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June Brides; Choosing a Classic Wedding Dress

Updated on September 24, 2012

Fashion Victim of the 60's

A very late 60's wedding
A very late 60's wedding

Fashion Victim From the 20's

Classics Always make Good Pictures

When choosing a wedding gown, considering a classic dress is usually the one that you will feel best about in years to come.

The photographs are everything when it comes right down to it. We want beautiful photos to cherish in years to come, and we have all seen photos of weddings that look distinctly 70's, with flat hairstyles, huge afros, and a rag of a dress. Then there were the mini dresses of the 60's, complete with daisies and love beads. These photos very infrequently proudly displayed on the mantle, but are often hidden away with all the other funky old photos.

The photo on the left shows a couple married in 1969. The bride is wearing a very fashionable 60's dress and hat. This look is anything but timeless. Absolutely all young women wore mini skirts in the 60's, regardless of whether or not their legs were an asset to them. Had this young bride chosen a traditional gown, she would have looked 100% better in this photo.

It is wise to avoid fashions, and trends, as they are designed to keep women spending their money rather than looking their best.

A classic shaped dress is one that cinches in at the waist and flares out toward the bottom. This is the style of dress that enhances the natural shape of a woman's figure.

While attending a show for dress designers, I purchased some dresses, along with some of my girlfriends who wanted the latest styles of the up and coming dress designers. The 50's style had made a comeback and everyone woman who tried on a dress from that line looked great. Something I learned that day is, If you want to look great, and don't have a lot of time to think about it, think the 1950's.

The photo of Queen Elizabeth the first on the left proves that even royalty can fall prey to fashion. This hanging sack from the 1920's does nothing for the future Queen. Only a high fashion model could make this dress look good.

It was the 20's and the shapeless straight dresses were in vogue, just as it would make a return in the 60's with one slight change, the hemline would go way up, giving the look of a short sack rather than a long one.

I am sure the Queen often secretly wished she had avoided the trends and gone with tradition when looking at her gown and the photos. All the gowns of the royal family are displayed to the public for events, and publicity. Every time this dress is displayed alongside photos and mannequins wearing the other royal gowns, people just glance with a puzzled look and keep moving on to the dazzling gown of Queen Elizabeth the second.


The dress Elizabeth Taylor wore when she married Nicki Hilton is a perfect example of timeless beauty. This dress could have been worn in the 50's or in 2012 with great success. The bodice having a shape that is reminiscent of a Victorian dress, with the point in the center allowing the gathers at the hip to further enhance the hourglass shape.

The pure white satin looks crisp and stunning.

When Jacueline Bouvier married John F. Kennedy Kennedy, she was the perfect picture of a classic bride. Her gown was extravagantly white with diminutive sleeves, nipped in waist, and a full skirt.

This dress was made of more than 50 yards of silk taffeta, and a bouffant skirt, that was intricately decorated with pleating and tucking, circles of ruffles and flowers. It has more decorations and intricacies than Elizabeth Taylor's dress, but has the same 50's style classic, figure flattering shape.

No matter how much time passes, a woman can always feel proud of her wedding photos when wearing a timeless classic such as this one.

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    • herabridal profile image

      herabridal 5 years ago

      Nice !

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Julie,

      Yes, its all about the pics :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      The pictures caught my eye. Nicely done!