Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Gown Guide

What is it about a royal wedding that gets everyone so riled up and antsy? It seems that every time the announcement that someone within the British royal family has been engaged, it creates a media frenzy and a deep interest in the Windsor’s once again. However, of all the fancy things, the dress seem to pique the public’s interest most. Just like with Duchess Kate Middleton’s gown, everyone seems to be going crazy over which designer the future princess may wear. Typically, English brides within the royal family are expected to wear English designers to their wedding. However, Princess Meghan may be the first to break from tradition and wear an atypical designer for her big day.

Caroline Castigliano

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Like the rest of us, designer Caroline Castigliano is eager to see what the future princess will wear on her wedding day. And what better way to predict Meghan’s gown then to design it oneself? Having just released her sketch of Meghan’s dress, Caroline has become the first designer to releases a sketch for a gown designed specifically for the future princess. Like all of Caroline’s designs, Meghan’s dress has contemporary simplicity. It perfectly showcases everything a modern princess would want in her royal wedding dress. The delicate lace back provides the coverage a princess is expected to wear on her wedding day, without looking dated or matronly. While the elegance of a beautiful full silk skirt completes the look, adding the perfect balance of modern stylish flare to the more traditional sleeve. It seems to be exactly who Meghan is style wise, classically elegant with a fresh and modern twist.

Suzanne Neville

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Suzanne Neville is renowned as one of England’s best dressmakers when it comes designing bridal gowns. So it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the future princess decided to wear a gown made by the designer on her wedding day. Since the gowns are handmade in the traditional styles found in major European couture houses, it would be lovely to see Meghan in something a far more ornate than just a traditional lace gown. This stunning embroidered ball gown encompasses exactly what royalty should look like — regal, ornate, and luxurious.

Temperley Bridal

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Temperley London has become a quintessentially British brand that encompasses the elegance, refinement, and grace that goes hand in hand with a British lady. Temperley’s designs fit in the with the Anglican expectation of modesty. Many of the gowns presented during Temperley’s latest Bridal Fashion Week presentation showcased classic gowns wrapped in lace, offering the coverage and modesty expected within the walls of Westminster Abbey.

Needle & Thread

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Needle & Thread has become synonymous with modern fairytale glamour. Their affordable demi-couture gowns are created with the utmost intricacy and care, allowing any bride to experience what it’s like to have a gown handmade for their wedding day. However, Needle & Thread’s designs are often far more revealing than expected of a royal princess. But Meghan Markle doesn’t seem like she’ll be the spitting image of royal tradition. Rather, she may usher the royal family into a new era, where the image of what many feel a British princess should look is completely reworked.

Quench Your Online Shopping Thirst With Something a Little Different

One of the saddest things any Canadian fashionista goes through is the heartbreaking realization that some of the world’s best-kept fashion secrets don’t ship to Canada, leaving one with the option of either hitting up your local mall/retail store or shopping your same old generic online shops. But fashionistas want something new. Sure you can style an entire outfit from Zara into a one of a kind outfit that no one may ever think of, but there is only so much a person can do with a top that 857 other Canadians may own. Fortunately, with a little research and dedication, one can find a plethora of online shops that not only ship to Canada but also provide Canadians with stunningly fashionable clothing that’s fashion week ready and, most importantly, affordable. Here are some fun and existing stores and online shops that will have your closets and bank accounts jumping for joy.

Depop

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Depop started as a social media platform for PIG magazine readers to share and buy clothing online. It soon blossomed into the trendiest seller to buyer fashion market on the internet. Boasting thousands of sellers selling tens of thousands of pieces every day, Depop has everything from custom made canvas bags to vintage band tour merch all at extremely affordable prices.

The benefit: Depop boasts some serious one of a kind collectable items that no one on your block is bound to own.

The drawback: If you don’t act fast, highly sought after items are swept up just as fast as they’re posted.

Mango

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Mango comes straight to you from Spain, one of Europe’s best kept fashion secrets. After sadly leaving the Canadian market over a decade ago, Mango has remained one of Europe’s most illustrious high-street fashion retail powerhouses. With an exciting array of trend-relevant and season-ready clothing, Mango has something for everyone looking for that high fashion piece that doesn’t come with the high fashion price tag.

The benefit: Mango offers great prices on stylish clothes paired with a great return and shipping policy.

The draw back: Not your greatest bet when looking for a clubbing dress or something a little more risqué.

Missguided

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Move over Forever 21, Missguided is a British brand that encompasses what it means to be the quintessential fashion it girl. One can find everything from sexy party dresses to super on trend athleisure wear. Filled to the brim with every trend imaginable, fashionistas can re-create looks from Gosha, Chloe, Gucci, and Vuitton with just a click of a button. Apart from the great selection of clothing and accessories, Missguided boasts some of the best perks and sales of any online shop out there.

The benefit: Missguided has everything from $100 discounts to student discounts.

The draw back: The heavy trend based shop can sometimes feel a little juvenile.

Desigual

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Hailing from Ibiza, Desigual is another Spanish brand that aims to bring the international fashion community top notch, high-quality clothing. With runway ready dresses and seasonal collections that are actually made for their runway shows, Desigual may be one of the easiest ways to wear high fashion runway clothing without having to actually dish out runway dollars for high-quality clothing.

The benefit: Desigual has high-quality merchandise that comes from the runway as well as an amazing sale section.

The draw back: Prices can sometimes be a tad bit higher than most high-street fashion brands, but it’s nothing too steep.

Shopbop

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Shopbop may seem like your ordinary online designer shop, but unlike other sites that do the same, Shopbop offers curated collections put together from some of the fashion world’s best brands. One can find everything from Alexander Wang, Acne, Tome, and Alice + Olivia. The prices often match the labels they’re attached to, but the curated collections, personalized style recommendations, and sales are too good not to pass up!

The benefit: SHhopbop offers personalized style recommendations for its shoppers.

The draw back: The prices can often be a lot higher than most of the other online shops on the list.

Needle & Thread

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Needle & Thread is one of the greatest finds on the web. Boasting a stunning collection of gowns, jackets, tops, and even wedding gowns that resemble couture creations from some of the worlds greatest couture houses, Needle & Thread is the closest thing you can get to haute-couture without having to drop $30,000 on a custom made wedding or celebration gown. It even has a small but growing selection of homeware goods that carry the same level expert embroidery that their clothing displays.

The benefit: Needle & Thread is one of the only online shops that sports some of the most stunning weddings gowns ready for international shipping available on the web. Making finding the perfect one-of-a-kind gowns a cinch.

The draw back: Like Shopbop, the prices at Needle & Thread are higher than the other sites on this list.

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