Royal Wedding Predictions: A Sartorial Guide

 
  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials are upon us, and the nation is officially in Royal Wedding fever. What will she wear? Will Prince Harry wear a wedding ring? And, if you’re among the lucky few to be invited, what on earth should you wear?


The Dress

Reports have suggested that Meghan Markle will be donning a handmade Ralph & Russo gown, the same designer that created the exquisitely embroidered dress of her official engagement portraits. Of course, we’re not expecting an off-the-rail look, but instead predict a completely custom gown. Ralph & Russo’s Spring Summer 18 Couture show saw many-a-frill, soft pastels colours, and some very over the top looks. Usually a fan of no-fuss, minimal fashion, we think Meghan will go for something a little more toned down, albeit show stopping.

A sleeveless gown is not the most regal of choices, which is why we’re predicting lace sleeves à la Kate Middleton, or a cape-come-train to cover the Meghan’s shoulders and upper arms, as seen in Ralph & Russo’s most recent collection. Experts are in two minds as to whether Meghan will make the most of her princess prowess and opt for opulence in detailed lace and intricate patterns, or if minimalism will reign. Meghan’s day-to-day looks makes the most of clean lines, colour blocking and strong feminine shapes, so she may opt for something similar to Reem Acra’s Fall 2018 gown, ‘Captivating’. Our money’s on a more ethereal, classic Ralph & Russo look.

As for jewellery, the world is quite literally Meghan’s oyster. Whether she opts for an item or two from the Queen’s collection or custom designers her own tiara (as per her bespoke engagement ring, designed by Harry), we know Meghan will do her jewellery well. We’re expecting refined, simple designs: solitaire diamond or sweet and subtle drop earrings, paired with an understated tiara.

 

 
 We think a pastel number from Ralph & Russo's SS18 Couture collection is off the cards.  AFP

We think a pastel number from Ralph & Russo's SS18 Couture collection is off the cards. AFP

 Our money's on a wedding dress cape by Ralph & Russo.  ralphandrusso/Facebook

Our money's on a wedding dress cape by Ralph & Russo. ralphandrusso/Facebook

 The simple ’Captivating’ wedding dress, by Reem Acra.  Reem Acra/reemacra.com

The simple ’Captivating’ wedding dress, by Reem Acra. Reem Acra/reemacra.com

 

The Rings

Meghan’s engagement ring was custom designed by Prince Harry, using yellow gold to set three striking diamonds. To match her engagement ring, we’re expecting Meghan to opt for a yellow gold wedding band. As per Royal Family tradition, it is most likely the band will be plain, just like Kate Middleton, Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth before her. We, however, are holding out for something with a little more sparkle! Anyone else think the Montez eternity ring is more Meghan’s cup of tea?


Few royal men have opted to wear a wedding ring in the past, causing many to predict Harry will follow suit and shun a band. That being said, we all know Meghan and Harry are far from traditional, having already broken a number of regal traditions during their engagement and wedding planning. Those that think Harry will wear a ring expect a simple, plain yellow gold band to match Meghan’s. We think something with a little more edge would suit his rule-breaking personality, just like this 6mm Brushed Rose Gold and Platinum Wedding Band with Groove Edges, pictured below. Afterall, the subtle hint of rose gold is the perfect way to complement his famous flaming locks.

 
 Will Meghan opt for a diamond wedding ring? Pictured:  The Montez Round & Pear  diamond ring

Will Meghan opt for a diamond wedding ring? Pictured: The Montez Round & Pear diamond ring

 Proving Markle likes sparkle: Meghan’s existing ring collection features dainty diamond eternity bands

Proving Markle likes sparkle: Meghan’s existing ring collection features dainty diamond eternity bands

 Will Harry shun tradition and wear a wedding band? Pictured:  Custom Men's Wedding Band

Will Harry shun tradition and wear a wedding band? Pictured: Custom Men's Wedding Band

 

The Guests

The whole tone of the 2018 Royal Wedding is a little more relaxed than in past years, with royal fashion critique Colin McDowell explaining, guests will be ‘dressing down in a very correct way’. We’re still expecting hats and high heels, but for dresses to be less prim and proper, and more evocative of contemporary fashion.

Major fashion magazines and blogs, from Elle to Who What Wear, are encouraging us to wear vivid colours to our Spring and Summer affairs this year, and the Royal Wedding is no exception. After all, the Queen herself wears exclusively bright colours at busy events to ensure she is noticed, and if you’re among the lucky 2,000 people to be invited, we’re sure you’ll want to stand out too. We're loving this verdant green wrap dress by Mango, £49.99. And what's a bold dress without bold accessories? How about these custom designed tanzanite and diamond drop earrings and emerald cut sapphire cocktail ring? As Pantone's 2018 Colour of the Year, we're expecting guests to be dripping in ultraviolet.

 

 

 
 Custom tanzanite & diamond drop earrings, by Queensmith

Custom tanzanite & diamond drop earrings, by Queensmith

  Mango /shop.mango.com

Mango /shop.mango.com

 Emerald cut sapphire & diamond ring, by Queensmith

Emerald cut sapphire & diamond ring, by Queensmith

 


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