How to Choose a Timeless Wedding Dress

A bride and groom standing in front of a classic car.

With so many popular trends in the wedding industry, it can be tough to decide what wedding gown is right for you. But while fashion trends may be fun to follow in your everyday life, when it comes to your wedding you may be looking for something more classic than of the moment. To choose a timeless wedding dress, follow the tips below and you’ll end up with a gown that will forever hold its beauty and relevance.

Do Your Research

You’ll definitely want to do your research on wedding dresses to get a feel for what has been in style in years past and what will be for years to come. Use sites like Pinterest to view images of gowns that have stood the test of time. Save images of dresses that are appealing to you to get a sense of what you’re looking for in a dress.

You may also want to look up some famous brides that are noted as iconic in the fashion world. For instance, look at bridal photos of Jackie Kennedy and Kate Middleton to start with.

Less Is More

A bride sitting in a classic car wearing a sleeveless dress and short veil.

When you’re going for a classic look, it’s important to understand that less is more. You don’t want to go over-the-top with your wedding look, which means avoiding sparkles, jewels, and overly sexy silhouettes.

Timeless Doesn’t Mean Boring

A bride wearing a lace dress with a large bow in the back.

After the last tip, you may be thinking that timeless equates to a boring dress. That’s definitely not the case. There are many embellishments you can enlist while keeping the overall look timeless. For instance, lace dresses are often thought of as timeless. If you’re looking for a more unique embellishment, consider a satin ribbon tied around the waistline or an artful bow in the back of the dress. Simply try to stick to only one or two decorative details so you don’t go overboard.

Romantic Ruffles

A dress that features ruffles is another way to keep your look timeless. As long as your dress is otherwise simple, ruffles are an added element that makes your dress interesting and special. They’re a great embellishment to add more structure to your gown without going over the top.

Consider Sleeves

A bride and groom leaving their wedding with confetti being thrown at them.

Dresses with long sleeves are a trademark of timeless gowns. If you’re getting married in fall or winter, consider a dress with lace sleeves à la Kate Middleton. This is a refined and elegant style that will look relevant in your wedding photos five and even 50 years from now.

Off the Shoulder Elegance

While the off-the-shoulder style may strike you as somewhat trendy, it’s actually a great way to put a more modern twist on a timeless gown. If this is your style, go for it! Pairing an off-the-shoulder neckline with other classic elements like lace is a great way to keep it timeless without being too old fashioned.

Illusion Backs

A bride getting buttoned into her dress.

A way to bring some more allure into your timeless wedding gown is to choose one with an illusion back. The sheer fabric creates the illusion from afar that the dress is back-less, allowing a touch of sexiness while still remaining classic. The sheer fabric allows for more coverage and further permits for artful embellishments such as laser cut lace detailing or covered buttons.

The Right Fabric

A bride wearing a white sheath wedding dress and holding a bouquet of white flowers.

Choose a wedding dress with the right fabric to give it that timeless look. Of course, it goes without saying that a timeless wedding dress will be white. A pearlescent fabric has that irreplaceable classic look, while smooth crepe fabric in a stark white is also timeless.

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