We have so much admiration for the women who came before us, who dared to dream, those who dared to think outside the box because if they hadn’t, we would still be stuck with styles from the 18th century.
Thanks to the efforts of these women, we can now tell our story through our clothes. These women gave us a template to work with and learn from.
The 90s was particularly a standout period because of the number of fashion innovations and inventions that happened during that time. If you’re preparing for your big day, choosing a wedding gown style inspired by this timeline may be an excellent idea.
90s Wedding Dresses:
Here are ten suggestions you should try.
1. Wedding dresses with detachable train
The train of the wedding dress is something to look forward to. How voluminous, how many feet it was, and so on. But the downside is that brides must drag this train wherever they go for hours, and quite frankly, that is just too much work. The 90s came with its trend and made things better by giving us detachable trains. You can have your train be 25 feet long, but once you are tired of the heavy load, you can easily detach it; the ideal outfit, in our opinion.
2. Wedding dresses with padded shoulders
Some brides have an image of how they want to look, their waist, feet, hair, face, and shoulders. It was a thing of pride to wear outfits with high padded shoulders, and if a woman can have padded shoulders in her everyday outfit, there’s nothing wrong with having the same on her wedding dress. Padded shoulders add a heightened outlook on the entire wedding dress, giving more definition to the dress and the bride also.
3. Wedding dresses with ruffled sleeves
Ruffles are a thing of joy. It gives the overall dress a relaxed outlook. It’s something the bride can play with when her nerves begin to get the best of her, and the 90s showed us that ruffles are not only for the dress’s skirt; they can also be the sleeves. Ruffled sleeves get more attention than ruffled skirts because while ruffled skirts could be heavy because of their layers, ruffled sleeves are not. Lighter materials are used for the sleeves, making them easier to play around with and look lovely.
4. Wedding dresses with large headpieces
Do you all remember in 1994 when Celiné Dion got married to her manager in her lace wedding dress with a 20-foot-plus train and a whopping seven-pound headpiece? That was an epic moment in fashion history. When Elizabeth Taylor adorned her hair with flowers, it was nice and all, but when Celiné came out and we saw her headpiece, we were sold. Headpieces are still in style even today, and if you want to make an emphatic statement on your big day, a large headpiece is an excellent way to start.
5. Wedding dresses with arching neckline
Any dress that has an arch requires a particular personality to be able to carry it. Some go for arching sleeves, and women in the 90s went for the arching neckline. The neckline of the wedding dress has the power to change the entire dynamic of your dress, and if done right, you’ll always cherish the moment you choose the arching neckline. Just like the fan-like collars, the arching neckline shows splendor and is majestic.
6. Ball gowns wedding dresses
A ball gown is always here to the rescue whenever you’re confused about a suitable wedding gown. Ball gowns are never without class and finesse. It oozes out of them like waters from a fountain, and you can never be out of style in a ball gown, no matter the era we are in. As the name suggests, these are gowns worn to ceremonial balls, but nobody said anything was wrong with imitating the same style and wearing it on your wedding day.
7. Wedding dresses with fan-like collars
In the Caesars era, women took pride in presenting themselves as beautiful as peacocks. They imitated the splendor of a peacock trying to attract a mate. They made the collars of their dress the same way a peacock would; some even used feather-like fabrics to give a perfect look. Today, what better way to show off that your splendor has indeed attracted a suitable mate if not with your dress? This isn’t an everyday style, but if you hit it right, it would be an everyday topic.
8. Wedding dresses with sheer chokers neckline
While modesty is key to some brides, other brides have found that modesty can be fun and modern too, so while your chest/neck area is covered, you can throw in a sheer material here and there. This practice, which started in the 90s, has not failed and is still winning hearts. The sheer fabric could have tiny details on it, making the exposed parts of the bride look like a work of art. So while maintaining modesty, you can still shine through.
9. Wedding dresses with open backs
Some brides want to cover up; others feel it’s okay to show a little skin here or there. A little bit won’t hurt anybody. What better way to surprise your guests than showing up in a dress with the front fully covered and having your back exposed? Those silent gasps you will hear is a proof that you’ve attracted attention. Some brides expose half their backs, while others show off everything, from shoulders to waist. We say, if you want to show off skin, go all the way.
10. Wedding dresses with collars (detachable)
Collars are an impressive substitute for necklaces. Collars bring more attention to your neck area because not only is it uncommon for brides, it takes guts to pull off. If you want to try something totally out of the box, try a collared wedding dress. A detachable collar will do just fine. One you can take off when you no longer feel comfortable with it or when you want to switch up your style.
These ten wedding dress styles were the absolute showstoppers back in their days, and we would want nothing more than for you to stop the show and have heads turn 360° with your wedding dress. These dresses from the 90s should serve as a guide for what an ideal wedding dress should look like. It is okay if you want to spice things up a bit, but these styles should be your guide, and we guarantee that you wouldn’t miss it.