(Closed) Dated vs. Timeless wedding dresses

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
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Sugar bee

I think anything will ultimately end up looking dated. If its not the dress itself, the way you styled it (necklace, sash, earrings, etc) will come off as dated in the future. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - St. Philip Catholic Church/Arcadia Brewing Co.

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@LuckyJuls:  I disagree that pretty is timeless. Pretty changes too accross cultures and time. People wouldn’t have worn the over-the-top poofy sleeves of the 80s if they didn’t think they were pretty. I can think of lots of examples (foot binding in china100 years ago, plucking out eyebrows and moving back hair lines in Elizabethan England, etc.) of things that were truely thought of as pretty in their own time and place, that we would find ugly/gross today.

Everything changes, wear what you like when you like it.

Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would like to see pictures posted from the 60’s 70’s 80’s and 90’s that are considered “timless” today.  Those are the ones that would be timeless tomorrow.  I don’t think it’s a bad thing if people are wearing modern gowns.  By the time you add in the hair do’s the accessories and boquets, your year should be pretty identifiable.  There’s nothing wrong with that!  I personally chose to keep things a little less “out there” but that’s my style with everything.  This is a fun read though!

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

i agree that cleaner lines and less embellishment will stand the test of time better, and i also agree that every dress will be dated to some degree.  my dress is a sort of modified A-line (it has an assymetrical dropped waist) with the ruching/draping in the bodice, and it’s strapless with that slight sweetheart shape.  there is literally no embellishment on the dress, just that draping, but i’m sure that and the fact that it’s strapless will be enough to date it, at least to this decade, because it’s so popular right now.  because it’s an odd color for a wedding gown…i dunno, we’ll see how future trends are for colored wedding gowns.  i don’t really care how easy my dress will be to date though.  it looks awesome on me and is really pretty in its own right.

Post # 19
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I think excessive bling, elaborate skirts (ruffles, pickups, etc) and full mermaids (but not fit and flare) will gen up dating us.  I think halters already look dates to the 90s. I think the key is to choose a silhouette that has been popular in different, previous decades, and to keep the ornamentation understated if you want a timeless look. 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This dress was one of my finalists.  I still think it is beautiful and timeless, although the strapless/sweetheart neckline will probably date it to this decade because it’s so ubiquitous now.  The banded waist reminds me of Grace Kelly.

 

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@cardus:  I am also wearing a colored wedding dress, and I think it’s too soon to tell if this trend will ever be popular enough to look truly dated in the future.  My dress is not timeless for other reasons, though!

Post # 21
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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@LittleRiver:  Strapless and sweetheart have been big deals since the mid90s.  I think over. 15 years is a substantial time.  Besides, for even longer than that, strapless has been acknowledged as the most formal neckline.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@aardvark:  I’m not talking about facial beauty or foot binding practices. I’m talking about the “pretty” aspect in a dress. The ideals of beauty and pretty of course change across cultures, decades, etc.. That is not in contention. If you look at the supermodels of the 80’s vs. the supermodels of today, yes. Very different.  

If you go back to collections from various designers from Valentino to Dior to Madame Gres, there are many styles that were “trendy” or very current at the time that still translate today. 

More importantly,  the best elements from dresses and wedding dresses in the past are being recycled for todays consumption, and those very elements have stood the test of time.

So in 2012, I believe the composition and styling of wedding dresses have matured and become well-defined enough to be much more able to translate into something classic and timeless. 

I would say approximately 80% of today’s styles will be o.k.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@MissCalifornia:  I just want to add that this ruffle effect has been done before, and I think it’s beautiful and won’t be laughed at. Valentino did it years ago:

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@JuneBride2012:  I seriously agree with everything you said. I believe whether 3 years or 30 years from now as long as you loved your dress when you got married, you will never see it as a regret or dated. I know women who got married in the 80’s in those poofy shoulder ballgowns and said they STILL love their dress to this day. 🙂

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I see things all the time that I think will look dated in a few years, much less 20 years. I consider how things will look down the road when I make a wedding choice. I don’t want to look back and wonder why I was wearing a side pony tail with a head band and a belt. That’s just my view on it 🙂 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@sailor:  ITA.  I never really understood why some people are so worried about looking “dated” when I’ve never seen an older dress that I couldn’t tell was not from present time.  Everything will be dated one day & I don’t have a problem with that.  I say, wear what makes you feel good now & best represents who you are NOW— how am I supposed to know what I’m going to think is beautiful 20 years from now?  Odds are, I’ll still love my dress, if only because I married the love of my life in it.  :o)

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - St. Philip Catholic Church/Arcadia Brewing Co.

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@LuckyJuls:  I think we are saying the same thing 🙂 from opposite ends.

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