Wedding Dress Trends: The Middleton Effect

Posted by Jeffra on Oct 26, 2011

We’re not just talking about Kate.  While the Duchess’ McQueen wedding dress inspired a number of designs, and the sleeve trend (see our trend report on sleeves), her sister Pippa’s cowl neck dress with capped sleeves also inspired designers.

For a bride saying “I do” in a house of worship that requires a more modest gown, as Westminster Abbey did for Kate.  She’ll need to choose a dress that doesn’t show a lot of cleavage, or none at all, and she may need to wear sleeves or a cover-up (see our trend report on cover-up options).

With the reception dress now a must-have option for many brides, wearing a more conservative style for the ceremony and a sexier party dress for the reception allows a bride to have both looks on her big day.

So what makes a wedding dress royal wedding or Middleton inspired?  Long lace sleeves, a V-neckline with a lace overlay, a cowl neckline and a lace or lace-like trim peeping out from the neckline.  And speaking of the royal wedding, Kate and Wills dressed their attendants, all children, in designs by Nicki Macfarlane, who just launched in the US.  Click here to find a retailer of her stunning dresses for flower girls and adorable suits for ring bearers.

Here are a selection of gowns inspired by both Kate and Pippa Middleton:



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