Elle's Edit: 13 Wedding Dresses for the 'Cool' Bride

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BRIDES Fashion Director Elle Strauss is constantly surrounded by all things fashion and accessories. She sees the latest and greatest and is bringing you, our favorite brides-to-be, some of her favorite stylish picks to inspire your own breathtaking bridal moment. This week, she's talking all things "cool girl," (you know the type: always ahead of the trends), with her top 13 dresses for the bride looking to bring a little cool factor to her wedding fashion.

We're hosting a party with the new queen of cool, Self-Portrait, and you're invited! Gearing up for our event with Self-Portrait and Bergdorf Goodman in New York this weekend I was inspired to look out for all those brides-to-be looking to "It Girls" for fashion inspiration. Nothing says "cool" like a bride that takes a chance on something unexpected, and we're rounding up some of our favorite pieces for the "cool" bride — including of course, the to-die-for looks from Self-Portrait.


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Self-Portrait: (long) I instantly loved the editorial vibe of this dress with it's 70s detail and bowtie; (midi) This perfect lace dress will be a staple in your closet and works for everything from brunch to walking down the aisle. (Long-sleeve pleated lace-trimmed gown, $1,350, and ivy lace-trim open-back midi dress, $625, Self-Portrait; available at Bergdorf Goodman)


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Milly: A shorter hemline and bell sleeves add a fresh twist to a strapless dress. (Mila off-the-shoulder mini dress, $375, Milly; available at Bergdorf Goodman)


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Veronica Beard: This chic understated dress has that Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy vibe! The eternal "It Girl" bride. ("Edelia" strapless bustier dress, $650, Veronica Beard; available at Bergdorf Goodman)


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La Petite Robe: Bold and asymmetrical qualities add an elegant touch to this polished gown. (Etheline cap-sleeve peplum column gown, $995, La Petite Robe; available at Bergdorf Goodman)


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Versace: Two words — so pretty! This could work from city to beach to garden. Versatility is always key. (Knotted strapless silk column gown, $5,200, Versace; available at Bergdorf Goodman)


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Cushnie et Ochs: Subtle sex appeal is the name of Cushnie et Ochs's game. This would also make for a wonderful option for an evening reception. (One-shoulder bustier dress, $1,695, Cushnie et Ochs; available at Bergdorf Goodman)


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The Row: If anyone does perfect understated elegance it's the Olsens for The Row. This would of course be perfect for a New York City bride. (Button-front silk halter dress, $2,350, The Row; available at Bergdorf Goodman)


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Proenza Schouler: This spring, it's all about bare shoulders. This was one of my favorite dresses when it came down the runway, and would make for a stunning alternative for the bride looking to make a style statement. (Off-the-shoulder ruffled tie-neck dress, $2,850, Proenza Schouler; available at Bergdorf Goodman)


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Chloé: Go no further if French girl, bohemian-chic is what you're after. No one does it quite like Chloé. (Embroidered tiered ruffled dress, $2,995, Chloé; available at Bergdorf Goodman)


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Erdem: With its mock neck silhouette, this ultra-feminine, Victorian-inspired dress is perfectly on trend for the season. ("Abrielle" striped mock-neck dress, $3,395, Erdem; available at Bergdorf Goodman)


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Balenciaga: This is a beautiful way to incorporate beading to an otherwise classic and ultra-chic look. Because every bride needs a little bling. (Beaded crewneck crepe gown, $3,600, Balenciaga; available at Bergdorf Goodman)


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Rosie Assoulin: Fashion brides looking to make a statement; don't be afraid to add color! Rosie Assoulin is one of the hottest designers on the style scene right now, and this gown would make for a bold bridal moment. (Flower stamp bi-colour silk-twill dress, $3,285, Rosie Assoulin; available at Matches Fashion)

Looking to perfect your "cool girl" look for the big day? Join Self-Portrait designer Han Chong and I for a special bridal collection party at Bergdorf Goodman this weekend. Can't wait to see you there!



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