The 20th Century Fashions during the 40s was predominantly influenced by the Big Band era; swing music reflected the way people dressed. But at the same time there was the influence of the World War II. The times revealed a certain difficulty in creation as shortages both economically and socially were present all over the place. Somehow the designers managed to combine style and practicality to reach the status of elegance and classy.
One can divide the 1940s fashion in two distinguished parts: during the war and after the war.
These distinctive styles are reflected also in the 1940s wedding dresses. In the first period, during the war the style of the dresses was simpler as clothing was rationed across the UK and US. That is why many brides of modest means chose to wear practical dresses. Homemade accessories and curly hairstyle allowed the brides to show their elegance without too much expense or waste. The grooms limited themselves to simply wear the uniform.
The second period with the war over and materials available again, the French couturiers, gained again suveranity in the fashion realm. Christian Dior was the promoter of the New Look, that featured a nipped waist, fuller skirts with plenty of fabric and a more classical feminine image. His New Look became more popular across the ocean where designers combined several elements in order to get the effects of elegance and stylish. Long sleeves with a point at the end -that made the hands look elongated and brought the wedding ring into attention-, emphasis on waist, often with a “V” shape, made of rayon and sometimes silk, these are few of the elements introduced in the New Look of 1940’s wedding dresses.
Another element not less important is the usange of veil which in time became a trend in wearing it longer and richer reaching almost the fullness of a rich trail.
The 1940’s bride’s hairstyle is still actual and perfect for a formal wedding. The curly style confers a classical and elegant look underlining the features of the face in a delicate manner. Many elements of 1940’s wedding dresses are preserved in nowadays wedding fashion. Designers take interest in creating new looks based on the “old looks” of the 40s.11
Every woman knows that the wedding dress is generally the most expensive item a future bride has to buy for her wedding. And the more Swarovski Crystals and Vera Wang creations you aim for, the more the prices are gonna go up. But let’s assume that you are on a budget and no matter how much you want an expensive wedding dress, you just can’t afford it. What if there was a way for you to get your hands on a beautiful wedding dress without spending a fortune? Oh wait, there is…
One of the most beautiful wedding dresses we’ve seen in TV shoes was designed by Vera Wang and featured in the fifth season of Gossip Girl: it was from Blair Waldorf‘s royal wedding gown fitting. She eventually dropped this one and replaced it with another, also created by Vera Wang – but that one deserves a separate article.
The idea that you shouldn’t wear a white wedding dress for 2nd time around is a preconceived one. OK, it is known that white color is the color of purity and clarity and innocence, and being a 2nd, a 3rd time bride doesn’t confer you the same status that you have had at your first marriage, when wearing that white wedding dress signified your first step as a innocent and pure girl into the new world of marriage. But next to this detail, we should consider the fact that actually, no matter how many times this thing happens to a woman, it is still a wedding, that takes place next to the beloved man to whom you are supposed to share your love and commitment. The concept of love itself is about purity, and innocence of the soul, and as love comes when you are least expected, you have to embrace it and let it fill you in, whether this requires from you a second marriage or not.
In some countries one can say when the 2nd, or 3rd marriage occurs; through tradition it is the veil that decorates the hairdressing of the brides that is worn on the back side, that says about another wedding of the bride; whereas the veil covering the face is the one that only the virgin brides wear at their first marriage, as a symbol of her innocence that through the marriage is unveiled in front of her beloved one.
However if you are afraid that people might comment on your choice of white for your 2nd wedding ceremony, than you have other color choices that confer equally simple elegance, purity and style. Considering that this dress is being worn only one time (ok, for the 2nd or 3rd time around…!) you can choose a simple design that can be both classy and special for your wedding ceremony. There are in fashion, even for the 1st time to be brides, colors like ecru, ivory, light cream and you won’t be less beautiful and shiny while walking down the aisle. Other option might be choosing a two pieces attire, a white classy pant suit that makes you feel comfortable and flattering as well. This option gives you the chance to wear the suit at further dinner cocktails or other social events.
