Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are finally married - they have always seemed like a lovely couple, and I wish them all the best on their future life.
I have a few issues with Meghan's dress. Everyone was glowing over it's simplicity and how she's making her mark as someone willing to follow her her own sense of style. I can get behind all that in theory, but the results didn't add up for me.
The dress is Givenchy, best known for its clean lines and classic shapes. Audrey Hepburn was Givenchy's muse for years and inspired the label's chic aesthetic.
Markle's dress tried to emulate the simple, modern styling of Givenchy's days of old, but the execution didn't quite work.
For one, it looks like it doesn't fit through the sleeves and the front, so instead of looking straight and column-esque, it looks rumpled and crunched.
Because the dress was such a bright white, because it had no detail to break it up, and because the veil was so overwhelming, the look got blown out it in the sunlight and in many instances she looked like a big white block.
The dress needed more elements to make an impact. A sheer sleeve. An open neckline. A waist detail. Something.
Meghan is beautiful, and putting her in one big swath of white does nothing to suit her.
I appreciate that Meghan was trying to branch out of tradition, and there certainly was less pressure on her gown than there was on Kate's, but there is simply no comparison as to which dress photographed better.
Kate's lace sleeves gave the gown a breath of fresh air, the shape of the skirt was soft and elegant, and the ivory color was easier on the eye. Again, Meghan's dress simply looks like a heavy white rectangle.
Everyone expected Meghan to wear Ralph and Russo, the designer who created the dress for her engagement photos. The sheer top of the engagement dress shows her figure and keeps the look light even though she is completely covered, which would have been a far more flattering look than the one she picked.
If she was determined to go a more simplistic route, she could have taken a note from Amal Clooney, who showed up to the wedding in a stunning Stella McCartney. With the open neckline, defined waist, and subtle pleating, a very basic dress is given just enough oomph to make an impact. Meghan's dress had no dimension to speak of.
Or even better, Meghan could have taken a look back at Mette-Marit Tjessem's wedding dress. She married into Norwegian royalty in 2001; the dress met all the social requirements with the modest neckline and sleeves, but the fitted bodice and flowing skirt were breezy and romantic.
At the end of the day, Meghan's dress isn't awful. We aren't going to look back on it and say "Ew, I can't believe she wore that," but I don't think we're going to look back on it and say it was one of the best princess dresses of all time, either. It definitely had some problems that needed resolved.
It was fine. It could have been better.
What do you think?
The end of award season is a great time to reflect on the fashion trends of the year, and for brides it's an opportunity to find gowns that reflect the red carpet styles they love.
Here's a look at 17 red carpet trends that have been reflected on the bridal market!
Prices have been included where available.
Romantic Champagne Tulle
City of Stars
Off-the- Shoulder Lace
Simple and Structured
Tea Length Ballerina
Sleek with Slits
Photo Credits: BHLDN, David’s Bridal, The Knot, and Vogue.
While traditional fashion designers release their designs during the year they will be produced and sold, bridal fashion works a year in advance. Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Week gave us a LOT to look forward to, and I've picked out some of my favorites!
(Okay, more than some. I have a lot of favorites.)
Layers and Lace
Modest and Bold
Tony Ward for Kleinfeld
Illusion and Texture
The Fussy Dynamic
Classic and Dramatic
The Edgy Artistic
Classic with a Twist
Shiny and Sheer
Oscar De La Renta
Soft and Subtle
Structure and Texture
The Romantic and The Bold
Ines di Santo
Photos from instyle.com and brides.com.
Three of my friends got married in three weeks this summer (in what I fondly call my Summer Wedding Trilogy) and ALL THREE of them got their dresses at David's Bridal. I did a full review of my David's Bridal Shopping experience back in August, and I've been rather fond of some of their dresses this season.
Whether or not you've been bridal gown shopping or are well-versed in salon lingo, you know about David's Bridal. All you have to do is turn on the television and you are permeated with the "You'll Love David's Bridal" jingle. You know about the 99 dollar gown sale. If you were asked to name five bridal gown retailers, David's would probably be your number one.
I recently had the opportunity to visit two David's Bridal locations as the Maid of Honor in my best friend's wedding. Between the two trips, I developed a few pointers and tips for you if you ever plan on shopping at a David's Bridal near you!
1. David's caters to the traditional bride.
This is changing a bit as more non-traditional designers are seeking the mass market that David's offers (White by Vera Wang is a more non-traditional label, and in the fall David's will be introducing a new label by Zac Posen which looks like a promising non-traditional option) but for the most part, the David's Bridal Bride is the Princess Bride. Because of this, options without poofy skirts, options in colors other than white, and options without a lot of sparkle are somewhat limited and your consultant might have difficulty picking gowns in your style if you're not a traditional gal. Be aware of this before going in, and make sure your consultant is clear on what you want.
2. Go in with specific pictures of what you want to try on.
David's has a LOT of gowns, all of which are on the floor for you to see. If you don't have an idea of what you're looking for, it can get very overwhelming very quickly. Luckily, David's has all of their gowns available to see on their website, style numbers and all. If you do your research and come to your appointment prepared with dress styles in tow, your consultant will thank you and your day will go a lot smoother.
3. Make your appointment for later in the day.
David's is BUSY. This is only natural - they sell a high volume of gowns at affordable prices and they have an abundance of locations. There are women trying on gowns, large groups getting bridesmaids or mother of the bride dresses, people having their fittings at any given moment, and the atmosphere of David's isn't particularly private (they have a limited number of "stages" which multiple customers share.) Like any retail store, things slow down after 3pm, so if you can, make your appointment in the afternoon/evening for a calm, intimate experience.
4. If you only want to try on bridal gowns, make that clear.
This would seem like an obvious point, but at the end of the day, David's is a retail environment and they want to sell you more. This does have a lot of advantages; with your bridal gown purchase they offer you a discount on bridesmaids, flower girl, and mother of the bride dresses, which is lovely and helpful. That said, they might try and roll appointments for those dresses into your gown appointment. Your gown appointment should really be all about you, and you might have to say so up front.
5. Wealthier area = nicer store.
We went to two David's locations, one in a lower-income area and another in a Chicago suburb. The experience at the suburban David's was far better. The store itself was cleaner, the dressing rooms were in a more private location, our consultant was seemingly more experienced, and we ended up leaving with a dress. Moral of the story: a better experience is worth the drive.
I used to dismiss David's Bridal as a low-quality media ploy, and I can say now that I was wrong. If you go in having done your research and if you have the right expectations, I'm sure you'll have a successful appointment!
For more tips on shopping for a wedding dress at ANY location, check out my video on Couture Commitments' channel.
*The opinions in the post do not reflect all David's Bridal locations. I have not been sponsored by David's Bridal in any way.