If you're a city girl at heart, the meringue-styled traditional wedding dress might not be your happily-ever-after. If you're after an altogether simpler affair, then take inspiration from these seven stunning dress designs that focus on shape, silhouette, and style. 

Industrial Chic

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Gown by Vera Wang; bracelet by Graff Diamonds; ring by Cartier

The plunging v-neckline of this Vera Wang dress contrasts with the high choker, creating an elegant and on-trend look.

Standing Tall

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Coat by Christian Dior; gown by Vera Wang; bracelet by Cartier; ring by Graff Diamonds

If you're having an outdoor wedding, consider a chic jacket or cover-up for cooler weather, and contrast dark colours with a white dress.

Understated Elegance

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Gown by Ralph Lauren

Keep it simple with a back-to-basics dress - pay attention to quality material and exceptional tailoring, as with this Ralph Lauren gown, for maximum affect.

Crystal Cascade

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Gown by Delpozo; shoes by Christian Dior

Play with tradition by trying light and pastel colours as an alternative to white and ivory, and embrace embellishment for extra glamour. 

Free Spirit

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Dress, shoes, necklace and bracelet by Chanel; earrings by Graff Diamonds

Experiment with skirt length, layers and materials - lace and frills are feminine, but keep it flirty and fresh by adopting a shorter dress. 

What Lies Beneath

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Dress, belt, and underwear by Dolce & Gabbana; ear cuff and shoes by Saint Laurent; necklace by Graff Diamonds

Sheer, embroidered and lace materials are stunning when worn with the correct undergarments - carefully consider what will be visible, and consult with a specialist seamstress.

Fire and Ice

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Gown by Oscar de la Renta; necklace and ring by Cartier

For a modern look, try different materials and shades like satin and metallics, for a subtle shimmer as you walk down the aisle.

 

Tags: Wedding Dress, Wedding Gown, Modern Wedding