You’ve secured your dream location, found the perfect florist and your ‘save the date’ cards are on their way to your nearest and dearest, yet one major preparatory element remains untouched – your wedding outfit (or outfits). Whether you want to channel all-out glamour or contemporary chic feels more ‘you’, these bridal looks – made with the modern woman in mind – will ensure you feel incredible on your big day.
Consider labels such as Alex Perry, Stella McCartney and Oscar de la Renta for a stylish spin on traditional elegance. Or seek out pieces with statement details, such as the sculptural ruffles or lace-up split sleeves at Giambattista Valli, Solace London and Vanessa Cocchiaro, to modernize your look.
Suits by Gabriela Hearst and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini are sure to seduce modern brides – sleek, tailored pieces will elongate your silhouette while adding an element of stylish surprise to your big reveal. Not a fan of white? Mix it up with pretty floral prints and metallic embellishments instead for a look that is chic but unconventional. Whatever your approach, find the look to match it in our elegant bridal edit…
For a current take on the fairy-tale wedding look, seek out dresses with sculptural details and innovative fabric pairings. Self-Portrait’s grosgrain-trim midi dress and Michael Lo Sordo’s gown with a low neckline and open back both give lace a modern feel. For a silhouette that is sure to wow your guests, Halston’s floor-length dress features a caped back detail that calls to mind the curvilinear shape of orchid petals, while standout pieces from The Row, such as its chiffon dress with crinkled pleating, and Brock Collection’s tiered floral confection, are ideal for forward-thinking dressers who want to look both contemporary and elegant on their big day.
For an up-to-date take on timeless styles, opt for a classic floor-skimming dress. Alex Perry’s white strapless gown in satin, with its sweetheart neckline and boned bodice, will allow you to channel subtle sophistication throughout the day. Slip dresses with fine straps in variations of silk – such as those found at Les Rêveries and Galvan – are a timeless choice. Elsewhere, Stella McCartney’s open-back, high-neck number, and Giambattista Valli’s ruffle-trimmed gown, put a contemporary twist on a demure silhouette for the modern bride.
For cool suiting, brides will appreciate the versatility of brands such as Gabriela Hearst and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini – worn separately or together, this is an ensemble you absolutely can re-wear. Temperley London’s dress, featuring ruffled sleeves in light-pink tulle, puts an unexpected twist on classic wedding gowns for those who don’t fancy traditional color schemes. While Carolina Herrera’s satin-trimmed, tux-style mini dress also breaks with convention for brides seeking something a little different.
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