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Timeless Wedding Dress Styles

Although following trends is a great way to live in the moment, there’s something to be said about a classic wedding dress. Take Jackie Kennedy’s iconic wedding dress, for example. The ballgown she wore on her wedding day is still an inspiration to many modern-day designers. Whether you identify as more of an Audrey Hepburn or a Marilyn Monroe, we’ve created a list of timeless wedding dress styles that you’ll still love decades from now.


Timeless Wedding Dress Styles


In 1840, Queen Victoria shocked all of England when she chose a white wedding dress. At the time, white was an unusual color choice for a wedding gown. Another long-lasting wedding dress trend that she set that day in February? Lace. Her dress is known as the dress that started it all, and rumor has it she even had her dress destroyed afterward to prevent any knockoffs (source). Today, more than a century later, it’s hard to go wrong with lace.

Get the Look: Check out this dress with lace trim at the bottom and a classic sweetheart neckline. For a subtle nod at a modern-day trend, go with a dress that has a cream, blush, or champagne lining. The subtle contrast will make the lace pop.

Bateau Neckline

The film Funny Face is a favorite among many fashion enthusiasts. In the film, Audrey Hepburn wears a timeless bateau neckline wedding dress that crops just above her ankles. This wider neckline can balance a larger midsection by drawing the eye out to the shoulders. A bateau neckline flatters a variety of figures, especially those with small to medium busts, pear shapes, and slender shoulders.

Get the Look: If you’re not feeling quite as bold as Audrey, go with a full-length, bateau-neckline dress. Accessorize with a vintage pendant necklace for an elegant look, or own the simplistic style and go without a necklace.




English Net Skirt

English netting, which is very similar to tulle, has been showing up on wedding dresses for decades. This tried-and-true fabric will bring a classic, vintage look to any dress. English netting has natural stretch to it with a dense, tight hexagon knit, so you won’t have to worry about it getting caught in a light breeze. Because this material is so soft, it drapes beautifully.

Get the Look: For a timeless ballgown look, go with a dress that has layers with altering heights. This will add volume to your dress and create a focal point.

Pure and Simple

As the saying goes, sometimes less is more. You can’t go wrong with a simple white gown with few embellishments or layers. These types of dresses won’t go out of style, and you’ll save yourself the trouble of looking back 30 years later and questioning your dress choice.

Get the Look: If you are going to opt for no embellishments or lace, go with a dress that has a stunning shape. A mermaid dress with a boat neckline will put the focus on your beautiful curves, hair, and makeup. 





Whether or not you are planning on passing your dress on to your future daughter, going with a classic wedding dress rather than a trendy wedding dress will ensure that your wedding photos withstand the test of time. But whether you’re looking for a trendy gown or a classic wedding dress, stop by Normans Bridal. Our showroom is full of timeless wedding dress styles to choose from. Not only will our bridal consultants assist you in finding your dream wedding dress, but they will also help you assemble your full bridal look, from shoes to hair accessories. RSVP for a fitting at our downtown Springfield store by giving us a call at 417-866-9800 or contact us through our website.