Guest columnist: Bridesmaid trends 2020 from Alan Dessy

Guest columnist: Bridesmaid trends 2020 from Alan Dessy
Switching it up is a key trend for 2020, says Alan Dessy. Shown here is its versatile Loop Dress in a flattering soft grey hue

Bridesmaid gowns are always one of the main events of the wedding. So what are the trends for 2020? Guest columnist Alan Dessy of The Dessy Group picks out the key looks

Bridesmaid gowns are one of the most memorable elements of a wedding – picking out key colour themes and reflecting the style and look for the day chosen by the wedding couple. For 2020 there is more choice than ever, so Alan Dessy of bridesmaid brand The Dessy Group picks out what the best dressed bridesmaids will be wearing up the aisle this year.

Guest columnist: Bridesmaid trends 2020 from Alan Dessy
Pastels are a strong theme, with soft green firmly in the mix

Colour stories

This is an exciting year for bridesmaid fashion. We predict it will be a celebration of the new soft and romantic hues that are soon to be trending in the fashion industry. Be prepared for an array of dresses in pale yellow, melon, peach shades and pastel greens. Soft pastels are set to be popular this Spring, while Autumn-Winter collections will see russet shades coming into play. The colour trends of the year will beautifully mimic the changing colours of the seasons and moods of the Earth.

Guest columnist: Bridesmaid trends 2020 from Alan Dessy
Expect less conventional looks, such as jumpsuits

Traditional v modern

As years go by, I am continuing to see that many brides are still being traditional and inviting best friends and family to be bridesmaids in long dresses. But there is also an emerging trend toward less conventional styles. This year, jumpsuits are offering an alternative look that appeals to many brides and bridesmaids. I also predict that prom-style dresses, made of very sparkly glitter and sequinned fabrics, are going to be seen more at weddings – reflecting the glamorous style of many celebrations.

Guest columnist: Bridesmaid trends 2020 from Alan Dessy
Shown here, the loop dress in short length

Switch it up bridesmaid style

Two dress changes are no longer just for brides. We are now seeing two changes for bridesmaids – a more formal dress for the ceremony and then a second style, for the evening reception. An alternative to changing outfits is the new Dessy Loop Dress. Designed by Carlos Saavedra for Dessy and available in two lengths, it has an additional ‘loop’ of fabric that enables it to be worn as one shoulder, cowl neck, halter, off-the-shoulder – in fact, 13 different ways. This means bridesmaids can choose one style for the day and switch it up for the evening party. Also, if you have a group of bridesmaids, they can each choose their individual look.

Guest columnist: Bridesmaid trends 2020 from Alan Dessy
Glitter and sequin effects are also a strong fashion story

The Dessy Group

The Dessy Group offers multiple styles for bridesmaids, as well as formal parties and events. London stockists include Joyce Young and BOA in Richmond. Find local stockists at


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