Bridal Fashion through the Ages: The Roaring 20’s

Jun 14 , 2020

Bridal Fashion through the Ages: The Roaring 20’s

If you watched The Great Gatsby, you’d have a fairly accurate idea about the fashion styles that characterised this era.

Vintage wedding dresses of the 1920s hold a certain allure that has never really faded. To this day, we see the influence of these gorgeous designs, and it is not all demure and traditional.

When looking back in time, we tend to believe that the fashion of the 1920s was more conservative, with arms, shoulders and legs hidden under layers of beautiful fabrics of lace and satin. But that is not entirely true.

The 1920s were known as the golden years for many nations, and especially for America, at least before the Great Depression. And a lot of the fashion resembled the glamour of the time, including the wedding gowns.

Wedding gowns were not just an outfit to make the bride feel special, the dresses were also a symbol of economic and social stature.

For the wealthier families, no expense was spared and brides would have the best fabrics and most in trend designs to choose from. The best dresses were not bought from a boutique either. Instead, the bride would have the services of a talented seamstress, whose nimble fingers would delicately shape the fabrics around the bride. Each dress would be a custom fitted creation, made to perfectly suit the bride in every way.

Some of the most common fabrics used by wealthy brides included velvet or silk, and often colours were added to the designs.

The less well-off brides would also have had custom made wedding dresses, but generally a skilled family member would put the dress together and less expensive fabrics would be used.

As the 1920s progressed and the age of industrialisation began, more fabrics would become available and at a far more affordable price, giving brides of all backgrounds the opportunity to create their dream dress.

1920s Style

Authentic 1920s wedding dresses would often either have a short hem, or they would have a beautifully made train. As for the accessories, brides would opt for a traditional wedding veil, as we still use today, or they would wear a stylish hat in a distinguishable cloche design. Bob hairstyles were also all the rage at the time.

Wedding dresses were mostly made out of a white fabric, but brides who were a little more daring would also wear ivory, eggshell, beige and fawn, all of which are just a little off white and still wildly popular to this day.


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