With this being the day of the British Royal Wedding, I can only be referring to one dress: Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.  I really don’t give a crap about the big fat royal wedding, but I do like fashion.  I was pleasantly surprised to see Kate in a rather traditional dress:

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress

Here’s a full view of it from the front:

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress - Front View

I love the fact that it is demure and covers her.  Other people aren’t as enamored.  I’ve seen comments referring to it as “Grandma’s Tablecloth” or “Grandma’s Lace Curtains.”  Pshaw! I think it’s extremely flattering on her and don’t see anything “Grandma” about it.  It’s a refreshing change from the modern bridal trend of flouncing down the aisle in a dress that looks like it came from a stripper’s closet – a stripper who works the pole to Billy Idol’s “White Wedding.”  I absolutely hate those stupid form-fitting strapless, leave-nothing-to-the-imagination mermaid gowns which many brides choose.

Stripper Wedding Dress

Stripper Wedding Dress

Nope. I think we will one day look back on these pictures and think Kate’s dress is still beautiful.  It’s already being compared to Grace Kelly’s dress, which is still as gorgeous today as it was in 1956.

Grace Kelly's Wedding Gown

Grace Kelly's Wedding Gown - 1956

Kate’s dress is genius in its simplicity, unlike dresses which play to current trends such as overwrought crystal beading, see-through bodices, super form-fitting, etc. I think Kate’s dress is absolutely timeless, which is always a great choice when you’re a high-profile person engaged in a wedding which is a public spectacle.  It would be difficult to date that dress, unlike most dresses.  For example, I bet I don’t even have to tell you what era this dress is from:

1980s Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress - the 80s

 

6 Responses to “Fashion Friday: THE Dress”

  • AmandaonMaui says:

    I agree that it’s nice to have some traditional elegance brought back to the wedding gown. I agree that it’s very much like Grace Kelly’s dress, and tastefulness is timelessness. I love the veil and tiara. They’re even simpler than Kelly’s and much more beautiful to me.

    I agree that I hate these new modern wedding gowns that are so tasteless. Save the sexy corset for the wedding night. I’m not a prude, you know that, but I do believe in being dignified.

  • Amber says:

    I adore Kate’s dress. The top half reminds me of the Monique Lhuillier ‘Jacqueline’ blouse, which I fell in love with when I was planning my wedding. Unfortunately I didn’t want to spend that much!

  • Sarah says:

    I totally agree. So timeless, beautiful, and sweet.

  • Bonnie says:

    Pippa’s dress stole the show!

  • Eurasian7 says:

    I loved it; it was tasteful, elegant, and classic. Grace Kelly immediately came to mind, though I prefer Kate’s neckline, as well as her simple veil and tiara. And I appreciate the fact that she carried a small, tidy bouquet as opposed to the enormous cascading shrub so many brides haul down the aisle, some of them so large as to obscure the front of the gown. Ugh!

  • Lindsay says:

    I am totally with you! AMAZING! Perfect for her, regal, elegant, and classy. Timeless. (And I can’t imagine the church I go to even allowing the current see-through dresses down the aisle- and I live in WA and go to a pretty liberal church, it’s still not appropriate.)

    It also reminded me of Maria’s dress in the Sound of Music. :)