Call it the Meghan Markle effect. With a royal wedding officially marked on our calendar (May 19, 2018, we’re looking at you), we can’t help but look back at a major trend from the Fall 2018 collections—the resurgence of the princess ball gown. Today’s full-skirted silhouettes put a modern spin on volume, creating contemporary silhouettes, romantic drama, and show-stopping features that any princess bride would be proud to flaunt down the aisle. Just take a look at these eight princess ball gown beauties—you’ll be sure to feel like Meghan Markle on your wedding day.
“Ball gown” and “minimalism” aren’t often associated with each other, but Monique Lhuillier manages to marry them both in a contemporary crepe ball gown. A ruched bodice and pleated skirt go untouched, striking in their simplicity.
A fitted La Vie en Rose bodice elegantly juxtaposes with a silk shantung taffeta skit in this Legends by Romona Keveza ball gown, which carries a trace of Victorian vibes thanks to lace detailing and a high collar.
We’re loving the sweetness behind Anne Barge’s “Lisette” ball gown, complete with a lace scalloped sweetheart neckline and side cut-outs with matching lace embroidery for a subtle touch.
This blush ball gown by Dennis Basso for Kleinfeld is what princess dreams are made of. A beaded illusion bodice and matching hemline sparkle with magic — there’s no doubt one will feel like royalty wearing this down the aisle.
We’re ready to bow down to this regal-looking ball gown by Reem Acra. A strapless bodice, ornate floral embroidery accented with crystals, and satin skirt are seriously jaw-dropping, and dare we say, fit for a queen.
Galia Lahav’s Daffodil ball gown exudes a touch of whimsy and playfulness with a dotted voluminous skirt and corset inspired bodice trimmed in ruffles. Unexpected, unconventional, and every bit beautiful.
Michal Medina’s ravishing two-piece “Blake” ball gown takes modern vintage for a romantic spin, where lace meets geometric and floral details reminiscent of the 1920s for a hint of an Art Deco feel.
It’s easy to see why this lace confection by Caroline Castigliano was named “Love Story” — its classic, feminine vibe has a timeless appeal that doesn’t take much to fall in love with. Besides, we can’t say no to a wedding dress that has pockets!