A vintage wedding dress might be the perfect option on your big day.
Vintage wedding dresses are a trend that will never go away. The classic and timeless cuts and fabrics are a sure way to look elegant and ethereal when you walk down the aisle.
They’re especially a good solution if you’ve seen all of the minimalist bandeau bridal gowns with their contemporary cuts and structures and haven’t been wowed.
But make no mistake, opting for a vintage style doesn’t mean you’ll look like you’ve borrower your granny’s wedding dress. This season’s spin on antique gowns isn’t all frumpy ruffles and ruching – think delicate lace, embroidery and silk with a variety of trains, necklines and cuts.
A good way to start is to look at which style eras you fancy most, to get an idea of what shape you’ll go for. The 1950s tea-length full skirts are often a popular choice, that goes especially well with a Hollywood wave and a red lip.
For a sleeker silhouette, 1930s and 1940s silk dresses and fitted styles are a sure way to add a touch of understated elegance to the aisle.
If you’re a bit less traditional, then 1920s cuts have made a surprising comeback this year, and it’s all about the beading.
Of course, you’ll never go wrong with a fishtail champagne lace dress either – we guarantee you’ll never look back at wedding pictures and regret your sartorial choice.
In terms of accessories, we encourage you to have a bit of fun and stick to a vintage theme, whether that’s a dazzling brooch in side-swept hair, a pearl sautoir, velvet bow belt, or, if you want a really dramatic effect, white opera length gloves like the ones Sophia Amoruso wore with her vintage Alexander McQueen gown on her wedding day. The choice is yours.
From Grecian cinching to Hollywood silhouettes, we’ve rounded up the best of the more classic and traditional wedding dress designs. From Vivienne Westwood and Marchesa to Ghost and Monsoon, here are the timeless styles that you’ll never look back on and question…
The front of this delicate beaded Phase Eight wedding dress is beautiful, but the back is the real show-stopper. It has a romantic sheer low back with a bow and button detailing.
This Temperley London vintage-inspired wedding dress is seriously beautiful. We particularly like the high neck and long sleeve detailing.
Not only does this Phase Eight wedding dress have a stunning vintage-look neckline, but the intricate tapework detailing is truly stunning.
The square neck and embroidery detailing on this Phase Eight wedding dress give it a vintage feel.
Looking for something simple and understated? This off-white Sophia Kokosalaki silk wedding gown could be just the thing. Team with beautiful jewellery if you want to inject a bit of sparkle.
The lace and chiffon of this Sophia Kokosalaki make it a comfortable choice, with an almost ethereal result.
This exquisitely embroidered Matthew Williamson gown would be perfect for a dream wedding.
This timeless A-line silhouette will suit every bride, while the clean strapless cut shows off the decolletage beautifully.
Shop now: Irina lace dress for £299 from Monsoon
The shape of this stunning lace Monsoon wedding dress cinches at the waist to give a simple elegant silhouette.
Shop now: Farah bridal dress for £499 from Monsoon
How fabulous is the dramatic, old fashioned cut of the neck and sleeves on this Roland Mouret wedding dress.
Steeped in a gorgeous satin fabric, this chic dress creates a sexy 1950s silhouette.
Shop now: Sana Dress Ivory for £395 from Ghost
Seventies-lovers will adore this off-the-shoulder wedding dress style from Coast. This pretty little number will give you plenty of movement to dance.
This classic fit-and-flare shape is made all the more gorgeous by the intricate cream floral lace.
This champagne coloured dress has an extra special antique feel that will make you feel truly glamorous on your wedding day.
Perfect for a summer wedding on the Italian coast.
This Whistles bridal gown has a Grecian feel to it. Perfect for a summer wedding.
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