As the newest addition to the royal family, Meghan Markel made fashion headlines around the world with the stunningly simple gown she wore to wed Prince Harry in May. If you thought that choosing your wedding gown was an overwhelming task, imagine the weight that royal brides have on their shoulders.
From Queen Victoria to Princess Diana, Grace Kelly, Kate Middleton and every beautiful royal bride in-between, their gowns are analyzed all over the world and made to set new fashion trends in the bridal industry for decades to come. Here, we’ll run through some royal fashion tips and help you get inspired by Meghan Markle’s iconic wedding dress.
Royal Fashion Evolution
Queen Victoria was the first bride to set a fashion trend that’s still followed today. Before she chose to wear a white lace gown to wed Prince Albert, white had actually been an unpopular color for wedding dresses. Her iconic look in 1840 started the white bridal gown era that still continues today.
Another royal fashion trend for wedding dresses include super-long trains, which was a look set by Princess Diana, who could barely fit her gown into the buggy she rode to St. Paul Cathedral. Grace Kelly set the trend of long-sleeve lace gowns with one of the most elegant wedding dresses in history.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are today’s royal trendsetters, and each bride took a much different approach to her gown style. Kate Middleton opted to combine traditional lacework and fabrics with modern design and structure as a nod to the trends set by the royal brides of the past with her own contemporary twist. A few years later, Meghan Markle shone as a true modern-day royal fashion icon when she chose to wed Prince Harry in a shockingly simple gown designed by Claire Waight Keller of Givenchy.
Meghan’s Sleek and Unique Style
Long before her wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was a fashionista who was no stranger to the spotlight. Her style has always been minimalistic and sophisticated, so it makes perfect sense why she would go with such a simple, yet elevated look for her royal wedding day. If you want to follow Meghan’s lead, choose sleek fabrics without any embellishments. Show off your natural beauty without all the bells and whistles.
If sleek and elegant are two words you’d use to describe your own sense of style, take some royal fashion tips from Meghan Markle to keep your bridal look simple and sophisticated.