6 Wedding Dresses for the Undone Bride

Updated 12/02/15
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Christopher Ferguson

While fairytale ball gowns and sexy silhouettes amp up the drama on your wedding day, there's something so unmistakably lovely about simple, sweet frocks that let a bride's natural beauty shine through. Feminine yet totally not frilly, these easy, breezy gowns are all about the woman within them, enhancing what makes her beautiful au naturale with darling little details, such as silk flowers appliqués and soft, dreamy fabrics. Struggling to look like you (but better!) on the big day? It doesn't get any easier than this: Slip on a floaty, unfussy dress — free of yards of restrictive tulle and oodles of excessive embellishment — let your hair down, and glide down that aisle.

Above: Gorgeous details and a major train add up to one showstopping entrance. (French-tulle dress with silk flowers and Chantilly lace, $7,900, Vera Wang; Bracelets, Finn)

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Proof that super femme doesn't have to mean super structured. (Lace gown with chapel train, $2,900, YolanCris, available at Kleinfeld Bridal; Square pendant, Selin Kent; Long circular pendant, Zoë Chicco)

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The perfect mate for your strapless style once the sun goes down: A cozy, textured sweater. (Silk-organza dress, $3,595, Leanne Marshall; Sweater, Rebecca Taylor)

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This is how a modern-day Holly Golightly gets married. (Cotton and silk dress with mesh and wool embroidery, $598, Jill Stuart, 212-343-2300; Sunglasses, Mercura NYC, 917-754-6814; Ring, Single Stone)

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Beauty note! An essential part of the "no-makeup" makeup look is a pair of full, well groomed eyebrows. For a similar look, define with Mary Kay Mechanical Brow Liner and set with Mary Kay Brow Gel. (Duchesse-silk satin, silk organza, and tulle dress with silk flowers and beaded details, price upon request, Samuelle Couture; Earrings, Finn; Brow Liner, $11, Mary Kay; Brow Gel, $10, Mary Kay)

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We love this soft blue-gray as a chic alternative to the white dress. (Silk-georgette gown, $1,980, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, available at Barneys; Cardigan, Banana Republic; Ring on ring finger, Single Stone; Ring on pinky finger, Selin Kent)

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES December/January issue on newsstands now and available for download.

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