How to be a very stylish second-time bride
Is it socially acceptable to wear a white gown for a second wedding? Apparently yes - remember Meghan Markle walking down the aisle in her beautiful Givenchy dress. Nobody, not even the Queen, seemed to care that it was her second wedding (she once married an actor by the beach). That said, a grown-up woman hopefully does not take inspiration in the style choices of a princess any longer. After all, we have dreamt the dream of „Until death tears us apart“ before. This was followed by a reality check - and your life now is so much better than before. So there are definitely more elegant choices than the white dress, the symbol of silly innocence.
Nonetheless, a second wedding comes with a lot of expectations. You know, people are generally bored, so they will happily make you their next favourite gossip target. In short, a second-time bride is expected to be modest yet glamorous at the same time. It is all about the right balance between the crazy head over heels in love look and a certain feet-on-the-ground vibe.
So let´s start with colour choices. White per se is not a no-go, you divorced and have a clean slate, after all. So why not wear a suit. It kills two birds with one stone: it expresses your willingness of a new beginning and at the same time is the most modern symbol of your independence. White used to be the colour of the suffragette movement at the beginning of the 20th century, and the white suit recently is coming back into fashion as a symbol of resistance against patriarchy (dozens of Democrats wore it recently at Donald Trump´s State of The Union speech in Congress). There are a lot of cool versions around - from Jacquemus to Dorothee Schumacher.
You don´t like white? Opt for your favourite bright colour instead. And do under no circumstances listen to the recommendations of your great-auntie to wear something that comes close to white, like champagne, ecru or beige. These traditional nuances for women who had the luck to get married a second time do not enhance your complexion, only the fact that there are still people out there who regard you as a walking scandal. It is your happy day, and you deserve to shine! Elizabeth Taylor, our favourite wedding professional, made the fault to keep her fabulous head down in a dull, beige costume only once, at her second try. The five others that followed were pure fashion joy! At wedding no. 4, she wore a slightly transparent organza look in emerald green, with a day hood made of the same fabric. Transparent silk is a great way to tie the knot for the second time - it is playful and light yet formal enough for the occasion. But especially her look at the wedding no. Five with Richard Burton, stood out: she wore a short yellow silk dress topped with exuberant white flower decoration in her hair.
Which brings us to the question of the veil: keep in mind that at your first wedding, it was meant to be lifted by your groom to take a look at you for the first time. What was ridiculous already the first time, now would seem even more fake, right? But you don´t have to renounce on it entirely: just opt for a shorter version that does not need to be lifted, like a chic face net veil. When it comes to head decoration, everything from Liz´s flower extravaganza to more formal fascinators is allowed, as long as it is a tad eccentric and symbolises your confidence - in yourself and your decision (no, a tiara is not).
To sum it up, there are no rules when it comes to a second wedding look but one: be yourself. Look at Audrey Hepburn. After having worn a very classy, white Balmain gown at her first pitch, she was a different woman at her second wedding: in the funnel neck mini dress by Givenchy, worn with flats and a futuristic hood; she seemed to be the happiest, most real version of herself. Would a correlation between a bride´s outfit and the level of love craziness still be appropriate? Indeed, Liz Taylors psychedelic rainbow-coloured kaftan for her second try with Richard Burton is proof! And no matter what they say, it is an occasion for dressing up. We should never let pass one of these. So let others raise their eyebrows and have fun.