Anyone who’s been a bridesmaid will cringe in solemn acknowledgement at a line from the Katherine Heigl romcom 27 Dresses: “The best thing is you can shorten it and wear it again!”The joke, of course, is that Heigl’s character would never wear any of her bridesmaid dresses again.
Luckily in 2022, bridal trends have moved past taffeta and oversized bows, and into something entirely more chic.
Much of the change can be attributed to beloved Australian brands catering to bridal parties, those looking for non-traditional styles and their loyal shoppers.
Look to Zimmermann and Shona Joy and you’ll see the brand’s most timeless, staple styles refreshed in new colourways each season, while Manning Cartell and Bec + Bridge offer a curated ‘Bridal Edit’ for the non-traditional or modern bride.
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For standout sculptural bridesmaid dresses, Aje’s selection blends classic feminine charm with a modern edge, crafting signature statement gowns and effortlessly chic options.
If you’re after romantic and feminine dresses for your bridesmaids, Shona Joy’s silky wedding edit looks and feels opulent.
Bec + Bridge
Sexy, sophisticated and on-trend, Bec + Bridge’s wedding collection has a style to suit everybody, and has been spotted walking down the aisle on Kendall Jenner.
With both a bridal and bridesmaid edit, Manning Cartell knows how to create elegant and elevated pieces perfect for your special day.
When we think Zimmermann we think feminine exuberance, frills, and florals, but the brand also has a range of key styles in sueded silks and chiffons that are revived each season in new colourways.
Known for its effortless and sleek designs, BY JOHNNY’s wedding edit is no exception, making it perfect for the modern bride.
For the bride or bridal party on a budget, Chancery creates classic styles that look far more luxe than their price tag would let on.