Did you know that it was Queen Victoria who spawned the trend of white wedding dresses, somewhere in the middle of the 19th century? Kate Middleton seems to be following in her footsteps, with her wedding to Prince William likely to spawn another trend in wedding fashion; or rather, the revival of it.
Kate Middleton was seen wearing a wedding dress with a long train and lace sleeves on her D-day last year. Fashion experts around the world are already calling it the Kate Middleton effect, as numerous dresses inspired from Kate’s dress have already flooded the market.
Here is her wedding dress decoded step by step, and how you can get that look right, with slight variations of your own.
The long train
For those who want to feel like a princess on their wedding day, long trains are seeing a revival. Kate Middleton’s dress had about 2 m long train. Of course, you would need good bridesmaid to help you with that. But what you would also need is a full skirt with minimal embellishments. Too much glitter with a long train can spoil the look. If a well fitted, full, traditional skirt is a bit too much for you, a mermaid style gown also works well with the long train.
The lace effect
Kate Middleton’s dress had long sleeves with elaborate lace details. You could always add a little twist to that with an off shoulder dress with bell lace sleeves. For those wanting to look sexy and sophisticated, go for ¾ length lace sleeves with a v-neckline. You could also try a sweetheart neckline with a lace bolero which you can take off when you need to show some skin on your big day.
Transparent lace sleeves are another option you have, with look good with a V waist and square, ballgown style neckline.
The minimalistic accessorizing
Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was about elegance and timeless beauty. You need to compliment that with minimal accessories that don’t shout out loud on top of the dress. Go for subtle necklaces and bracelets; try to keep it as simple as you possibly can.
With all said and done, you need to pay attention to the color tone as well. The traditional wedding white, which Kate Middleton wore, does not suit everyone. Make sure you take into account your skin tone to get a color that best compliments it.