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.