(Closed) Timeless elegance

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@minted:  I think that is hard to answer, because I think a lot of our style influences right now all look back to times past. You see a lot of inspirations from the 20s, 30s, and 60s, which I think tended to be very “classic” in the modern sense.  Whereas those big sleeves in the 80s would have made a few Edwardian ladies quite proud…

When I think of classic silhouette I think of a cap-sleeved ball gown. I have since I was a little thing first getting into the idea of weddings. I feel like that is a style has pretty much been around in every decade of the last century or so to some extent…

Rambling here.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

When i think of classic i think of j crew. Check out their gowns 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

@minted:  You probably do not want to hear this, but nothing is “timeless.” Everything is going to look dated after a certain period of time (from the drop-waisted ruffles to neo-vintage lace). So, if you let worries about timelessness limit what styles you even consider, you’re going to end up naked! 

Of course, some styles and silhouettes are more transcendent than others. If you really are worried about looking like the 80s giant-sleeved, sweatband veil-wearing brides, you should wear streamlined styles that flatter your figure. I think you are definitely on the right track with natural-waist gowns (esp. for an hourglass figure), and avoid more ostentatious or memorable details (ex. ruffles, one shoulders, heavy patterned beading, huge tulle skirts, etc.).

Honestly, you can play it safe, and look for natural-waist A-lines and ball gowns with minimal embellishments:

 

Or you can go for sleeker, slimmer silhouettes that play up your figure without being too OTT:

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

No matter what you wear, you will look back on your wedding in twenty years and it will seem dated.  So just get a gown you love!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree that nothing is timeless. Part of what keeps fashion going is comparing it to how things used to look!

I don’t think there’s a specific style that will never go in and out of fashion – who knows, we may get the big poofy sleeves back in a few years, and everyone will be laughing at the mermaid gowns! Just get a dress that you like and that you look good in, and you can’t go wrong. Sure, someone might look at your wedding photos in 20 years and think it’s old, but they may also think that, regardless of how old it looks, you still look great.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@minted:  I understand how frustrated you must feel. It is certainly not easy choosing a dress when you have not found one you absolutely love.

Have you looked into getting a made-to-measure gown? Of course, custom couture can be a bit pricey, but if you shop around, I am certain you can find a seamstress willing to work within your budget. If you do not want to have a gown created from scratch, you might also consider finding one that you really like and then have it altered into a gown you love.

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