6 Royal Wedding Inspired Dress Trends

A bride walking with her groom and wearing a royal-inspired wedding dress.

Royal weddings set off a wave of trends. The world awaits with baited breath as the newest royal bride makes her way down the aisle and within minutes, it seems as if dress knockoffs hit the stores. Here’s a look back at some of the most popular royal wedding inspired dress trends from the past few years.

1. Bateau Neckline

A bride wearing a lace wedding dress with a bateau neckline inspired by Meghan Markle.

Meghan Markle’s Givenchy wedding dress brought light to the bateau neckline. The bateau neckline is perfect for anyone because it shows off the shoulders just enough, while still remaining beautiful and conservative. Designers began to jump on the bateau neckline as soon as Meghan wore it down the aisle. It’s already been a big hit this year and designers say it’s not going anyway anytime soon.

2. Long Train

A bride wearing a dress with a long train and descending stairs.

Sofia Hellqvist married Prince Carl Philip of Sweden in a designer gown by Ida Sjostedt, a Swedish designer. One of the most notable things about her exquisite look was her dramatic train. The train was cut and stitched by hand and then attached to her hand-embroidered tulle veil. Princess Sofia might have been following the trend set by another royal before her, however. Kate Middleton’s train seemed to set the runway on fire just when trains were going out of style. Many brides were opting for no train before Kate wore hers on her big day. Hers was long and dramatic, meaning others had to help her with it throughout the day—but it made a statement. The beautiful, full train brought back a look of classic, royal beauty. Princess Madeleine of Sweden also wore a four-metre long train.

3. Deep V-Neckline

A woman wearing a lace wedding dress with a deep V neckline inspired by Kate Middleton's dress.

Kate Middleton’s iconic Alexander McQueen dress set many trends, but one of the most popular is the deep v-neck. Royals are often thought of as too “stuffy” or too conservative to wear a deep v-neck, but Kate Middleton showed it could be done with style and class. Her beautiful lines showed off her shoulders in a gorgeous way without showing too much skin. A deep v-neck is irresistible and trendsetting for royals and everyday brides alike.

4. Minimal and Classic

A bride sitting in a classic car in her simple wedding dress and no headpiece.

A “minimalist” look by the royals doesn’t mean they walk down the aisle in a simple white sundress. It does mean, however, that they didn’t go over the top with lace, embroidery, and diamonds. Meghan Markle’s Givenchy wedding dress was elegant and simple, and she’s since known for inspiring women to wear simple, beautiful lines. At Scotland’s latest royal wedding in 2011, Zara Phillips’ dress wasn’t over the top, either. Made of silk, the ivory gown was simple and sculpted perfectly for her with a dropped-waist bustier. She did have a long veil and short train, but nothing you wouldn’t see on an everyday bride. Even though a tiara brought in the royal effect, her overall look was minimal and classic.

5. Intricate Lace Detailing

A bride wearing a wedding dress with lace detailing inspired by Princess Madeleine of Sweden.

Lace is a popular choice among royal brides, popularized with Kate Middleton’s gown which featured lace throughout the piece. Princess Madeleine of Sweden married her American love in an extravagant Valentino gown with sophisticated yet subtle lace detailing across the shoulders, body, and along the veil. This trend is all about using lace to create a dramatic, classy look without going over the top.

6. The Tiara

A bride wearing a tiara in front of yellow leaves as inspired by Princess Eugenie.

Princess Eugenie of York made a bold decision with her bridal look that not only inspires wedding dress trends, but also empowers others to show off their flaws. Eugenie chose not to wear a veil because she wanted to show off the scars on her back from scoliosis surgery. Instead of a veil, Eugenie went with a tiara. It may not be a part of the dress, but the tiara is definitely a trend when it comes to a royal wedding. The royals don’t skimp on the beauty of this accessory. Most can remember the exquisite tiara worn by Princess Diana when she married Prince Charles. The tiara is iconic and classic, giving the bride a feeling that she’s the queen for a day—which any bride is!

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