1950s Wedding Dresses: Our Favourite Styles Inspired by the Fabulous Fifties

Take inspiration from our edit of 1950s style wedding gowns, perfect for vintage-loving brides who want to look original - and fabulous!

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When most people think of vintage wedding ideas they picture a 1950s wedding dress: this enduring look is a bridal classic, enhancing a bride’s figure and her femininity.

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It’s perhaps no surprise that some of the hottest dress designs on the market are 50s inspired. Tea length wedding dresses and bateau necklines are right on trend – and if you’re looking for a vintage theme, the fabulous fifties is a stylish, traditional and quintessentially British decade.

Check out our edit of 10 fantastic 1950s wedding dresses – just don’t forget your fascinator!

Eliza – Timeless Chic

The Timeless Chic aesthetic is inspired by 50s design with a focus on curves and femininity. The calf-length Eliza dress is made in satin with a halter style sweetheart neckline and lovely lace appliqué. In true 50s tradition it has a fitted underskirt and is a great choice for a bride of any age.

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Bardot – Ivory and Co

Taken from the Heritage Collection at Ivory and Co, this gorgeous gown has lashings of 1950s elegance with a contemporary twist. The bodice is made with heavy 100% silk taffeta and it has a dainty tulle skirt with a French corded lace waistband. The pretty design from Ivory and Co is available as a full length dress as well as in classic 50s tea length.

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Style 8815 – Justin Alexander

This 1950s vintage-inspired, tulle, tea length ball gown from Justin Alexander has a silk dupion band accented with a bow, cinching the waistline for a figure-flattering look. The beautiful nude shade gives it a modern twist and contrasts beautifully with the ivory lace detailing. Wear with blush shoes and accessories for a soft and chic finish.

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Lily – So Sassi

A tea length dress lends itself perfectly to an asymmetric (or high-low) hemline. This dress from the So Sassi collection is super cute thanks to the sheer overlay skirt – with 50s-friendly polka dots – and the bow detail at the back. Reflect these details with your shoes and choose a stunning crystal necklace to highlight the strapless sweetheart neckline.

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Faith – Tobi Hannah

This Tobi Hannah dress is all about the bows – and the styling shown here even incorporates the detail into the model’s hair. Bows were big in the 50s, but if you don’t want to plump for such a bold hairstyle, consider an oversized bow accessory for your hair, or a 50s inspired fascinator with a big, bow detail.

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Dame Dulcie – Kitty and Dulcie

Lace is a lovely fabric for a 50s style dress. The delightful Dame Dulcie dress from Kitty and Dulcie is all over lace with a v-shaped, scalloped neckline and elbow length sleeves over a full-circle petticoat and satin underskirt. With lots of vintage charm – and “major twirl factor” – this dress is also a steal at just £350.

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Essen – Rosa Couture

If you’re a Grease or Back to the Future fan, you know that a 50s dance floor requires a huge, twirly skirt – and a contrast-coloured underskirt provides an authentic touch. This simple, v-neck, tea length wedding dress in ivory from Rosa Couture gets a fun and flirty boost with an underskirt that matches your colour scheme: get twirling!

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Style 6749 – Mori Lee

Taken from Mori Lee’s destination collection, Voyage, this dress is available in sizes 4 to 30, so it suits many figures and is great for all ages. The classic tea length design, made with embroidered lace on tulle, is perfect for everything from a wedding overseas to an English country garden celebration. A lace button jacket is also sold separately.

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Style 3875 – Sincerity Bridal

1950s fashion celebrated a woman’s silhouette and her femininity. This delicate and flattering dress from Sincerity Bridal does exactly that. A tulle tea length, it features a Queen Anne neckline with beaded lace detail and a deep keyhole back with sheer lace panelling. The lace shoulders give the gown a fabulously feminine finish.

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Style 9800 – Justin Alexander Signature

This super-elegant 1950s inspired tea length sweetheart gown from Justin Alexander Signature is steeped in Audrey Hepburn glamour. Featuring 3-dimensional lace appliqués, a tulle overlay and metallic silk lining, the details paint a contemporary picture: but the dress, which skims the ankles yet still shows off your shoes is, essentially, timeless.

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