The 1950s had brides fawning over the sweetheart neckline that was introduced and made popular when Elizabeth Taylor’s character wore it in Father Of The Bride. Brides had boleros over their strapless gowns for the day ceremonies in worship places, only to be taken off during the evening reception.
Trend alert! The mid-calf length is now modern and elegant again especially for fit-and-flare bustier lace and tulle dresses!
High-waisted empire dresses were the rage in the 1960s with pill-box hats that had bouffant veils. Brides also incorporated metallic embellishments on their dresses.
Trend alert! The empire silhouette has never gone out of style and we love how modern it still looks – perfect for breezy beach weddings.
This decade saw brides inclining towards the bohemian hippie trend, with dreamy frocks that represented the new romance.
Trend alert! Vintage is always in trend and these frilly romantic looks update easily with pretty flats. Beyond weddings, these dresses will also be ideal for fashionable garden parties.
1980s was all about the drama, from cathedral trains, full-length veils to puffy sleeves gathered at the wrist and cinched waists. This was made popular by then-Lady Diana Spencer at her wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981.
Trend alert! Gowns in the 80s were bigger, bolder and brash! We do love some design elements form that era – think puffy sleeves with column gowns and strapless bodice designs to go with the poufy layered skirts.
The 90s bride took on a more simplistic approach with their gowns. The decade saw more minimalistic designs, such as slim sheaths, and even shift dresses.
Trend alert! Opt for simple clean lines but add glamour by using opulent fabrics and lavish details.
As brides graduated towards having outdoor ceremonies such as in the town halls, gardens, and even the beach, gowns tended to be strapless due to the heat. It was also in this decade that pick up skirts (where the fabric is “picked up” or pinched and held at different points to resemble a mini bustle) were introduced.
Trend alert! The strapless gown is still popular amongst local brides! Our tip: Go for romantic bustier styles instead of all out sexy.
Modern brides seem to be gravitating towards figure-hugging gowns that flatter curves, and we’ve found mermaid gowns to be the current favourite. In recent years, gowns are made with more textured and intricate details, with big frothy skirts for ballgowns, illusion necklines and exquisite appliques and embroidery.
Trend alert! These classic styles are updated for the modern bride with innovative fabrics, clever layering techniques and unusual detailing. It’s the close-up details that make a huge difference.
- beach weddings
- bouffant veils
- bustier styles
- cathedral trains
- cinched in waists
- details with a difference
- diana spencer
- dreamy frocks
- elizabeth taylor
- father of the bride
- full length
- garden parties
- prince charles
- Prince of Wales
- princess diana of wales
- shift dresses
- strapless gowns
- wide neck