Carolina Castigliano sketches for a wedding dress Meghan Markle might wear

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Bridal designers are already predicting what Meghan Markle will wear down the aisle

Top designers release sketches of what they think the bride-to-be will don down the aisle

It's only been a matter of hours since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement, however many eager followers of fashion are already consumed with thoughts of what the bride-to-be might wear down they aisle for her spring 2018 wedding (and we count ourselves among those eager beavers!)

Whether you're a fan or not, just as was the case with the royals before, what Meghan wears to marry Prince Harry will dictate many aspects of bridal fashion for the next few years - and depending on what she dons, could even play a part in occasion wear trends too.

When it comes to the big white dress, future sister-in-law Kate's long sleeved white lace wedding dress became an instant icon of the fashion world, and swayed designers towards a more traditional silhouette, with even the tiara coming back in to mainstream bridal fashion for a spell.


Kate's sister Pippa also exerted her own influence over designer gowns with a wedding dress that set new trends. High necklines trickled down to the high street after Pippa's big day, while her pretty capped sleeves no doubt encouraged other brides to consider a little shoulder cover.

Meghan's current style could be considered a little more youthful than the Duchess of Cambridge's, who is five months older than Meghan and is known for beautifully patterned long sleeved summer dresses, elegant, structured coats and nude heels.

Suits star Meghan has been photographed on red carpets in the past in figure-hugging dresses that usually showcase her shoulders and often her legs, wearing her long dark hair loose and with a sultry smoky eye. She looks to enjoy dressing up in dainty designs, and donning a pair of killer heels to give her petite frame an extra bit of height.

But while what the former actress wore to press events in the past may have only served to influence those who followed her fashion and lifestyle blog, what she wears as Duchess of Sussex and wife of the fifth in line is sure to exert even more of an influence over both the public and designers alike.

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While we knew very little about what the Duchess of Cambridge and later little sister Pippa would don down the aisle, what's interesting about Meghan is that she has actually already given an insight into her personal preference for a wedding dress.

"Classic and simple is the name of the game," Meghan has said before, according to Hello!, "I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical and subtly romantic."

When the nuptials were announced, Toronto-based bridal couture designer Ines di Santo released her sketch of the ultra feminine off-the shoulder lace gown that she predicted could be the style the soon-to-be royal would don on the day.

The figure-hugging ivory lace gown Ines predicts for the Prince's wife-to-be is embroidered with crystals and pearls that "flow into a train of tulle and raised silk organza flowers with a soft blush underlay."

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“Meghan is very dainty and elegant and has a beautiful figure. This gown reveals her curves in a tasteful way,” said the designer, “It’s an off-the-shoulder design with a low-cut back to showcase her lovely neckline and statuesque physique."

British designer Carolina Castigliano also threw her hat into the ring, releasing a sketch of a classic princess style gown for Meghan which she calls "sensual yet stylish".

"I think Megan will wear a gown that is classic yet sensual and stylish with a modern highlight," said the designer.

"I have sketched a gown in a beautiful silk zibeline that has a wonderful structure and soft sheen to the finish.

"I think this gown would be show stopping. It would be a nod to tradition that would be expected and required from the royal household but would also show her personal sense of style.

Meghan and Harry will wed in May 2018.