10 wedding dress ideas for the retro bride

28 Mar 2017

Are you opting for a retro or vintage wedding? Here are 10 bridal gown features to ensure your dress meets the theme

Words: Lucy Turner

1. 1950s short

Nothing screams retro more than a flirty knee-length dress, or even a few inches shorter. With all the features of a classic wedding dress, the short skirt adds a vintage twist which is perfect for the retro bride.


2. Petticoats

To up the ante a little bit, as well as a short skirt, why not add more volume and vibrancy with a colourful or pretty petticoat underneath a short skirt? A unique idea which definitively breaks away from the modern mould and transforms your gown into a throwback number.


3. Cathedral-length train

From one extreme to the other, instead of short skirts on a wedding dress, a long cathedral-length train is another retro option. Over-exaggerated length highlights a vintage, fashion trend, and can look extremely glamorous and red carpet worthy.


4. Short sleeves

Shorter sleeves on a wedding dress always look timeless, but they also remind us of bygone eras. Three-quarter length sleeves look luxurious in lace and embellished cap sleeves can fulfil an art deco theme with flair.


5. Beading

There is no need for excessive jewellery when your wedding dress is covered in gems and pearls, just like those from the 1920s and '30s. Wearing an intricately beaded gown will make you feel like a Hollywood starlet in an instant, straight out of The Great Gatsby.


6. Silhouettes

Slinky and sexy never went amiss back in the day, so a silhouette dress is a bold and clever option for the retro bride. Embracing a drop waist and creating the perfect hourglass is an ideal look, and a timeless classic that just keeps giving.


7. Geometric patterns

Following on from the beading afore mentioned, intricate and geometric patterns are a bold statement taken from the art deco era – and, if beading is incorporated, this is an even more vintage look.


8. Tiered skirts

Tiered skirts are a very bohemian look that can be dressed up for a wedding day. Elongating them into a chapel-length train or opting for a skirt with ruffles can give your wedding dress the perfect retro look that is fun, feminine and beautiful to behold.


9. Off-the-shoulder sleeves

Reminiscent of '50s school proms and Disney princesses, is the off-the shoulder-sleeve. Exposing the bride’s neck and décolletage, this design can be accessorised with vintage jewellery for a graceful look.


10. Marilyn Monroe

To finish off, what better way to round off the top 10 retro looks than with the icon who wore one of the most recognised white dresses... Marilyn Monroe? Incorporating the element of a short skirt and adding a halter-neck, a simple white dress can be turned into an instant statement and one of the most eye-catching bridal ensembles.


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