The Question on Everybody’s Lips – The Wedding Dress…

With less than a week to go before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally get married, speculation is still rife as to what Wedding Dress will be revealed on the day. Anyone who has been wedding dress shopping, either for themselves or with someone else, will know that the range out there is huge. Considerations include neckline, waist, lace, embellishment train, the list goes on and is seemingly endless. But at the end of the day, it comes down to a few basic silhouettes. So, what could we see Ms Markle wearing on Saturday?

The Ballgown

If you want to feel like a Disney Princess, then this is the style for you. This “fairy tale” dress features a fitted bodice which flairs at the waist with a full skirt. This silhouette can work for most body types but looks great on pears, since it hides the lower body. However, it is not as good for petite shapes; the skirt can be overwhelming on a small frame – this means Meghan Markle is unlikely to step out in this coming Saturday. However, if Cinderella is the look you’re going for, do it!

The A-Line

The A-Line has a fitted bodice through to the waist and then flows out to the ground. It is so named as it resembles the outline of an uppercase “A.” This style is great for all body types. This is the style which Kate Middleton dazzled us all within 2011. The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress was a closely guarded secret and it was worth the wait. Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander MacQueen, reportedly costing £250,000, the dress wowed the world and continues to inspire countless brides to this day.

The Trumpet

Fit and Flare dresses are timeless, from Queen Elizabeth II’s dress in 1947, to Pippa Middleton in 2017. The Trumpet is a modification of the classic fit and flare style, fitted through the body and flaring mid-thigh. The cut is between a modified A-line (slightly closer fitted in the skirt than the traditional A-line) and a mermaid cut. Ideal for frames with small waists, such as the hourglass, banana, and petites, it is not as good for pears and apples, as it accentuates stomach and hip area. DJ Hannah Bronfman recently married her DJ husband in a simple yet elegant trumpet-style gown, one of more than eight dresses worn during a four-day wedding celebration in Morocco in 2017

The Mermaid

Fitted on the body from the chest to the knee, the Mermaid then flares out close to the knee. This style is great for slender frames and hourglass body types who are willing to show off their curves. Kim Kardashian wore a Mermaid style dress for her wedding to Kanye West in 2014, designed by Riccardo Tisci. Sexy yet demure, Kardashian teamed the backless style with long sleeves, a high neckline and a sheer veil.

 

The Sheath

The sheath is a popular dress type with a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. It is ideal for lean frames, and also looks good on hourglasses who are willing to show off their curves. Not good for pears; sheaths will accentuate extra inches and can be unflattering.  Marilyn Monroe wore a light beige, curve-hugging sheath, designed by Norman Norell and John Moore for her marriage to Arthur Miller in 1956. Kate Moss also rocked the sheath silhouette in her wedding to Jamie Hince in 2011.

 

The Tea-Length

Nothing says old Hollywood style like Audrey Hepburn, who wore a tea length dress in 1954 wedding to Mel Ferrer. The Tea-Length skirt falls in between the ankle and the knee and is guaranteed to look good on all body shapes. Will Meghan go for the Hollywood connection? We’ll see…

The Mini

The mini is starting to become more popular. However, because the majority would class it as a bit on the daring side, it is still yet to become commonplace. With a mini, the skirt falls above the knee. In 2013, Keira Knightley wore a Chanel couture spring/summer 2006 pale grey tulle, bustier dress which fell to the knee. Anja Rubik also chose the mini dress style but matched hers with a floor-skimming train. While there’s a lot to be said for the mini, it is very doubtful that we will see it grace the Royal wedding on Saturday.

 

As for what we will see on Saturday, all bets are off…