Every modern style of wedding gowns, from sleek sheath silhouettes to trendy tulle ballgowns, were all inspired by hundreds of years of wedding dress styles! Have you ever sat down with your mom, grandma or relative and looked back on some of the old wedding trends? You probably laughed or marveled at the high lace necklines and shoulder pads – but you’d be surprised how many of these fashion statements are making a comeback! Take a look at wedding dress styles throughout the years:
1920’s Wedding Dresses
We can thank the Roaring Twenties for two super popular wedding styles: beaded gowns and cathedral length veils! Flapper style gowns introduced the drop waist silhouettes and some even showed off the calf, which was considered “daring” for that time period.
Today’s Trend: As mentioned, we can thank this era for giving us gorgeous, glam beading and caplet sleeves, as featured on the vintage-inspired Martina Liana Style #847; Accented with sweet cap sleeves, the deep V neckline of this Lace over Matte-Side Lustre Satin gown boasts an organic lace edge, which frames the face beautifully.
1930’s Bridal Gowns
Today’s Trend: The thirties featured figure-skimming silhouettes and silk-like fabrics that basked in sophistication. We can find similar vintage trends in Martina Liana’s Style #791; Sleek, chic and completely unique, this bateau neckline wedding dress with sleeves frames the face effortlessly.
1940’s Bridal Dresses
Trends didn’t change much between the thirties and forties, so those long-sleeved wedding dresses reigned supreme for years to come! V-necks were introduced as a luxurious new style and brides started wearing corsets as shapewear.
Today’s Trend: The V-neckline and long-sleeved style match Essense of Australia’s Style #D2972; A skinny plunge neckline is striking yet modest, with illusion tulle hinting at just enough skin for a tasteful touch of sexiness.
1950’s Wedding Dresses
The 1950’s changed wedding fashion drastically! Extravagant, full skirts and sweetheart necklines started to take off. Shorter veils became more popular as brides opted for grand ballgowns.
Today’s Trend: We still see sweetheart necklines and ballgowns as some of the most popular wedding dress styles! For example, Stella York’s Style #6901; A classic princess style made from tulle and regency organza.
1960’s Bridal Dresses
Styles became much more slim and shorter in the sixties! There was a resurgence of high necklines, but those were balanced out with much shorter hemlines as miniskirts took over the fashion industry.
Today’s Trend: Can you imagine wearing a “miniskirt wedding dress?” Us either! But we love a short wedding gown for casual and beach weddings, like Essense of Australia #D2189; This gorgeous short wedding dress with a high-low skirt from Essense of Australia is made from lace, tulle and organza, and features a face-framing strapless sweetheart neckline.
1970’s Wedding Gowns
Despite a lot of change between the 50’s and 60’s, the 70’s were a nod to nostalgia. Older styles came back to the forefront – like full sleeves, lots of layers and more coverage.
Today’s Trend: Long hemlines and sleeves are so popular in today’s collections.
They evoke a romantic sophistication that draws inspiration from older eras. Love the look of a seventies gown? Try Martina Liana’s #979; A V-neckline is the focal point of the gown’s lace bodice and is accented on either side with a slightly-wide neckline that extends into long, illusion-lace sleeves.
1980’s Wedding Dresses
Oh, the eighties! An absolutely iconic era in all things, especially fashion! This decade saw a rise of the “poof” – giant, voluminous gowns and yes, shoulder pads.
Today’s Trend: Brides today still love the breathtaking drama of a stunning ballgown! More is more, with every detail from big hair, cascading bouquets and cathedral length veils. Bring the shimmer with Stella York’s #6838+; a glittering masterpiece that demands to be worn by glamorous brides.
1990’s Wedding Gowns
The nineties brought us back to slimmer styles and the sheath dress silhouette was all the rage!
Today’s Trend: Where are our minimalistic brides at? You can thank this era for bringing bridal fashion back down to earth with simpler styles and way less fabric. If you love a classic sheath gown, check out Essense of Australia #D2473; A plunging V-neckline— complete with illusion tulle for additional coverage— draws attention to your face and adds a touch of sexiness to this simple style.
2000’s Bridal Gowns
Simplicity remained in the 2000’s, with strapless dresses and understated styles taking the lead.
Today’s Trend: Mermaid styles, as well as silk fabrics, are still some of the main features modern brides want for their dream dress. If you love an elegant, 2000’s inspired gown, fall in love with Martina Liana’s #1007; A slight sweetheart neckline frames the face beautifully and is complemented with delicate ruching throughout the bodice.
2010’s Wedding Dresses
From 2010 (to now) brides are all about that lace! A-lines and trumpet styles still reign supreme.
Today’s Trend: Illusion necklines and cutouts, as well as any identifying details that make the gown truly unique, are what brides are after these days. One of our favorite details in Martina Liana’s collection is the detachable flutter sleeve on Style #1033! Matte lace covers this fit-and-flare style, playing into the total boho vibe.