1950s Wedding Dresses

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1950s Wedding Dresses
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Wedding gowns come in a staggering variety of styles, and a 1950s wedding dress may be ideal for brides looking for a vintage, classic or romantic look for their special day. 1950s dresses come in several different styles, but they have in common certain characteristics and can be paired with vintage accessories, such as jewellery, shoes and veils. There are also several designers and stores that offer 1950s wedding fashion.

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According to My Wedding Blog, there are several characteristics of 1950s wedding dresses. They are made of elegant materials, such as silk organza and lace. Bolero jackets, which are short jackets that don't reach the waist, may or may not have sleeves and are open in front, are often paired with sleeveless dresses. The Basque waistline, which is tightly fitted and characterised by a drop of a couple inches in the shape of a V below the natural waistline, is a popular feature of 1950s gowns. Full skirts are also seen in 1950s wedding gowns, requiring that you wear a petticoat underneath the skirt.


1950s wedding gowns are made of "luscious materials," according to My Wedding Blog. Popular fabrics include silk organza, tissue taffeta, satin l'amour and lace. Detailing usually consists of antique beading and thread work in both silver and gold, which give the dress an overall sparkle effect.


A 1950s wedding gown can be worn with a headdress from the era, which was often a veil fixed to a clamp-style hat that was worn close to the head. You could also wear vintage 1950s jewellery and tiaras with crystal and pearl detailing with the dress. My Wedding Blog recommends closed-toe and "peek-a-boo" shoes for 1950s-style wedding dresses.

Where to Buy

The 50s Style Wedding Blog recommends several designers that offer 1950s wedding dresses and accessories, including Candy Anthony, Dolly Couture, Jane Taylor Millinery and Once Upon a Time (see Resources). Dolly Couture specialises in 1950s-style wedding dresses and can custom-make dresses. Candy Anthony is based in London and specialises in "made-to-measure" 1950s-style dresses, offering traditional as well as offbeat or "funky" dresses. Jane Taylor Millinery offers 1950s-style accessories for the hair, including pillbox hats and birdcage-style veils. Once Upon a Time's speciality is vintage and 1950s wedding dress designs.

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