Looking for a vintage inspired wedding dress?

 

Tea Length Vintage Inspired Brides DressCredit: dollycouture.comFashion has made some drastic changes over the decades but one common recurrence is the "vintage inspired" trends that seem to always be in fashion. These inspired fashions are most notably witnessed in the numerous collections of wedding gowns and evening style gowns made by the designers of today. 

Shopping for a vintage inspired wedding dress: 

First things first you need to know what you are looking for.

Things you want to consider is what era or style comes to mind? The 1950's seem to be one of the most sought after wedding gown styles for brides but your tastes may be different. So take a minute and think about what it is that you are really looking for before hitting the bridal shops in search of the perfect vintage inspired wedding dress.

Consider lengths, body shapes, fabric and details. Having a basic idea of what you are looking for is going to make finding your perfect dress a task less daunting.

 

Who Wears Vintage Inspired Fashions?

These elegant and sometimes modest styles are worn regularly by every day brides but have even graced the silhouettes of some of the most renown red carpet celebrities. Just to name a fewJennifer Lopez in Vintage GownCredit: Bauer Griffin celebrities who have donned a gown (or is rumored to in the future) whose inspirational design came from years past: Jennifer Lopez, Barbara Streisand, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Kate Moss and Sharon Stone. 

 

Who Designs a Great Vintage Inspired Wedding Dress?

The options are far too many to name in full, especially when you consider that a lot of designers may not design a dress that has that complete vintage look but incorporates bits and pieces of nostalgia that give it that overall feel. However,  just to give you some easy starts here are some companies/designers who make fabulous fashions some of which appear to be inspired from the "days of yore": 

Karen Millen; Dolly Thicke of DollyCouture; Jenny Packham; Urban Outfitters (BHLDN) ; Anne Barge; Le Spose Di Gio; Monique Lhuillier; Marchesa.

Miscellaneous Tid Bits to Help you Decide on a Vintage Inspired Wedding Dress

Some of the most popular and inspired designs came from the 20s, 30s, 50s and 60s. Though there were plenty of beautifully crafted gowns in prior and latter years. 

1920s and 30s (according to Mark Ingram, CEO and creative director of Manhattan’s Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier) is where to look if you fancy embroidery.

1950s wedding dresses quite commonly designed in tea length styles, though you can also find full length gowns as well,  and can feature several different fabrics or combination of fabrics including: satin, lace, tulle, taffetta and more.  Detailing and Dolly Couture GownCredit: dollycouture.comembellishments on these gowns were often done with beading, threading and fabrics, much like you still see on most dresses made today. 

1960s styles consisted of a lot of different looks and fabrics much like those of the 50s but most commonly known for the breatk through of the mini dresses (though some fabulous full and elegant floor length gowns were created as well). 

 

Before You Wrap it Up

No matter where you get your inspiration it pays off to keep an open mind. Sometimes the only picture that can top the one in your mind is the one you see in the mirror before you. Basically that means don't be sold on any one vintage inspired wedding dress or style  until you have tried it on and know in your heart that "it's the one".