Stylist Maisie talks you through the trends set to steal the show this season

Over the last few months within the fashion world, wedding dresses have dominated the catwalks, as designers unveiled their 2025 collections carefully curated for the next cohort of brides to be. The couturiers of the season have spoken: and although each designer of course stayed true to their individuality, there were some clear trends that emerged from this year’s selections. To all of our fashion forward brides with an eye for modern glamour (we know you will have stopped everything you are doing to read this article) here’s a hint of what’s to come in the world of wedding dress fashion next year:

1.Two in one looks

For years, brides have faced the dilemma of falling in love with several contrasting silhouettes and styles, making it impossible to choose just one dress. For the brides who have already started searching for ‘the dress’, I’m sure you are nodding behind the screen! This year however, designers have presented the ultimate solution: creating convertible styles that will allow you to take your bridal ensemble from day to night and combine all of the elements you adore in one gown. These gowns are designed with removable components, such as detachable skirts, trains, overskirts or even capes, allowing brides to transition from a formal ceremony look to perhaps a more relaxed reception style. For instance, you may want to walk down the aisle in a voluminous ball gown and later remove the outer layer to reveal a sleek sheath dress, perfect for dancing the night away! At Angelica, we are clearly ahead of the game, as several dresses within our collection incorporate detachable elements, offering a subtle yet impactful transformation. Here are our favourites from the collection:

Gozde Karadana – 917013

This beautifully beaded creation “Aurora” crafted by our incredible Turkish designer Gozde Karadana epitomises the magic of a 2 in 1 bridal look. The gown alone is perfect for your evening ensemble, however the additional cape and gloves evoke an ethereal, dramatic edge, an ideal combination for your ceremony look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madi Lane – 916078

For the modern bride who adores the understated chic look, this mesmerising 2 in 1 gown by bridal sensation Madi Lane will be an instant yes. She features a statement detachable train for your dramatic ‘down the aisle’ look, which can be removed to reveal an evening look that is equally as striking.

 

 

 

 

 

Essence of Australia – 569026

Embrace the art of understated elegance in this three in one look by Essence of Australia. Featuring a refined straight neckline complemented by a voluminous pleated overskirt with a sultry split, this modern minimalist creation epitomises classic with a contemporary twist. Plus, there is also the option to elevate the look even more with detachable puff sleeves. What’s not to love?

 

 

 

 

 

2.The after party look

On the bridal fashion runways this Spring, playful evening looks presented themselves in abundance. For the bride who loves the idea of changing up her ensemble after her nuptials, a second gown could be the perfect solution for a more party appropriate get up. For instance, if you have selected a classic, statement satin ballgown for your ceremony look, you could dial up the glamour with an embellished fitted frock for your reception to wow your guests once more and dazzle as you dance all night long. Simultaneously, perhaps if you have chosen a romantic lace fit and flare gown with a sweeping train for the main event, you may want to completely change it up with an effortlessly striking, minimalist short gown for the perfect contrast. Pair it with the biggest chunky pearl headband you can find, alongside your favourite jazzy heels, and there you have it, a modern, mesmerising evening look! After all, why just have one dress, if you can have two? That being said, here are our favourite second dress options available at Angelica Bridal:

Watters – 919028

WATTERS MERINGUE SHORT WEDDING DRESS LONDON TOWN HALL WEDDING If you desire to give major main character energy on your big day, 919028 by Watters is your girl. Featuring Avant Garde puff sleeves that mirror her voluminous satin skirt and a daring plunge neckline that leads to an oh-so-snatched cummerbund sash, she is the ideal second dress choice for the bride who loves the concept of classic but with a sultry, modern twist.

 

 

 

 

 

Justin Alexander – 608965

glenetta justin alexander chantilly lace =Chantilly lace is back and better than ever: and Glenetta takes the beauty of this trend to a whole new level. Featuring a contemporary corseted bodice, Grecian inspired draping complemented by elegant off the shoulder sleeves, she is a must have second look for the lace lovers out there.

 

 

 

 

 

The Dropped Waist
The dropped waist has well and truly taken the bridal world by storm. If 2025 collections have proven anything, it’s that this statement silhouette dating back to the roaring twenties is destined to become the ‘it’ style desired by every fashion forward bride to be. Echoing the silhouettes displayed by the likes of Mirror Palais and Phillip Lim during Spring/Summer 2024 catwalks, the rising popularity of this elongated bodice style is faultless proof that high fashion and bridal well and truly do go hand in hand. Effortlessly chic yet ultra-dramatic, the dropped waist trend is swiftly captivating the entire bridalwear scene, and is perfect for the bride striving to make the ultimate fashion statement on her big day.

One bridal designer who absolutely nailed the dropped waist trend this season is our wonderful Elbeth Gillis. “Dropped waist bodices flatter many shapes and sizes, as it cinches the waist and gives support for any bust size. The boning both shapes and draws the eye to create an hourglass silhouette,” says Elbeth Gillis on the rising trend that made several appearances within her latest collection. “We have kept our dropped waist dresses simple
and structured, reflecting our understated style and classic design ethos.” A perfect example is her standout Naomi gown, available to try on at our Camden Passage boutique now:

Elbeth Gillis – 914055

elbeth gillis naomi basque waist london Crafted with luxurious eco satin, this breathtaking minimalist ballgown is living proof that sometimes, less is in fact more! Incorporating a subtle dropped waist to emphasise her full pleated satin skirt, she personifies the grace, sensuality and feminine allure synonymous with the modern bride.

 

 

 

 

There is no doubt in my mind that 2025 is the year the fashionista bride will take centre stage, as she thinks creatively about her bridal ensemble and combines both past and present trends for a unique, standout look. Presenting convertible and contemporary pieces that exude modern glamour, the designers of the season did not disappoint, and we can’t wait to see the trends being brought to life by Angelica brides!

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Angelica Bridal is a bridal boutique in the bustling Angel area of Islington, offering a one-on-one personal bridal shopping experience since 2009. The store is by appointment only. In 2021, Angelica Bridal opened their Curve store on Liverpool Road in Islington, offering an eclectic collection of gowns for plus size brides.

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