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Royal Style: Will Meghan Markle Wear a Ballgown?


Kate Middleton wore one. The queen wore a wartime take on one. Princess Diana defined the silhouette. Will Meghan Markle also wear a ballgown at her wedding? Let’s get into it! The most traditional and classic silhouette for a royal bride, a full skirt, and long train really defines what it means to be a royal bride – truly the hallmarks of a great ballgown. While Meghan Markle is marrying a royal, her style gears more towards an American aesthetic.

Meghan loves clean lines, more structured silhouettes and lives in her blue jeans – something we can definitely get behind! No doubt her easy-to-wear style will translate to her wedding day style. But what kind of ballgown will this would-be princess wear? Let’s dive right in!

Modern Ballgowns

We’d bet that Ms. Markle will go with a more simple design – ballgown or not. A structured skirt embellished delicately with little beading and maybe a few lace details would definitely make her wedding dress stand out in the history of royal brides.

Stella York Style 6581

Stella York Style 6636

Stella York Style 6634

Boho Ballgowns

Meghan’s style rarely leans towards boho, but that isn’t stopping us from making our boho ballgown picks! Complicated laces mix with sequin embellished skirts to create dresses that are downright dreamy. Criss-cross back details and celestial-inspired patterns would give Meghan a more modern take on boho style.

Essense of Australia Style D2408

Essense of Australia Style D2363

Essense of Australia Style D2421

Elegant Ballgowns

This is where we would put our money. Meghan will want her wedding day style to stand out. This will literally be one of the biggest fashion moments in history, pushing the envelope for what brides will wear in the coming years. When Kate Middleton got married, we saw a resurgence of lace and long sleeved styles. No doubt Meghan’s wedding dress will have the same effect. Lattice patterned beading, sheer corset details, and tulle that seems weightless would all be elegant style notes Meghan could make.

Martina Liana Separates Collection Carmen + Sander

Martina Liana Separates Collection Cooper + Sawyer

Martina Liana Style 981

If you’re as obsessed with the royal as we are, check out more about the wedding here!