Design Elements: 1920’s Style Wedding Dresses

For a bride, no other aspect of her wedding day is as crucial as finding the perfect dress to walk down the aisle in. Dress shopping inspires more excitement and trepidation in brides than any other task related to their big day. However, no bride wants to look quite like any other. Many fashion-forward brides are instead looking to the past for inspiration; enter 1920 style wedding dresses. Considered novel and daring for the era, 1920 style wedding dresses eschewed the mounds of fabric and restrictive corsets of past styles. With shorter hemlines and straighter cuts, 1920 style wedding dresses have flattered generations of modern brides since their inception.

The design elements of 1920 style wedding dresses are unmistakable: natural fibers, dropped waistlines, beading, feathering, and slivers of strategically highlighted skin are all hallmarks of these dresses. Fabrics were designed to drape romantically and off-the-shoulder options were popular. To get this look, today’s bride might choose a dress with flowy fabric, demure detailing, and a subtly sexy cut.

The typical wedding dress color is white, but 1920 style wedding dresses put that tradition aside. Bold colors, such as red, purple, or gold became accepted for wedding dresses of the era. Many modern brides take inspiration from this trend and opt for a gown in a show-stopping color. To pull off the look, simply pick the color that flatters your skin tone the most. Consider opting for a more modestly cut gown if you pick a vibrant shade; the color should speak for itself, not compete with the cut of your dress.

Adornment was everything on 1920 style wedding dresses: layer upon layer of frills, pearl detailing, rosettes, and embroidery enhanced the clean lines of these dresses. Pearl detailing can be particularly useful along the hemline for adding movement on the dance floor, or for adding an extra bit of flair to a simple bodice. Rosettes and frills can look marvelous on the same dress. Paired together, they conjure a romantic sweetness that is hard to match. A bit of bold feathering may be just the embellishment a daring bride needs for her dress. Embroidery, however, typically looks best against the quiet backdrop of a simply cut and light colored frock.

1920 Style Wedding Dress1920 Style Second Wedding Dress

Accessories for 1920 style wedding dresses are limited only by the imagination of the wearer. Cloche hats with feathers or hat pins, long and loopy pearl necklaces, velvet trimmed shrugs, beaded shawls, and chunky heeled pump shoes all compliment this style of wedding dress perfectly.

1920 Style Jackets

1920 style wedding dresses and accessories incorporate so many lovely and romantic design elements; there is truly a design for every bride who wishes to add a little fashion-forward style from the past to her big day.

1920 Style Dresses

1920s style dresses are still being incorporated into fashions today. These trendy styles represent the grace and class of the era, while bringing formal flare in a modern setting. Each dress flows past the knees for a reserved but elegant look.

1920 Style Party Dress

Many of the styles in the 1920’s were dresses that flowed, featuring multiple thin layers to create the look. 1920’s style dresses stressed a look of innocence and the light, thin layers create a glowing appearance. Traditional beauty was still treasured in the 1920s, so many women tried to look reserved while creating sharp, new fashions. Because of this, the wavy, light flowing dresses became popular.
Today, modern styles tend to incorporate the loose, innocent style of the dress into an unique look. The dresses are worn somewhat loose but can be made to fit comfortably above the waist line while the bottom half fits loosely.
This casual style of dress can be worn to more formal events now but was typical attire for women in the 1920s. A variety of colors and layer styles can be added to the outfit, however, salmon remains to be one of the most popular.

1920 Style Wedding Dress1920s style dresses for weddings were very unique. They kept the flowing style that was popular in the time period but added longer layers and more formal embellishing. Floral trim, especially with rose designs, were popular embroidery and were often incorporated into wedding gowns.

The style added a unique twist to the traditional styles that were frequently seen in the time period. See through panels were often placed at the shoulder area adding a modern flare to an otherwise modest look. Today, these styles are still present in shorter wedding gowns and 1920s style dresses are often used in weddings, even if the wedding itself is not following a 1920s theme.

Less formal dresses in the 1920s inspire elegant formal style party dresses today. The 1920s style dress/es really focused on the modesty of the women but were often cut slightly shorter. Not to be mistaken for a flapper style dress, which tended to be much flashier, these dresses tended to be simple in design with frilled bottoms and slight designs.
A more modern interpretation of 1920s style dresses is a sweet look that keeps the reserved cut but adds a formal flair to the style. These kinds of dresses are perfect for parties and will usually feature a neutral color.

Sweet 1920 Style Party Dress

A popular accessory in the 1920s was the Cloche Hat, which is a short hat that hides the hair. Short hair and boyish looks were popular in the 1920s despite the emphasis on feminine dress looks.

When recreating a 1920s style dress, a cloche hat will often complete the outfit. The hat can be found in a variety of colors to match the dress and can be reworn with many other modern outfits because of its neutral design.

The Romantic Bride

Romantic Bride

It seems that the sense of pure romance is missing from modern weddings. Many brides are so invested in showing off and attaining technical perfection that they end up not enjoying their weddings. Their ceremonies and receptions do not reflect their individual styles and personalities. This is why smart women are opting for minimalist weddings that let their love take center stage.

