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British Wedding Styles: Vintage Revivals and Current Fashion Trends for 2012/2013

Hello there lovely Bride Vs Groom readers! As the end of the year draws ever closer we’re looking at what’s happened in the wide wedding world through 2012 and looking forward to see what’s going to be the latest trend in 2013. In that spirit today we have a guest post brought to us by the lovely Laura Kay from Portfolio of Fine Diamonds who has been investigating the current fashion trends! Over to Laura to fill you in…

British Wedding Styles

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British brides and grooms are going vintage this season with a nod to old-time tweeds and plaids. Traditional shapes and fabrics mean your wedding photos will never look dated. Brides dream of the English countryside as they don tweed jackets over full fluffy skirts. Bridesmaids help pull the look together with plaid waistcoats over white gowns. The groom foregoes a stuffy tux in favour of a full herringbone tweed suit. Others forego the tweed in search of the classic British wedding dress.

Classic British wedding dresses

What is the classic British wedding dress? Unlike other traditional styles, the classic British wedding gown encompasses many decades. Gowns from the 1920s had an ethereal quality to them. Inspired by flappers, they sported a lot of beading and lace. British brides in awe of the 1920s may try to incorporate some of these details into modern gowns for a classic look.

For fans of 1930s style, the classic bride may opt for a simple sheath dress in slinky white satin. The 1930s were an era of modesty, so sleeves and high necklines may be appropriate. Vintage dresses from the 1940s typically have more lace and fuller skirts. Most are white or ivory. For those dreaming of Grace Kelly, vintage 1950s dresses sport full mid-calf length skirts and simple bodices. Princess Kate Middleton’s gown was inspired by this look!

Inspiration from famous British brides

Brides may also take inspiration from another princess bride. Lady Diana personified the 1980s with her voluptuous skirt and flowing train of antique lace and ivory silk taffeta. Puffed sleeves complete the vintage regal look. Bridesmaids’ gowns could echo the look with puffed sleeves on slim silhouettes. If you really want to go to town the groom must wear something worthy of a prince! Military touches like epaulettes should fit the bill.

Whatever the decade, British bridal style stays classic and current. Whether it’s vintage or just looks that way, the British designed or inspired wedding attire is fresh and trendy.

Be yourself and look in the right places

Whether you’re a tweeded bride or opt for the classic bridal look, be sure to insert some of your personality into your dress. Pick your favourite wildflowers to go with your English country tweed and antique lace. Add a tiara to go with your train and silk skirt. For more ideas, have a good rummage through your nearest second-hand or vintage clothing shops for one-off pieces.

This is a guest post by Laura Kay who writes on behalf of Portfolio of Fine Diamonds; stockists of pear shaped diamonds rings. When she’s not blogging, she loves to paint and make jewellery for her loved ones.

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