Retro Wedding Dresses For Flappers, Bombshells, Mods And More: What Decade Are You?

July 7, 2011 by emilyanderson
shefinds | Weddings

If you’re channeling Jean Harlow, Doris Day, or Twiggy with your wedding look, then check out these timeless wedding dresses that take their inspiration from the best of every decade.

1920s: Beading, flappers and cheap frills

Loads of fringe, drop waists, and bare calves were de rigueur for the sassy ladies of the 1920’s. For a speakeasy sexy look, try this Unique Vintage Beaded Reproduction Flapper Dress ($198).

1930s: Sultry dames and bonefied Hollywood elegance

The 1930’s kicked off the Golden Age of Hollywood. Channel the halter neckline and cinched-waist look of Ava Gardner during her wedding to Frank Sinatra with this BHLDN Trumpeted Pavot Gown ($4,000).

1940s: Clean, classic lines for industrious gals and modest times

During wartime, women used distinct silhouettes and a “no frills” ethos to make an iconic statement. This J.Crew Duchesse Satin Noelle Gown ($2500) clearly draws its inspiration from Elizabeth Taylor’s first wedding gown.

1950s: Full skirts, teen rebels, and tons of tulle

Ah, the 1950’s! Swing skirts, fluffly crinolines – a delicate mix of sweet and sultry. This Theia Wedding Dress ($550) borrows from a popular prom dress style of the era, and Debbie Reynold‘s perky bridal style.

1960s: Flower children, Mods, and bell sleeves

Bell sleeves, lace, and flower power all typify the Swingin’ Sixties. This adorable Lilly Pulitzer Shayna Vintage Lace Dress ($368) does it all without being the least bit cloying or cliched – just like the original bombshell Priscilla Presley.

Want even more vintage inspiration? Shop our guides to the best wedding clutch bags, pearl wedding jewelry, and bridal hair accessories!

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