Fab Fifties Wedding Style Guide
Today we’ve put together a 1950’s bridal style guide based on bombshells such as Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor – just a few of the many leading ladies that dominated the first half of the decade with their beauty and talent. These screen goddesses have been the inspiration for a number of recent brides that have chosen a 1950s vintage theme for their wedding the most popular being the ever elegant Kate Middleton.
- The 1950s era was where women’s fashion took an extreme turn from the flapper years. There are a number of different lengths 50s inspired brides can choose from – from the ‘ballerina’ skirt, to the slim sheath for casual day brides or the “New Look” by Dior for evening brides.
- Sweetheart necklines are also extremely popular amongst 1950s brides. However, if you prefer something more elegant, you can opt for the boat (bateau) neck. Popular wedding dress fabrics in the fifties are taffetas, French lace, nets, tulle, chiffon, silk and satin.
- When you think about fifties bride, the must have accessories would be pearl (necklaces, studs or drop earrings), a bridal cap, bouffant veils (full shoulder or slim drop), gloves (preferably short), and bolero jackets (made of lace or organza). One or two of these are enough to add in the right element into your bridal look.
- When it comes to shoes, pumps would be the best fit for this vintage look.
- Lastly, finish off this 1950s vintage bridal look with a white tear drop trailing bouquet or bible with a floral corsage.
- If you are bit more daring in terms of colours you can add coloured flowers such as pastel pink, purple, blue or peach to brighten your look up – or be daring and go for a bombshell red.
Retro 1950s Bridal Fashion
For your hairstyle, the updos are without doubt the most popular among fifties brides due to the trendy use of bouffant veils and bridal cap. If you are not planning to use any veils, you can try the classic chignon bun or Grace Kelly styling to keep the vintage elegance in your bridal look. Short hair brides can try short curly styles with the pin curl look. Elizabeth Taylor is the best inspiration for curls on short hair. For makeup, red pout with light eye shadow, light blush and fair complexion are preferable. The key is natural so contouring is a big no no.
Find even more fabulous 1950s pieces, ideas and inspiration:
Ooh and over this 1950s Real wedding on Style Me Pretty or this one shot by Mirror Box Photography as seen on LoveMyDress.net. And be sure not to miss this one shot by Emily Ku Photography Grab a dress from the Spring 2013 Monique Lhuillier collection as seen on Chic Vintage Brides. Be inspired by one of the many vintage headpieces seen in this post by Heavenly Vintage Brides. Grab a gorgeous 1950s inspired gown from Ruche .
With the right wedding dress and the right accessories, you are sure to pull off this fab fifties inspired look with ease.