29 September 2022
By Kristen Daly
We’re calling it: 2022 is a big year for weddings. Not only are lovebirds getting married in large numbers with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, but we’re also ushering in a bold new era of bridal and bridesmaid trends, from remixed classics to ultra-modern looks with refreshingly unique details.
In part thanks to recent celeb brides like J-Lo, Britney Spears and Kourtney Kardashian, this season it’s all about individuality; from daringly simple slip-style dresses to youthful two piece sets and even mini dresses, bridal gowns and outfits are as beautiful as ever, and also a little badass. No matter what you’re after, there’s a bridal gown or set - or fun statement accessory - to meet your (impeccable) taste.
Not to be forgotten, bridesmaid dresses and other looks are also available in a wide variety, ensuring your squad will feel comfortable while also looking like their most unique, fabulous selves.
But we all know weddings are freakin’ expensive, and after paying for the venue, catering and everything else you may want to save a little cashola on the clothes. Lucky for you then, cause at Showpo we pride ourselves on making wedding outfits that are not only on trend, but affordable.
If you’re a bride (or groom) on a budget, or even a wedding guest looking for inspo, check out these inexpensive bridal dresses and wedding outfits - all under $500.
After years of more sleek, streamlined looks, this season bridal dresses are going big with lashings of sequins, ruffles, floral appliques and more fanciful details. In line with the general trend of joyous maximalism seen in fashion lately, this look is romantic, feminine and a little fairytale-esque.
We’re also seeing hints of vintage, as is the case with the Leauna Bridal Gown from our latest Bridal '22 collection. This beauty features a classic pearl embellishment all over, as well as sheer blouson sleeves, an open back look and a full tulle skirt. Coming in at under $500, it’s the detailed but unexpectedly cheap wedding dress you’ve been looking for.
For bridesmaids, we love the elevated but slightly edgy Aisha Midi Dress, featuring a princess-worthy tulle skirt ending at a chic midi length and a trendy bustier bodice.
Leauna Bridal Gown - Sheer Long Sleeve Deep V Neck Embellished Tulle Gown in Ivory
Aisha Bustier Bodice Tulle Midi Dress in Navy
Did someone say embellishments? As suckers for sparkles, we’ve loved seeing sequins, diamantes and other luxe details make the jump from Friday night party outfits to the more traditional category of bridal and bridesmaid fashion.
It’s not a trend for the faint of heart, but our figure-skimming Leuna Bridal V-Neck Gown keeps the look easy and modern. We also adore our opulent Rehyna Maxi Dress for bridesmaids, especially for a black tie or evening dress code.
Leauna Bridal Gown - V Neck Embellished Tulle Gown in Ivory
Rehyna One Shoulder Asymmetric Cut Out Sequin Maxi Dress in Black
Also giving major ‘go big or go home’ vibes: the bridal mini dress. Whether it’s worn down the aisle as a bold fashion statement or only pulled out for the reception, this look is very 2022 - especially when finished with on-trend details like sparkly embellishments or volume sleeves.
A round of applause, then, for our newly released Akshia Mini Dress, which combines puff sleeves with ruffle cuffs, a V-neckline, floral appliques and a tulle mini skirt without feeling overwhelming. If you’re looking for *maximum* main character energy on a day when you're already the main character, this may be the dress for you.
And while mini hems aren’t a huge bridesmaid trend right now, there’s a way of adapting this fun look to your bridesmaid looks. Consider our Azrael Dress, which offers the elegance of a maxi hem but with a hot high-rise split at the front.
Akshia Mini Dress - Puff Sleeve Floral Detail Plunge Neck Dress in White
Azrael Maxi Dress - V-Neck Satin Tulip Dress in Emerald
Not every bridal trend right now is about romantic maximalism. Some of the best dresses out there for 2022/2023 are so understated they feel a little subversive - like the beloved slip dress.
We’re used to seeing slip silhouettes in formal and bridesmaid dresses (at Showpo we’ve got a lot of ‘em). But this season they’re also a hit for brides. From their sumptuous satin finish to body-hugging silhouette with a hint of sex appeal, what’s not to love?
We nominate our just-released Joesa Bridal Gown, or for bridesmaids, our Cariela Maxi Dress, Lunaria Maxi Dress or Soft Petal Midi Dress. The swishy softness of these slips is luxe, luxe, luxe.
Joesa Bridal Gown - Split V-Neck Fixed Wrap Gown in White
Cariela Plunge Neck Satin Maxi Dress in Orchid
In line with this refreshed less-is-more ethos is a classic style like our newly released Courtlyn Bridal Gown. Featuring an understated mermaid silhouette, fitted waist and elegant sweetheart neckline, it’s a pared-back but perfectly tailored (and affordable!) showstopper.
On the bridesmaid front, you can’t go wrong with another new style - our Wellah Maxi Dress. It’s not super common to see a long sleeve on bridesmaid dresses, but here it’s perfectly complemented with a full-length skirt, thigh split and flattering wrap front.
Courtlyn Bridal Gown - Tuck Detail Sweetheart Gown in Ivory
Wellah Maxi Dress - Balloon Sleeve Thigh Split V-Neck Satin Dress in Orchard
Going through these looks, ultimately we can’t deny sheer is here for 2022. It’s a youthful look that may involve a sheer skirt overlay, sheer fabric above the bust - or a statement sheer sleeve.
Adventurous brides love our My Whole Heart Gown, with its show-stopping tulle off-shoulder sleeve. Or for a slightly more subtle look for your bridesmaids, why not try a Showpo bestseller, the Dangerous Woman Maxi Dress? With its flattering A-line silhouette, deep V-neckline and 70s-style sheer flared sleeve, it flatters so many different body shapes without looking OTT.
My Whole Heart Gown in White
Dangerous Woman Maxi Dress in Black
While many of the above trends are memorable, what really sets this era of bridal and bridesmaid fashion apart is its adherence to a broader movement towards consciously made, worn and reworn clothing.
This is a big reason why we love the ongoing trend of brides and bridesmaids in matching separates. Not only cool, modern and elegant, our Hopeless Romantic Two Piece Set or Kelcie Two Piece Set can also be deconstructed and easily worn again in different ways.
Just imagine the strapless bandeau top in the bridal set worn on its own with chic pants and stilettos, or the maxi Kelcie skirt styled with a bralette and heels for nights out.
Hopeless Romantic Strapless Two Piece Set in Ivory
Kelcie V-Neck Flutter Sleeves Crop Top and Thigh Split Maxi Skirt Two Piece Set in Wine
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