Advice & Planning

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy-Inspired Bridesmaid Dresses for the Modern Sophisticate

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy revolutionized the idea of minimal and elegant bridal. Ever since we were graced with the single wedding photograph of JFK Jr. kissing the sheer-gloved hand of Carolyn Bessette on the steps of a Baptist church in Cumberland Island, American wedding style has been heavily influenced. Carolyn wore a white silk Narcisco Rodriguez gown— the simplicity shocking the world. Even 20 years and a few weeks later, her elegance remains relevant and inspirational.

The understated slip dress may not be for everyone, but this look can be worn to more than just the wedding and on more than just a bride. With modern fashion companies like Bec + Bridge and Reformation, emulating Kennedy style is easier than ever. We put together a colorful list of long, silk gowns perfect for a streamlined bridal party or chic rehearsal dinner attire.

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