Another aspect that one 2nd to be bride should consider is the age; you don’t look now as you did at your first wedding, so when you pick up the wedding dress for 2nd time around you have to think of your “enriched”, or better said, modified size. Your new wedding attire should complement your new figure with style and elegance even if you had meanwhile gained some extra pounds. Also if you consider of wearing a sleeveless wedding dress you might think to wear a white elegant shawl thrown around your shoulders, this too can confer a touch of delicacy to your wedding gown.11
Winter weddings are considered to be off – season since there are not too many brides willing to face blizzards just for getting married in a fairy tale natural décor. However, a bride will look really special in winter, even though this will mean she has to be a little more covered than usual. As much as she will be excited, it will not be enough to keep her warm. What should a woman know about winter wedding dresses?
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A wedding dress
Wedding dresses are generally more delicate and simple in comparison with the luxurious gowns. Regardless if the wedding is held in December, the bride could easily have a summer wedding dress, sleeveless or strapless, but to cover herself with other elegant accessories. A shrug or a shawl are good choices, but she will look even more elegant with a velvet wrap, a white natural or faux fur or even a hooded cape. If the dress is white, imagine how gorgeous will look a colorful accent, such as a red or a green cape. For a Christmas wedding theme, red and green are a beautiful contrast. And a hood will make a bigger visual effect instead of the headpiece or veil that we are used to.
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Gowns are probably more adequate because they cover the bride a lot more. With long sleeves, full length, eventually with some floss on the neckline, on the hem or on the sleeves. Richer fabrics such as velvet, velour or brocade will be more than welcome. Even a gown made of thick satin could be perfect. Nevertheless, because gowns have a lot more volume, and because of the thicker fabric, a long train could make you feel uncomfortable, so pay attention to this aspect.
Can you guess what has been missing from the landscape? A pair of long and warm gloves. For a winter wedding, they should be on top of the list. If you need some extra coverage while you are travelling between the locations, consider a cape. It will allow your sleeves to fit in it without problems and the hood will be large enough to protect your head and still keep the hairdo at place. A pair of delicate boots could also find their place in your feet. It looks like you have got everything you need in order to face the winter on the biggest day of your life.11
As a guest, dressing up for a wedding may be the ultimate challenge. You need good taste. You need to match accessories with the dress. You need to be sexy, yet elegant. Since we are always here to help, here are some tips on what you should never do as far as wedding clothing is concerned.
You have a wedding that you’ll be attending soon. You need something to wear, the perfect dress for such an event, cause you simply can’t go with the same dress you wore at the last wedding receptions. So…where do you go from there? What options do you have when searching for the perfect dress?
Unexpected surprises can appear in the life of every couple. If you and your husband decided to get married, but a baby appears unexpectedly you don’t have to be worried. Today, there are a wide variety of maternity wedding dresses that are absolutely marvelous. This article offers you information on maternity wedding dresses in order to choose the one that fits your body best.
Where to find maternity wedding dresses?
Usually, every wedding boutique has a maternity section, but if you are on a tight budget you can choose a great bridal gown from maternity consignment shops. There are many wedding shops that don’t have on their stock maternity wedding dresses, but they can order one for you from various catalogues. If you don’t find anything you like on consignment shops or maternity stores, you can always check some great online sites that offer various models for pregnant brides. Some of the most amazing sites that can help you refer to MaternityBride.com, ElegantMaternity.com or Nicole Maternity Wholesale.
White wedding dresses
Usually, white wedding dresses are for virgins. Today, people have become much more forgiving than before that is why brides can wear what color they like. Maternity wedding dresses can be found on a wide variety of colors from traditional colors like white or ivory, to modern one like red or black. Another great wedding dress you can try is the one with floral prints because it is feminine and really amazing.
Maternity wedding dresses have a wide variety of styles, colors and fabrics. For example, a bride can choose from elegant empire-style dresses with a high waist, to short dresses. The important thing is that the wedding dress highlights your features and your forms. Brides who want to minimize your pregnancy you can choose a dress that is simple below the bust and that it is more detailed above. If you choose a plunging neckline wedding dress you will draw attention away from your belly. On the other hand, if you want your pregnancy to show and if you want everyone to know that you are going to be a mom, you can choose a form fitting dress made from a soft fabric that flows on your body.
