Last weekend, 1.9 billion of us tuned in to watch the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, with thousands more lining the tree-lined pathway leading to the gates of Windsor Castle. The ceremony at St George’s Chapel was a one of a kind spectacle: a celebration of joy and romance intently followed around the world. As well as the general public showing up in force, 600 guests made their way to the venue, including a host of celebrities as well as close friends and family of the bride and groom.
As you’d expect, guests made every effort to look their best, showcasing stunning designer ensembles especially for the occasion. We’ve all pored over our favourite looks, but what are the key fashion takeaways from the big day? Here we outline our favourite trends to influence your occasion dressing for the rest of the year.
Perhaps the most obvious lesson we learnt from the royal wedding was that it’s time to ditch the monochrome in favour of bright colours that are full of fun. Amal Clooney was a ray of sunshine in a canary yellow dress by Stella McCartney, Cressida Bonas is pictured above in a brightly coloured tea dress, while Her Majesty opted for a brightly coloured flared dress and lime tweed coat by Stuart Parvin.
If you were a female guest at the royal wedding and didn’t opt to wear a brightly coloured ensemble, you were probably styling a delicate nude shade instead. Blush pink was the most popular neutral colour at the wedding, as seen here on Camilla Parker Bowles, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams.
Suits actor Abigail Spencer wore a gorgeous polka dot Alessandra Rich dress to the wedding on Saturday and instantly became a fashion icon. The 40s style dress stole the show on the day and has only confirmed that the polka dot is the print of SS18.
The tight fitting dress had its moment, but it’s officially the time of the loose-fitting, flowing dress. Carey Mulligan and Sofia Wellesley showed up in pretty floral numbers with floaty silhouettes, cementing the flowing dress as the number one style for this season.