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The ABC Bride: Alternative, Beautiful and Chic

If full-fat is the new low-fat, and hipster is the new norm, then stylish alternative bridal attire is the new traditional, floor-sweeping, virginal white dress.

While some women argue that their wedding is the one day when they can don the dreamy snowy gown and sweep the aisle with a billowing veil; for others, this is the one day above all others where they can break the mold and cause a fashionable stir. Either way, here's some inspiration if you want to glide down a more alternative aisle.

The two-piece

The combinations are endless: fitted skirt and sweater, oversized cut-offs with a tailored blazer, full frothy skirt with a fitted top, trousers and cropped top…there are so many possibilities. We’re impressed by Olivia Palermo’s recent take on the trend as she wowed in a mullet skirt and long-sleeved sweater by Carolina Herrera.

The Midi

This is a serious statement and not for the faint-hearted bride. While it can be difficult to pull off, when it goes right it’s a most stunning ensemble. Fabric and shape are vitally important; a structured, well-tailored fit works really well and will see you through the long day, while a strapless tea length gives a flirty 50’s feel. A two-piece can work well here too, giving the illusion of a onesie, but with a romantic midriff hint.

Bright Colors

This doesn’t have to mean arriving in a startling canary yellow nightmare (sorry Amber Tamblyn) or a drastic tribute to the Dark Night (though we do salute you Dita Von Teese). Introducing color to your dress can be as subtle or as dramatic as you wish. If you are wary about undergoing a full-on color transplant, try a neat nod to the ombre trend like Gwen Stefani’s 2002 pink dip-dye dress, a twist on the traditional white, which was both girly and punk. For a complete color change, there really are no rules except to choose a shade that you love and that loves you. Address your coloring; dark colors can be severe in summer months while pastels can be draining if mismatched with your natural complexion.

Statement Accessory

Shaking things up in your wedding style doesn’t necessarily mean your entire attire. Some may prefer a subtler hint at rebellion and this gives scope for endless accessorizing possibilities. Gloves are a fabulous addition. Try black for a classy contrast or blue to cover all your ‘good luck’ areas (royal blue is stunning while a pale blue keeps with the ongoing shade trend). Or steal the mother-of-the-bride tradition by swapping the conventional veil for a flamboyant top hat.

The Trouser-suit & Jumpsuit

Bridal trouser suits blasted into trend last year and made a lasting impression as an understated alternative that still allows for a feminine hue. The fitted pants-blazer combo is always sophisticated and chic, while the one-piece is a more modern twist on the tailored alternative.


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