After months of speculation, Kate Middleton finally unveiled her wedding dress this morning. As the former commoner officially became Princess Catherine, she walked down the aisle in a stunning Alexander McQueen creation designed by Sarah Burton, who also designed the bridesmaid gown worn by her sister, Pippa. Now it's only a matter of time until "commoners" everywhere are demanding dresses just like Kate's.
The surprisingly modest selection featured a seven-foot train, lace sleeves and a plunging v-neck that allowed the slim Kate to show off her decolletage. Does the new princess' choice mean that brides everywhere will be returning to more demure styles, instead of strapless gowns and shorter hems? Yes and no.
Plenty of brides-to-me might be moved by Kate's dedication to classic royal elegance, and they'll likely start thinking about a return to sleeves, modest necklines and long trains. However, others will find a way to incorporate the most beautiful details of Kate's gown - like the unique neck, the gorgeous embroidered lace and the long, sheer veil - into a design that's slightly sexier for a summer wedding or an outdoor celebration.