Vintage Vogue Wedding Dress For Brides Over 40

We’ve all seen Grace Kelly’s beautifully classic wedding dress, and how Katherine Middleton’s wedding gown was compared to it. But what is a classic look? Have a look at some vintage vogue classics from times gone by and see what today’s designers can offer us.

Classic Couture

In my everyday, non-designer opinion, a classic look is a look that doesn’t date, regardless of which decade we’re in. I definitely think that the old ones are the best, so I thought it would be interesting to look at some famous vintage designs and compare them with up-to-date variations for today’s brides.

For those of us who are perhaps not in our first flush of youth, I want this blogsite to provide helpful, honest information for anyone about to get married, or thinking about renewing those special vows.

And if you’re over 40, don’t expect to see pictures of perfection in a size zero! Lovely to look at, but not real. These dresses, beautiful though they may be, are for a generation ago and if you want to see hundreds, if not thousands of them, just type the keywords ‘designer wedding dresses’ into your favourite search engine and voila! But you won’t see them here.

That’s not to say that we 40+ brides can’t wear traditional bridal dresses, of course we can, but there are styles appropriate and styles that are not. Choose carefully and remember decorum always.

So here goes, here are my picks of bridal dresses and outfits for that very special day when the bride-to-be is looking for something just a little bit classy and different. After all, we’re old enough to do and have what we like on our wedding day (especially since we’ll be paying for it!), so you certainly don’t need to go down the generic wedding route. Trousers anyone?

How beautiful is this? It has to be my all-time favourite and very easy to copy with today’s affordable designs.

Marjorie Hume: English actress (1900-1976)

It’s 1933 and the bride wears a sleek, bias-cut dress with a gorgeous draped neckline. Although plain, the bodice is pearl-edged. The style is similar to evening dresses worn at the time. The skullcap is pearl-studded and she wears silk flowers in her hair.

For an up-to-date version, have a look at the designs below for some of today’s styles by top designers and high street stores.

Be expressive, be confident, be yourself – and most of all, be who you are today. Haven’t you earned it?

Wedding Dress Collections

It’s definitely time to update this page, so here’s what I’ve found for 2015.  I’ve just managed a quick look, and will try to add things as I find them later for you.

Great High Street Looks for 2015

Starting with Debut at Debenhams, this ivory embellished cowl neck dress is an absolute stunner!

Debut Ivory Cowl Neck front
Debut at Debenhams
Ivory Embellished Cowl Neck, £245


Debut Ivory Cowl neck_bodice


Debut Ivory Cowl Neck



I just love this dress from Monsoon.  So gorgeous!  There are lots more along this style, both short and long, so have a look.

Georgiana by Monsoon

John Lewis Weddings

JL Phase 8 florentine back

JL Phase 8 Florentine


BHS Ivory Cowl Neck Dress

This one is inspired by Pippa Middleton’s dress.The empire line following the bust shape is flattering to every bride. A great choice! The cowl neckline has a modesty panel and lace edging around the neck and cap sleeve.

Also, it’s just been reduced from £175.00 to a staggering £30.00!  Can you believe it?

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BHS Charlotte Wedding Dress

BHS Charlotte Wedding Dress back

A concealed zip is hidden by mock buttons which run down the centre back.

And from the high end designers range:

Charlotte Balbier

Charlotte Balbier - Marnie
Charlotte Balbier – Marnie






Charlotte Balbier - Marnie
Charlotte Balbier – Marnie


















As an alternative, what about having a look at bridesmaid dresses – you can always choose ivory and use it as your wedding dress. Often, these are less “bridal” and more glamorous, and by choosing it in ivory it suddenly becomes a wedding gown for a 40+ bride.  Voila!

The Dessy Group


Dessy Style 2938
Dessy Style 2938


Dessy Style 2890
Dessy Style 2890













Here’s another alternative in ivory.









What Do You Think Of The Famous Two-Piece?

The Duke of Windsor and Mrs Simpson, 1937

Mrs Simpson-wedding-dressMore and more of today’s 40+ brides are opting to have a full wedding dress, but the two-piece is definitely making a comeback.

Just the thing if your wedding will be small with just a few guests.

Also, a great choice if you’re looking to renew those vows you made many years ago.



A classic and elegant look for the bride who wants to keep it simple.

Mick and Bianca Jagger, 1971

And remember Bianca’s white suit – it doesn’t have to be a skirt either…

bianca+jagger wedding day








Circa Vintage Brides

A Bianca Jagger vintage inspired all-in-one halter neck trouser suit. Silk crepe with contrasting silk satin buttoned waistband. Open backed transparent cape revealing the back and shoulders.


















Keep checking back if you’re looking for ideas for your wedding dress. We’ll be adding and changing images as we find websites we think you’ll like.

Meantime, here are some links to help you with different styles:

Perfect Wedding Dress Finder

Etiquette and Rules for Older Brides

Second Chance


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