plain and simple wedding dresses

The Best Simple Wedding Dresses for Chic Brides

While there will always be a place in our hearts for alternative wedding dresses with cathedral length trains and intricate embellishments, sometimes a less is more approach is the way to go, which is where simple wedding dresses come in.

For an ultra modern bridal style, sidestep tulle and sparkle for a pared back wedding dress; we’re talking chic silk slip dresses and crisp white designs, creating a minimalist aesthetic that exudes pure class.


The beauty of simple wedding dresses is that while they’re incredibly on trend at the moment, the style will never look dated, no matter if you’re looking at your wedding album a week after the big day or on your golden wedding anniversary.

Simple wedding dresses allow you to look both contemporary and classic, depending on how you accessorise the gown. Add subtle pearls for an elegant look, or amp up your fashion credentials with statement earrings for a sartorial style nobody is expecting.

Simple wedding dresses work equally well at industrial style city venues with minimal detailing, as they do at extravagant affairs with cascading floral arrangements and opulent surroundings. At pared back weddings they flow with the laid back vibe, while at dramatic dos, a simple wedding dress allows the decor to do the talking.

Think of your simple wedding dress as a blank canvas to design your day in mind; minimalist dresses are the perfect way to be whatever kind of bride you want to be, whether it be dressed up in finery with bold make up, or a stripped back natural look with understated lips and flat wedding shoes.

Read on for our edit of the most gorgeous simple wedding dresses that still make a statement.

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Simple Wedding Dress with Long Sleeves by Allison Webb

Long sleeved wedding dresses are an undeniably classy style. Perfect for winter weddings, this gown exudes elegance thanks to the clean silhouette.

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Simple Beaded Wedding Dress by Anna Campbell

Pair your minimalist wedding dress with a messy up-do for a laid back bridal look that will wow your guests.

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Classic Simple Wedding Dress by Caroline Castigliano

You can’t go wrong with a crisp, white wedding dress with a flowing skirt and subtle waist detailing.

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Simple Wedding Dress with Low Back by Charlie Brear

Go for a sultry wedding look with a low back wedding dress. Sweep your hair to one side to show off the back of the dress.

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Simple Wedding Gown with Full Skirt by Demtrios

The wide neck on this wedding dress is giving us total Meghan Markle vibes; the bow at the waist makes it extremely flattering.

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Simple Halter Neck Wedding Dress by Kelsey Rose

Channel your inner Grecian goddess in this light halter neck wedding dress.

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Simple Tulle Wedding Dress by Herms

This light-as-air wedding dress proves that tulle can be simple – it’s not reserved for big princess style gowns.

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Cut Out Wedding Dress by Marylise

Simple wedding dresses can still be sexy; cut out panels bring plain gowns right up to date.

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Off The Shoulder Wedding Dress by Savannah Miller

Off the shoulder wedding dresses never go out of style. Wear this laid back gown without accessories to embrace an on trend boho vibe.

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Plain Wedding Dress with Lace Straps by Kelsey Rose

Lace wedding dresses don’t have the be fussy; the addition of lace straps transforms this plain wedding dress into a thing of beauty.

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Simple Beach Wedding Dress by Herve Paris

If you’re looking for a beach wedding dress, this plain yet gorgeous gown could be your answer. The tassles make it stand out from the crowd.

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Simple Wedding Dress with High Neck by Mikaella

This high necked wedding dress exudes sophistication; the lace inserts at the side are a pretty feminine touch to an otherwise plain gown.

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Off The Shoulder Wedding Dress by Essense of Australia

You’ll feel like a princess in this simple elegant wedding dress complete with a structured off the shoulder style and flowing skirt.

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Simple Floor Length Wedding Dress by Enzoani

Embrace your inner angel in this chic and simple understated wedding dress with lace straps.

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Off The Shoulder Wedding Dress with Long Sleeves by Bianco Evento

This long sleeved wedding dress would look beautiful at a sun soaked city wedding in Italy. Pair with a veil to complete this effortlessly chic bridal look.

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One Shoulder Silk Wedding Dress by Cortana

One shoulder wedding dresses are a unique way to rock the simple wedding dress trend. The draped skirt makes this gown exquisitely elegant.

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Simple Elegant Short Wedding by Catherine Deane

Short wedding dresses look beautiful when the detailing is kept to a minimum; spaghetti straps and scalloped edges give this gown a vintage vibe.

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Simple Strappy Wedding Dress by Direct Eastern

Accentuate an hourglass figure with a simple form fitting gown with a sweetheart neckline and slight fishtail skirt.

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Simply Ivory Wedding Dress by Alan Hannah

Dress up a plain wedding dress with a statement necklace. This very low key dress would look amazing as a beach wedding dress.

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Simple Elegant Wedding Dress by Charlie Brear

Pair this plain wedding dress with natural hair to complete the laid back luxe look.

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Simple Lace Wedding Dress by Gracy Accad

For a classic bridal look with a difference opt for a lace wedding dress in an ankle-baring style.

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Simple Wedding Dress for Plus Size Brides by Rosa Couture

Curvy brides looking for a simple plus size wedding dress will love this textured gown – it creates enviable cleavage and accentuates the waist.

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Simple Wedding Dress with Tulle Skirt by Loulette

Far from flouncy, the tulle skirt on this gown falls gracefully at the feet for a pretty, relaxed wedding look.

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Simple Silk Wedding Dress by Savannah Miller

If you’re looking for a simple wedding dress for registry office weddings, this could be the gown for you. It’s effortlessly chic and will fit into any surroundings.

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Simple Wedding Dress with Tulle Skirt by Rebecca Ingram

Plain wedding dresses don’t have to be simple – rock a princess vibe with a full tulle skirt to make a statement when you walk down the aisle.

Simple wedding dress with capped sleeves

Simple Wedding Dress with Capped Sleeves by Sanyukta Shrestha

Capped sleeves make this the perfect wedding dress for older brides.

With your wedding dress sorted, check out our gallery of pink wedding shoes to add a splash of colour to your pared back bridal style.

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