Brides have been opting for bold colours instead of ivory over the years. Pix from @fatimahmohsin.

Brides, listen up! Never compromise your personal style to fit the norm of what bridal attire is supposed to look like.

Much like the following ladies, do not let trends of bridal fashion cloud your sense of individuality — be it simple, romantic, bold or eclectic.

If you need a good nudge of self-assurance, get some inspiration from these brides who got it right on their big day brimming with confidence and without compromising on their identity.


Do not let trends of bridal fashion cloud your sense of individuality — be it simple, romantic, bold or eclectic. Pix from @mirandakerr.

Who is the bride in question?

Bianca Jagger

When was the wedding?

May, 1971

What did she wear?

White skirt suit designed by Savile Row tailor Tommy Nutter.

Why go for her bridal spirit?

Forget about anyone else stealing the thunder on your special day!

How to channel her style?

Break the mould and choose any power suit from T. Syahmi’s 2017 bridal collection or get inspired by Nurita Harith’s bespoke bridal look (complete with pants) for Olloum (previously known as Love to Dress) creative director Asma’ Nasaruddin (above, right). But you better make sure to rock the attire with confidence and attitude.


Bianca Jagger. Pix from Pinterest.

Who is the bride in question?

Anzalna Nasir

When was the wedding?

February, 2016

What did she wear?

Hand-painted Swarovski embellished ball gown by Indonesian-born designer Putra Aziz from the label Cosry.

Why go for her bridal spirit?

Every bride deserves to feel like a princess on her wedding day, but Anzalna’s bridal gown took the whole thing to another level by wowing us with a legitimate fairytale impression that ladies (both young and old) are left enchanted.

How to channel her style?

If you are chasing for fantasy without looking tacky, mix a little modern edge to the whimsical styling. Go for ballgown/A-line silhouettes but remember that this style might be a bit overwhelming on a small frame bride, so be mindful of the volume. Also, dial down on the puffed-sleeves and draping.


Anzalna Nasir.

Who is the bride in question?

Audrey Hepburn

When was the wedding?

September, 1954

What did she wear?

Full-skirted 1950s ballerina-length style dress by Pierre Balmain.

Why go for her bridal spirit?

If Hepburn’s calm sophistication appeals to you so dearly, this question would be an obvious one. Short dresses may be non-traditional but it makes for a stunning bridal look, just make sure the length of the dress falls below the knee / reaches down to right above your ankle.

How to channel her style?

Think ballerina hair, vintage 50s tea-length hemline and minimal detailing.


Audrey Hepburn. Pix from Pinterest.

Who is the bride in question?

Grace Kelly

When was the wedding?

April, 1956

What did she wear?

Silk taffeta with antique rose-point lace and pearls designed by costume couturier Helen Rose.

Why go for her bridal spirit?

It is iconic and simply timeless — a style which influenced the gown that Catherine (Kate) Middleton wore at her own royal big day and the more recent wedding dress of supermodel Miranda Kerr (right).

How to channel her style?

A laced high collar with long sleeves, fitted bodice and voluminous skirt — these are the design elements to keep in check.


Grace Kelly. Pix from Pinterest.

Who is the bride in question?

Sarah Jessica Parker

When was the wedding?

May, 1997

What did she wear?

A ruffled black (who can forget) Morgane Le Fay dress.

Why go for her bridal spirit?

Although the actress has since made it public that she regrets the colour choice and that wearing black was to make her look low-key (the irony), I can’t help but value her daring decision because it is the epitome of what this article if trying to highlight — individuality. If you have no fear of regrets, then go for it!

How to channel her style?

You don’t necessarily have to opt for black; other deep shades like crimson red or midnight blue might just do the trick. In fact, there have been a growing number of brides opting for bold colours instead of ivory over the years — check out Ummi Nazeera’s emerald green bouffant wedding gown by FiziWoo (left), Bella Dally’s maroon Rizman Ruzaini songket dress and Chrissy Teigen’s red strapless Vera Wang dress. Who says that nuptials are less special when you don’t wear white?

Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, Amalina Kamal is living up to the phrase with no remorse. She has done it all—dress shopping, shower planning, teeth-checking, you name it. Reach her at lolamalina.kamal@gmail.com.

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