(Closed) Is there such thing as a true “classic” wedding dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think A lines and ball gowns are classic to me. I think “classic” dresses to me are traditional, not a lot of cleavage, and have beautiful details, like hand beading or tons of buttons down the back. That’s just my take!

Post # 4
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010



THE wedding dress of the 80s was a blend of both

I always dreamed of the classic grace kelly dress, and feel. I wound up buying this modern dress

My dream dress became avail in my price range so if all works out I’ll be wearing this

It comes with a lace jacket (I won’t wear) that pretty much is as close to the ‘classic grace kelly’ as you can get ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i think that my dress is classic, except for the fact that i’m so large busted that i… well i busted out of it! boobilicious! lol

Post # 6
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

This was my bridal inspiration before I actually started trying on dresses and found that sheaths didn’t work for me.  Classic, understated beauty.


Post # 7
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

There’s nothing in the world that won’t go out of date. Pretty much every feature of wedding dresses has been in and out of fashion. Even lace, which seems like a wedding dress staple, has been in and out of fashion over the last century.

Some things will date better than others though – dresses that won’t look ridiculous in the next decade or so. It’s probably a matter of keeping it as simple as possible, as any distinctive features will go in and out of fashion. But even then, the overall cut, shape and neckline will go in and out of fashion too! e.g. The person who wore this dress in the 90s probably would have thought such a simple dress could never date…

…it hasn’t dated badly, but hardly anyone wears dresses with sleeves like that anymore, and basque waists like that are quite uncommon.

Even drawing influence from decades or even centuries of fashion can go out of date. The person who wore this dress in the 80s probably thought it wouldn’t date either as it’s so in line with many decades of fashion before:

Even if we look back through time and see examples that seem classic now, our current impressions of what seem like a classic are no doubt influenced by today’s fashion. When fashions change, we’ll probably look back at those decades’ fashion with a very different point of view. So… very long winded way of saying no, I don’t think there is such thing as a classic dress!

Post # 8
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@KLP2010: That dress is stunning, who is it?

Post # 9
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I define a classic wedding dress as one that has simple lines and does not subscribe to trends. Pickups, mesh bodices a la Pnina, colors, ruching, those are trends. Trends are what date dresses. Usually, I think of timeless dresses being fairly simple.

Grace Kelly is my ultimate classicly beautiful bride. Others would be Caroline Bisset, Jackie-O, Ivanka Trump. etc.


Post # 10
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I read somewhere that wedding dresses used to be colored and that wearing white dresses were all started because some queen did it somewhere and people thought it looked nice. So knowing this, it seems like to say a dress is classic… kind of loses its meaning a bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

oh here is that article- it was wikipedia ๐Ÿ™‚


Post # 12
13 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

To me, classic means timeless, something that will never go out of style. I have always thought of my dress as classic and so many people have told me so. It’s simple, but has enough detail to keep it from being plain. It is strapless, all lace with some beading long the waistline (empire waist). I love it! I will always think of it as classically beautiful :o)

Post # 13
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Classic, to me, tends to mean an A-line, or a ballroom at the natural waist, with simple clean lines.  Classic to me also invokes “conservative.”

Post # 14
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Classic to me: When the bride absolutely glowing and smiling ear to ear in a white dress on the arm of a handsome guy in a tux ๐Ÿ™‚ cheesy but true.

and NO mega cleavage haha

Post # 15
722 posts
Busy bee

I don’t think there is such a thing. Grace Kelly’s dress might be “classic for the 2nd half of the 20th century.” It is also an incredibly hard style to wear that on the many people would just be unflattering. Jackie O’s dress is lovely, but would lose most of its effect on a regular person. A lot of the “classically beautiful brides” are just classically beautiful women who dressed well and could make most things look amazing.

Somewhere along the way it became classic style=50’s style. I like some 50’s looks, but i think they can look dated and frumpy too. I  agree simpler styles do tend to hold up more over time.

Sailor, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s wedding look was my inspiration too! I got a very simple sheath that is somewhat similar. and flattering on my figure.

Post # 16
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t believe there is such a thing as a classic style for wedding dresses. This is because everyone on the planet has their own idea of what classic is, and no two people agree. The same applies for regular clothing. Everything looks dated at some point and you can’t control that because all clothing is dependent on current fashion trends. What one person thinks looks flattering on them or anyone else will not be for the rest and vice versa. In the end, pick what looks good on you that you like and let everyone else decide for themselves what to wear. Does it really matter though if what someone else likes isn’t what you particularly care for as long as they love it and feel beautiful in it, and it’s flattering on them?

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