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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

White puff-sleeve dress, Erdem; off-white blazer and pants, Alexander McQueen; white floor-length dress, worn with red pendant, Chloé; cream three-piece suit, accessorized with brown bag, Fendi

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, with dresses or suiting that work beyond your special day having 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.


For a contemporary take on the quintessential bridal look, seek out voluminous dresses with sculptural details. This season, London-based designer Erdem debuted ethereal gowns cut from cotton crepe that boasted elegance and drama guaranteed to make even the smallest ceremony feel like an expansive fairytale. Meanwhile, Brock Collection’s tiered linen dress is the perfect accompaniment to any bouquet, and bridal maven Monique Lhuillier’s delicate lace designs are exquisite yet also decidedly wearable – perfect for chic city weddings or bucolic countryside ceremonies alike.


Even the most discerning dresser can find it difficult to stay true to their own distinct sense of style when it comes to finding the perfect wedding look. If you’re searching for something fresh, don’t be afraid to bypass the bridal section and look for elevated pieces by designers you love. Case in point? Cult label Khaite’s figure-sculpting ruched dress – this directional piece is guaranteed to turn heads, and the thigh-high split and slightly raised hem is ideal for showing off statement shoes. Alternatively, if you’re planning on tying the knot in a low-key ceremony with sand between your toes, Chloé’s artfully crafted knit dress is a no-brainer.


On the hunt for a stylish look that will still occupy a prime place in your closet even after you’ve exchanged vows? You can’t get much better than a perfectly cut suit by tailoring specialists such as Alexander McQueen or Fendi. Not only will an ivory suit make for an achingly cool bridal outfit, the separates can also be styled up and down for endless milage. Of course, for an utterly unique look, you could forgo the traditional color scheme altogether and opt for an unexpected hue: Jenny Packham’s intricately beaded powder-pink gown is an enchanting and exuberant alternative.

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