Wedding Dress: Antonio Riva
The engagement party is over, the bridal shower is planned and you're now in full wedding-planning mode. Before you worry about the flowers or attempt a first draft of the seating arrangements, you should take care of the most important task: finding the perfect wedding gown and all the accessories to go with it.
If you aren't sure exactly what you're looking for, why not draw inspiration from some of the most fashionable females of all time? Here are eight fashion icons who would make the perfect muse for your wedding-day look.
1. Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn was an expert at seizing on current trends and mixing them in with her innately classic style in a totally cohesive way. In her heyday, she made pieces like straight-leg cropped pants and boat-neck tops everyday must-haves. Emulate Audrey Hepburn's style with a chic and simple dress, sans over-the-top embellishments, maybe even with her signature boat neck. Pair it with classic accents, like a simple ballet flat — one of Hepburn's favorites — and a long, flowing veil.
Bridal Pant Suit: Lela Rose
As a groundbreaking British model in the '60s, Twiggy always experimented with fashion. No dress was too short or haircut too modern for Twiggy to make it work. Follow in the footsteps of this forward-thinking model with an unexpected pop of glitz and glamour, like sequin embellished shoes or a bold crystal-covered cuff bracelet. See more iconic photos of twiggy here.
The below dress is designed by L.Wells Bridal. See the entire wedding dress collection here.
Wedding Dress: L.Wells Bridal
Photograph: Harpers Bazaar
Queen Bey and Twiggy have at least one thing in common: They both like to go big or go home. From her over-the-top stage outfits to her own surprisingly classic wedding dress, Beyonce has rocked virtually every look out there. If you want to channel her on your wedding day, opt for a gown that hugs your curves, accentuates your assets and makes you feel confident enough to strut across a stage in front of thousands of people — or walk down an aisle in front of a couple hundred.
Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav
4. Jackie O
Perhaps no American woman ever achieved the same level of business-formal glam as Jackie Onassis Kennedy. Whether she was entertaining diplomats at the White House or charming the crowds at a public event, Jackie O was notoriously polished. She always put a modern spin on her relatively understated style — case in point, the bracelet she wore to JFK's inauguration. Glimmering with emerald-colored crystals, the bracelet is the perfect way to pay homage to a fashion great on your wedding day.
Sweetheart Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
5. Princess Diana
Photograph: Harpers Bazaar
Although they entered the spotlight during different eras, Princess Diana could be considered Twiggy's counterpart in the way she approached fashion. She was never afraid of trends. Princess Diana could make an '80s wedding dress, complete with those absurdly puffy sleeves, look like the most elegant of fashion statements, and she could also rock a form-fitting little black dress with a necklace of royal jewels. The best way to pay homage to Princess Di on your wedding day is to choose your favorite bridal trend and wear it with the confidence of a princess.
Wedding Dress: Daughters of Simone
6. Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton Wedding Dress: Vogue
Kate Middleton has followed in her late mother-in-law's footsteps in many ways, but fashion isn't necessarily one of them. Princess Kate likes to keep things a bit simpler and more classic — thought she doesn't hesitate to break royal protocol every now and then. Consider the wedges she's been spotted wearing when out and about. With her lacy sleeves and flowing locks, Kate Middleton's wedding-day look was both romantic and timeless. Emulate her with your own lacy accent and hair left flowing down around your shoulders.
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7. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga: Pop Sugar
You don't have to go full meat suit to steal Lady Gaga's style on your wedding day. Gaga is all about wearing whatever she wants to wear, regardless of how other people feel about it. Sometimes that means, yes, she wears a suit crafted out of steaks. Other times, though, she slips into a simple little black dress or gets glammed up in a ballgown. Follow your own style instincts and don't be afraid to stray from the norm — maybe with a lavish veil or a headpiece — if you want to bring the Gaga-inspired bridal vibes.
Where a similar wedding dress to your wedding by Monqiue Lhuillier in lavender. Shop this Lady Gaga like wedding dress here.
Rihanna's style could probably best be described with the following cliche: If you got it, flaunt it. She embraces every inch of her body by choosing pieces that both showcase and flatter it, exuding confidence and strength with every fashion choice. If you want to look like Rihanna on your big day, pick a gown that accentuates your curves — perhaps a mermaid silhouette — or shows off a little skin, maybe with a low-cut back or plunging neckline. After all, it's your wedding day, so this is your Rihanna moment.
Release your inner Ri Ri with a gown from Antonio Riva. We can totally see her wearing something like this. Can't you?
With these iconic fashionistas in mind, put together a wedding-day look that illustrates your own innate style and makes you feel like a princess — or a pop star — on your big day.
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Follow Kacey on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!