If you waited with bated breath to watch Meghan Markle walk down the aisle and see what all the guests were wearing to the big day, it’s safe to say you learned a thing or two about Royal Wedding fashion. While the royal family may seem out of reach, there are ways to take style tips from their big days and use them for your own wedding. Here are 10 style tips to take away from the royal wedding.
1. Refuse to Settle for One Dress
If Meghan Markle taught us anything, it’s that the best dress can sometimes be the second one you rock. Markle wore one dress to the royal wedding ceremony that was both classy and elegant. Her dress for after the ceremony showed a bit more skin while still keeping an overall classy tone.
2. Keep in Mind That Tailoring Is Key
From suit jackets to pencil skirts, tailoring is a huge part of any royal family event. Even the guests at Megan and Harry’s wedding — ranging from Victoria Beckham to Amal Clooney — donned dresses that perfectly fit every curve. Create the same look at your wedding by making sure all bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits are tailored to perfection.
3. Try a Print or Bright Color
A royal wedding is not the time to wear a subdued outfit. Even Queen Elizabeth wore a lime, lemon, purple and grey floral dress with a matching lime coat. Bright colors and even fun floral prints are perfect for a royal wedding. If you want your guests to shine on your wedding day, put a note on the invitations that encourages guests to wear bright colors.
4. Remember Headgear
How could you forget about fascinators? One of the most well-known aspects of any royal wedding is the guests’ choice in headgear. Hats and fascinators can add another layer to an already chic outfit. Make sure you avoid tiaras if you’re a guest though since you wouldn’t wear one to a daytime British wedding unless you were the bride.
5. Opt for a Unique Ring
Every royal family engagement has a story, including the ring. Meghan’s engagement ring was a three-carat cushion-cut diamond from Botswana with smaller diamonds on either side from the late Princess Diana’s collection. Princess Eugene of York also chose a unique engagement ring — a vintage-style yellow gold with a sapphire surrounded by diamonds.
6. Rock a Knee-Length Dress
While many of the dresses you saw during the royal wedding were knee-length, there aren’t any set rules. Maxi dresses, sundresses and more work as long as the length is considered tasteful, so have your guests keep dresses at a longer length if you want to mimic the royal family style.
7. Put Cushions in High Heels
You should always plan your fashion ahead of time, especially in the case of the royal wedding. Some experts recommend putting cushions inside the balls of your feet in case there’s standing before and after the wedding ceremony and you’re in heels. It’s also a good idea to check the weather in case of an outdoor ceremony.
8. Make Sure Men Dress to the Nines
It’s difficult enough to get your husband or boyfriend to dress in anything besides gym shorts. Nonetheless, nothing but their best will work for a royal wedding. Men in the military must wear their uniform while other guests wear morning coats and an optional top hat. Even a business suit with a classic tailored look and dark hue is acceptable.
9. Keep Your Shoulders Covered
Another part of royal wedding etiquette includes keeping your shoulders covered when you’re entering into the church. Guests will don jackets or other silhouettes with sleeves to keep their outfits modest. However, you can go wild with your hat or fascinator.
10. Wear Tights
Women in the Queen’s presence are supposed to wear nude stockings, but not everyone adheres to this rule. While tights aren’t always practical for summer weddings, guests at winter weddings can add a pair of tights to stay warm and stylish even when it’s cold.
Royal Wedding Fashion for All
Royal wedding fashion isn’t just for the Royals. Take these 10 style tips and incorporate them into your wedding or the next wedding you attend to take your fashion game to the next level.