Modern is wearing whatever makes you feel the most like you. Whether that’s a streamlined sheath with geometric details, a jacket without a tie, a flirty, above-the-knee frock, or purposeful print clashing, it should be an extension of your own style.
No need to forget about the classics. Instead, don contemporary versions like these black wool Ermenegildo Zegna tuxedos ($2,695) with sheened lapels. The slim cuts and jazzy printed Ermenegildo Zegna bow ties ($205) over crisp white shirts take it from old-fashioned to new-fashioned. Add monogrammed cuff links for extra style points.
Indulge in the princess dress, but one reimagined for a 21st-century bride. This Anne Barge strapless ball gown ($3,950) turns a fluffy skirt into modern art, with layers of tulle edged in organza-covered horsehair. Pair with Katie Rowland earrings ($880) to finish the look.
A monochromatic suit creates a sleek line and complements a soft, textured dress.
The days of frumpy pantsuits are officially gone. Go sharp and stylish with a white-on-white combo like our Camilla and Marc jacket ($720), Dion Lee blouse ($878), and Kaufman Franco pant ($950). A soft, textured dress like this Watters and Watters open-back abstract-print lace number ($3,150) provides the yin to the suit’s yang.
Using cool colors like olive and baby blue adds a fresh take to jackets and ties, and makes mixing patterns easier.
Print clashing is the power play for walking down the aisle. Novice mixers fear not—just stay within the same color family, as with this Trussini plaid blazer ($1,295) and dotted Ermenegildo Zegna tie ($205), before mixing in neutrals such as a white dress shirt and a dark Calvin Klein trouser ($175) and vest ($80). Above all, trust your instincts.
A tuxedo pant and white silk open-panel top make a simple yet impactful style statement.
As the old proverb says, “Fortune favors the bold!” Or at the very least, deems it exceedingly stylish. Go for bold, modern elegance with a wide-leg Barbara Bui tuxedo pant ($655) and matching Edward Armah cummerbund ($215). Pair the tailored bottoms with a flowing top in white, like the Osman open-sleeve blouse with ruffled cuffs ($727) and Katie Rowland earrings ($880).
Don’t overthink it: A simple black suit is all you need.
Polished and sleek never go out of style. Invest in an ageless black Ermenegildo Zegna suit and vest ($2,695) and keep it current with a patterned dress shirt and vibrant Robert Jensen statement tie ($150).
Sleek lines meet fitted lace.
The fitted mermaid silhouette, full-length sleeve, and plunging illusion neckline give this lace Bianca dress ($5,890) a new twist on an old idea. A Maiyet column updates a traditional Grecian gown ($1,250) while also creating an elongated shape. A two-tone DANNIJO necklace ($395) adds the final touch.
A pop of paprika in the accessories adds spice.
Snazz up the standard three-piece suit by swapping out a monochromatic vest for more color. Pair a gray Canali suit ($1,695) with a Calvin Klein vest ($80) over a Circle of Gentlemen button-up ($245), and complete the look with a Pocket pocket square ($70) and Robert Jensen tie ($165) in contrasting prints.
Formal and casual blend seamlessly with an all-blue theme.
Forget gray for a minute—50 shades of blue is the new go-to. Find the hue that flatters your skin tone, be it a cool navy Isaia suit ($3,759) with coordinating Eleventy shirt and Kiton tie, or a cornflower Belvest plaid sport coat ($2,995) with Ermenegildo Zegna slack and Eidos Napoli dress shirt ($225). Finally, colorful Hook and Albert lapel pins ($40) offer a novel take on the traditional boutonniere.
Flirty, casual boho lace defines a whole new kind of modern.
Casual doesn’t mean unstylish. For the boho bride who wouldn’t be caught dead in a ball gown, consider an embroidered mini ($740) by Zimmerman. The scalloped hem and sheer blouson sleeves with ties add interest without even a hint of fussy.
Let textures and appliqués bring whimsy to your look, while a perfect fit ensures elegance.
Naeem Khan floor-length strapless column dress ($12,995) combines a streamlined silhouette with intricate, textured floral appliqués. Want to float dramatically down the aisle and dance the night away? No problem with this detachable tulle-and-appliqué bustle.