There are some many secondhand and vintage dresses out there just waiting to have a new lease of life and given a second chance to make another bride look fabulous on her special day. Vintage is a great wear to get something unique to you that no other bride will have. If you want to go full on era based for your wedding then there are so many beautiful gowns to choose from and I will be telling you how to dress the period in other blog posts. In this post, I am sharing the secrets and will be giving you my tips in wearing vintage for your wedding day, but with a modern twist. Wearing something old but in a modern way rather than the full-on era based wedding is the cool way to wear your vintage gown. It can take a while longer to find the perfect vintage style for you, but knowing that you are wearing a little bit of history makes it all worthwhile, and you will have the “something old” box well and truly ticked!
Choosing vintage the secondhand dress means that you are doing your bit to save the planet as well – ethical shopping is the smart way to get an individual look for your wedding day. Check out local charity shops as they often have wedding dresses donated and if you live near to Norwich we are very lucky to have Big C Bridal Boutique that houses a mix of vintage dresses from all eras and pre-loved dresses too. Ebay is a great source for fabulous finds too.
A word of caution when buying vintage – remember that the sizing is different from modern sizes – a 12 is more likely to be an 8 or even a 6 so make sure that if you are buying online you have the measurements of the dress you are buying. Vintage fabric tends to have much less give or stretch so there is less leeway for expanding waistlines!
Don’t forget that dresses can be given a new lease of life with a good seamstress too, so if you are thinking of going along the vintage route it is worth seeking out someone who can do alterations and is used to dealing with older fabrics. Try not to dismiss anything as simply taking of the OTT puffy sleeve on an otherwise fabulous 80’s confection may turn out to be your dream princess style dress for half the cost of a new one? Or making a full-length dress into a ¾ length could work perfectly too.
TIPS FOR ADDING A MODERN TOUCH TO YOUR VINTAGE DRESS
So when you have found your dream vintage dress how to you give it a modern twist? Here are some of my favourite tips:
- Mix it up and style it with a pair of killer heels with a pop of colour or stick on your old converse or trainers. There are companies out there who will design a one-off shoe for you or customize your trainers.
- Add a biker jacket or your trusty denim – customize your leather with both your names or Mr and Mrs.
- Separates are hot right now so why not go for a fabulous floaty skirt or a 50’s style in a bold colour – wear it with a cool T-shirt or a simple white shirt?
- There are many options for wearing vintage – go for a full 50’s ballerina length but give it an edge with a pair of DM’s or flat ballet pumps. Add in a great cardigan over the top or a chunky leather belt to give it an edge?
- Try a 70’s boho style or a 1930’s bias cut with a disco vibe. Put it with a pair of cool shoes or the latest trend – socks and sandals.
- Why not try a 60’s mini dress like Twiggy or Jean Shrimpton or suit and channel Jackie O. Vintage Queen Carrie Bradshaw married big in vintage 80’s suit styled of course with the now infamous and much copied blue Manolo Blahniks.
- Who says your dress has to be white – try a 50’s prom dress in a pretty pastel or bright colour? Or how about a print – 50’s or 70’s florals could look fabulous for a summer beach wedding or laid back festival vibe.
If you are passionate about wearing vintage or ethical fashion, and struggling to find a perfect dress for your big day, do drop me a line – I offer a Vintage Wedding Dress Sourcing Service with prices starting from £75 and can source, style and even dress you and your whole wedding party on the day.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my post and found it helpful. I’d love to hear your thoughts about it and would love your suggestions for the next post – is there anything, in particular, you’d like me to write about? Let me know!