When it comes to choosing your perfect wedding outfit, not every bride will be looking to tie the knot in an elaborate gown. Opting for modest wedding wear doesn’t have to prevent you from wearing a show-stopping dress that blows everyone away when you walk down the aisle – and we’re here to show you how!
In today’s article, we’ve drafted in the help of the modest clothing experts from AbayaButh, who will be drawing style inspiration from across the globe to give you plenty of ideas for pulling off a modest bridal outfit.
Keep it simple
From fairytale ball gowns to aisle-length trains and jewelled embellishments, weddings are definitely a great excuse for brides to go big and bold with their designs, but this concept isn’t necessarily for everyone. However, you can still make a huge impact, even with the simplest of dresses – it’s just about picking the right style and fabrics to deliver that wow-factor.
Whether you’re looking to enhance your silhouette with a fitted design or conceal your curves behind a floor-length A-line skirt, it’s important not to overcomplicate designs, taking a less is more approach. Think Grecian style dresses with light chiffon and pretty, understated detailing or classic cuts that beautifully blend clean-cut lines and sheer fabrics like organza and silk to project a subtle and timeless style.
Embrace long sleeves
For brides-to-be who prefer to keep themselves covered up, be it a personal preference or a cultural consideration, long sleeves could be a smart choice. From flowy boho-chic to fitted lace sleeves, whatever your tastes, long sleeves can bring an understated elegance to your outfit, as well as unique style.
Whether you prefer opaque fabrics with decorative detailing like those found at Muslim weddings or pretty lace that lends a regal feel, long-sleeved wedding gowns can be adapted to both contemporary and traditional bridal designs – and they can provide that extra bit of warmth for winter weddings, too.
Of course, you shouldn’t feel limited just to long sleeves if you want to rock a modest look. Three-quarter and capped sleeves can also give you that much-needed coverage, but won’t be as restrictive or hot as full-length options in hot climates.
Use accessories to layer your look
Regardless of the dress design you choose, don’t forget to make use of accessories to complete your look without it feeling too showy. For instance, if you decide a long-sleeve gown isn’t on the agenda, but you don’t want to have too much skin on show, why not consider embellishing your outfit with a handmade shawl?
Drawing inspiration from the shawls often seen at Indian weddings, when draped over your shoulders or even your head as an attractive veil, shawls can help you feel more comfortable and add a wonderfully decorative touch. Shawls, boleros and capes can also be a practical outfit addition for weddings taking place during the cooler months – giving an extra layer of fabric to keep out the cold.
Beyond covering up your skin, you can also add some understated panache to your ensemble with jewellery and hair accessories. From vintage hair clips and floral crowns to statement costume jewellery paired with a simple dress, accessories are always a great way to tie your wedding attire together for a unified and chic look.
Opting for simple designs, classic cuts and understated fabrics is definitely a great way to pull off a modest look for your wedding. But ultimately, the key to modest bridal fashion isn’t just about covering up, but making sure you feel 100% comfortable and confident – and with these ideas, hopefully you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for to feel utterly fabulous on your special day.