Not one to be tied to traditions, the modern bride is forgoing the age-old ritual of gathering in a bridal boutique and is instead taking the hunt into her own hands for the perfect gown. If you’re craving for your special day something that might be well-loved past the ceremony and won’t require hours of fiddling and adjusting -- be seduced by a fresh lineup of chic white frocks that are romantic, effortless and give you the freedom to dance the night away. Find the look that sparks your most wild desires.
If you’re inspired by Caroline Bassette Kennedy’s legendary gown, then look no further than a silky number with a minimalist touch. For a maxi-slip dress with delicate straps consider Third Form and Bec + Bridge. If you are looking for a more enveloping silhouette, Elliatt’s blouson sleeve and wrap fit is as lustrous as it is flattering. Where you simplify with the gown compensate in the shoe department with a glittering pair of Harlo heels.
Put your hands up if you’re never one to do anything by halves? Romantic ruffles, floor-sweeping hems and vintage-inspired lace can be effortless too. Channel that old-world glamour with RTW labels like Self Portrait and Whistles for a dose of white taffeta and ivory crepe with a contemporary spin. These confident styles when complemented by modern jewellery like cascading pearl drops or a luxe pair of gold heart studs are 21st century glamour at its finest.
For a sun-dappled love ritual with a close circle of friends opt for light, breezy with a hint of fun. We love fairy-tale puffed sleeves and flounced hems from Ownley to spruce up the low-key event or Australian label Montique’s delicate floral embroidery to elevate a party gown that will be loved beyond the bouquet. Dial up the outfit with standout mules with textured details and a modern block heel for easy grooving or switch out post ceremony into a pair of crisp white sneakers to really get the party started.
If you have a penchant to dress to your own beat you’ll love combining separates for a strikingly fresh look. Choose a pop piece for your bridal outfit like a Mossman blazer with its ornamental buttons or Rachel Gilbert’s feathery pants. Match subtle shapes to your standout element like voluminous top, slip skirts or a form-hugging midi dress underneath. If you’re wishing to modernise the wedding gown your way - look to architectural cutouts from Auteur, Chancery and BY JOHNNY. When in doubt a champagne hue is just the right balance between understated cool and eccentric.
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