Different '50s-style wedding dresses that cover the arms

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Different '50s-style wedding dresses that cover the arms
Fifties wedding dresses were very flouncy. (Digital Vision./Retrofile/Getty Images)

In the 1950s, wedding dresses tended to cover the bride from top to toe. It was extremely rare to see a bride in a strapless gown. The dresses tended to be quite plain with few accessories added, but the styles very flouncy and tight at the waist. Sometimes short lacy gloves were worn.

Basic Dress

One style of dress was made in satin with tight satin sleeves and a curved neckline. Modesty was the order of the day so dresses were bright white, tight at the waist and full in the skirt. Edging tended to be ribbon and sometimes pearls.


A ballerina style was fitted at the top with tight sleeves, but the actual main part of the dress had capped sleeves and there was a layering of voile over the sleeves that created a longer sleeve. The dress came to mid calf and flounced out with lots of petticoats and tulle underneath.

Lacy Long Sleeves

Another style was plain satin with a lace overlay. Although the basic dress had no sleeves and ended at the shoulders, the lace would be set over the top of it and would extend into long tight sleeves. This lace would then be added to the skirt over the top of the many underskirts, lace and tulle.


A basic satin sleeveless dress was made with beading sewn around the bodice and a bolero top added with long sleeves. This would also have beading scattered across the front. Sometimes ribbon was edged along the bottom of a flouncy skirt. The bolero could be taken off later for dancing after the wedding ceremony.

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