For women the day of their wedding is monumental. Perhaps no other detail is as important as the wedding dress itself. Women spend an absorbent amount of time shopping and researching in search of the perfect dress for the big day. What goes around comes around, and thus it is of no surprise to those in the fashion industry that vintage wedding dresses are making a comeback.
Vintage wedding dresses dates back to the early 1920’s and were primarily worn from mid-calf to the knee and usually had a low-dipped waist that was loose fitting, while the 1930’s brought about a more hugging silhouette style and a more poufy belled bottom that reached the floor. The 1930’s also introduced the first detachable trains, making the day’s festivities more comfortable for women. Most vintage style wedding dresses throughout the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s were made from heavy satin and lace.
Toward the mid-1940’s and throughout the 1950’s vintage inspired wedding dresses changed dramatically. Vintage during this time period were scaled down to bare minimum and lacked the glamour of previous decades. Most dresses focused on a cinched waist line, minus flare and embroider. Simplicity was abundant and the style as a whole was light and practical, most likely inspired by the war era where frivolous choices would have been deemed unnecessary. Still, this era offered clean lines and flattering styles for brides to be.
As the 1960’s approached, women had morphed into more playful beings and vintage collection lines swiftly followed suit. With the “mod” style quickly becoming popular, vintage style wedding dresses adorned the popular scooped necks and shorter lengths. Mini-skirts were flying out of department stores, as women became bolder and wanted to show off their trim waistlines and shapely legs. Lace also made its way as being fashion forward once again and brides were in a frenzy looking for the most unique patterns and detailed designs. Some traditional vintage designs did encompass floor length gowns as well, though they were not as popular-until that is, the 1970’s.
Retailers were stocked full of garments made from polyester and the newly popularized rayon for its light weight and comfort ability. The vintage wedding dresses of this era were the same. Because polyester and rayon were materials that were easy to work with, tailors could get more creative and experiment with bouffant sleeves and empire waists. Though simplistic in style, the 1970’s vintage dresses were elegant.
The 1980’s brought in the last of the vintage wedding dress styles. Everything in the 80’s was big and vintage wedding dresses were no different. Victorian inspired lace, big bows and shoulder pads made these dresses a spectacle.
Because vintage wedding dresses covered roughly 6 decades, today’s brides in search of that perfect wedding dress really can find one to suit them, regardless of their tastes; whether that be the full on glam of the 80’s or the simplicity of the 40’s.