For a long time, weddings have been sold to us as that one special day wherein we’re allowed, or even encouraged, to dress up like princesses. But what about the bride who simply wants to look like herself or the couple who likes to keep things low-key? Maybe you’re glitter or tulle-averse, feel costumey in a circle skirt, or you cringe at the thought of wedding dress shopping altogether. And while there may not have been many options for you in the past, the “rules” of bridal dresses and weddings are changing, with outfits that feel refreshingly free-spirited and ceremonies that aren't so OTT becoming something of the norm. Below, discover six styles that’ll work for your fuss-free wedding—and anywhere else for that matter.
The Breezy Bride
With the sound of rolling blue waves and white sandy shores, what loved-up couple hasn’t dreamed of a breezy beach wedding at some point in their lives? If your heart is set on saying your ‘I do's’ along the coast, then you’re going to need to ensure your ensemble is able to deliver on both style and comfort. Diarrablu’s Umy Jumpsuit is a slick mix of island glam, ethereal elegance, and casual beach-chic: crafted from a crisp white sustainable silky cupro, it’s a convertible design that easily wraps into a multitude of styles. Play up the free and easy nature of this unconventional choice by walking down that sandy aisle sans shoes—or, stick to minimal, delicate accessory choices and a pair of simple sandals.
THE NO-FRILLS BRIDE
For some couples, no-frills is their style statement when it comes to both their sartorial and ceremonial choices. And it’s this no-nonsense attitude that guides this bride’s approach with practicality and efficiency proving a winning formula each time. Part of IAMISIGO’s Land of Gods collection, the brand’s Short-Sleeve Tie Detail Jumpsuit is certainly an unfussy and unconventional choice for a court wedding with its cheeky cut-outs and exaggerated tie fastenings. The piece boasts a quiet confidence that it effortlessly lends its wearer, while its soft, ivory-hued cotton form ensures it doesn’t stray too far from tradition. Wear with your favorite strong statement heel and a pair of oversized earrings for a commanding look that holds court.
THE HOMEBODY BRIDE
Whether lockdown orders are still in place in your part of the world or not, an intimate exchange of vows at home may be just the ticket for the more easygoing brides amongst us. And what does being at home call for more than pared-back glamour and complete comfort? Opt for an easy-breezy maxi dress in this case, like Studio 189’s Pouf Sleeve Shirt Dress. Crafted from soft white cotton that’s peppered with flecks of black stitching, the piece’s flowing silhouette and neutral color palette are casual to the core yet keep things sleek and chic. However, it remains exciting thanks to unique detailing, including a flattering nipped-in waist, mandarin collar, and artisanal embroidery.
THE COORDINATED BRIDE
If you're a bride devoted to all things elegant and chic, it's likely your interpretation of laid-back is still pretty darn glam. And what better way to keep things simple but still sophisticated than a candlelit dinner party accompanied by a side of nuptials? Consider putting a little spin on the sophistication by embracing the inherent elegance and formality of a matching set. Emmy Kasbit’s expertly tailored Amaka Skirt and Bustier is a flattering power duo that’s simple and charming, but not too sweet, making it right for outdoor fetes beneath the stars or indoor dinner celebrations. Another plus: buy a set for your wedding and you'll definitely wear it again. There are no one-hit-wonders here.
THE CLASSIC BRIDE
Just because you’re taking the laidback route when it comes to your wedding doesn't mean you want to forgo tradition entirely. In fact, maybe the princess dream is for you, albeit substantially scaled back. Boasting all the elements that one would typically seek out in a traditional wedding gown—including a corset-style structure, soft ivory shade, and a voluminous silhouette—Andrea Iyamah’s Hadasa Dress is a wedding-ready wonder that proves just as fitting for a modern bride as it does the more conventional one. The floor-grazing piece is the ultimate in effortless elegance, pairing equally well with a pair of slinky stilettos and glimmering jewelry selections as it does a casual flatform sandal and ponytail.
THE VIBRANT BRIDE
Sure, some brides are drawn to beautiful and forever classic bridal white, but perhaps you’ve always envisioned yourself in something a little different. Completely ready to ditch all semblance of conventionality and do things your way? We suggest turning to the power of color. Daffodil yellow and Peonie pink specifically. From conceptual South African fashion label Viviers, the Utility Dress features pockets (always a welcome element when it comes to dresses), adjustable drawstrings, as well as Judo-inspired topstitching adorning the belt and collar, while its vivid neon hue will ensure all eyes are on you whatever the ceremony type.
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