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Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress
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Simple though exquisitely beautiful.
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Here is my opinion on the dress, as someone who has actually had to go through the ordeal of wearing one for eight hours. I say this with the caveat that Kate is very slender and slender girls tend to look good in whatever they're wearing, be it a lavish wedding dress, an evening gown, a business suit or a burlap bag.

Remember the movie 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'? Remember the line in which the female lead puts on the dress for the first time (probably ordered by her family, not her), stares into the mirror and goes 'I'm a snowbeast!'? This dress is the complete opposite of the over-the-top wedding dress with multiple layers and a ridiculous amount of detail and frou-frou nonsense. It's modest (given where the wedding was held, sleeves are required, not an option (and all of us girls thank you, Kate, for bringing sleeves back - bless you), the lace top is beautiful and understated, the neckline is classy and the skirt is plain enough not to compete with the lace and bodice. It's a classy, understated dress that looks at least more comfortable to wear than most wedding dresses are. The train isn't the most monsterous I've seen and thankfully, she had help with it, unlike many brides who forget that they have to have someone ready to wrestle it under control for the ceremony and the photos. The veil is about as simple as you can get - I'm not sure what else would have worked with this dress, other than to not have one at all. Since there's precedence for royal brides to forego veils, supposedly to prevent an imposter to take the place of the right girl at the ceremony (largely irrelevant in an age of smart phones and close-up cameras), I think it was sheer enough and plain enough not to detract from the bride herself. Again, this wasn't a 'snowbeast' sort of dress, thankfully.

The other thing about this dress is that the style will 'age' better than most. Take a look at wedding pictures from the 80's and once you get past the bad perms and the scariness of the men's tuxedo color (powder blue? REALLY? Are you in a mariachi band on the side?) and more than likely, the dresses all look as if the brides in them are encased, or rather, imprisoned) in a frothy meringue cake. Overdecorated, over-laced, over-ribboned and over-poufed. The dresses then wore the women, and not the other way around. The lines on this dress are much cleaner, neater, more classic. I suspect that there will be many, many brides who follow this trend for then next decade, simply because the style will flatter more figures than what's been trendy in the past. The 'lingerie as wedding dress' trend should hopefully die out soon, for everyone's benefit.
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