Katie Austin Shares Wedding Dress Shopping Advice for Fellow Brides-to-Be

The three-time SI Swimsuit model is preparing to walk down the aisle next year.
Katie Austin

Katie Austin.

As Katie Austin continues planning her upcoming wedding, the 2023 SI Swimsuit model is learning a few secrets along the way and she’s not keeping them from her social media followers.

The 29-year-old recently shared a TikTok detailing the struggle of wedding dress shopping. Austin admitted that until recently, she had no interest in shopping for gowns and continued to put the task off. Changing her outlook, she said, was key to actually enjoying the experience.

“Going into it, I changed my mindset, I took the pressure off... [and] also kept telling myself like it actually doesn’t matter what you wear, you’re literally marrying the love of your life, the pictures yes it’s great, but at the same time, like it’s just a dress,” she shared. “No. 2, thank God I had my support system. I had my sister and my mom with me, it always helps bringing people that you love and [who] make you feel comfortable.”

Lastly, Austin added an additional tip for fellow brides-to-be who have no idea where to begin when it comes to dress shopping: just start trying on dresses and you’ll begin to figure out what styles and silhouettes you do and don’t like.

Austin and her fiancé, Lane Armstrong, initially announced their engagement in April. They are set to tie the knot next May. 

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Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.