The desire to emulate royal style is nothing new, especially when it comes to bridal inspiration. Whether you're knee-deep in the stressful process of planning your special day or you're just the daydreaming type, Kate Middleton's wedding dress will inspire you on your search for the perfect gown. A cross between traditional elegance and of-the-moment minimalism, the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding look was right in line with her day-to-day style.
Three children and a royal sister-in-law later, Middleton's wedding to Prince William in April of 2011 seems like a distant memory. While the details of the joyous ceremony will go down in British history forever, so will Middleton's iconic dress, designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.
The victorian-inspired gown featured a strapless sweetheart neckline, a lace long-sleeve overlay, and a flowing a-line hem. The 9-foot train brought just the right amount of drama, as opposed to her royal mother-in-law, Princess Diana's, 25-foot-long version.
Middleton's makeup highlighted her ever-present, understated glow, a beauty look she's stayed true to since entering the spotlight. She wore her rich brown hair in classic curls, finishing it off with a dreamy tiara and a sheer veil. As for jewelry, the Duchess kept it simple with diamond drop earrings and a bare neck to accentuate the dress's intricate upper half.
Maybe a custom-made Alexander McQueen dress with hand-sewn French lace and an epic hand-me-down tiara from the Queen herself aren't exactly the most realistic wedding dreams. However, taking notes from Middleton's retro and romantic style is totally possible when planning your special day.
See-through lace sleeves are sophisticated and unique, while a flowing skirt keeps the look totally classic. Copy Middleton's bouncy curls, or make the style your own by opting for a twisted updo, a bohemian braid, or a sleek slick-back.
Ahead, start compiling your 2019 wedding dress vision board with The Zoe Report's choices for Middleton-inspired gowns that will make you want to say "I do" over and over again.
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Combining separate pieces to create the effect of a cohesive wedding gown may not be the most traditional wedding style, but it definitely does the trick. If you're in love with the idea of lace-adorned sleeves partnered with a sweetheart neckline but don't feel totally committed to a dress quite yet, try pairing this bodysuit with your own choice of skirt.