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What you wear on your wedding day is one of your most important (and photographed) expressions of personal style. Thankfully, weddings have become more flexible and creative than the past days of white satin and puffed Princess Diana sleeves. As a bride, you have the ability to choose a look and overall wedding theme that celebrates your personality, interests, and style.
Heart of Haute dresses many brides and bridal parties who are creating a vintage or retro inspired wedding. This is a popular wedding motif that allows you to celebrate your future, and the past that brought you there. Even with a vintage-inspired theme, elements of contemporary fashion can be included to create a look that is as unique as your relationship. Here are our three favorite ideas picked out of the knot's article on The Top Wedding Dress Trends From Spring 2016 Bridal Fashion Week.
Bateau Neckline: Bateau or boat necklines run straight across the chest from shoulder to shoulder. The origin of this style comes from sailor’s tops and sweaters - the high but wide neckline made the top easier to remove in case of falling overboard! This stylish shape is also known as a Sabrina neckline due to the black cocktail dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in the movie Sabrina.
If you are looking for a casual wedding dress with a bateau neckline, try our Monique or Mitzi. Both have an A-line skirt and a waist tie for the perfect fit. A more formal shape with the same neckline can be found in our Mercedes dress, with a fully lined and princess seamed bodice, a matching belt, and a full circle skirt.
Floral Prints: White wedding dresses did not become popular until the mid 1800s, and those early white dresses often had floral details. In 2015, plain white or ivory are not your only wedding dress options. Floral print wedding dress are frequently seen, particularly for spring weddings. Floral options are also a striking choice for retro bridesmaid dresses - think beyond solids while working within your wedding color theme. Heart of Haute has florals from bold to soft. Try the Marseilles dress in Blush, or the Milan Dress in Rose Garden. Mint has continued to be a popular wedding color, and our Bouquet fabric has gorgeous hydrangea flowers on a mint background.
Bridal Suits: The two piece wedding suit is perfect for a casual modern wedding, but it is far from a new idea. Beginning in the era of the Great Depression, brides often married in their best outfit, not a special dress that would only be worn once. Many 1940s wartime brides were married in this casual (and less expensive) look. Bigger, more impractical white dresses returned with the economic boom after World War II, but style icons from Marilyn Monroe to Carrie Bradshaw continued to rock the bridal suit.
If you are ready to try this unconventional yet classic look, our Diva Suit comes in wedding-ready Ivory, and the even more daring shades of Red and Navy. Whether you want an authentic 1940s vintage wedding look, or a memorable modern silhouette, a wedding suit will get you noticed.
At Heart of Haute, we love helping to make your wedding day dreams come true. We have loads of experience making magic happen for bridal parties of all sizes. We offer free shipping to bridal parties, and can custom cut dresses in special sizes, including for children. We will custom cut and make your dream dresses to order right here in California, but don't delay as many of our unique fabrics and styles sell out quickly!
Is your closet prepared to handle all of the adventures that summer 2015 will bring? Heart of Haute has the new dresses, shoes, skirts, and tops that you need to look as amazing as you feel.
Are you looking at a summer filled with life-changing events? Graduating, getting married, or just starting a new job? A new life certainly calls for new clothes. A versatile outfit that mixes power and femininity can be found in our Diva Suit. With a peplum waist, the Diva Jacket has shades of the 1940s. The fitted Diva skirt has princess seams, a high waist, and a flare at the knee. In black, these basic pieces are anything but boring – at the office or going out. Our vintage-inspired Diva Jacket and Skirt will give you lots of outfit options to mix and match. Need some new shoes for the office? Check out our picks from Bettie Page shoes.
In Ivory, the Diva suit is a bold choice for a unique retro bride – just add gloves, a hat with a veil, and a big corsage. Ava Gardner and Marilyn Monroe both got married wearing suits! The Milan Dress in the new subtly shimmering patterned Regency Ivory fabric is also a striking vintage bridal look. Want a 1950s inspired wedding dress with sleeves? Try the Monte Carlo Dress – also in Regency Ivory.
Thankfully, we all have a life outside of the office – and weddings! Are you ready for a fun summer season of parties and long weekend getaways? Whether you have road trips, concerts, or car shows to attend, we have an attention-getting vintage inspired look for you.
Heart of Haute’s new Madison Dress has a full skirt, cap sleeves, and buttons up the front. Princess seams and a waist tie ensure a perfect fit for every body! In 100% high quality cotton gingham, Madison will keep you cool and crisp all summer long. Our Monte Carlo Dress has always been a best seller – in more formal fabrics. This summer, are offering this amazing full skirted shirt dress style in the same quality cotton gingham.
Our Doilie print, in both black and aqua, is flying out the door! Grab some in a new sundress style – the Lauren Dress has criss-cross straps, and A-line skirt, and a size zipper for a great fit. Try the Bettie Page Elsa flats in black or pink for a comfortable day of stylish summer sight-seeing.
Gingham and flowers are a little too sweet for you? Heart of Haute has a new selection of bold, geometric Mod prints to get you swinging in 1960s style. Our new Caroline shift dress has cap sleeves, hidden side pocket and princess seams. Our sleeveless Carina shift dress has awesome details – adjustable buckled shoulder straps, and a matching belt. Try our above the knee A line Coco Skirt to keep cool while making a strong impression.
Are you planning a winter wedding for 2014 or 2015? Do you have a few to attend? Whether you are looking for retro bridesmaid dresses or something to wear as a guest, Heart of Haute has amazing vintage-inspired looks that you actually will wear again. Choosing colors for your wedding can make planning much easier. Wedding color trends can come and go (brown and robin’s egg blue, anyone?), but there are a few classic combinations (and boards) that work perfectly for a winter wedding.
- Ice Blue or Periwinkle and Dark Blue: This sophisticated combination of blues evokes winter without being Christmas-y, and is a great balance of feminine and masculine.
- Red and Black: Winter holds a lot of holidays associated with red – Christmas, Valentine’s Day. Red and black are strong wedding colors that can offer a touch of holiday flavor without going overboard.
- Metallics: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Platinum – these precious metals can add sparkle your ceremony. Make the most of winter lighting options like candles or fairy lights with reflective fabrics and finishes.
- Black and White: A common theme for New Year’s Eve parties, this bold and graphic combination is a striking choice for a retro or modern wedding. This look is particularly strong in polka dots and stripe. Do you dare to dress your bridesmaids in black?
All Heart of Haute dresses are unique and made in the USA for your bridal party. We can custom create dresses in any size, including maternity cuts and children’s sizes for flower girls or other young members of the wedding party.