How To Pick A Vintage Wedding Dress

Image by Sherry's Rose Cottage on FlickrFor a wedding a vintage dress is something unique, elegant and different and as ‘something old’ it’s hard really to think of anything more suited, if it’s well chosen. So, how do you find a wedding dress of this ilk and what should you consider before purchasing?

Time Period

Picking a period is very important when deciding on a dress and different era’s suit different people and their styles of dress. By trying on a number and then deciding, you get a definite feel for what you want and so you can then find something that suits you specifically. Earlier 20th century dresses have a sleek look, while 1950s dresses tend to be shorter, moving onward to the larger dresses of the 1970s and 1980s.


One of the great things about choosing a dress like this is that nobody else will have a dress like this and so you will have a one off piece that is yours and yours alone. This is one of the main reasons people love purchasing these dresses so much.

Vintage dresses are often made from beautiful fabrics that you would do well to come anywhere near today. From silk to rayon, to other materials; vintage dresses can often come in fabrics that really stand out and that would cost a lot more if bought today, or maybe even are extremely rare and hard to come by.

There are all sorts of places to purchase dresses of this ilk and charity shops and online auction places such as eBay are extremely popular. Of course, the more you pay the more detailed and delicate the dress will be, making it more unique.


If you decide on a vintage dress, then you also need to consider the accessories to match. Hair is one of the most important parts of the whole ensemble. However, try to ensure that the gown is the standout piece and don’t go too over the top. Flowers are also something to be considered and specific eras of dress suit specific flowers. Wild traditional flowers suit Edwardian dresses, while structural dresses, such as those from the 1950s look great with lilies and other romantic flowers.


Of course, there are a number of issues with such dresses that need to be looked out for. Delicate and embellished dresses tend to be more expensive to alter and also can go awry more easily as there is more to break, tear or stain. Take time to look over vintage dresses to ensure all is well before purchasing.

Also, there is a growing trend for knock off vintage dresses. Check the labels to ensure that the dress is real and of the time. Buying from a reputable retailer is a good idea as they will offer you vintage dresses and also have plenty of knowledge on the subject.

Sizing is another consideration and modern sizes and vintage sizes often differ, so be sure to try it on a number of times and take the full measurements. You may need to have alterations done, so leave plenty of time.

Finally, enjoy your dress and more importantly enjoy the day.

Author Bio:

Cormac Reynolds writes for a number of fashion sites and enjoys writing about weddings, men's clothing and formal apparel.

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