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

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think “classic/timeless” wedding dresses are either simple lace dresses, or simple but elegant ballgowns (no pickups)

I didn’t choose a timeless gown, mine was more modern with a dropped waste w/ a v strapless neckline. But my taste is just more modern then timeless.

Post # 33
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think lace, slim A-line, some sort of sleeve and a small train looks the most classic and timeless.

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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@agerard23: Great job – agreed but funny thing is that neither of these are the simple look that other posters said was most timeless

Post # 35
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Newbee

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@KatyElle:

What dress is that?? It’s beautiful!

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I belong to the school of thought that the simplier the decorativeness, the more classic looking.  I believe the Aline with natural waist is the most timeless shape/silohuette.  Satin looks the most classic

 

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Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@efitzger: I am in LOVE with that third dress, any idea on it?

Post # 39
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

For some reason I’ve always looked at ballgowns as timeless. Maybe because of the Disney princess movies as a child? I think they look the most bridal as well.

The style has been around forever and I love how it changes yet still looks so classic because of the shape.

Heres my dress… but it’s not that ‘classic’ I didn’t want classic though I wanted something different, fun and me! =)

Post # 40
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Sorry, but I think strapless DOES show the times… and I’m hoping that sleeves come back in style sometime soon.  I personally don’t believe strapless is for the majority of brides, though I have to admit that I ended up choosing strapless… there just wasn’t much to choose from with sleeves.

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I feel like my v-neck trumpet gown is pretty timeless, but then again, I’m partial. 🙂 I agree, though, that all of our dresses are symbols of our time–they’ll probably all look “retro” in 50 years, no matter how hard we try to look timeless. I believe the word “timeless” is actually a code word for all-around good taste. Flattering, well-cut garments made from high-quality materials will never go out of style.

Post # 42
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Anything like Grace Kelly’s wedding gown is classic/timeless… or Ivanka Trump

Post # 43
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Busy Beekeeper

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@UK Bride: all of our dresses are symbols of our time–they’ll probably all look “retro” in 50 years, no matter how hard we try to look timeless. I believe the word “timeless” is actually a code word for all-around good taste. Flattering, well-cut garments made from high-quality materials will never go out of style.

Agreed! My favorite all time gown is Carolyn Bessette’s. But my own style is more fitted with tasteful touches of sequins/beading. I hate frou-frou styles.

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think timeless, I think simple.  Simple shape, simple fabric (lace or satin), little embellishment.  It’s all the fancy stuff that dates dresses (as others have pointed out: see puffy sleeves circa 1984).  Pickups will be the puffy sleeves of the 2000’s, IMO.  As will rouching.  Sparkle can go either way.  Draping is usually pretty timeless.

My mom’s wedding dresses, both that I’ve seen pictures of, are very dated.  The one she married my dad in had the enormous sleeves, a weird bustle thing going on, even little beads dangling off (they were meant to dangle).  It was so 80’s.  The one she married my stepdad in was very 90’s- high halter neckline, lots of beading.  I have a feeling my daughter will look at my all lace, strapless, slightly fit and flare gown and go “jeeze mom it HAD to be strapless, didn’t it?”  Haha. 

Post # 44
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@agerard23: who is the designer of your dress?  I love it!

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee

I think it’s all about a simple silhouette and minimal adornment: 

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