Fashion Forecast: Love in the time of Covid

The COVID crisis has changed the way we do many things, and weddings are no exception. During the pandemic, many engaged couples were forced to cut-down on over-the-top weddings for safety reasons. However, as wedding season approaches us again in 2021, many couples are opting to curate the same low-key experience, as opposed to the avant-garde affairs of the pre-pandemic past, for many reasons. 

Smaller weddings are practical, easier to plan, and obviously, much more cost effective. As a result, wedding parties are getting smaller, guest lists are getting shorter, and we’re seeing this trend become an increasingly modern adaptation of a traditional big fat wedding. Keeping things simple for the big day extends to fashion as well. Many brides are swapping Disney-worthy gowns in favor of simpler styles that reflect the casual nature of a smaller ceremony. We’re seeing a trend of sleek, modern silhouettes with simple lines, and some brides are even opting for white pant suits. 

And as the pandemic has changed the way we think about fashion, especially bridal fashion, it’s also begun to change the styles being adopted for celebrating engagements as well. While no woman is turning down a massive rock, many couples are trending towards more demure silhouettes for their engagement ring choices. Re-vamped vintage vibes are high on our trend radar, like those that take inspiration from Mid-Century Modern designs and Art Deco silhouettes, with delicate bands encrusted with a bevy of baguettes. Band-style rings and eternity bands are another trend we’re seeing being picked up in favor of the classic solitaire,  like modern mixed stone eternity bands that we’ve observed from a myriad of designers for the 2021 season. 

Mixed stone eternity band.

And as much as we love our diamonds, many brides are choosing alternative stones, so keep an eye on the engagement ring trend-front for more brides leaning towards colorful options that reflect their individuality. Several design houses are showing off options for a less traditional, rainbow-forward bride, like a bright pink sapphire solitaire or an oval aquamarine ring with a timeless diamond halo. Talk about something new and blue! 

Aquamarine engagement rings with diamond halo.

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