Meghan Markle knows a thing or two about wedding dresses. She even picked one out last year for her role on Suits. But while her character Rachel Zane stunned in the dreamy , what the actress will wear on herown big day is really sending the fashion world into a frenzy.
A royal wedding calls for a whole new set of considerations beyond how the dress will look on camera. Tradition prescribes a modest dress created by a British designer, but Markle's previous marriage might also impact what she wears. Brides getting married for the second time often opt for a simpler look, or eschew white altogether.
While a royal wedding dress is usually one of the best kept secrets in fashion, new rumors suggest Markle's not only , but already had her first fitting.
"BFF and bridal expert Jessica Mulroney is guiding Meghan though the process and quietly flew in to London on January 10, spending four days at the couple's Nottingham Cottage home," royals reporter Omid Mio Scobie . "I'm told that they went through a number of options with the designer and Meghan was 'incredibly excited' to see things start coming together ... Right now only a small, select group of people know the designer's name, so don't expect to find out any time soon. Even Harry made himself scarce during the first fitting!"
With that in mind, here's what the actress known for her modern, laidback style might pick for her big day:
Nope, not Jackie Kennedy. Markle named Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's as her favorite celebrity wedding dress in a interview with last year. "Everything goals," she said of the '90s style.
When Markle married her first husband Trevor Engelson in Jamaica in 2011, she wore a "sleek, strapless, floor-length ," according to . However, it's unlikely she'll wear a similar dress — especially since the wedding will potentially take place at Windsor Castle, not the beach.
That's what Markle wore on the Suits for the big season 5 finale, and the actress helped pick the dress herself. "It is classic and fairy-tale and the culmination of everything she's been waiting for with her big day," she told of Rachel's gown.
Don't jump to conclusions just yet. "It's not my personal style," she admitted, adding that she did like the low ballerina-inspired neckline on the original design. (The producers raised it for TV.)
"I have the luxury of wearing beautiful pieces of clothing every day for work, so my personal style — wedding or not — is very pared down and relaxed," Markle told . "Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist." Don't cross a formal pant suit – like this one she wore 2015 — off the list too soon.
While Markle's definitely a fan of structured jackets and coats (like her look from the engagement photo call), she could go for something for soft and feminine too. "I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic," she told . "Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos are faves of mine for their uniqueness and beauty.
Something From Elie Saab
Markle also named Elie Saab and J. Mendel as two other bridal designers she loves, especially for more structural designs. She'd be in good company: , the Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, wore a Elie Saab wedding dress in 2012.
Something From Her Friend, Misha Nonoo
The fashion designer reportedly introduced the couple, and created the white button-down Markle wore to the Invictus Games this September. Nonoo hasn't designed a bridal collection before, but there's always a first time for everything.
Something From Erdem
In an especially fitting twist, the London-based designer was born in Canada, and became a global ambassador for . include Antonio Berardi, Gile Deacon, Ralph & Russo, Emilia Wickstead, Temperley London, Jenny Packham, and Amanda Wakeley.