Due to the fact that there are a wide variety of options for maternity wedding dresses, the bride has to choose a dress that is chic, elegant and sexy. The important thing is that the wedding dress also has to be comfortable so that you feel relaxed during the wedding party.
Maternity wedding dresses offer brides a wide variety of colors and styles that they can choose from. The important thing is that they select a wedding dress that makes them feel chic, but also comfortable.
Retro-style weddings are more and more preferred by the brides nowadays, and the style from 50s and 60s seems to be the favorite one. It is quite fascinating to look back into the history of wedding fashion and find out the changes that have occurred over the years. The 60s were the years that generated waves of cultural changes, both in art, music, fashion design and behavior. These were the years when rock’n’roll was born, the years that created the monsters Hollywoodian stars, the years that the hippie movement started to show its style, for in the 70s to be at its peaks, the years where the long wedding dresses carried the influence of short casual skirts.
We may think that living in the era of modern technology, with a pragmatic way to look at things, everything that belongs to our spiritual side is somehow forsaken, or at least it isn’t granted its everyday existence, which, by the way, is present, whether we mind it or not! But as much as we let ourselves carried by daily routine with its ineluctable material concerns, there are moments that we cross in our lives that require our sensitivity and desire to find beauty. One of these moments is the wedding time! It is then when we feel more than ever the impulse to be different, out of ordinary, special.
Once the marriage is settled we indulge ourselves with dreams about our wedding gowns, and problems start rising: what dress should I wear, a classic style, a modernistic one, a retro style, and so on. The trends in fashion change so quickly that sometimes you think if it won’t be better to bring out the grace of eras that are long gone. A romance era wedding gown can be an option to consider, either it is from a current fashion design house or purchased from the restoration of romantic era wedding gowns workshops. The later has the advantage that can create from an old authentic wedding dress a brand new one tuned into a fairytale gown, with spectacular headpieces and flowing train from ages past. Elements of romantic era gowns, such as Victorian collars, Renaissance bodies, Elizabethan waistlines, are so exquisitely restored that one can swear that the bride is not descending from that Romantic Era that the gown belongs to.
The Victorian style defines the best the Romantic Era and if you are an enthusiastic of this historic period you just let yourself float on the wings of dreaming for a fairytale dress and let the couture service do the work! The majesty of the Romantic Era dresses was due to the crinoline used as an underskirt to push out the skirt hem width in an architectural way, making them look like a bell, especially during the Victorian Era.
The vintage reproduction gown is also another option; a wedding dress of 20 years old is less expensive than an antique dress from the Victorian era and it can be submitted to the restoration of romantic era wedding gown couture service that will be able to incorporate the same stylistic elements creating the same effect that a Romantic Era gown does.
Victorian era displays maybe the most popular styles of historical bridal fashion, for it featured so many elements that could bear changes or additional fabric to enrich the style. On those times the bridal gown had a fitted bodice, small waist, and rich skirts, the commonly met fabrics being: organdy, tulle, lace, silk, cashmere or linen. The veil, another element that gives a plus of mystery and refinement, was made from fine gauze, lace or sheer cotton.
Restoring Romantic era wedding gowns is an act of artistry, especially if the couturiere is playing with her creativity and adds a touch of sensitivity with extra silky elements to make a stunning wedding dress compared to that of a princess.11
What can be more relevant for a wedding theme than the one of Renaissance? The name just says it all! “Renaissance”(which is the French for ‘rebirth’) theme selected for the wedding can lead you to think of a reborn of your being into the one that you and your man now through the vows of marriage are forming. It is the rebirth of your spirit into a new one, the one that you as a couple have got throughout the blessing of a holy matrimony.
