Modern and minimalist wedding dresses for fuss free brides, we think these styles keep things simple yet elegant for stylish brides looking for a clean and modern bridal style.
I thought I’d do a round-up of the best dresses for those looking for a stylish but simple, elegant and minimalist wedding dress. Whilst there are always undoubtedly going to be boho brides that are lace lovers, romantic dreamers of layers of floaty tulle and glamorous magpies that want all the sparkle, not every bride wants to be overtly girly or to coin a term overly ‘bride-y’ as some of my own clients have said… not sure if that’s a term but we all know what it implies.
By minimalist, I’m talking clean lines, sharp structures, simple silhouettes and not too much embellishment, frill or ‘fuss’. Simple definitely doesn’t mean boring, in fact like many things the simpler the design the harder it is to get right, as it’s ever more important for the fit, cut and fabric to be perfect. Here are some of my favourite styles and designers that I think are getting it oh so right with the perfect balance of simple, elegant and definitely chic.
This post would have been a lot bigger/longer but I decided to keep it to designers or styles that are (to my knowledge) available in London or the UK, nothing more annoying than seeing a dress that’s only available in Australia… yes Pinterest, I’m looking at you!
A refreshingly understated beauty. This dress is soft luxurious knit fabric which has a bit of stretch which skims and hugs curves in all the right places and a full train adds a touch of drama. The beautiful high boat neckline is elegant and sophisticated whilst the low and open back are alluring and modern. Also long sleeves are just my favourite right now.
Harper | Charlotte Balbier
This is a youthful, sexy but paired back look, the Harper slipper satin wedding dress with shoestring straps and low shaped back looks great on it’s own, or perhaps worn with a lace top overlay for more coverage for the ceremony or throw on a feather jacket for a winter wedding. I’m loving it teamed with the casual half up top knot.
A seriously gorgeous silhouette, and a dress that I think, would pretty much suit ladies of all shapes and sizes and for all styles of wedding. With a lovely V neckline, this dress features an extra low square back to the waist, a flattering bias cut skirt with contrast waistband and the delicate button detailing on the back with puddle train. The beauty of a simple dress is that you can add accessories, shoes and even style your hair and make up in so many different ways without being limited. Anything goes.
Hilary Top, Halle Skirt | Muscat London
This is a striking and unusual dress with high sheer polka dot and illusion off the shoulder neckline with a silk fitted skirt with small train. This dress definitely needs a tousled ‘undone’ up-do teamed with it.
Tereshkova | Otaduy
This wedding dress is inspired by Valentina Tereshkova, the engineer and first female astronaut in history. A dress for feeling empowered and feminine with a very subtle and delicate hint of eyelash lace detailing on the neckline and straps. Dress it up or dress it down to suit your style.
Stella | Halfpenny London
For those very fashion forward brides, this cool casual loose fitting dress would look effortlessly chic for a city wedding, although for some reason I can see it working superbly in France too. The dress is a matt crepe with a boxy fit and low dropped waist. Teamed with a loose and wild bouquet and hair half up in a casual bun, I would just love to see a bride rock this one.
This for me is a 2016 winner and I hope it continues into 2017. This Cheyne dress from Houghton has had a lot of love from real brides on Pinterest and rightly so. A long sleeve boat neck silk column gown with open cut-out back and whilst it may seem a small detail, the back slit just adds something a little more sophisticated. Highly recommend the rolling up of the sleeves for a more nonchalant bridal vibe.
This shimmering oyster silky number is effortlessly elegant. Asymmetrical bias cut silk sateen fabric with a high boat neckline and an open back that drapes just so. The dress’s simplicity is that there is just one single seam meaning super clean lines. Beautiful movement to this dress, especially for the dance floor!
White Rose Bridal Dress | Self Portrait
Granted this is probably on the slightly more fussy side of minimal, this column dress is made with Cornelli guipure lace mounted over a solid white fabric, which gives it such a smooth, structured shape that I think makes it pretty modern. The grosgrain bow that nips in the waist and fastens at the top of the statement round cut-out back may be a bit too girly for some, but I think it enhances the style nicely and the short sleeves and round neckline stop it being overly formal.
