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Chic wedding looks for the modern bride

Whether you consider yourself a classic, modern or more alternative bride, there’s a wedding look for you. Find the one here. By GRACE COOK

Short-sleeved lace midi dress, Self-Portrait; long-sleeved lace dress, Alessandra Rich

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 , and for a stylish spin on traditional elegance. Suits by and 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 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. A-line dress, covered in a cascade of delicate pink beading, pairs well with bouquets and negates the need for any accessories, while 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. white strapless gown in satin, with its curved bodice and gently floating train, and 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 – are a timeless choice. Elsewhere, sculptural one-shoulder ivory number, in a delicate crinkled crepe, and 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 and – worn separately or together, this is an ensemble you absolutely can re-wear. wool-crepe jumpsuit, with an architectural one-shoulder strap, and turtleneck all-in-one, offers a fresh alternative to a floor-skimming dress, while US label blends the comfortability of a jumpsuit with an elegant Grecian silhouette with its one-shoulder design that is both classic yet contemporary. 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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