by Brittany Shunk of The Bridal Suite and Special Occasion
The bygone era of the most sophisticated and glamorous fashion of our time was captured so well by Hollywood Sirens such as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie O. These women were the embodiment of class and their styles have been idolized by women for decades. The clean lines, modest cuts and pretty fabrics worn by these ladies are what helped create the classic style we now know as “vintage chic”. Recently, our era has been graced with the return of theses vintage styles. Aspects of these styles make every woman feel glamorous and beautiful no matter their body shape or size. Wedding gown designers have followed the trend and are creating some breathtaking styles for modern brides. The following trends are now easy to find and more comfortable to wear:
For the past two decades strapless dresses have dominated the bridal fashion industry. While this neckline is the standard (and is likely to hold its own for years to come) designers are now introducing straps and sleeves back into the mix. The iconic wedding gown of Grace Kelly inspired the now-famous look worn by Duchess Kate Middleton in 2011; which created this hot fashion trend! In the past, sleeves have been made of fabrics and lace that were itchy, rough and poufy! But today’s bride is sure to find flattering sleeves made of soft, flexible fabrics that can help hide those little flaws. Modern brides can also achieve this look with lace or illusion sleeves and necklines or wedding jackets worn over strapless gowns. All body types look stunning in this style. (Justin Alexander 8765)
In the 1957 film “Funny Face” Audrey Hepburn wore one of the most iconic wedding gowns of all time; a tea length dress. This started the trend which many of us have seen in photographs of our mothers and grandmothers. This dreamy style is perfect for destination weddings, backyard garden weddings or traditional church affairs. The shorter length allows brides to easily move throughout the day and show off her wedding shoes without the bother of a long hem and/or train. Brides who adore this style but are looking for a more contemporary twist can look for gowns with texture or even a high-low hem. Most brides can find a beautiful short gown that creates this retro look however this style beautifully compliments slim or tall brides; (Justin Alexander 8750)
No fabric has been more classically worn by brides than lace. For so long bridal designers only offered a selection of satin and rhinestones. Lace was sadly forgotten until recently. Happily this feminine fabric made a comeback and is now offered in many types and textures! Gene Tierney wore an iconic all lace gowns in the movie “The Razor’s Edge” in 1941 and her look was immediately copied by brides all over the world. Today’s brides can once again achieve this vintage lace look by mixing lace with tulle or a beaded neckline to add sparkle and dimension. Lace can be worn by any body type. Petite brides should seek more delicate laces that won’t overwhelm their frames. (Justin Alexander Signature 9720)
In 1950 Elizabeth Taylor wore a gorgeous wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline. The beauty of this classic neckline is that it has been reinvented over and over to suit brides of all types. A modest bride can wear this style by finding a gown with an illusion collar to soften the look and add more coverage. A more daring bride will be happy with a sweetheart neckline that plunges at the point. A bride with a more voluptuous bust will shine in this style of neckline. (David Tutera for Mon Cheri- Beryl)
Taffeta Darling! Our former first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, looked radiant in an all taffeta wedding gown in 1953 for her marriage to J.F.K. Taffeta gowns, much like Jackie’s, most often have a full skirt that emphasizes a small waist. This fabric has a lovely sheen and will hold its shape throughout the day. This thicker fabric is best worn in the cooler months. Curvy brides will love the structure that this fabric will provide. (David Tutera for Mon Cheri – Mirabella)
The Bridal Suite (& Special Occasion), a new salon and personalized bridal experience, specializes in vintage inspired designs. These styles capture the look and feel of decades past to dress today’s woman with flair and sophistication. Please visit us and allow our friendly staff to find you the wedding gown or special occasion dress of your dreams – whether your style is retro glam, traditional, alternative or country inspired. Whatever your fashion choice, just remember, “Happy girls are the prettiest.” (Audrey Hepburn).