Vintage wedding dress styles vary from year to year. There is such a broad range of vintage wedding dresses, since each decade dating back to the early 20th century includes a style that can still be recent if worn properly. In the early 1900’s the style was Edwardian, designed with long trains and veils to match. The silhouette is usually ball gown or A-line, the perfect dress for a bride who wants to look likes a princess. By 1910 the empire waist dress became a big hit, everyone required to wear the dress with the higher waistline. Flapper style wedding dresses became iconic in the 1920’s. They looked shorter and looser than dresses prior. Hats became the big accessory in the 30’s, worn with a slender collar dress.
Owing to the war, wedding dresses in the 1940’s became nothing to write home about. The 1950’s gave rise to gowns with long sleeves and high necklines. Then came the 60’s, a decade that completely altered the way brides walked down the aisle. Cute above the knee length dresses became all the rage. That’s when these dresses were more fun and flirty.
The styles of vintage wedding dresses of the 70’s and 80’s might look a little harder to recognize in this decade. The reason is they became totally outrageous and will make you appear outdated. Unless you are having a wedding theme related to those decades, you should find a vintage dress that is a little more classical. In the 1970’s brides became really into ruffled Victorian necklines and either balloon or bat-wing sleeves. The 1980’s were known for big hair that went with big dresses. Some of that carried into the 90’s, but for the rest of the 90’s until now, vintage wedding dress styles have remained pretty classical with a few modern touches such as one shoulder or halter.