The ultimate in green bridal style is vintage chic
Do you love romantic retro looks? If you've fallen in love with the feminine '50s silhouettes made popular again by Mad Men, or you love '30s flapper style or '70s funk, why not be a vintage bride? When you buy a wedding dress or accessories from another era, you're making an eco-friendly choice and opening your bridal style to a world of exciting possibilities. Wear a one-of-a-kind wedding dress that can't be found on runways or in chain bridal boutiques, and spend less money for a higher-quality garment than the bride who shops new!
Here are my top 4 favorite resources for the finest vintage bridal classics around:
Posh Girl Vintage has a selection of bridal and prom dresses from the '20s to the '80s, perfect for a vintage bride and her maids. Their frequently updated section of '50s prom dresses is a secret of stylish brides across the country.
The Vintage Bride specializes in vintage wedding dresses, bridal veils and cake toppers. Hand-picked by vintage conneseiurs, each and every piece is a unique beauty.
Paris 1900, (located just across the street from Recycled Bride headquarters in Santa Monica, CA!) is a jewel box of a vintage bridal shop, selling a mix of new and vintage wedding dresses and accessories since 1976. And you don't have to be a local to take advantage of owner Susan Lieberman's expertise and world-class stock, now that Paris 1900 is online as well.
Those of us who love vintage know that there are a few easy rules for buying online: It's important to inquire about the condition of the fabric -- particularly lace and beading, which can deteriorate with age. And a good seamstress who specializes in bridal will be your best friend when converting a vintage classic into your own personal wedding day vision. Don't be afraid to play with the design of your vintage dress, as certain details may not work in a modern setting. If you've found a dress you love but would prefer it strapless, or with a belt, then go ahead and re-work it to suit your style. No matter what your vintage preference is, you can walk down the aisle with your head held high knowing that your bridalwear is both green and unique!
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