1960s Era Wedding Dresses

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The 1960s is an era noted for its place in fashion history. Mod and hippie styles were popular during the decade, and their impact on fashion are present to this day. Wedding dresses of the 1960s were simple, yet stylish. If you choose to wear a '60s era wedding dress on your big day, there are several different styles to choose from, so you'll be able to find a dress which caters to your taste and personal fashion style.

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Fitted waists on wedding dresses were popular in the early 1960s, partly in homage to Jacqueline Kennedy's style of dressing. After President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, this look went out of fashion. The empire line replaced the fitted waistline on wedding dresses. An empire line is a raised waistline, which is fitted under the bust and goes out from there. A-line dresses were also popular, where the dress has no waistline to speak of, instead coming straight out from the neck.

Sleeve Length

The capped sleeve on wedding dresses was in vogue in the early 1960s. Again, this is said to have some relationship to the style of Jacqueline Kennedy, who was a huge icon of the time. The mid-1960s saw wedding dress sleeves become longer, normally to half- or three-quarter length. The pointed sleeve was another popular feature on 1960s wedding dresses, which is a full length sleeve that comes to a point on the back of the hand.

Hair and Accessories

Hair was normally pulled into a tight up-do for weddings in the 1960s. Veils were commonly worn, normally attached to either a pillbox hat, a Juliet cap or a Camelot cap. White, wrist length gloves were very popular, hence the fashion for less than full-length sleeves on bridal gowns. Wedding coats, matching the wedding dress, were another fashionable accessory, providing a more demure look and affording warmth for a winter wedding.

Hippie Weddings

The hippie movement reached its peak around 1968, at which point adopting the hippie style for wedding dresses, and weddings in general, became popular. Brides at a hippie wedding ditched the hat or cap, instead wore her hair down with a floral wreath, sometimes in conjunction with a veil. Sleeves became long and bell-shaped, often adorned with floral trimming or embroidery. Hippie brides wore flat shoes or sometimes even got married with bare feet.

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