Best Dressed: Royal Wedding Female 'Hottie' List

The world was waiting with baited breathe for Meghan to arrive so we could see "the dress". No doubt she wowed in a demure slash neck and long sleeved gown. Graceful and elegant with the right amount of class; perfect for a royal wedding. Her veil stole the show for me - it was just the most radiant accessory and really completed the fairytale. 

After their nuptials, the new Duchess of Sussex (I bet she hasn't quite got her head around that one yet) slipped in to a stunning Stella McCartney choker neck gown showing her incredible shoulders and petite figure. Her new hubby whisked her off in his fancy little E-class blue Jaguar to party with their friends. Ahh the fairytale is complete...

So, we know that Markle brought her sparkle and slayed aisle style from here to Windsor and back. But what about the star-studded 'A-guest-list'? From Victoria Beckham to Serena Williams, yesterday's celebrations were really a who's who of celeb royalty, both homegrown and from across the pond. We have rounded up our favourite 20 gowns and encourage you to share your thoughts on your faves! 

1) Amal Clooney - mustard is not for every girl but this Lebanese beauty look every inch a superstar. George who?

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2) Oprah Winfrey - the soft pink looked fab against her beautiful skin and her 'boobage' was on fire! Top points to the Stella McCartney team for making Winfrey's dress the night before. She realised that her previous choice beige dress would photograph white - avoided a faux pas there. Up top Oprah!

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3) Kate Middleton - luscious in lemon, this gorgeous gal has worn this outfit three times now and we LOVE her for it. Why waste a perfectly good outfit by never wearing it again? Also, why try to upstage the bride with a new outfit? Middleton is pure class from head to toe.

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4)  Priyanka Chopra - Markle's long time BFF and fellow actress looked fit for high-tea with Liz as she slinked into the grounds of Windsor in a lavender skirt-suit and matching hat. 

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5) Victoria Beckham - Elegant in long sleeves and classy in navy. Posh spice was a vision. We LOVE the red heels too - that's what I really really want!

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6) Lady Kitty Spencer - a gorgeous forest green corseted dress by Dolce & Gabbana was favoured by Princess Diana's niece. Bold in colour and season appropriate with the pop of colour flowers. J'adore the matching birdcage veil!

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7) Autumn Phillips - Autumn donned a beautiful blue over the knee dress that was belted to show her trim waist. We love the collar to add a certain level of sophistication and etiquette and the off-kilter hat is just adorable!

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8) Chelsy Davy - navy is definitely this bombshells colour and the gorgeous peplum detail added so much femininity and playfulness to her dress. Another of Harry's ex-flames in attendance to wish her old beau well! 

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9) Doria Ragland - Doria looked gorgoues in a mint suit by Oscar de la Renta. Radiant and chic, she must have been the proudest mum in the country yesterday as she watched her daughter marry our Royal lad (what a surreal experience!)

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10) Pippa Middleton - conservative yet completely elegant. Neutral pastel colours with some added swish and flare in the bottom of Pip's dress was the perfect understated yet pretty way to dress for the season and the occasion. 

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11) Joss Stone - tall and elegant with legs for days, Joss looked less sassy than normal and more seasonal in a white dress covered with pretty florals. She wore a beautiful sheer style hat with geometric style leaves and drop earrings. The pink shawl was the perfect way to 'wrap' up her look...

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12) Sophie, Countess of Wessex - structured, patterned and in a beautiful ethereal shade of blue. I love this sophisticated and mature look. Perfect for a royal affair.

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13) Sarah Rafferty - another navy gown, this time by Lanvin. Loving the addition of the statement sleeves to add a little more drama...just in case there wasn't enough! Another birdcage veil and seemingly a popular style for the occasion.  

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14) Cressida Bonas - I absolutely adore this quirky and almost Andean style dress that Cressida wore to her ex-flame's nuptials. Quirky, colourful, bright and fitted in all the right places. 

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15) Abigail Spencer - she sashayed in with another actress on our best dressed list, Priyanka Chopra, in a gorgeous polka dot dress y Alessandra Rich. An OTT collar, cuffs and large buttons make this dress more playful and less conservative. Sophisticated yet playful and finished with a quintessential birdcage. 

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16) Samantha Cameron - 'Samcam' chose a bold kingfisher blue and chunky necklace to compliment her dark hair. I love the bold orange to contrast the overall look. 

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17) Gabriel Macht - Gabriel looked glamorous yet sophisticated in this beautiful wine coloured gown complete with...you guessed it. Birdcage headgear...

