-forward options for the bride who wants the ultimate fairytale wedding dress.

White One, Mike Colon, Sareh Nouri

Dresses by Zac Posen for White One, Berta, and Sareh Nouri

One shoulder necklines

After several seasons at opposite ends of the wedding dress neckline spectrum (full-length sleeves followed by super-thin spaghetti straps), designers have found a happy medium for fall 2020 with one-shoulder gowns.

This elegant neckline works with nearly any type of fabric and silhouette, which is why we saw so many different designers incorporating it into their latest collections.

Zac Posen for White One, Berta, and Inbal Dror took a sexier approach with form-fitting one-shoulder wedding dresses, while Sareh Nouri and Amsale opted for classic minimalism.

Rodin Banica, Collin Pierson Photography, FirstView

Dresses by THEIA, Anne Barge, and Ines Di Santo

Fuchsia accents

Instead of the soft blush and pale blue of past seasons, eye-catching fuchsia is on track to be the “it” color for wedding dresses in fall 2020.

This bold hue is made for the bride who wants to add a pop of fun to her wedding day look, and designers showed us several different ways to pull it off. For the most understated option, you can add a fuchsia sash or ribbon to a white wedding dress, we saw at Anne Barge.

If you're a fan of the wedding cape trend, a fuchsia style the one that went down the runway at THEIA is even more unique. And finally, a red and fuchsia tulle dress à la Ines Di Santo is totally unforgettable.

Need more proof that this statement-making color is on the rise? It was spotted all over the red carpet at the 2019 Emmy Awards, with Mandy Moore, Taraji P. Henson, and Marisa Tomei all wearing dresses with bursts of fuchsia. 


The Best Tea Length Dresses for Elegant Brides

The Best Tea Length Dresses for Elegant Brides - The Trend Spotter

Whether you adore Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy outfit in the “Funny Face”, or you’re having a ceremony with a small number of friends, a tea length silhouette is a timeless choice for any bride.

These gowns hit anywhere below the knee or above the ankle, and look marvellous in any season and at any age.

Grab your bouquet and a veil – here are the most beautiful tea length wedding dresses for your special day.

Vintage Tea Length Wedding Dresses

A vintage tea length dress is a flattering option for any bride. As timeless as they come, this gown looks perfect with long sleeves or none at all, hitting just below the knee or mid-calf. Opt for a boatneck or a 3/4 sleeve for the ultimate retro feel, without looking dated or fashion. Complete the look with a small veil or fascinator with a cute updo.

Lace Tea Length Wedding Dresses 

A mermaid silhouette, A-line or sheath design all look magnificent walking down the aisle, and delicate lace is the finishing touch to this stunning look.

From vintage to modern lace wedding dress styles, they’re a beautiful alternative to the traditional silk or chiffon gown. If you prefer small elements of the dainty fabric, opt for the dress with lace sleeves.

These gowns are timeless, and you’ll look back on your photos and smile.

Tea Length Dresses with Sleeves 

When the temperature drops or you prefer to cover up, you can’t go wrong with a dress with sleeves. Get an embellished gown with nude inserts across the chest, or an off-shoulder style with lace sleeves. No matter what you choose, you will be the most beautiful bride that ever existed.

A-Line Wedding Dresses 

Classic in design and timeless in style, these A-line wedding dresses are perfect for any bride. Simple, flirty and cute, they’re an ideal combination of high fashion and elegance. Emphasize the waist by choosing a strapless corset gown, or create a modern twist with long sleeves and a high collar. There are no rules with this gown; it’s all about how you rock it!

Simple Wedding Dresses 

Float down the aisle in a simple elegant wedding dress. Minimalist styles without lace, embroidery, and trims focus the attention on the craftsmanship, tailoring and the bride. If you’re afraid it’s too plain, complete the look with sparkling accessories or a veil – this piece gives you the freedom to accessorize as much as you .

Casual Wedding Dresses

Tie the knot in a relaxed and chic casual wedding dress.

Whether big events aren’t your thing, or you’re having a ceremony with a small group of friends and family, you can still make a statement without going too far.

While maintaining a bridal feel, choose a tea length piece with a laid back style, but opt for colours such as white, pastel pink or champagne. This way you’ll still look ready for a wedding, without the hassle.

Off the Shoulder Wedding Dresses 

Show off your swan- neck and ample décolletage in an off the shoulder gown. The tea length silhouette perfectly complements the flirty top and creates an hourglass shape.

This feminine and flirty style is timeless and perfect for any bride and doesn’t show too much skin.

Opt for an A-line skirt for an optimum retro feel, or stick to a tight-fitting bottom half for an elegant and modern twist.

Strapless Wedding Dresses 

Feel a princess for a day in a stunning strapless gown. This elegant and feminine neckline looks magical on everyone and is the perfect option for a bride. Combined with a tea-length silhouette and you’ve got yourself an immaculate wedding dress. Opt for a plain fabric for a modern style, or cinch your waist in by wearing a garment with the A- skirt.

Tulle Wedding Dresses

Unleash your inner Prima Ballerina with a tulle wedding dress. This silhouette is perfect for a vintage-inspired gown and makes any bride feel instantly glamorous.

Whether you want to look ethereal or you’ve come the 60s movie, it’s a stylish choice that will last the test of time. Cover the flouncy fabric with lace or silk, or let the beauty of the skirt shine by keeping it out.

