Meghan Markle Is Officially Engaged, So We Can Start Talking About the Dress Now
What will Meghan Markle's wedding dress be like? That's the question everyone in fashion, royal and society circles is asking right now because rumour has it that Prince Harry is primed to pop the question any day now. Who knows whether these Chinese whispers are just borne out of mass excitement, but it would be rather lovely to watch an extravaganza of a mammoth regal wedding unfold again…
And so, as the actress's personal style becomes ever more recognised in the public realm, there's a little
What will Meghan Markle's wedding dress be like? That's the question everyone in fashion, royal and society circles is asking right now.
In an interview with Glamour in March 2016 about the wedding dress for Rachel Zane, her character in Suits, the soon-to-be royal was asked what her dream wedding dress is. "I have the luxury of wearing beautiful pieces of clothing every day for work, so my personal style—wedding or not—is very pared down and relaxed," she revealed. "Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic. Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos are faves of mine for their uniqueness and beauty. And I will always be a fan of Ellie Saab. J. Mendel is spectacular as well, especially for more structural designs."
While Meghan Markle will be able to wear something slightly less formal than the Duchess of Cambridge, it is important to remember that this is still a royal wedding, so she will still have to honour traditions and not wear anything too radical. This is reflected in the formal manner in which the palace announced the engagement, releasing a statement from her parents.
Meghan will wear something custom, however, the question will be whether she opts for a British or American designer. The royal family often dresses diplomatically, and so she will either commission a British designer like Kate did with Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen or she will opt for an all-American designer like Oscar de la Renta. Keep scrolling to see what the Who What Wear team thinks Meghan could wear for her royal wedding this spring.
A Classic, Elegant Dress
"I think she'll wear something pretty understated," says Elinor Block, assistant editor of Who What Wear UK. "Her style is very low-key but glamorous, and while I imagine it'll be a pretty Hollywood vibe, she'll want to remain respectful to DOC and Prince William, as she can't upstage them."
A Polished But Modern Dress
"I have a feeling Meghan's look will be understated and modern—and in that vein, most likely free of lace, frills and the usually girlish trappings you'd imagine on a royal wedding dress," says Who What Wear UK's Editorial Director Hannah Almassi. "Her day-to-day style is polished, a little sassy and simple but elegant. I'd imagine her opting for a dress like this that looks neat and plain from the front but is all party at the back."
An All-American Designer?
Hannah Almassi thinks that Meghan will wear a British designer like Temperley, however, she might also wear a classic American bridal label such as Oscar de la Renta, which creates cathedral-worthy gowns. Deputy editor Emma Spedding thinks she will be careful to avoid anything too similar to the Duchess of Cambridge's lace-sleeved Alexander McQueen gown, but she will likely go for something more traditional than a strapless, so she might opt for a delicate sheer sleeve like on this Oscar de la Renta gown.
Isabel Mundigo-Moore, Who What Wear UK's social media editor, thinks she will follow Kate's lead and opt for something sleeved and princess-worthy like the Elie Saab gown above. "I think it won't be too different from Kate in that it'll have long sleeves and lace," she says.