Wearing white to a wedding when you’re not that bride? It’s the cardinal wedding sin. Or it was.
Two months later the other Kate–Kate Moss, of course–also dressed her bridesmaids and flower girls (all 15 of them) in white. Guests Carine Roitfeld, Bella Freud, Naomi Campbell and Stella McCartney were also spotted wearing the shade at the wedding.
And now Kim Kardashian has jumped on the bandwagon, choosing white gowns that look remarkably like wedding dresses for her bridesmaids at recent nuptials. And while limited photos of Kim K‘s big wedding have been released, we already know that at least Lindsay Lohan wore white, and apparently the invite called for guests to wear black or white.
So what’s going on here? Why are so many of these celebrity brides giving up the spotlight (or at least a little of it) and encouraging people to wear white to their wedding?
According to Rachel Leonard, Fashion Editor of BRIDES, we have Pippa Middleton’s perfectly-toned butt to thank. “We can attribute this trend to Pippa, who made such a sensational impression,” Leonard said in an email this morning. “Her dress, among many aspects of the royal wedding, have had a great impact on US wedding trends.”
Weddingchannel.com editor Amy Eisinger adds that while the Royal Wedding may have kicked it off, the Kardashian wedding is sure to bring the trend to new heights this side of the pond. “The Kardashians are so accessible,” Eisinger said. “She made it okay to have an all-white bridal party.”
Eisinger went on to say that while she thinks the trend will stick, for the average bride it will be more subtle. “Kim had Kourtney and Khloe in very white, very bridal-looking gowns. I don’t know if we’re going to see that. But I think we’re going to start seeing a lot of cream, off-white and soft, romantic colors, in more traditional bridesmaid silhouettes.”
As for guests wearing white–a la Lohan–Eisinger says she still wouldn’t recommend it, even if the invite does call for black or white. “It still doesn’t make it okay. I would definitely check before wearing white to a wedding,” she said. But, given that both Moss’ and Kim Kardashian’s wedding seemed to ask their guests to wear white or black, Eisinger said she wouldn’t be surprised if a monochromatic dress code too caught on.
But before you pronounce this a revolution, both Leonard and Eisinger pointed out that this trend is not entirely new. “It’s actually a very, very old trend,” Eisinger said, who went on to explain that an old British superstition, dating back hundreds of years, held that bridesmaids should dress identical to the bride in an attempt to confuse evil spirits. Maybe that’s what Kim was up to?