We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
If you’re going retro on your wedding day or for your engagement photos, the key to not looking like you’re heading to a costume party (unless, of course, you’re having a costume wedding!) is subtlety. To pull this off, choose one or two vintage-inspired styles to imitate—think a vintage dress and makeup with modern hair—or do the updated 2013 version of your gown, hairstyle, and makeup. Here are four gorgeous vintage beauty looks to get you inspired.
(Photo by: Shannon Williams Photography on Munaluchi Bridal via Lover.ly)
Sometimes, our greatest inspirations for new looks come from the past. Which is why we love The American Vernacular, a recently launched (it started last November!) online vintage store with fantastic, bygone-era inspired taste. Each piece on the site comes with information about its brand history, written by TAV’s owner and founder, Bryn Lander. This week, Bryn shares her vintage style secrets with us and gives the downlow on how to score those glam, leading lady looks.
Top: Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor. Bottom: Grace Kelly, Dorothy Dandridge, Bettie Page, Doris Day
The ’50s was a transition period between the rigid and conformist World War II era to the individualistic, youth-oriented culture of the ’60s. Several distinct styles emerged during this time and helped define the style of the decade. Icons like Grace Kelly and Doris Day represented the demure and conservative feminine ideal while the glamorous and provactive look of Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Sophia Loren, and Brigitte Bardot made them sex symbols. Audrey Hepburn became a style icon and muse to many designers for her distinct easy elegance that was both classic and modern. She, amazingly, exuded the same graceful confidence in a turtleneck, pedal pushers, and ballet flats as she did in full-skirted lace gowns. Some of my favorite films that define the era are All About Eve (1950), Rear Window (1954), And God Created Woman (1956), Funny Face (1957) and Some Like It Hot (1959).