Renaissance as an historic moment took place for the first time in Italy, and it came as a result of a nostalgic interest for the classical age. This is the era of Michelango, of Leonardo da Vinci, of a spirituality that related to the ancient Greece, to its great philosophers and poets.
Many couples nowadays look for having their wedding celebration in an original way, and for this many choose the Renaissance theme, since it offers to them on one hand the spiritual meaning of the word itself and on the other hand the possibility to display their wedding in a note of romance that defines what the spirit of wedding stands for. The locations for such weddings are preferred to be chosen in the ambiance of a stone castle, or a Tudor style residence.
The types of the wedding gowns can differ form the simple appearance of a peasant attire to a sophisticated, royal appearance of a queen. The Renaissance wedding gowns offer themselves in a variety of choices on the websites, so it can not be so hard to decide on them. The only thing one has to bear in mind is that not all Renaissance attire is cozy to wear, some in fact being quite restricting. The designs offered by different couture services are meticulously constructed, with handcrafted accessories that evoke the majestic style, elegance radiating the essence of the bride’s soul.
During the Renaissance times, the wedding gowns were meant to be worn on several occasions, not only once as it happens in our modern times. Colors were chosen in the way to flatter the bride, or as a ‘compliment’ to the house color that belonged to a noble groom. The white wedding dress was not at all popular at that time till Queen Victoria had chosen a white gown for her own wedding dress. But to give you an idea of the style of Renaissance gowns, you can think back at the times of King Arthur or those of Romeo and Juliet and you will realize that indeed white wasn’t the color for the wedding dress.
Nowadays the design of the Renaissance wedding gowns is applied on the white wedding dress, while the elements keep being the same: an under dress and an over drape; the dress has a bodice beaded with very detailed motifs, the sleeves have loose fabric in a shape of a cone, that makes them look like wings – all these show the look of a princess or a character came off the atmosphere of a fairy tale. These designs assure the bride to appear on her wedding day wrapped in the perfume of romance and royal elegance as well.11
Being the mother of the bride is quite an honor but a difficult one. The mother of the bride has to be elegant and needs to have an exquisite dress. Mothers of the bride can wear either a dress or a costume for their daughter’s wedding, but the important thing is to select the outfit that suits her best.
What to choose?
When choosing your dress you have to know that it is important the color, the length or the type of dress you choose. These elements are very important when choosing your dress because you have to select something that fits your body and taste best. For example, there are a wide variety of designs that fit some ladies, while there are other designs of dress that are suitable for others.
Green Mother Of The Bride Dresses (source: mycarinadresses.com)
Choosing the color
Selecting the color of your dress is also very important because as you know, every color has a different meaning. Black is more elegant, red is sexy or green symbolizes the nature. The color of your dress has to match your skin type, the color of your hair or the theme of the wedding.
Green mother of the bride dresses
A green dress is quite amazing for a wedding, but depends on various factors as mentioned before. If you decide to wear a green dress you can either go for a simple green dress, or for a green one with other color accents. Green symbolizes hope, safety, great mood or relaxation. It is perfect for a wedding and it sends a great message. This color is perfect for a wedding and it is perfect for spring, summer and also autumn. Choose a green mother of the bride dress because you will definitely shine.
Green Mother Of The Bride Dresses (source: bridalshopmag.com)
How to accessorize?
This color offers you a lot of ideas for accessorizing. Green goes with almost every color, but our advice is to choose blue or yellow because the combination is amazing. For a green dress you can use a wonderful brooch with gems, or a great jewelry set with earrings and a bracelet. Finish your out outfit with black shoes and bag.
Green Mother Of The Bride Dresses (source: weddinggownsonsale.co.uk)
Green wedding dresses are an amazing idea for a bride’s mother, but you have to make sure this color suits you or the theme of the wedding. Make crazy and nonconformist color combinations!11
The most important trends of wedding dresses for 2014 are stunning, flowing and romantic creations, adapted to all tastes and styles. In the new collections of wedding dresses, a mix of old and contemporary was done in order to be given a fusion of materials, lace, embroidery, crystals and transparencies emerging in plain fabrics and structured dresses cut.
