100 Years of Wedding Gowns


Choosing a wedding dress is a very personal decision, and not always an easy one to make.

Determining Your Style

One of the first things you can do to help find your perfect gown is to determine the style you like. Your style might be traditional all the way to outrageous and unique. You can use a website such as The Knot to help you pinpoint your style, or you can look back through history to find your style.

Maybe you’ll choose your Mother’s wedding gown, or maybe even the gown your Grandmother wore. Maybe you’ll make your own wedding dress, or will repurpose a vintage wedding dress found at a thrift store, consignment shop, or estate sale.

Sometimes it helps you figure out your style by first determining what type of gown silhouette you prefer: is it a ball gown, sheath, mermaid, a-line, or short silhouette? Here is a help page that describes the anatomy of a silhouette.

For more help in pinpointing your favorite look, here is a fun quiz you can take to determine your bridal style – styles such as Sexy Glam, Dream Princess, Rustic Chic, and everything in between.

Searching For Your Gown

Of course you’ll want your dress to show off your personality, so making that final decision on THE dress can be difficult. Where do you begin ‘The Search’? Start with searches on the internet, bridal magazines, and bridal blogs – they can all help you fine-tune the kind of dress you are searching for.

Another way to help you find your dress is to look back at the wedding gowns that women have worn throughout the centuries.

100 Years of Wedding Gowns 

Here’s a video of how wedding gown fashion has changed over the past 100 years. Maybe you’ll find a gown idea here.

For even more inspiration of gowns throughout the years, check out our Pinterest board dedicated to weddings.


What’s your favorite wedding gown style for a Fall or Winter wedding? Share in a comment below!

JayDee / ThirdShiftVintage.com

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