The weddings that are going ahead this year are, of course, more intimate than ever. And in these times, bridal looks have taken on a new meaning; dresses or suiting that work beyond your special day have never felt more fitting. Whether you want to channel old-school glamour or contemporary chic feels more ‘you’, these bridal looks – perfect for small-scale ceremonies – will ensure you feel incredible on your big day.
Consider labels such as Cecilie Bahnsen, Stella McCartney and Gabriela Hearst for a stylish spin on traditional elegance. Suits by Isabel Marant and Salvatore Ferragamo are sure to seduce modern brides – sleek, tailored pieces will elongate your silhouette and prove perfect for low-key ceremonies. Not a fan of white? Mix it up with pastel hues instead, for a look that is chic but unconventional. Whatever your preference, find the look to match it in our elegant bridal edit…
For a current take on the quintessential wedding look, seek out voluminous dresses with sculptural details. Copenhagen-based designer Cecilie Bahnsen offers dresses that are a masterclass in old-school femininity made modern – her tulle confections with puffed sleeves will make even the smallest ceremony feel like an expansive fairytale. Valentino’s A-line dress, covered in a cascade of delicate pink beading, pairs well with bouquets and negates the need for any accessories, while Alexander McQueen’s sleeveless, waterfall lace dress is exquisite in its contemporary elegance – the shorter hemline is perfect for showing off your shoes.
For an up-to-date take on timeless styles, opt for a classic ankle-skimming dress. Gabriela Hearst’s white strapless gown in satin, with its curved bodice and gently floating train, and Carolina Herrera’s long-sleeved, V-neck gown, will allow you to channel subtle sophistication throughout the day. Slip dresses with fine straps in variations of silk – such as those found at Anine Bing – are a timeless choice. Elsewhere, Johanna Ortiz’s sculptural one-shoulder ivory number, in a delicate crinkled crepe, and Retrofête’s halterneck maxi, crafted from chiffon and sequins, put a contemporary twist on a demure silhouette for the modern bride.
For cool suiting, brides will appreciate the versatility of brands such as Isabel Marant and Salvatore Ferragamo – worn separately or together, this is an ensemble you absolutely can re-wear. Roland Mouret’s wool-crepe jumpsuit, with an architectural one-shoulder strap, and Alex Parry’s turtleneck all-in-one, offers a fresh alternative to a floor-skimming dress, while US label Halston blends the comfortability of a jumpsuit with an elegant Grecian silhouette with its one-shoulder design that is both classic yet contemporary. Cecilie Bahnsen’s puffed sleeve dress in a powdery pink, meanwhile, gives an unexpected twist for those who want to forgo traditional color schemes.
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