Vintage Wedding Dress Trends for 2015 – Number 2.

Dear Reader,

The second trend I’d like to draw your attention to is…

Victorian lace cape over lace wedding dress
Vintage wedding dress complemented by original Victorian lace cape


In my London studio, brides are definitely moving away from shrugs and boleros this year, and asking for a softer style of lace cover-up – particularly vintage lace capes.

Victorian lace cape worn with vintage wedding dress
Original Victorian lace cape and vintage wedding dress

This elegant style may have originated in the Victorian era, but the height of its popularity was the 30s, when a fashion for short lace capes really took off – like the beautiful example I found for lovely bride Leah (below) to pair with an original 1930s wedding dress.

1930s lace wedding dress and cape on real bride Leah (Heavenly Vintage Brides)
1930s lace wedding dress and original lace cape, on gorgeous bride Leah.
1930s lace wedding dress and cape on Leah, with flowers
Leah in beautiful 1930s lace wedding dress and lace cape

Like many 1930s fashions, it was reinvented in the 1960s and early 1970s when long lace capes – sometimes with hoods – came right back into style. I was recently asked to source a dress to complement a full-length hooded lace cape from 1972, which originally belonged to my client’s mother. Fabulous!

1940s vintage wedding dress and coat (Heavenly Vintage Brides)
Original 1940s lace wedding coat, over vintage 1940s wedding dress.

Long lace coats are also very in-demand right now. This is a more 1940s look – as you can see on the example above and below, with its sensational long lace train.

1940s lace wedding coat and vintage wedding dress (Heavenly Vintage Brides)
1940s lace wedding coat, over vintage 1940s wedding dress.
1940s lace coat and wedding dress (Heavenly Vintage Brides)
Lace cover-up coat over 1940s vintage wedding dress.

I do love a challenge, sourcing something to match a client’s own personal piece. Mixing and matching eras can work incredibly well, and these beautiful styles can look gorgeous over dresses from any era. I don’t think you have to be strict about it!



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