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Simple wedding dresses can be just as magical as ball gowns or dramatic a trained look, especially if you identify as a fashion minimalist. Tying the knot doesn’t mandate a theatrical or intricately detailed gown covered in sequins, lace, or feathers. Instead, modern brides with pared-back tastes crave elegance with an unfussy feel, be it a long, full-length silhouette, sleek, sculptural midi, or timeless tea-length design.
Fortuitously, simple wedding dress options abound. A fluid slip can achieve the right amount of romance, skimming your silhouette effortlessly while commanding attention. Those detailed with lustrous pearls or cut with a bold open back offer a particularly spectacular result. In the same vein, a satin dress with an easy-going essence could be just the thing to make your less-is-more heart skip a beat. To master the art of effortless wedding day dressing, look for lengthier designs with subtly striking touches, like asymmetrical draping, or an element of volume, such as an off-shoulder neckline or puff sleeve.
If a shorter shape speaks your language, this is your moment to express yourself authentically, so why not divert with an unexpected midi length? Seek finely-crafted features like a sculpted bustier bodice, exaggerated sleeve, intricate back detail, or perfectly squared neckline—all deliver an uncomplicated yet striking result, whether for an intimate ceremony or civil courthouse “I do’s.”
Ahead, shop 32 perfectly minimal and simple wedding dresses below.
This off-the-shoulder dress combines classical draping with clean, modern lines. The crepe jersey fabric adds to the effortlessness for a simply elegant fit.
Let this cowl-neck gown hang languidly off one shoulder or with both straps upright. The draped back is just as entrancing as the front.
Consider a draped cowl back for a stunning focal point. The silhouette resembles a cape without the full-on drama.
A form-fitting gown is unquestionably the choice when voluminous shapes and layers of fabric feel like too much. The inner corseting construction and sweetheart neckline are the magic details of this sleek yet feminine design.
This crepe and satin gown defines pared-back drama. The sleeves project off the shoulders oh-so subtly for a touch of volume.
Cascading freshwater pearls take this slip gown to the next level. It’s a truly striking option with a modern approach timeless.
Behold a more ceremonious take on the classic slip dress. Danielle Frankel’s interpretation is detailed with an asymmetric neckline and soft internal bustier with boning for added shape.
A full-length gown and train can, indeed, be simple. Case in point: this sweetheart column crafted from raw silk.
Sheer inserts along the bust and back steer his silk gown into edgy territory. Meanwhile, the trained hemline lends just a flicker of theatrics.
J’adore a Dior bride. This refined one-shoulder is crafted in white silk crepe and draped delicately as ever.
You’ll make a demure entrance in this high-neck ivory column but delight during your recessional. As you say your “I do’s,” everyone will take notice of the single shell chain detail down the open back.
It doesn’t get more effortlessly elegant than this lustrous silk satin gown. The delicate shoulder straps, which cross in the back, enhance the simplicity with a modern touch.
Embrace Gabriela Hearst’s streamlined approach to tailoring for your bridal look. This strapless silhouette, made from wool, is incredibly well-crafted, from the straight-cut bodice to the darted skirt.
Go the asymmetrical route with a white bridal slip. Maison Essentiele’s offers the slimmest one-shoulder we’ve seen.
Unfussy beach brides, this gathered number is for you. You might even skip the footwear in favor of bare feet in the sand.
We love the structure of this crepe maxi for a civil ceremony. The off-the-shoulder neckline and bow detail nod to romance while feeling perfectly retrained.
This column silhouette is not like any other. There’s a fluidity to the sustainable acetate fabric that sways in a relaxed manner with every step.
Emilia Wickstead’s bridal designs are synonymous with simplicity. The structural elements of this crepe gown, from the square neckline to the darted bodice, make it a genuinely striking long-sleeve option.
Choose a cowl neck slip for a timeless and pristine bridal look if ever in doubt. Norma Kamali’s iteration is so well-priced.
Seeking a shorter dress? Look no further than this hyper-minimal pencil silhouette with a modern bustier bodice.
A halter neckline is among the most timeless. The fluidity offsets the shape beautifully, down to the floor-pooling hem.
Luminous satin fabric feels easier in a strapless silhouette. But, for an alluring finish, it’s all about the thigh-high slit.
Stretch crepe makes for some of the most pristine wedding gowns. Take this plunging A-line number that’s so-subtly enhanced with a crystal bar.
A squared neckline ensures striking simplicity in the world of slip dresses. However, the sculptural open back truly sets this silk gown apart.
Crystal embellishments can veer minimal. Like, Roland Mouret’s stunning approach, with a shimmering panel peeking from the softly draped neckline.
Fluid pleats and a criss-cross halter neckline combine for a beautifully graceful bridal gown. The small front cutout and open back are decidedly modern elements adding to the allure.
Skip the bridal jewelry in favor of this metal-adorned silk gown. It’s a truly unique take on the timeless bridal slip.
Leave it to Totême to make floral jacquard simple and sleek. Note the raw hem finishes for an unexpectedly relaxed element.
A jersey midi dress may sound too simple. And yet, one look at this tea-length look with a perfectly square neckline, and you’ll realize it’s flawless.
A one-shoulder always appears sleek and modern. Picture this draped design in a Marrakesh setting at sunset.
Another stunning satin slip option from Victoria Beckham. As a ’90s icon herself, she’s perfected every detail, from the slim straps to the low V-shaped back.
This sleeveless silk gown in a stretch twill fabric looks incredible on the body—and it will appeal to those minimalist brides as it has everything she needs, and nothing she doesn’t.