This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Cultural traditions have a funny way of becoming widely adopted, without actually being understood. The idea of wearing a white wedding gown, for example, has only been around for about 160 years, when Queen Victoria opted for a cream lace look for her 1840 wedding. Before that, brides wore dresses that spanned across the entire color spectrum, mostly choosing from whatever was already hanging in their closet. And if you ask us, we prefer that approach a whole lot more.
So, if you’re not into that whole “princess gown” thing, who cares! So many of today’s brides are looking beyond the embroidered, tulle-filled dresses and are turning to indie labels, interesting cuts, and other non-traditional takes on what you wear when you say “I do.” That’s why, we’ve rounded up a few options, from silk slip dresses to the ecru jumpsuit your heart has been searching for. The pieces here are the furthest thing from being classically “bridal” — in the best way possible, of course.
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Lily Ashwell Mary Dress – Sage Silk, $420, available at Lily Ashwell.
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