The Royal Wedding Style Forecast

After nearly 10 years of dating, Prince William has finally proposed to Kate Middleton -- just in time for engagement season! Here's what we think the future Duchess of Cambridge will wear.
by The Knot
  1. The Dress: Timeless Elegance

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    We're not expecting Kate Middleton's wedding dress to be quite as over-the-top as Princess Diana's was, with a 25-foot-train, opulent silk taffeta sleeves and 10,000 hand-sewn sequins and pearls, but we do think she could go with something lacy and timeless. Kate may want to show off her curves, opting for a dress with a slim A-line silhouette or fit-and-flare style from someone like British couture designer Phillipa Lepley. Her designs have been seen on some of England's most elite brides, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Kate picked her. We could also see Kate in something like this classic Marchesa dress, with lots of hand-embroidered details.

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  2. The Dress: Glam Style

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    Though the dress might be slightly toned down, it's likely 750 million people around the world could be watching as Kate walks down the aisle at Westminster Abbey. That's why she may end up picking a classic ball gown with a modern twist. Bruce Oldfield is a glamorous British designer who was one of Diana's favorites, and his gowns would definitely suit Kate. Similarly, this gown from Vera Wang could work for her, thanks to its eye-catching organza blossom skirt.

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  3. The Accessories

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    Kate is credited with single-handedly bringing back the fascinator and other luxurious headpieces (just think of those paparazzi photos of her wearing the wide black sun hat to a recent wedding), so we're guessing her wedding day accessories won't be any different. Think: A cathedral-length veil for the aisle and for the reception, something a bit more exotic, like a feather or silk fascinator (Philip Treacy anyone?). And of course, at least for the ceremony, she'll likely wear a crown or tiara.

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  4. The Shoes

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    While her hat choices have been daring, Kate’s shoes are often a bit more toned down. While Diana's so-called "wedding slippers" were made by Clive Shilton of ivory silk and Mother of Pearl sequins, we think Kate will stick to a heel. She’ll opt for something glamorous but classic, like these crystal-studded Badgley Mischka peep-toes.

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  5. The Jewelry

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    Kate’s already got her "something blue" covered since Prince William proposed with his mother's 18-carat sapphire engagement ring, but she'll still need some classy bling to match. We're guessing she'll wear some vintage royal jewel pieces, but might also commission a few new designs from Garrard, home to the Crown Jeweller. We think these princess-worthy designs -- a diamond bangle by Penny Preville, and platinum and diamond earrings from Jacob & Co. -- might be similar to what Kate will want.

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