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It’s been three years since Meghan Markle’s wedding dress made headlines worldwide, and we get why. From her classic ceremony gown to her modern second look, Markle's wedding day fashion was full of elegance and style.
For her first gown, Markle worked with designer Clare Waight Keller to design her gorgeous Givenchy ceremony dress. As previously reported by Brides, a press statement released by Kensington Palace stated, “True to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The dress's focus is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasizes the slender sculpted waist. The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity." And for the reception, Markle graced the world with a more playful and relaxed look–a Stella McCartney high neck, halter dress.
“Meghan Markle’s dress was everything that you dream of when you have a fairytale wedding. It was simplistic enough in the silhouette but still classic enough to be considered a timeless dress,” Stephanie White, founder & creative director of Odylyne The Ceremony, told Brides.
To recreate the look White suggests, "a very classic silhouette almost reminiscent of past princesses and duchesses. A look that accentuates the frame of the bride, but simplistic enough to let the focus be on the bride and not fully, or completely, on the details of the dress."
Meet the Expert
Stephanie White is the founder and creative director of Odylyne The Ceremony, a bridal line with ethereal and free-spirited gowns for modern-day brides.
While you may not be able to get your hands on the exact Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy and Stella McCartney dresses that Meghan Markle wore, we have the next best thing. Below, we’ve compiled 22 wedding dresses to help recreate Markle's ceremony and reception look for when you say "I do."
Best Detailed Shoulders: Oui Madam Bespoke Angelica Dress
This dress keeps the square neckline feature, but adds a modern touch by using feathers, crystals, and beading to detail the gown’s shoulders. The entire gown is also wrapped with stretch crepe fabric and features an open back and a high slit.
For a Casual Wedding: Galvan Pandora Silk-Satin Halterneck Midi Dress
This dress's silhouette is specifically crafted to highlight the bust and waist of a bride while providing a looser fit at the hips. Even better, the midi-length allows you to move around easily without having to be concerned about a train.
Looking for a royal gown? We've answered three common questions brides have when shopping for a Meghan Markle-inspired wedding dress.
- What type of dresses replicate Meghan Markle's wedding day looks? For Markle's ceremony look, a gown with a bateau neckline and long sleeves would be a perfect replication. For the reception, Markle wore a classic and relaxed halter gown, which would be the style to follow if looking to recreate her second look.
- Is it okay to wear two dresses for my wedding? It's your day so you get to make the rules. It's important that you feel your best and if you'd like to wear two (or three!) dresses, go for it!
- How can I accessorize a halter neckline or high neck dress? Let your personal style dictate your accessories. However, a halter dress will cover your neck, so it's best to opt for accessories that are able to be visible–like statement earrings and bracelets.