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Vintage Dresses

There’s no sign of the vintage trend going away in the near future, and one of the very best showcases for beautiful vintage-inspired designs is a wedding gown. Styles have changed a great deal over the decades but the mid-20th century still seems to be the era that inspires most brides. Which era is right for you? Here’s a very brief guide…


This amazing dress is cut on the bias, which means that it stretches and moulds to the body. The thirties were renowned for super-flattering diamond panelling and these lines all draw down the body, pointing over the bottom to really enhance your shape. The sexy keyhole opening at the back is subtle and understated, and teamed with a demure fully covered neckline.  A bias cut dress like this will show off your curves while the seams across the hips define your shape. A figure-hugging dress like this suits curvy girls, hourglasses and pear-shapes too, as the shoulder detail balances the silhouette out.









The 1940’s style dress is sometimes unfairly overlooked as thirties’ and fifties’ shapes are so iconic, but the higher waist on 40s style dresses are perfect for nipping in the waist, at its smallest area, right under the bust. This beautifully designed lace dress has vertical panels which will also slim you down, and suits all sizes. The wider straps and sophisticated A-line skirt complement each other perfectly to balance out the curves of hour glass and pear shaped figures.






Rock the 1950’s with a fantastic full circle dress, and a feminine shape which evokes the glamour of Hollywood and Marilyn Monroe.  The full skirt is reminiscent of the fairytale princess and the dress is cut on the waist, making it perfect for showing off a more boyish figure and creating a curvy hour glass silhouette.

Images courtesy of Anne Brassier Photography –

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This entry was posted on April 17, 2012 by in Ladies Fashion, Weddings and tagged , , , .

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