With the Royal Wedding upon us, I can’t help but look back at all the vintage brides that made history and set trends that we still see today. Kate Middleton is on her way to becoming yet another bridal style icon, and I can’t wait to see what trend she will add to the list. This week we’re going to share our favorite traditions of past vintage royal brides that we’re likely to see again but with a modern twist. I lost track of time browsing these pretties… First up is long sleeved wedding dresses, and their more practical alternative, cover-ups.

Starting the series with the one and only Grace Kelly:

vintage wedding dresses with sleeves

Clockwise: Grace Kelly, Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, and Oscar de la Renta (courtesy of Brides Magazine). Bottom right: Delphine Manivet shot by Elizabeth Messina.

Some ready-to-wear alternative accessories to sleeved wedding gowns…

wedding lace boleros bridal cardigans and capes

1. This black lace bolero over a strapless gown
2. A lace cardigan for a chilly evening
3. Love Lace cape from BHLDN over a mermaid silhouette gown
4. This custom lace jacket is the perfect match if you’re after the Grace look.

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Comments (10):

  • Chrissy on May 8, 2011

    Wow you guys called it!
  • Christie O {Hindsight Bride} on April 26, 2011

    I love the alternative round up, especially that laced cape.
  • Tina S on April 26, 2011

    I love that high, yet long waist on Grace Kelly's dress. Le sigh!
  • kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer} on April 26, 2011

    All such beautiful gowns!
  • Mareah on April 26, 2011

    Wow! I love the dresses, and my favorite cover-up is the lace cardigan. So pretty! Mareah
  • lydia {ever ours} on April 25, 2011

    grace kelly...no one can beat...
  • nina {nina renee designs} on April 25, 2011

    LOVE Grace Kelly...classic fabulous-ness!
  • Hilary on April 25, 2011

    Omg I love that lace cape!
  • Lilia Ahner on April 25, 2011

    Love all of the long sleeved dresses, most especially Grace Kelly's which was absolutely stunning.
  • Nicole on April 25, 2011

    They're all so lovely. My favourite is the one at the top right, gorgeous!

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