For me, when I think of understated elegance and simplicity the designer is Charlotte Simpson, hence the inclusion of quite a few styles above. Her dresses look utterly elegant and stylish, and for sophisticated brides wanting no fuss, she’s definitely the bridal designer for you with the simple but beautifully executed cuts and highly luxurious fabrics. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the studio and also have a Charlotte Simpson bride and she said she felt like the very best version of herself. I’d say that’s a win.
Charlotte | Halfpenny London (2017 Collection)
I promise it’s not just because it’s my namesake, but this romantic off the shoulder wedding dress is just pure class. The stunning ivory silk crepe fabric is a dream and the corseted bodice with the tie back is a sophisticated detail. The skirt is a little fuller but because it’s kept simple, still feels quite modern. I can just imagine how good this dress would feel on (hello corset and waist!) and sweep around in…modern romance.
Petal Dress (in Rose) | Belle & Bunty
I always come back to this dress, it’s got serious glamour and let’s face it, the figure hugging shape is pretty alluring but without too much fuss and it’s all about that beautiful back detail. Very Hollywood Glamour siren, and if this rose silk style is a little too ‘pretty’, the dress is also available in ivory too.
If you are keen to channel that Parisian effortless chic then Rime Arodaky is the designer for you. Whilst lace features quite heavily in most of the styles, they still remain modern and this fitted Lee dress keeps it pure with the beautiful off the shoulder neckline and embroidered illusion floral back detail that makes it feminine but in a very subtle way. I suspect perfect for the taller ladies out there.
The Celine Camisole and Skirt Separates | Halfpenny London (2017 Collection)
OK so this one does have head to toe embellishment with beautiful sequinned fabric, but when it’s this simple and elegant, it’s definitely got sophistication and allure. It’s actually a camisole top and skirt as separates, so you could switch it up for the ceremony to evening if you wanted to change your look, and word has it these styles are pretty comfortable to wear too (we like a dress where you can actually eat your very well planned wedding menu!).
(Top) Abel, (Middle) Drew , (Bottom) Tilda | Andrea Hawkes Bridal
Another winner for minimalist wedding dresses is Andrea Hawkes bridal. The collection is created with the finest and most luxurious fabrics all of which are 100% natural, making these stunning modern classic designs very special. Offering a very high level of service to ensure the fit is perfect, they also offer a fully bespoke option if you are struggling to find what you are after.
The three styles showcase modern 1950s style to me. The long pencil style skirt on the Abel is a classic silhouette brought up to date. The high neck fine lace overlay on the Drew is alluring and delicate without being fussy and with the split skirt design adds a sophistication.
The Tilda is a stunning Old Hollywood style wedding gown that is a true modern classic and can imagine a joy to wear in such a beautiful fabric. They also stock Rupert Sanderson shoes to complete the look!
(left) Talaia Dress & (right) Calantha Top with Cateline Skirt | Charlie Brear
Designer Charlie Brear is the perfect designer for effortless modern bridal style. There is just something about a leg split design on a wedding dress. I’m obsessed. Flattering for most, this split design is featured on the Talaia dress with long sleeves in silk, very fashion forward and modern but the silk keeps the elegance.
You wouldn’t think this is a top and skirt combined, but the Calantha ruched neck top with straps and low back paired with the fine satin bias cut skirt Cateline is the perfect glamorous dress for the modern bride.
Flossie Top & Petal Skirt | Belle & Bunty
Another favourite top and skirt combination. The style is a sort of ‘undone’ glamour with a casual blouse style top that still manages to be elegant due to the fabric and a figure hugging skirt that keeps the look feminine. We can imagine so many brides choosing this look and styling it in so many different ways.
If you’re looking for modern, minimalist wedding dresses I hope this post helps for those brides that favour a more clean, classic and fuss free style, and perhaps introduces you to a few designers that may well have the dress for you!