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10 best simple wedding dresses for a minimalist bride with max style

Easy-going dresses in classic cuts

Four images of brides wearing white wedding dresses. Credit: Lulus / Michael Lo Sordo / Reformation / ML Monique Lhuillier

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Consider your style minimalist? Lean into that simple, classic look on your wedding day – that way you’ll ensure you look like yourself on one of your life’s most important days. No need for a gown with voluminous tulle or embellished layers of lace. (Though those gowns are beautiful too, of course.) Instead, opt for clean lines, a chic silhouette, perfect tailoring, and unexpected details.

A simple wedding dress doesn’t mean a boring wedding dress – far from it, in fact. With streamlined silhouettes come cut-just-right slip dresses, open back midis, and show-stopping details. So whether you’re exchanging vows at city hall or partying alongside 300 of your closest friends at a black-tie affair, you can find just the right (and simple) wedding dress for you.

Read on for the 10 best simple wedding dresses, no matter your body type or budget.

1. A floor-length beauty with a deep-V neck and thigh-high slit

Three images of a bride in a white wedding gown.
Credit: Dress The Population

Go for a red carpet look with this plunging neckline and thigh-high slit.

Can’t you picture Salma Hayak rocking this super sexy (and still sophisticated) dress on a red carpet? With a full-length trumpet skirt, deep v-neck bodice, and thigh-high side slits, it’s bodycon and simply stunning. Plus, since it’s made with three percent spandex, you’ll feel both supported and able to dance the night away.

Get the Iris Slit Crepe Gown from Nordstrom for $198

2. A sweetly sophisticated dress with a surprise

Three images of a bride in a white wedding gown.
Credit: Reformation

Look out for the open back on this midi dress.

Oh hello, open back! Didn’t expect this prim and proper lightweight dress to feature a completely open back? Your guests won’t either. This midi dress also features a fitted bodice, a high mock neck, slightly puffed shoulders, and a flowy skirt. You’ll be sure to turn heads.

Get the Dusk Dress from Reformation for $278

3. A vintage-inspired jacquard dress

Three images of a bride in a white wedding gown.
Credit: ML Monique Lhuillier

Live your Audrey Hepburn fantasy with this dress.

While simple in silhouette, there’s nothing plain about this Audrey Hepburn-worthy midi-length Monique Lhuillier gown. From the square neckline to the floral jacquard fabric to the sweet-as-can-be bow, the longer you look at this dress, the more intricate it reveals itself to be. And yes, there are pockets.

Get the ML Monique Lhuillier Amarie Dress from BHLDN for $645

4. A simple sequined stunner

Three images of a bride in a white wedding gown.
Credit: Retrofête

This embellished dress evokes Studio 54.

Yes, “sequins” and “simple” can belong in the same sentence. This Retrofête dress is proof. Its easy-going silhouette ensures it’s not too fussy, yet it’s heavily embellished with light-catching sequins that evoke a disco-era vibe. Wear the velvet belt for definition at your waist, or wear it without the belt for an especially breezy fit and feel.

Get the Retrofête Tilly Dress from Net-A-Porter for $775

5. A lovely lightly laced gown

Three images of a bride in a white wedding gown.
Credit: Lulus

Go for a dress with a simple shape but plenty of details.

This dress may be simple and streamlined in shape, but it’s anything but in terms of details. The high, fitted waist drapes into a flowy maxi skirt with an unexpected front slit, while the floral lace overlay, especially on the sheer short sleeves, makes for an overall ultra-romantic dress. And, oh yeah, there’s an open back.

Get the Your Hand in Mine White Lace Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress from Lulu’s for $89

6. A sweetheart dress that’s particularly sweet

Three images of a bride in a white wedding gown.
Credit: Reformation

Pair this gown with an eye-catching hair accessory.

It’s true: you can find a wedding dress that’s both comfortable and provides shape. (Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.) See Exhibit A, above. This graceful gown, with a sweetheart neckline and full skirt, is slim fitting yet has plenty of movement. With such a simple silhouette, it’s just begging for a statement hair accessory.

Get the Hollyhock Dress from Reformation for $388

7. A strapless midi with a dramatic bow

Three images of a bride in a white wedding gown.
Credit: Amsale

The bow is a statement piece.

This dress is the best of both worlds: a strapless, tailored midi length that’s city hall-ready, with a dramatic flowing bow that’s worthy of a black-tie wedding. Best of all, the bow snaps on and off, giving you two distinct looks in one elegant dress. Take advantage of the shorter length and show off seriously stylish shoes.

Get the Amsale Willow Bow Dress from BHLDN for $395

8. A sultry silk satin gown

Three images of a bride in a white wedding gown.
Credit: Michael Lo Sordo

This dress was made for the dance floor.

While this stunner drapes simply, the impeccably designed details are anything but simple. Take that open back with the slender crystal straps, for instance. Or the high side slit. It’s gently fitted throughout but still leaves you plenty of room to twist and twirl all night long.

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9. A silk satin dress that’s a real class act

Three images of a bride in a white wedding gown.
Credit: Farfetch

This dress offers simple, scaled-back sophistication.

If you’re looking for a wedding dress with no lace, no embellishments, and nothing but a straightforward and beautiful shape, we’ve found the one for you. The best part of this silk satin dream of a dress, with its cowl neck and a front slit, is that it’ll look just as modern decades from now as it does today.

Get the Jonathan Simkhai Finley gown from Farfetch for $940

10. A long-sleeved dress with a twist – literally

Three images of a bride in a white wedding gown.
Credit: Reformation

This long-sleeved dress is still sexy.

This oh-so-elegant floor-length gown features a deep v-neck that leads to a twist front detail and a high slit for you to show off your legs. Whether you’re hosting a winter wedding or simply prefer long sleeves, this is a fuller-coverage option just as sexy as something that shows more skin. Fishnets are optional.

Get the Gatsby Dress from Reformation for $488

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