Can also combine the transparency of dresses with stones, bows and accented necklines in order to highlight the beauty and femininity of the bride. Another big trend in dresses for 2014 are dresses with some or a lot movement, soft and light, with delicate and fluttering in opposition of classic dresses with straight cuts and tighter that was in the past very used by the brides.
In terms of necklines, classic linear top continues to be high , especially in the heart-shaped neckline, offering the bride a sensuality striking. Excessively voluminous skirts now give way to that mark and cuts favor the woman’s body through creations that stand out for classic elegance. Although the skirt in A continues to be trend, the trim is more structured and hove much more lightness. One of the most big trend in the wedding dresses for this year is the short dresses, ideal for brides who want to break with tradition, or who simply want to get a lighter and daring without losing aspect in romance and sophistication. In this case the bride has to feel completely confident with her body and she will shine like a princes.
Starting with the 16th century Spain has become a force in the industry of fashion due to the unique features the traditional Spanish dress possessed; features like elegance, austerity and plenty of decorations were only a few to define the uniqueness of the design. The cut and combination of colors rendered the dress and to the one that wears it an impetuosity resembling a queen. For the normal outfit black and red were the most popular colors for dresses made of heavy fabrics rich in decorations and silver strands. Black symbolized the bride’s character that will be left to the groom to uncover. It could seem quite strange to other Europeans as black for many people is the color to reflect the mourning for a dead person!
With the occupation of Moors (a race belonging to modern Muslim population) the Spanish traditional dress was influenced by the rich embroideries and use of ornaments, jeweled buttons and heavy collars. Many sophisticated motifs were imprinted in the design of the dress, turning the outfit into a celebration of elaborate form and essence.
For Spanish wedding dresses brides can choose different colors, starting with black and reaching the combination of white with red. The shawl is another element in the gown which can be draped over one’s shoulder, thus conferring the bride’s image an intense sensuality. A tint of mystery could be added by wearing a black tulle veil that frame the face and lead the attendants to a sincere admiration.
Among the most favorite materials to make wedding dresses we can number the chiffon, silk, taffeta, organza and tulle. Their texture is very delicate to the touch and to the eye alike. The embroideries that go with the gown can be adorned with beads, diamonds and crystals. They show an exquisite effect on the wedding dress bearing a royal attitude both through the design and the person to wear.
Another design a bride could opt for her Spanish wedding dress is the flamenco-style cut where the rich several layers of flounces border both the sleeves and the edge of the skirt. This specific cut gives even the not so slim-waist brides the advantage to look elegant with fine curves and lines for the hips and waist. So, ensure yourself that the style of dress you choose to be in your advantage as this is the only day in your life when you are in the centre of the attention and therefore treated like a queen!11
To be sure of your choice when you decide on a wedding dress should you should bear in mind the following steps:
Browse some pictures of styles that you think are best suited to be analuysed and chosen.
Accept proper advice from professionals in the field. Do not forget that they are in charge of these things every day and the experience of hundreds of brides that they have helped you before .
Be open to try something completely different to what you have in your mind, it may give you an idea of what you want .
Try out simple models. There will be many dresses with accessories that you may be at a disadvantage wearing and become the starting point for you in your search trial.
Probably the dresses that fit your estimated budget will also be among those you should consider. Even if you are tempted to try on a dress that might be more expensive it is likely that the whole experience will end in disappointment for you.
Keep in mind the season when the happy event will be and choose the model that fits the period.
Remember the wedding style that you want. You do not want the arrangements to be in total contrast with your dress. Think about what style you want: traditional, elegant or casual?
Do not buy the first wedding dress that you have tried if you do not like it. Allow yourself enough time to test several models and to have more time to think before you make your final decision.
You can easily choose your wedding dress, following these ten simple steps during the planning process.
1. Firstly you have to keep in mind the wedding season then think about the reception locatio. These two aspects are very important and must be taken into account. If you have chosen to have a spring or summer wedding, choose lightweight materials and in case your wedding will be in the autumn or in the winter opt for great materials such as the velvet.
