Designing a vintage wedding look is probably a dream for all fashion designers. So, last winter I got my first assignment of styling the look of a vintage wedding. The wedding was set in Papal Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. Needless to say, the charm and splendour of the Old Italian culture were necessary to be reflected in the look. So, after I was done with choosing the gorgeous lace bridal gown, my quest started with designing the bridesmaid dresses.
Principally, the bridesmaid dresses should be something that will complement the look of the bride. But when you are styling the whole look it is necessary that you pay attention to every single detail of the attire, not just the dress. When the bride will arrive into the church through the lush green front lawn, her bridesmaids will walk with her with the same poised elegance. That is why it was necessary to think of bridesmaids dresses minutely. I wished to create a magic with the sunrays coming through the windows, the colourful engraving of the church, the dresses of the bridesmaids and their hues. And the result of all my toil and trouble was really rewarding. Wondering how exactly I styled the look? Read on the following points to know more.
This was, undoubtedly, the most important part of the look. Yes, the dress is the most predominating feature of the whole look. Since I was focusing on a vintage appeal, there were many smaller areas needed my attention. I am going to tell you about them one by one.
- Material: When it is a vintage look, it is necessary to reinvent an old material that will look stunning with a modern twist. The first thing that came to my mind was lace. Lace is sophisticated and poised. And to give it a modern twist, I opted for a mismatched While some of the gorgeous girls donned the lace dresses, others wore tulle dress with fine lace detailing, either on the sleeves or around the shoulder areas. Lace gave a nice touch of sophistication with modernity.
- Colour: I zeroed on purple for the dresses. It is rich and classy. And given to the background of the Basilica, it looked majestic. When sunbeams kissed the drapes of the lace purple bridesmaid dresses, it made the whole look magnificent.
- Length and Sleeve: For a vintage dress, a floor sweeping or tea length is ideal. I ditched other options for cup sleeves. These elements did a brilliant job to bring out the feminine charm in the attire.
Makeup and Hairdo
These are important parts to create the perfect look. Since it was winter morning, a natural dewy look was perfect to complement the richly hued dresses. A natural blush and light makeup on eyes made the bridesmaids look glamorous. Vintage curls added to the drama. It was almost like reliving the golden era of old world fashion.
For the long floor sweeping dresses, my pick was the strappy stilettos. But for the tea length dresses, we opted for beaded strapped stilettos that will perfectly jazz up their feet. And to give the final touch to the vintage look, I chose flowers and tiaras as headgears.
So, this is how after a lot of research, work and rework, discussions and shopping we could style the vintage look for the bridesmaids. When I came back from Italy, my inbox surprised me with a thank you mail where the bride’s grandmother wished me luck. She had written that she was reminded of the look of her time and lovingly attached a photograph of her own wedding. No fashion designer can ever ask for a better compliment than this. So, if you want to create a vintage look for your bridesmaids on your wedding, follow these points. I am sure you would find them helpful.
Author Bio – Rita Hendricks is a famous fashion designer and blogger. Read her blogs to know more about purple bridesmaid dresses.