(Closed) Timeless wedding dresses

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Newbee

I think simple A line with a natural waist will always be timeless. Also a simple sheath style, right now we think of beachy, bohemian with that shape but if you back in history it seems to be a style that’s lasted through the years.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Nothing really. If a dress is simple, classic and universally flattering then is is more likely to come back into style. The royals, except Diana, are typically a good way to forcast long term trends.

 

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I think some of these are less likely to be immediately identified as coming from a specific time period! 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I think A-line wedding dress and lace wedding dress can be timeless wedding dress. Because A-line is suitable for most of the body type, and lace, nearly all girls love it.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

A lot of Oscar de la Renta’s styles are timeless.

Simple tailoring in good fabrics will never go out of fashion imo even if the silhouettes might change slightly. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

This one is timeless.  And you can just see how amazing the fabric is.  beautiful

 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I really don’t think there is such a thing. When I went to the V&A wedding dress exhibition, you could see that within less than 20 years pretty much all the features on the dresses had changed. A wedding dress is a purchase for one day, that is influenced by the fashion of that time, it’s always going to date. I really don’t get this desire to be ‘timeless’. I look at pictures of what my mum and dad wore, and it’s so of the era. She made herself this high necked, leg of mutton sleeve,  Laura Ashley style dress. Sure it’s dated, but that’s no bad thing because it ties them to that one moment in that moment in their lives.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Yes but there are some vintage dresses people would still wear even if obviously ‘of that time’ and some which people really wouldnt.  eg the v waist puffy shoulders.  So some styles can be obviously from a period but still timeless, as people would still wear them.

 

I would love to go to that V&A exhibition!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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jofits:  I’d probably argue that those elements just come back into our collective consciousness for whatever reason. For example I love the fifties look that loads of people are rocking for their dresses. You’re right in saying that some elements are do stand out as more appropriate for a revisit, as these dresses aren’t authentic fifties bridal by any means. The bits that speak to us the most are the nipped in waist, and shorter crinolined skirts because they are crazy flattering. But I still think our future daughters would look back at a rockabilly wedding and be like, ‘woah, what are you wearing’. Which for me is part of the fun! I’d argue that will still happen with your strapless a lines because they are a style common to the last fifteen years, which don’t look like anything that went before.

The exhibition was really good, if a little crowded and missing a couple of examples that would have made it more coherent. The celebrity dresses were so fun though, they really made it for me!

Post # 11
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Worker bee

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jofits: 

I think this dress is to die for. I agree that its relatively timeless and classic and dateless Which is a rare quality. To me the beautiful rich fabric and quality of a well cut and well constructed garment will always be in style.

  

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ourmrsreynolds:  I agree with you that “timelessness” is overrated. I love bold, era defining retro style and up until the 1990s wedding attire was really modelled on every day fashions. My fav eras are the 20s/50s/60s/70s. I love looking at vintage and antique wedding photos as they reflect a particular time, lifestyle, era, culture and beliefs. 

Even if a bride chooses a dress like the classic Oscar de la Renta above, there will still be elements that will date a wedding to a particular time- be it style of photograph, grooms/men attire, bridesmaids attire, flowers, hairstyles etc

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

I don’t think lace will ever go out of style for wedding gowns.

Neither will minimalist gowns:

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I think that simple things are timeless, things that go in and out of style are things like fringe, ruffles, (extreme) beading, poof etc… Here is my grandmother getting married to my grandpa in Argentina circa 1950 (not sure) I think this dress is very beautiful and would wear it in a heartbeat, it’s so flattering. When I picked my dresses my first thought was “will I look at it in 50 years and think its gorgeous or will it be horribly dated” I don’t think it will be dated. Lace is always in style one way or another.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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cbpokrz85:  Wow what a dress!

 

I would totally wear my Mum’s dress too.  she got married in 1968.  It was an a line with long sleeves and a high neck in a raw silk.  Very simple but beautiful.  I wish she had kept it although I doubt I would fit in it. 

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