Wedding dresses have changed over the years. Trends come and go and lately, with the love for vintage that we’re all feeling, we’re bringing back plenty of looks from yesteryear. From 1950s-inspired mermaid styles to flapper-style 1920s dresses, the past is a constant source of inspiration for the 2014 bride.
We felt so inspired by vintage looks that we’ve gone back in time and delved into the family albums to bring you some serious inspiration.
Wearing the colour white became a ‘tradition’ only in the mid-19th century, with Queen Victoria’s wedding to Prince Albert. Before then, black was one of the main colours, especially as many women would choose their ‘best dress’ or ‘best suit’ for their big day.
The Victorian era also brought about changes in material, when lace was added to wedding dresses, an added layer of texture to the traditional satin and silk. Dress lengths, meanwhile, changed with the decades of the 20th century, from long at the beginning, to mid-calf in the ‘2os and ’50s and even short in the swinging ’60s!
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However, long skirts and long trains have long been a favourite, adding to the special nature of the wedding dress in comparison with any other gown.
Perhaps the biggest difference between contemporary dresses and the pieces of the past is the lack of sleeves on many of today’s looks. The strapless look is now a bridal staple, as brides look for an extra special way of showing off on their big day!