I warmed to my distaste of the dress, even watched it transform into a sort of fascination. I realized that the cause of my initial disappointment was rooted in increasingly petrified notions of pomp and circumstance, fairy tales, femininity, romance and glamour. I am glad Markle rather shook us out of our comfort zones with such an austere choice. It made the endeavor a very earthly, human affair rather than the inflated illusions of grandeur that royal weddings generally promote. As Vanessa Friedman of The New York Times wrote, it was a dress for a person, not a princess.