The bride’s gown is always the focal point of awedding. The dress she chooses will direct
Frilled Vintage Bride Dress Nataya 40022

Frilled Vintage Bride Dress

the theme and decorations. If she wants to have a simple, romantic wedding, she should choose a dress in the style of romantic wedding dresses. Vintage dresses deviate from the strapless, constricting corsets that have become so popular recently. Romantic vintage dresses are constructed out of layers of lace and chiffon. The dress to the right is clearly a wedding gown, but there is a sense of fun about it. The ruffles will flounce when the bride dances, and it lends itself to casual makeup and hairstyling. The makeup should be icy and shimmery, and the hair can be leftloose and wavy.

Nataya AL-3303 Vintage Wedding Dress


A dress like AL-3303 below clings closely to the figure and accentuates the waist with intricate embroidery. Romantic vintage style wedding dresses that mimic Victorian fashions are great for women who want dresses that are unique yet classic. This dress is more structured than the previous one, so the hair and makeup can be more obviously styled. Tea-length dresses are perfect for outdoor weddings. A romantic bride might want to be married outside underneath a flowered arch or in a gazebo. She might want to have a breezy beach ceremony. Vintage style wedding dresses that are too long will get dirty and become cumbersome on grass, sand and other uneven terrain. A shorter dress allows the bride to have fun with her shoes as well. Brides who choose long romantic vintage style wedding dresses are not able to incorporate their shoes into their bridal looks because they will be covered. Shorter dresses give brides the option of incorporating this element of style.

Alternative Empire Wedding Dress

Alternative Empire Wedding Dress

A bride who is edgy and unconventional in her everyday life does not have to sacrifice her personal style when shopping for romantic wedding dresses. A pale pink dress will express her unique fashion sense without being in poor taste. This dress strikes the right balance between soft beauty and individuality.
Rock and roll or goth brides can choose dresses in dark, rich colors like chocolate and wine. The color of the dress below is secondary to the deeply romantic effect of the entire look. A woman’s wedding is the most important event of her life, and she should not feel pressured into wearing white if it is not a color that she would typi
Nataya AL-9001 Vintage Wedding Gown

Nataya AL-9001 Vintage Wedding Gown

cally wear. A dark color will create a flattering silhouette, and choosing a colored gown broadens the options for decorations and the bridesmaids’ dresses.Romantic brides can also be a little different when it comes to choosing their veils and bouquets. Some opt to pin small swatches of lace into their hair. Headbands covered in pearls or rhinestones sit beautifully loosely styled waves. The traditional bouquet can be replaced by a single perfect red rose, with each bridesmaid carrying white or pink roses.

Vintage Style Wedding Gowns

How many weddings have you been to where the bride’s dress looked like a boring, carbon copy of the same dress you had seen on every bride that season? It’s true: Thanks to the slew of chain bridal stores and an almost eerie need to adhere to the current trends, a lot of brides are starting to look… well, downright identical.

Instead of wearing the same old strapless white gown, why not consider a vintage look? This may be intimidating for some brides, but truth be told, the most glamorous and feminine eras are behind us, not ahead of us. Vintage style wedding dresses have an unmistakable beauty to them, and evoke a time of soft, elegant glamor.

Titanic style Wedding GownOne of the most popular styles of vintage wedding dresses are Titanic dresses, which are inspired by the beauty and regal elegance of turn of the century style, as seen in the era of the famed Titanic. The Original Titanic Dress boasts a feminine v-neckline and tiered style skirt. It is the utmost flattering style for virtually any body type, from very slim to curvaceous. Titanic dresses are perfect for “think outside the box” brides, or those who want to put an entirely new spin on wedding style.

For those brides who are interested in vintage style wedding dresses but who also want a softer, more traditionally “bridal” look, this would be a perfect style. This Ruffled Vintage Style Wedding Gown has a completely classic design. It is unique, while simultaneously traditional. The cascading white ruffled look compliments the sleek bodice beautifully, creating a gorgeous vintage style that is also form-fitting and alluring.

Frilled Bridal Gown Several other vintage style wedding dresses also boast these gorgeous, cascading designs. This Spanish Style Lace Bridal Gown is soft and feminine. While it is certainly elegant, it evokes a very relaxed feeling, rendering it perfect for a beach or small wedding.

If you are intrigued by Titanic dresses but could never sacrifice traditional white on your big day, consider this stunning ivory wedding dress. Its square neckline is exquisitely old-fashioned and sophisticated, and the delicate embroidering and ruffling towards the calf-length hemline render it as classic as it is beautiful. Like most vintage style wedding dresses, these Titanic dresses are stunning for just about every shape and figure.

Eduardian Lace Wedding DressIf you adore vintage style wedding dresses but aren’t quite brave enough to try such authentic Victorian styles as the Titanic dresses, consider this Edwardian Lace Dress. While it is certainly an old-fashioned design that evokes old-world elegance, it is subtle enough to be perfect for even the most modern bride. The 3/4 length sleeves and v-neckline are absolutely gorgeous and very chic, and this dress is versatile enough to work for a daytime beach wedding or a dressier evening affair.

Whether you opt for one of the timeless Titanic dresses or one of the other gorgeous styles shown above, you are sure to be an unforgettable bride if you go with one of these vintage style wedding dresses. Beyond capturing the elegance of an earlier time, these vintage style wedding dresses are cut and designed in such a way where they are sleek, flattering, and slimming for just about any body type. Without a doubt, a vintage wedding dress is the perfect option for those brides who don’t want to wear the same old boring chain store mass-produced wedding gown, and instead want to be exquisitely unforgettable on their special day.