Vintage style wedding dresses are a firm trend in the world of bridalwear fashion. For many, the idea of vintage wedding gowns conjures up an image of a demure lace dress with pearls and a veil, but the term ‘vintage’ covers over fifty years of fashion, and the choices are almost limitless!
Vintage style draws on the elegance and iconography of many different eras, from the flappers of the 20s to the hippy chicks of the 60s, the glamour of the 30s and electronica of the 80s. Whatever era your choose, take your inspiration from dress styles, accessories, music, films and jewellery to complete your wedding outfit. Why not mix and match your vintage style with a contemporary twist to really make your bridal outfit your own?
Here’s a quick guide to the main vintage looks you’re likely to find in a vintage bridalwear store:
20s design began to move away from restrictive clothing like corsets and introduced low waists, higher hemlines, lace and beaded detailing and straight-cut sillhouettes.
30s fashion was all about elegance and glamour – think of the classic movie stars with waved hair, figure-hugging silky gowns and smoky eye makeup.
The 40s were inspired by the military, adding a tailored look to suit dresses and knee-length hemlines. Pill box hats with veils were very popular during the 40s and 50s.
50s style was split between demure femininity and the freedom of rock ‘n’ roll! Try a 50s style short wedding dress with a full skirt and dance the night away!
Fashion branched out in many directions during the 60s, but iconic styles include mod, cocktail dresses and of course, flower power.
For a 70s look, go for a free-flowing maxi Grecian style gown or the opposite end of the scale with a mini dress.
To create a vintage look, first decide on your era, or the type of wedding dress you are after. Vintage wedding gowns vary from floor length, ankle length, tea-length and even shorter! The style is up to you – perhaps you’re inspired by your venue, or a classic film, book or celebrity. Browse antique shops and vintage markets for little touches for your reception and accessories to truly give your wedding a vintage feel. A simple wedding gown can be made ten times more impressive with the right shoes, jewellery, headwear and accessories! And don’t forget your groom – there are plenty of different styles of suit and menswear to choose from in order to match your vintage look.