Your opinion of what a “classic/timeless” dress looks like

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i think the simpler the dress, the more timeless and classic it is. it’s all the details like pickup, rusching, etc that goes in and out of being popular.

but… i also think that timeless and classic is also… generic. 

i want to remember the time period of my wedding. why do people not want something that makes the time of their wedding really stand out?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i think her dress is a good example of that.

it’s beautiful, it’s simple. it’s got the a-line without the princess poof and it doesn’t have any extravagent touches that go in and out in popularity.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Something like this. Clean lines, flow, some detailing but not over the top.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

This is what I consider timeless. If she had a better fitting bra and nixed the bows, you would never be able to tell the era. It could be both vintage and modern, depending on the accessories and style of person wearing it. To me, anything with something trendy dates the gown. Look at 80’s wedding dresses. You can spot those puffy sleeves from space and you automatically know the era it was from. Anything with one shoulder straps, strapless, lots of embellishment, or pickups date the dress to when your wedding was. It doesn’t mean your photos will be any less beautiful, it just means your photos won’t jive with the times in the future.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@KatyElle: oooh, thats very pretty.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Clean, simple. nothing to over the top (sorry, things like Pnina/Vera will be the “poofy sleeves” of the 2000’s)

Personally, things like Kate Middletons dress will never go out of style. All the ornate rouching (sp??) beading, pick ups and crazy ruffles and embelishments will be out of style soon. But who cares? If you like it now, wear it now! Though I think poofy sleeves have gone out forever, many trends are coming back into style, my grandma rocked a tea length dress at her wedding 55 years ago, look how many people have them again. Though I do think, a pretty lace dress is always going to be in. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think of something like this when I hear “classic/timeless” wedding dress. It’s not my style, but I think it’s a dress that will not look dated or gaudy down the road. I personally don’t mind if my wedding dress looks funny 30 years from now, but to each her own. 🙂

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I agree with Rosworms – the more simple, the more timeless.

@Mrs.ChubbyBunny: and @KatyElle:  the dresses you posted are super gorgeous, but I wouldn’t classify them as timeless though. I think they look very early 20th century. but I do loooove them, so pretty!

when I think classic and timeless, I think of a long A-line with some body under the skirt, but not super poofy. maybe with straps (strapless is a more current trend in the recent decades). minimal embellishment. if there is embelleshment, try to keep it classic. for example: rose lace, not daisies. or pearl beads but not sequins.

this was the closest example I could think of:

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I consider my dress pretty timeless and classic. It fits along the lines of what everyone else is saying, clean lines and minimal embellishment.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@chasesgirl: If you like it now, wear it now!

I agree! I put some thought into this. Sure, 10 years after the wedding you might like your look a little less, but I bet you will start to love it for it’s retro feel 20 or 30 years later.

I look at my FIL’s wedding portraits from the 1970’s and think…. sheer awesomeness. Look at those hairstyles! Look at those shoes! Look at those horn rimmed glasses! etc. I want people to think that about my wedding photos one day too.

Or, here is a different way to look at it: I’m sure that in the 1960’s, people looked at Grace Kelly’s dress and was like “oh that dress is SO out of style!” and now she is a very popular example of a beautiful classic bride!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m going to go against the grain here and say that no matter what you wear on your wedding day, you will probably look a little dated 30, 40 years down the road. You’ll be 50, 60, 70+ years old as it is, will you really care THAT much?

Styles change, and while some remain more consistent and thus “classic” you should really choose your dress based upon how it makes you feel. Wear a dress that makes you feel great — if it has a see-through bodice, puff shoulder sleeves, or a gajillion pickups…rock it! It’s your day!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

here is my dress. i wanted the same thing. something i can look back on and it be classic and timeless. i hope that is the look i got. i felt like it was still “me” but it has very simple lines and the material was beautiful.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t really think there is such a thing as a timeless dress. An unembellished, strapless A-line may seem “timeless” but no one would have worn strapless in the ’50s. A dress like Kate Middleton’s is beautiful and classic, but it nods back to the 50s/60s so it’s more retro than timeless. But if you don’t want to look back on your pictures and think “what was I thinking?” the silouettes should be very simple. As someone else said, things like ruffles and pickups are going to look very dated twenty years from now.

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