This is perfect for showcasing your spinning skills on the dance floor, so have some fun with it!

1950s Tea Length Wedding Dresses

The tea-length dress is a ‘50s classic. After the Dior New Look in 1947, this silhouette catapulted itself into mainstream fashion.

The shorter style puts a modern twist on the traditional gown but still looks funky enough to be seen during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

With full A- skirts, boatneck and Peter Pan collars, this era allows the bride to go all out while still looking flirty and stylish. Wear the gown with classic stilettos, a sleek updo and a pair of gloves for the ultimate retro fantasy.

¾ Sleeve Tea Length Wedding Dress

Add a subtle modern twist to the tea-length wedding dress with 3/4 sleeves. A mix between short and long, it’s an easy way to keep the top half of your arm hidden without looking matronly. When combined with a nipped-in waist and a mid-length silhouette, you’ve got a recipe for a beautiful gown that will keep the compliments coming your way.

Tea Length Dresses for Older Brides

Embrace your beauty at any age in one of these magnificent gowns. Un the traditional wedding dress, this silhouette offers a casual feel to a classic design and works in any season.

Cover your arms with 3/4 or full-length sleeves, or show off your shapely shoulders in a boat neck. Flatter your mid-section by creating an hourglass shape with the A-line skirt – let the bottom hit just above your ankles for a demure and elegant style.

If you don’t wish to wear white, choose a cream or champagne tone for a nuptial aura.

Beaded Tea Length Wedding Dress

Let the light hit you in all the right places with a beaded gown. Whether you’re getting married in broad daylight or under candlelight, you’ll shine a million stars in this ethereal tea length dress.

Inspire future brides by choosing a gown with bare shoulders, and A-line skirt – this modern take on the traditional frock is sure to get people talking. This is a stunning option for the lady who wants more than one outfit for the day.

The dance floor will beg for your attention in a piece this stunning.

Floral Tea Length Wedding Dresses

Leave your bouquet at home and wear the flowers on your gown on your wedding day. From a small collection of flora across the skirt or a bunch located on your shoulder, there is a perfect dress for you. Ideal for the warmer seasons, opt for an A-line skirt or a sheath style dress and combine lace and the blossoms to put a casual twist on the feminine piece. 

Plus Size Tea Length Wedding Dresses

It’s your big day, why not look a superstar in a plus size wedding dress,? Create an instant hourglass shape by choosing an A-line dress. Long sleeves flatter your arms and elongate your legs in a skirt that hits mid-calf. Channel your inner retro goddess in a ’50s-inspired gown, and vintage hairstyle and feel a queen for a day!

Trend Spotting: Bridesmaid Dresses

The Best Tea Length Dresses for Elegant Brides - The Trend Spotter
BRIDESMAID SEASON IS HERE! Finding dresses for your bridesmaids can be more difficult than finding your own wedding dress. We at POSH try to keep up with what's “in” with wedding attire.

For the brides on the hunt bridesmaid gowns, here are some trends that we have identified for the 2011 bridesmaid season:Knee-length/cocktail dresses. Shorter lengths have become increasing popular in recent years for various reasons. Knee-length, cocktail-style are more ly to be worn again.

The ability to reuse these gowns for other formal occasions have made the shorter length dresses more appealing.Determine the length of your shorter bridesmaid dresses is important also. For a more formal wedding, short styles that fall just below the knee or at mid-calf tend to be more suitable.

Styles just above the knee can be worn for relaxed, casual weddings. Super short dresses should be reserved only for an appropriate setting a fun, casual Vegas wedding.

Strapless dresses. Strapless gowns have been a huge and rising trend in the past few years also.

They flatter the neck and shoulders on all body types. A strapless dress gives bridesmaids a feminine, classic look that keeps the wedding partying looking chic and elegant.

One-shouldered dresses. The more modern bride leans towards the one-shouldered dress when it comes to bridesmaids. One-shouldered gowns are one of the newest rising tends in bridesmaid dresses in 2011. Its unique, asymmetrical shape is fashion-forward, bold and sassy. They give a fresh, modern twist to a wedding.

Colors. Colors is always one of the most important when it comes to bridal party attire. When it comes to bridesmaids, bright colors fuchsia, apple green, amethyst, yellow, and orange are HOT in 2011. Classic colors, such as gray, navy, chocolate brown, and black, are also a strong demand for this wedding season.In particular, Yellow is popular in 2011. It is very universal and looks great with a lot of other colors, giving a more bold, modern appeal. Yellow can be paired with orange, dark teal, grey, acid green, aqua, or white. These colors can really help the yellow pop and highlight it as the main color.

More body conscious look gowns. Another tend in bridal industry in general is creating gowns that are better-fitting more body types. Techniques such as ruching, bows and sashes are being used to emphasize a natural waist line in not only wedding dresses, but in bridesmaid dresses too.

Flexibility of the gowns in party. Although it is the bride and groom's special day, the bridal party appreciates when they can have a say in what attire they can wear to the wedding.

And in 2011 many brides are leaning towards having bridesmaid dresses that are color and/or style coordination, that is not uniform or exact match in color and/or silhouette style of gowns.

This might take place in allowing bridesmaids to choose from a color palette when picking their same gown. Or allowing a few styles of silhouettes in the same color to choose from. Or a combination of both.


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