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Meghan Markle in Givenchy. Grace Kelly in Helen Rose. Jackie O in Ann Lowe. These iconic wedding dresses, while each individually unique, all shared one key characteristic: timelessness. Unless you have a penchant for taking bold risks with your wardrobe (if so, more power to you!), a classic bridal aesthetic helps ensure you'll love your dress before, during, and long after the wedding day.
Rest assured, classic does not translate to boring. Rather, it simply means relying on tried-and-true silhouettes, necklines, textures, and embellishments. Ahead, discover scores of gowns that nod to an enduring aesthetic, with fresh options from legends like Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera as well as buzzy labels, including Danielle Frankel and Markarian. Plus, choose from details that run the gamut of bridalwear, like sheer sleeves, satin-covered buttons, lace paneling, and more. In other words, a classic wedding dress can appeal to each and every bride.
Gabriela Hearst Joaquina Gown
This minimalist white dress takes the strapless silhouette to a whole new level. Plus, the breathtaking pleated back and pooling train add instant elegance.
Anne Barge Lamar Strapless Gown
A strapless sweetheart neckline is a classic pick every bride should consider. Wear yours with shoulder-grazing earrings and keep accessories minimal.
Fame & Partners Gathered Belted Gown
This belted gown would be perfect for an outdoor garden wedding. Wear yours with a casual pair of wedges or grass friendly block heels.