Less is always more: demure bridal gowns

The tradition of a white wedding is commonly credited to Queen Victoria’s choice to wear a white wedding dress at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.

Regardless of whether that was Queen’s Victoria’s intention or not, the white wedding dress and the veil have traditionally been associated with modesty and purity. However, bridal gowns of modern era have somewhat lost their original meaning and have evolved more towards glamour and sex-appeal than innocence.

But why do nowadays brides seem to have all been to the same wedding shop, specialising is corsets and crinolines? It feels like weddings are crying out for a bit more imagination. And a bit more fabric. Perhaps some sleeves? There’s nothing wrong with hiding under lace, less is always more.

So let’s take a look at these stunning and yet less revealing wedding dresses for the demure brides to be and find some inspiration for  the upcoming white weddings of 2013.

 

Amsale

 

Carolina Herrera

 

Claire Pettibone

 

Marchesa

 

Claire Pettibone

 

Monique Lhuillier

 

Monique Lhuillier

 

Reem Acra

 

Reem Acra

 

 

US Vogue Shoot

 

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Look like a princess, feel like a star

 

Most of today’s wedding dresses can be quite a bore. Whether it be a strapless mermaid dress or a simple A-Line number (again, strapless), many bridal gowns are predictable and monotonous. Even lack a breath-taking quality. Perhaps this is due to an overkill in replicating modern celebrity bridal trends, or brides just following along with what’s in fashion. For the sophisticated, yet bold bride, however, there are a ridiculous amount of vintage-inspired dresses that conjure up the days of old-school celebrity and royal weddings gowns are becoming popular, as chic brides are looking for exclusive, unorthodox dresses.

Today’s fashion-focused women desire gowns fit for Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, and Vivian Leigh. These brides desire stylish, uncommon twists on popular throw backs from the 40′s up to the 70′s. As any modish girl knows, “what comes around, goes around” is a mantra within the fashion industry, so gowns that are vintage-influenced or true antiques are what hip brides crave.

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton isn’t the first royal bride to capture the media spotlight as she graced Westminster Abbey. Although her stunning gown, designed by Alexander McQueen fashion house’s creative director Sarah Burton, was classy and magnificent, several royal brides before her were adorned in enchanting dresses. Princess Diana’s over-the-top,  flowing gown was a hit with women around the world during the 80′s.

 

 

But many fashionable brides-to-be seek styles from an even older royal generation. Similar to other fashion and beauty trends, celebrities from decades ago are being invoked when it comes to bridal attire. American actress turned Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, will forever be a fashion icon; however, her elegant, refined gown has become an inspiring template for delicate, tasteful wedding dress designs. In 1978, Grace Kelly’s daughter also became a fashion icon in the bridal world when she embraced the spirit of the era and wore a charming, lacy dress during her first wedding. Much like Ms. Kelly, America’s first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onasis made a lasting impression when she walked down the aisle in 1953 wearing an Anne Lowe ball gown fit for a princess.

 

 

No other time period was as glam and alluring as old school Hollywood. Actresses like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Natalie Wood were chic trendsetters, so, naturally, these famous ladies’ wedding gowns; whether they be dresses worn during their actual marriage ceremonies or just on the silver screen; are popular with vintage loving brides. Simple, yet lovely tea length dresses are ideal for the casual, dainty bride. These 50′s style dresses also make superb bridesmaids’ attire and are available at retailers like Marks and Spencer. Brides-to-be who need something a bit more formal can look to the runways of Paris, London, and New York for awe-inducing, traditional gowns. No matter what vintage style you go with on your big day, you’re sure to look like a bride befitting royalty or a classic Hollywood star.

 

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Return to elegance

This year I didn’t post any suggestions for the party season. Because I am bored of what the shops are offering and of what the people are wearing. I am bored with the party season becoming just another trend following occasion. I’m bored with people not making an effort and I yearn for the return of elegance and grace. If anything, this year I wish we all looked like princesses.

 

 

 

 

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The little white shirt

The little white shirt is as important to a woman’s wardrobe as the little black dress.  And that’s a fact!
 
Whilst holidaying in India, I found myself contemplating the practicality of my cotton oversized H&M white shirt. Perfect for hiding any wobbly bits I wasn’t particularly interested in displaying (although you’d be amazed how much one shrinks after two weeks of baking in the sun!), perfect for hiding away from mosquitoes, perfect for keeping cool in the heat and perfect for looking really chic even in the most remote places in the world.
 
Colonial chic, street chic, boho chic, festival chic, you name it! The little white shirt goes well with almost anything. Team it with skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, patterned skirts, high waisted trousers, shorts, oversized sunnies, hats and most importantly oversized bags and you’ll feel like a star!
 
Here are only a few of my favourite looks:
 
   
Keira Knightley does the white shirt so well – Source: Glamournerd.com

Olivia Palermo (one of the champions of the little white shirt) - Source: fashionnetworkseattle.com

Keira Knigtley at it again, giving it a twist for a perfect 50's look - source: socialitelife.com

Simple and perfect with skinny jeans and pumps - Source: facehunter.blogspot.com

Efortless chic - Source: Fabfashiondaily.com

Boyfriend shirt, boyfriend blazer, boyfriend jeans, love it! - Source: chicissimo.com

 

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