Modern Takes on Iconic Wedding Dresses

Classic looks you can buy right now.
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Classic looks you can buy right now.
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Wedding dress trends come and go, but these gowns are as iconic as the women wearing them. If you’re looking for a wedding ensemble that emulates the dresses of the greats, you have come to the right place.

Audrey Hepburn //

Audrey Hepburn’s fashion-themed film Funny Face certainly provides many iconic looks—chief among them her ultra-feminine wedding gown.

What to look for: This dress is a vintage throwback with its fluffy tea-length skirt, high neckline, and cap sleeves. We found a similar dress composed of these three key elements—and even a veil with a bow on top. If you want to create a bubble veil just like Audrey’s: Clip a long tulle veil into a high bun, create a bubble resembling the hood of a cape, and then sew it into the back straps on the top of your dress. How en vogue!

Grace Kelly //

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1. BHLDN, $320 / 2. BHLDN, $930+ / 3. MillieIcaro, $25 // Grace Kelly image via Getty  

From Hollywood starlet to real-life princess, Grace Kelly lived quite the storybook life. It’s no surprise that her beaded Alençon lace wedding gown left just as much of a legacy as she did.

What to look for: Remember delicately feminine details—the tiny buttons leading up to a high neck, a finger-lace veil, and floral lace. The silhouette of Grace’s gown is especially flattering around the waist, arms, and neck because it highlights beautiful feminine lines. We found a similar look with separates: a lace long-sleeved topper with a high neck and buttons, a bustier, a full A-line skirt, and a headpiece.

Julie Andrews //

As children watching The Sound of Music, the moment Maria floated down the massive cathedral church aisle to her own theme song (because wouldn’t you?) was the moment our little 10-year-old hearts began to plan fairy-tale weddings of our own.

What to look for: Even though Maria’s ceremony was beyond extravagant, her dress was timelessly simple. We found a softer, more modern version of Maria’s shiny taffeta gown with a front wrap, a high waist, and long sleeves. A completely unembellished cathedral veil over a green crown wreath adds a fresh, whimsical look to any romantic wedding.

Kate Middleton //

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1. AgnesHart, $391 / 2. TashaWeddingStudio, $290+ / 3. Ross-Simons, $25 // Kate Middleton image via Getty

As the most anticipated fashion moment in recent history, the Duchess of Cambridge’s classic gown resulted in a massive lace-sleeves trend. Breaking away from the myriad of strapless gowns we see today? We are so down.

What to look for: We found a close replica of Kate’s royal gown, but if you want to build the look yourself, seek out a dress with a full A-line skirt and a natural waist that hits just above your hip bones. A form-fitting bodice will highlight your feminine shape and offer a flattering contrast to the voluminous skirt. And of course, don’t forget those lace sleeves. Whether they are three-quarter or full-length, sleeves are the key for recreating Kate’s iconic style.