Vintage snack: classic 1950s, lacy goodness

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The more I get to see these vintage photo submissions, the more I realize how timeless long, lace sleeves are. Every decade has its fair share and this 1950s selection is no different. A full skirt, luscious sleeves, classic veil… you can't go wrong. They are all pretty solemn in these photos, though. The eternal mystery of vintage photos: we never know what they were thinking!

Here is what Jessica had to say about longing to to wear that amazing dress:

My Grandmother on my father's side was going to give me her dress for my wedding, but unfortunately she's six inches shorter and was about 30 lbs. smaller when she got married. So I probably would have fit in her dress when I was 12. Oh well, it was still gorgeous to see and think about.

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Sleeve close-up alert! Check out the crown headpiece too.

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I'm loving the banana-curled, cap-sleeved bridesmaid on the left. What a cutie.

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Ah, there we go. They pulled out some charming smiles for this one. (Must be the food!)

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Comments on Vintage snack: classic 1950s, lacy goodness

  1. I actually found myself eying the dress on the far right of the first picture. That type of skirt is just so appealing to me. The lace sleeves are also lovely of course.

  2. Personally, I love the fact that so many of these vintage snacks show dresses without trains. When did trains become a thing? (and why?)

  3. Mmm, sleeves, I <3 sleeves! I thrifted an 80's wedding dress with a long sleeve lace bolero to use as raw materials in my dress the other day. But of course I wore it to a Human League show last night. I felt it should get a last hurrah from it's original era before giving its life to be part of my dress.

  4. All this talk about sleeves is reminding me of my own wedding dress – which, from the year 1990, is approaching vintage age by now! My mom made it, and it had 3/4 sleeves with points and lace appliques and a *very subtle* leg-o’-mutton shape (no big shoulder poofs for me, thank you very much).

    The dress also had a “brush” train, which meant that the train was about four inches long and just brushed the ground.

    Whatever my second wedding dress looks like, if it makes me feel as beautiful and loved as the first one did, it’ll be a success 🙂

  5. That is a classic gown. I see a lot of ladies at wedding celebrations – and many of them are lucky enough to wear their mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown.

    Nice that Jessica got one she liked even if she couldn’t wear the one she wanted 😉


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