(Closed) Dated vs. Timeless wedding dresses

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1835 posts
Buzzing bee

I think the exaggerated pleating/ruffling and pickups we’re seeing in the skirt will be an example of a dated look — I can’t see people in 20 years looking back on something like this:

And not laughing a LOT over how ridiculous it looks, a la our laughing at the gigantic poofy sleeves and over-the-top beading of the 80’s.

I also think short dress styles will be looked at as more trendy than timeless. For me, timelessness is all about silhouette — simple A-lines and gowns like the one you posted will translate across generations far more easily than anything contrived or too designed.

Post # 4
2001 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Countdown to bees wagging their fingers that this thread is likely to offend people who see their dress posted as an example of “dated”.

Oh well, I’ll play anyway.  Those Vera Wang “White” dresses with the foofy skirts, for sure.

Also, all of our dresses will eventually look dated to some extent, and I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.  So what if your dress looks like you got married in 2012?  You did, didn’t you?

Clean lines and minimal embellishment will best stand the test of time, though.

Post # 5
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think that the mermaid look will be very dated

Post # 6
514 posts
Busy bee

I don’t have anything against them, but I think the gowns with the see-through corsets will look dated in the future. (again, no offense to anyone who has one)

Post # 7
3330 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I know my dress is going to be dated :). That’s okay with me, though, I loved it. I’m sure in 30 years, I’ll still love it, even if my kids don’t!

Post # 8
3982 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I kind of have to agree that the detailed skirts may look dated later on – i’m saying this and i had a dress with a rosette pattern on the skirt and i’m ok with that. for example – sunday rose is an amazingly beautiful dress! love it love it love it but i would say 20 years from now it will probably be dated

I think anything a-line with little embelishments will always be timeless

as well as a fitted lace with straps


Post # 9
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@sailor:  Also, all of our dresses will eventually look dated to some extent, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  So what if your dress looks like you got married in 2012?  You did, didn’t you?

THIS. I have honestly never seen a dress that I thought was truly timeless. I have seen dresses from other time periods that I think are beautiful for those particular time periods, but that I would never wear now (unless I was purposely going for an authentic vintage look). In other words, everything from other time periods looks dated to me. I don’t think the whole “timeless vs. trendy” thing is as big of a deal as everyone makes it out to be. I think people should wear what they like and feel beautiful in regardless of whether people find it to be “trendy” or “timeless”. That being said I do also agree with sailor‘s other comment that “clean lines and minimal embellishment will best stand the test of time.”

Post # 10
23 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

They are all going to look dated if you ask me… along with your hair and everything else.  Who cares??  Get what you love… at least it will remind you of the year you got married in. 😉

Post # 11
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think the simpler a dress is the more timeless it will be.  

Post # 11
5166 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Every dress will eventually look dated. but some rush out of style very quickly. sashes on gowns, ruffles, and mermaid styles are currently “modern” but we dont know how long they will be fashionable.  Certain ball gowns styles like the kate middleton dress are considered timeless because they can swing both ways and look both vintage or modern.  In my opinion certain types of pickup skirts already look dated. They were especially popular in late 1990s and earlier 2000s

My dress had a  tiered skirt, ruched bodice, mermaid silhouette and a sash. so its considered modern and some people may say it will soon look dated. But I’m glad I went with this because it represented my sense of style at the time I got married and thats what a wedding dress should do.

Post # 13
2001 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@phimegaphi:  I hope not, too.  I think this is a fun thread.

Post # 14
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@JuneBride2012:  I agree with this to an extent.

I also think those 80’s dresses we see never had a chance in hell of being timeless. There was too much fabric going too many ways to ever look classic.

But i do think some modern dresses (excluding perhaps pickups) are far more beautiful than the “trendy” dresses of a long time ago. Because they are trendy mostly for being legitimately beautiful. Most of the asthetics of dresses currently in style aren’t SUPER exaggerated (see pouffy shoulders). They may have a du jour ruffle quality to them, but overall are classically pretty.

Bedazzled belts will always be pretty. Ruffles will always be pretty. Silhoettes from ball gown to mermaid will always be pretty.

Pretty is timeless.

Post # 15
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I picked my gown because it had timeless qualities to it and was reminiscent of my mother’s wedding gown. It’s not trendy per se, but I can’t imagine my daughter’s wearing it even though I would have worn my mother’s gown from 1985 if it hadn’t been ruined when we moved.


Mom’s Gown:

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