We absolutely love this amazing video published by Glamour! Showcasing the lovely engagement rings and popular bridal looks of the past 100 years, this stylish shoot features all kinds of pretty.
Which decade is your favorite? We adored them all, so here’s the scoop on how to style your very own vintage-inspired look!
At the turn of the century, modest Edwardian gowns and simple rings were in vogue. Think parasols, bustiers, stockings—the whole nine yards! Veils during this era were long and simple, often accompanied by flowered hats or floral garlands.
This decade was all about opulence and fashion-forward sparkle. Thanks to the Gatsby movie a few years back, modern brides inspired by this jazzy era have plenty of options! Geometric designs, beautiful beading, and Art Deco lines create a fabulous ‘20s theme.
Due to the economic crash of the Great Depression, this era featured much more modest wedding attire. Suit sets and blazers came into style, though intricately beaded cap veils were still popular.
Much like the previous decade, dress suit sets were popular and often worn by military brides. Modest, high-necked wedding dresses and long veils were in style. Flower headpieces, pearls, and lace gowns grew in popularity.
The economic upswing of the ‘50s meant more extravagant wedding attire! Stand-out examples include Jacqueline Kennedy’s beautiful off-the-shoulder bridal gown and decadent cap veil, as well as Grace Kelly’s high neck lace gown and lace trimmed veil.
Diverse fashions in the ‘60s offered brides everything from long lace sleeves to full-skirted princess gowns to modest going-away suits. Some brides wore hats, some wore flowers, and some went with multi-tiered veils.
Spread the love! Bohemian looks were all the rage (and are still loved by the modern boho-chic bride). Floral lace veils, unstructured dresses with lots of layers, and flower headbands were popular.
The poufy sleeves, crazy colors, and big volume of the 1980s left a lasting impression. Over-the-top veils and voluminous gowns with long trains became popular after Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding. Opulent ceremonies with lots of lace and floral accents became the big thing.
Sleek and slim became popular in the ‘90s, with satin gowns, spaghetti straps, and simple silhouettes taking over. Crisp updos and minimal makeup were preferred to create an elegant, refined look. Brides began to incorporate colored sashes or ombré gowns.
In the past decade, strapless princess-style dresses and dramatic skirts ruled the runways. Fit and flare lace gowns and destination wedding looks became popular. Fingertip veils grew in demand, while unique accessories personalized each bride’s ensemble.
Welcome to The Pinterest Bride era! Today, customization is everything. Lace sleeves, creatively embellished backs, and whimsical layers offer brides plenty of options. Designers offer gowns in a range of colors. Beaded patterns, removable overskirts, dress separates, and new laces have taken center stage. Cathedral veils are back.
What do you think the next decade will bring? A return to the sleek and sparkly styles of the 1920s, a throwback to retro designs from the ‘70s or ‘80s, or something entirely new?
Want to see more lovely vintage-inspired looks?
Browse our My Bridal Style: Vintage board for ideas!