2. Then it is very important to know some basic terms . For example if you know and welcome shades of white and you can differentiate them then they might just be your perfect choice . Then it is better if you documented in stores or websites about the latest designs and trends. You can make a list of picture cuts from magazine dresses that you like. This way when you go to a store you already know all about what patterns you prefer and you can orient yourself.
3. Great accessories cost about 10% of the total budget wedding. Besides the dress, you have to buy some accessories, such as the veil or hair accessories , shoes, jewelry.It’s also good if you have a spare in case the dress needs some alterations or modifications and that of course if the store where you buy the dress from does not do this .Then it is recommended to start looking for your wedding dress about six or nine months before the wedding. It is better to start early than to let it to the last minute.
Wedding dresses during the medieval period were quite different to the ones we wear today. First of all the color was the main element to be chosen for a wedding dress since the colors carried symbols that depicted the character of the bride or her social status. Thus blue was the color of purity instead of white, the white we have today for our weddings. This doesn’t mean that the dress was mainly blue, it was suffice to be other color so long as it had some blue in it.
As the color was the thing that could tell about the bride’s status in society, we have to add that white was a color to use for wedding dress, but the brides to wear were the peasants’ brides; this fact also symbolized that it was a cheap medieval wedding dress and that the bride didn’t bring anything on her wedding.
On the other hand, the color green was to be preferred as it meant youth, while yellow and gold were somehow excluded as they symbolized jealousy.
White dresses became popular in Brittany in the 17th century; the gown was made of two layers, an overdress and an under dress. The wedding dress pattern was however the one with longs sleeves and some gowns came also with caps and hoods on top of these. If the wedding couples choose a medieval theme for their wedding it is better that the period of time for this to be selected in late fall or in winter.
The style of the dresses differ through that that the sleeves are either detached from the dress or connected to the gown by extra material that make them look like sided wings.
Medieval weddings as theme for a wedding are very romantic and because of the richness of the fabrics and their elaborate designs the medieval wedding dresses can be very expensive. Considering that this gown a woman wears only for one night it is recommended to be hired or if one desires to keep it as a memory or to customize it for other thematic parties there are places where one can purchase cheap medieval wedding dresses at a reasonable price.11
Barbie is the name of a fashion doll manufactured In America by the businesswoman Ruth Handler and launched for the first time in March 1959. The inspiration in creating this world known doll was the German doll called Bild Lili. Barbie has been an important “piece de resistance” in the toy fashion doll market, she was the subject of innumerable controversies and lawsuits, mainly because of the parodies appeared on the doll’s lifestyle.
The story of conceiving goes like that:
Ruth Handler watched on several occasions her daughter playing with paper dolls and calling them adult names. At that time the most popular children toys were imitations of infants, and Ruth thought that an adult-embodied doll would cover an important segment of the toy market. She shared this idea to her husband who wasn’t very enthusiastic and neither his directors form the Mattel toy company.
In one her visits in Europe, Ruth Handler came across Germany where she spotted the German toy doll that existed on the market. It was an adult-figured doll mostly popular among the adults preferences as it came with separate outfits to be dressed. Ruth took the doll back home and redesigned it giving a new name as well: Barbie (named after her daughter’s name – Barbara).
She exhibited the doll at American International Toy Fair on the 9th of March 1959 and this date was known to be the official birth date of the Barbie doll. The doll was released on the market as “Teen Age Fashion Model” and was offered to the buyers together with entire sets of outfits.
Among these outfits, princess and Barbie wedding dresses wore the most astounding gowns made in real silk and tulle and brocades, almost everything that is to be found as fabrics for wedding dresses fitted also for the Barbie dolls wedding gowns. Starting from the dress itself to purses, earrings, shoes, gloves, the sets of wedding outfits were wonderful examples of fashion and inspiration for the future to be bride.
The delicacy of Barbie dolls and the suppleness of her body lines made the wedding gowns to fit perfectly conveying the status of a fashion model to be followed both by designers and by the models to wear their creations.11