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18) Troian Bellisario - a far cry from her beach wedding, Troian looked angelic in a beautiful pale pink gown with long sleeves. The modern choker neck was similar to Markle's evening gown and the signature flowers that were a huge feature this year are peppered along her shoulders.   

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19) Carole Middleton - An exquisite shade of aquamarine looked glorious with Caroles' complexion. The fluted shape of the jacket was flattering and perfect for Spring and we LOVE the matching accessories. We see where Kate get's her chic fashion sense from! 

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20) HRH Queen Elizabeth II - as usual making a statement in a soft neon yellow/green with pops of lavender, Queen Elizabeth makes herself stand out for the masses to identify her. Accessorising with pearls and a few feathers, she was fit for spring and the wedding of her rather gorgeous grandson. Well done Liz!  

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Written by Hannah Mac Lennan - Director & Founder of BRIDE by Aster

 

Bridal Trends 2019

Spring is all about birth, renewal, life, colour and the beginning of a new season. It seems fitting then that Bridal Fashion Week this spring was brimming with new designs for designers 2019 collections that were being debuted for the first time.

No surprises that the runways of London and Barcelona were jammed full of Royal Wedding inspired frocks, peppered with Markle’s quintessential signature style. It also feels that the next season of bridalwear will be a fashion of two extremes.

Both ends of the spectrum from simple, unembellished sheath gowns to swathes of delicious tuille and organza in shades of blush and lavender. There has also been a focus on applique for a little while and this is showing no signs of slowing down.

One of my favourite trends is ruffles! Some designers have gone more exaggerated than others, some have opted for a simple undulation in their cuts. One thing is for sure, we’re going to be seeing a lot more bounce in dresses next season.

Here are our top FIVE favourite trends to expect in the coming months – the real question is…are you even ready for bridal 2019??

ONE – COLOURED GOWNS

Long gone are the days that white or ivory gowns were the be all and end all of bridalwear. The colourful wedding dress movement is showing no signs of slowing down. Pink wedding dresses made a brief appearance a few years back, helped by the likes of Gwen Stefani and Anne Hathaway, but never really took off in the way we’re seeing now. Blush and even candy floss pink are really trending and even if you’re not brave enough to go all pink on your big day, why not accent with pink accessories? Blush boleros, bubblegum veils; the sky is the limit when it come to accessorising your dress.

Lavender gowns were also big on the runway this year so keep your eyes peeled for a spot of indigo creeping in to your Instagram feed. It may just be the next big colour to give blush a run for its’ money.

 

TWO – JUMPSUITS & TWO-PIECE TROUSERS SUITS      

We have Meghan Markle to thank for the sudden and abundant return of trousers to the bridal world. A classy, sharp and much more gender fluid style of attire for your nuptials, although some designers have gone all 90’s on us and brought back a sort of ‘skort’ but with longer legs! We are loving this look and although not everyone’s cup of tea, if Solange can rock without the frock, so can we!

 

THREE – 100 YEARS EARLIER…

No surprises that we may have gone a little bit Royal this year and as such, Victorian fashion influences are coming through in bridal. Long sleeves are back in a big way as are high necks with more detail and lace embellishment. Of course there have been some very obvious modernisation of traditional Victorian gowns with playful elements of sheer, softening the look.    

FOUR – TIARAS

Big in the 90’s, out in the 00’s and on the rise again, tiaras. What is so incredible about bridal fashion, is the ability to take inspiration from something that is trending and adapt it to your signature bridal style.

Princess wedding? Tiara.

Boho wedding? Flower crown

Beach wedding? Shell headdress

Non-conformist? Side tiara

Again, we have Miss Markle to thank for the rise in tiaras on the runway this season but thanks to some incredible small business entrepreneurs as well as industry heavyweights, we have the most delicious variety of accessories available to us.

FIVE – TRAINS FOR DAYS, CAPES FOR ALWAYS

Did we mention that princess vibes are trending on the bridal runway? Just in case you missed it, lengthy trains and regal capes are in! The likes of design royalty (get it) such as Naeem Khan, Berta & Justin Alexander are drowning us in fabric in the best way possible. The longer the train the bigger the love in this case. Capes are not to every brides taste but if you’re hopelessly chic and want something that stands out amongst the crowd, this could be the superhero trend you’ve been waiting for.

Written by Hannah Mac Lennan (Director & Owner - BRIDE by Aster)