Style rules broken at the Royal Wedding

Many style rules were broken at the Royal Wedding. Some of the outlandish outfits worn by wedding guests were fashion faux pas. However, other fashion rules were made to be broken.

Only the bride should wear white

Wearing white

Many Americans were aghast that Pippa Middleton would wear a white (actually ivory) dress at her sister’s wedding. But actually in the United Kingdom, it’s seen as good luck to wear white and resemble the bride and groom to ward off evil spirits. So it’s not just okay that Pippa wore a white dress, it’s actually a good thing.

Don’t wear

Don't wear black

Here in the U.S., wedding guests don’t wear black or dark colors to a daytime wedding. However, Victoria Beckham arrived at Westminster Abbey wearing a midnight blue boatneck sheath dress from her own Fall 2011 collection…and she looked spectacular. Her custom-made Christian Louboutin pumps and Philip Treacy headpiece completed the look.

is out


Though a monochromatic look is in, fashion rules dictate that you shouldn’t over do it. Instead of a cobalt blue dress, hat, shoes, gloves and bag, break things up with accessories in a slightly different shade. Apparently, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson didn’t get the memo that matchy-matchy is out.

Don’t try to
upstage the bride

Don't upstage the bride

Most stylists would tell you that you should dress conservatively when attending a wedding, leaving all the attention on the bride. However that rule was thrown out the window as many of the female wedding guests seemed to be in a battle to outdo each other with their elaborate (and often ridiculous) hats. The worst offenders were Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie (daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson). These girls were definitely trying too hard and the results were horrendous.

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