Vintage Wedding Style: The Retro 50′s Wedding Look

Often, there is confusion about the use of the terms “antique”, “vintage” and “retro” when it comes to fashion style.

If the fashion comes from a time before the 1920s it is antique. Vintage refers to fashion from the 1920’s to 20 years before the present day.  Retro, which is short for retrospective, or “vintage style” usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era.

Much of the current attention surrounding  vintage style has focused on the eras depicted in the Great Gatsby movie and the Downton Abbey television show.

Other eras are worthy of consideration, however, such as the 1950”s, as shown in this article from Mariell: 

Whenever anyone talks about vintage wedding style, it conjures up a very specific, Gatsby-Downton-Abbey sort of style.

But there are so many other amazing vintage eras out there to be inspired by!

Including one of our favorites… An era that’s not so much vintage as it is retro

That’s right, we’re talking about a 50′s-inspired wedding style!


Seriously, how cute is that?!

A retro wedding style is really a timeless, classic look. (After all, fashions change, but true style lasts forever!)

If you want to go retro for your own wedding… that’s easy!

The classic 50′s style dress is tea-length (between the knees and the ankles) with a wide circle skirt and several layers of petticoats. You can find a real vintage tea length wedding dress on Etsy, or try to find a new dress in that gorgeous style.

Of course, no 50′s look is complete without a retro polka dot birdcage veil! (There’s just something so cute and feminine about those polka dots, isn’t there?)

With that shorter skirt on your wedding dress, you can really go all out and pick a pair of elegant platform pumps in a bright color. Be bold with your shoe choice – remember, everyone can see them! And if you want to stay timelessly retro with your jewelry choices, there is nothing more 50′s than a beautiful set of pearls.

When picking out frocks for your girls, choose bridesmaid dresses in a matching retro style to keep things cohesive. Then finish off with a pretty bouquet in a matching color.

Are you digging the retro wedding look as much as we are?

What are some of your other favorite vintage eras?