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Cool-Girl Style Trends & How to Actually Pull Them Off

Look effortlessly chic on your wedding day.
Cool wedding outfit ideas
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by Maddy Sims
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Maddy Sims
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Updated Apr 22, 2020

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to be overly done-up on your wedding day. Maybe a tight updo or traditional gown doesn't sound appealing to you—that's OK. If your personal style is more laid-back, embrace that on your wedding day. We've rounded up 19 cool wedding outfit ideas that are equal parts easygoing and gorgeous. The result is an effortlessly beautiful aesthetic that will reflect your unique taste. If you're hesitant about rocking these cool-girl trends at your own wedding, get inspiration from the photos below. Whether you decide to trade in heels for sneakers, a chignon for a ponytail or a gown for a jumpsuit, see 19 cool wedding outfit ideas (plus how to actually pull them off IRL), below.

Black Wedding Dress
Mantella Koifman / Art Haus Foto

Flaunt your unique style by wearing a black wedding dress. Details like a romantic off-the-shoulder neckline and airy tulle soften the bold hue.

Black wedding dress
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Take your black wedding dress one step further by accenting it with a black veil. The overall monochrome effect will look stunning in your wedding photos.

Black wedding dress
The Paris Photographer

Rock two cool wedding outfit ideas with one dress. This black gown has a midi-length hemline in the front—making it lighter and more playful. Plus, the high-low style will allow you to show off your gorgeous wedding shoes.

Wedding ponytail
ARTISTRIE CO.

The high ponytail is becoming a popular wedding hair trend in 2020 (celebs like Maddie & Tae's Taylor Dye and model Nara Pellman rocked this look for their nuptials). It looks polished yet low-maintenance—perfect for laid-back brides.

Low wedding ponytail
KATIE KAV PHOTOGRAPHY

Loosen up a traditional chignon by rocking a low ponytail instead. Pull some pieces out to frame for your face for an effortlessly elegant wedding hairstyle.

Wedding ponytail
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Add more drama to your low-key ponytail by slicking it back. Pair it with glamorous makeup and jewelry for an effortlessly chic look.

Wedding leather jacket
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We love wedding jackets because they allow you to show off your personality without detracting from your gown. This customized leather jacket is equal parts edgy and pretty—perfect for cool brides everywhere.

Wedding jean jackets
ANNA DELORES PHOTOGRAPHY

Bring your casual, effortless style to your wedding day with custom jean jackets. Not only are they a stylish way to accessorize your outfit, they're also a cute way to personalize your nuptials.

Wedding leather jacket
J. CHRISTINA PHOTOGRAPHY

If you thought black-on-black was off-limits for wedding attire, think again. This picture shows that not only can it be done, but it can also look absolutely fabulous.

Wedding jumpsuit
SYLVIE ROSOKOFF

Jumpsuits are having a massive moment in wedding fashion. For the ultimate boho look, rock a one-piece that has flared legs and bell-sleeves. Accent the laid-back look with a floral headpiece and a jacket.

Wedding romper
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Show off your playful side by rocking a wedding romper. Pair it with your favorite pair of heels for a show-stopping look that's not overtly formal.

Wedding jumpsuit
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Keep a flowy jumpsuit looking formal by opting for a modern-looking halter neck. The structure on top and the loose fabric on the bottom balance each other out perfectly for a chic, relaxed wedding day outfit.

Wedding sneakers
EMILY HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY

Put your own spin on the wedding sneakers trend. Embellish them with your initials for a glamorous take on this laid-back footwear choice.

Wedding sneakers
ABBY ROSE PHOTO

Look effortly beautiful by slipping on a pair of sequin sneakers. They offer all the glamour regular heels do, but they're much more comfortable.

Wedding headband
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An easy way to be fashion-forward at your nuptials is to rock a headband. Wedding headbands are becoming more and more popular (even Hilary Duff wore one at her backyard wedding). This statement accessory will also draw attention to your smiling face.

Wedding headband
JESSICA BORDNER PHOTOGRAPHY

Wear a headband that shines as much as you do. Place this statement accessory on top of loose waves for the ultimate cool-girl effect.

Wedding midi dress
JILLIAN BOWES PHOTOGRAPHY

Don't feel like wearing a full-length gown on your wedding day? Consider a midi dress instead. This style, which hits between your knee and your ankle, is just long enough to tow the line between formal and laid-back.

Wedding silver hair
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Silver hair is the ultimate cool-girl trend, as it's an unexpected hair color. It's both edgy and pretty, making it perfect for your unique style.

Wedding hair blue tips
ALCHEMY CREATIVE

Add a pop of color to your wedding day look by dying the tips of your hair. It's a subtle touch that will stand out in pictures.

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