(Closed) Can you have a vintage look with a beaded ballgown?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Can you have a vintage look with a beaded ballgown?

    Of course, wear vintage inspired accessories, hair and make up!

    No, it would look mismatched.

    I like cupcakes.

    I don't like cupcakes.

  • Post # 3
    762 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I have a beaded ballgown for a vintage themed wedding. Beading can look extremely Art Decco era and extremely vintage. My dress is the Bellissima Couture Bendecca.

    Post # 4
    1320 posts
    Bumble bee

    It depends on what you mean by “vintage.” I think you may have to look further back than the 50s-70s for vintage inspiration (think early 20th century, or even 18th/19th century). I think this can look very old world vintage (which is beautiful).

    Here’re some random inspiration photos I found:

    Post # 5
    3518 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I voted go for it, with the right accessories, but since it was a single option poll I also feel the need to express my undying love for cupcakes in the thread.

    Post # 6
    1320 posts
    Bumble bee

    And here is some art deco inspiration (one of my favorite vintage themes). The last dress is actually borrowed from another Bee on here, and her look screams vintage glam:




    Post # 7
    2285 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It depends what you mean by “vintage”. If you want to have vintage-inspired touches, then yes you can wear a beaded ballgown. Though for that style to be really vintage inspired it would probably have to be 1950s – and I think it would need to be a higher waistline and a more a-line shape to be truly 1950s. Like the the dress with the fur shrug that’s posted immediately above this post.


    If you want to actually look like how a wedding of a particular era would look then no, I don’t think you could do it with that dress. For a start, your dress is strapless, and strapless wedding dresses barely existed until the 1990s.


    To be honest, your dress looks completely modern to me. There isn’t a lot about it that says “vintage”. 


    I’m gettng the feeling that the word “vintage” has become so misused though it’s become almost meaningless.


    Post # 9
    74 posts
    Worker bee

    I think if you’re going for a vintage look from a specific era, it might be difficult to pull off.

    But if you are going for an overall vintage/shabby chic/romantic look… I say definitely!

    I see lots of lace, pearls, old picture frames, bird cages, peonies, mercury glass, etc.



    Post # 10
    325 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    What kind of vintage?  Do you have an era in mind?  I mean, something could be vintage from the 20s or vitnage from the 1880s, or vintage from the 70s.  These are all very very different looks.  Hard to say really what would go.  I mean, I wouldn’t do Farrah hair with that dress, but if you’re into the princess thing, you could pull a (toned down, and much cleaner) 1770s elaborate updo and have it work out just beautifully.

    Post # 11
    1320 posts
    Bumble bee

    @clairebbbear:  “I’m gettng the feeling that the word “vintage” has become so misused though it’s become almost meaningless.”

    I agree. I think people tend to think of the neo-vintage look when using this to describe their wedding (i.e. what I like to call Style Me Pretty or Pinterest ~vintage~). Nothing bad about this, but I do feel the word has become such a ubiquitous wedding descriptor that it’s almost like describing your wedding as “romantic.”

    That being said, we all derive our inspiration from somewhere, so I am more than happy to help someone out with inspiration for their vision. But that’s mainly because I adore shiny, pretty things (and like finding pretty things for others). 🙂


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