Anti-Precious Style Tips For The Alt Bride

When you were a little girl, you spent more time thinking about what outer space is like than what your wedding would be. You’d rather take a mug shot than engagement photos. You’ve put more effort into blinking than any sort of pre-wedding diet. Face it: You’re not the typical bride, and if you’ve never dreamed about walking down the aisle in a cupcake of a dress, there’s no reason you should even consider wearing one. 

Just because somebody put a ring on it doesn’t mean you’ve got to fit into the cookie-cutter look, especially when that look is one-use only and you’d rather spend that cash on another week on your honeymoon. For you weirdo brides out there — you rock, and deserve some wedding-day tips that won’t give you a case of the eye-rolls.


Jump For Joy — Chantilly lace and swiss dots might not be your thing, but you have to admit that the effect is pretty spectacular when they show up on a jumpsuit. 

Photo: Courtesy of Moda Operandi.


Embrace Bedhead — So, you’re the kind of girl who doesn’t own a comb…why would you get a blowout for your wedding then? There’s nothing that looks quite as jarring as a bride who completely overhauled her beauty look for the big day, so opt for an updo that’s as wild as you are (and if you’re scared your grandma’s going to say something, clip one of her heirloom brooches onto your crown…that’ll keep her quiet!). 

Photo: Courtesy of BHLDN.


Break It Up — There’s no reason why you should only be looking at dresses. A top and skirt can offer the same effect. Plus, it’ll be a super-easy to swap the skirt for something shorter and sassier for the rager reception. 

Photo: Courtesy of Laure De Sagazan


Warm Up — If there’s anything less you than a wedding dress, it’s the wedding dress coverup. Seriously, what’s with all the weird faux fur and satin shrugs? To keep your arms warm during chilly evenings, we like tossing a moto jacket in a luxurious fabric like thick velvet or white leather over your shoulders. 

Photo: Courtesy of Free People.


Get Low — You wouldn’t be the kind of bride who’d have a conniption if you tripped on the aisle…but why suffer with heels in the first place? A pair of sleek oxfords look great with a shorter dress, plus, you’ve already got a million other non-wedding day outfits they’d go with. 

Photo: Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride.


Go For A Three-Piece — Don’t let Colonel Sanders have all the three-piece, white-suit fun. A sharp linen or poplin suit, like this one from H&M, is super-fancy and totally unexpected. 

Photo: Courtesy of H&M.


K.I.S.S. — Got to wear a dress? No biggie. Just keep your hair, makeup, and accessory game to a minimum…we’re talking nothing. It’s a truly effortless look that feels so romantic to us. Remember: It’s just you, your S.O., and your love…why introduce a statement lip/necklace/tiara to the mix? 

Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew.

Click HERE to read more from Refinery29.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Confirm you are not a spammer! *