In 1840, Queen Victoria made history by wearing a white wedding dress, radically changing the tradition forever. Since then, brides of all kinds have followed in her footsteps making it the staple shade of almost all wedding gowns.
Now in 2011, after waiting with bated breath, we’ve finally seen the Dress of the Century, and much like Kate Middleton’s engagement dress, it is sure to inspire a number of trendy knock-offs. While you may not want to copy her style exactly you can take inspiration from her gown and apply it to your own big day to get a current but timeless look.
Full Skirt & Train
Longer trains are bound to make a comeback now thanks to Kate, especially for brides who want to feel like a princess. While perhaps not as cumbersome as Diana’s, Kate’s was about 2 m long. Make sure you have a few great bridesmaids willing to help you out. Also a full ball gown skirt makes a flattering and traditional touch as long as the bodice is well fitted and there isn’t too much embellishment. If that’s too much puff for you try a mermaid style gown with a longer train for a modern glamorous look. A back bow detail ties the whole look together.
Try tying J. Crew’s Rhinestone-encrusted sash where your skirt meets the bodice, $265.
Kate chose to get texture and detail from beautiful lace sleeves. While you may be hoping to show a bit more skin on the big day follow Kate’s lead and get a low v with a sweetheart neckline. Then make it church appropriate by getting lace cap sleeves made or investing in a lace bolero you can take off later.
Check out BHLDN’s Petal Panes Bolero for the perfect lace addition to your ensemble, $180.
Kate’s dress is a lot closer to the traditional bridal white than ivory. You will need to find a shade that looks best on your skin tone before committing. Make sure all of your lace details and veil will match.
Veil & Hairstyle
While the tiara may be a bit much for some brides a classic clean pulled back hairstyle with a simple mid-length veil (with simple lace flowers trim) is a great mix of traditional and modern style. The key here is that hair look smooth but still natural and flowing, not overdone with curls piled sky-high on top of your head. If you’d rather have a headpiece instead of a veil, consider an ornamental headband instead of a crown.
Accessorize your royal look with BHLDN’s Botanical Garland Headband, $460.
Kate’s got it right when it comes to accessories for her big day: Keep them simple and timeless. You don’t want to get anything too trendy that will date your photos or something so flashy it takes away from your dress or natural glow. Delicate necklaces and bracelets are okay but make sure they will look okay with the ring you’re about to get. While you may not be able to get Robinson Pelham custom made pear-shaped diamond drop set earrings, you can certainly find a cheaper version to keep it clean and simple. Finish off the look with white satin heels. Don’t forget about your own Sapphire engagement ring!
Try Brilliant Earth’s 18K White Gold Sapphire Victoria Halo Ring, $2,800.