Vintage Style Wedding Shoes (Bridal Footwear)

It is not an easy feat finding authentic vintage style wedding shoes for your vintage-inspired bridal dress. And if you do find one, which is near impossible, they’ll probably be the wrong size, and discoloured with age.

For that flapper style twenties wedding dress, how about finding the right kind of shoes to go with it? For the Gatsby themed wedding party, for instance, there will be a lot of dancing so, what best to wear than a pair of beautiful bridal shoes that’s great for the swinging dances of the roaring twenties.

Satin and lace vintage-inspired white bridal shoe
 (from Shoespie).

Rounded and closed toe, this pair of satin and lace bridal shoes is the perfect match for vintage 20s wedding dress designs.

A simple, streamlined and elegant Mary Jane style shoe, it comes with a satin ribbon tie, a striking detail that gives it a classic chic touch.

Its medium heels with a slight front rise of 1cm make it one of the most comfortable wedding shoes for any bride that not only demands style but knows that style without comfort can turn to an agonising experience on her important day.

For any bride who is practically on her feet for hours, meaning walking down the aisle, taking photographs, moving round greeting guests at the reception, dancing at the wedding party, etc... You can’t ask for a more comfortable pair of bridal shoes.

Though they are basically wedding shoes, these vintage style wedding footwear can also be worn as bridesmaids and maids-of-honour shoes, prom shoes, and special occasion shoes, and come in white, gold, and ivory colours to match most colours of classic wedding dresses.

Further Reading:
Types and Styles of Bridal Headpieces 
Bridal Veils for Older Brides

Wedding Veil Designs – Types and Styles of Bridal Headpieces

For brides-to-be, finding perfect wedding veil designs that complement their dresses demands a little bit of patience and research.

So, what veil length is best suited for a short wedding dress? For an informal wedding, should the bride wear a veil with lace applique or just a simple blusher bridal veil? And what are the different styles and lengths of wedding veils available?

Beautiful wedding veil design - 1 tier Cathedral veil made from lace tulle fabric in ivory colour.

Blusher Veils

They are simple, yet stylish and cute. Blusher wedding veils are made to cover the eyes and extend down well below-the-chin and are a perfect match with sleeveless high-neck wedding gowns.

A blusher veil with lace and sparkling glitter applique edge.

Shoulder Length Veils

Shoulder veils extend down to the shoulder and measure between 18 and 20 inches long. They are considered informal and work best with knee-length or midi-length classic wedding dresses.

Elbow Veils

These veil types extend down to the elbow area. Elbow veils measure between 24 and 26 inches, depending on the height of the bride-to-be and whether she has long or short arms. They are perfectly suited for ball-gown dress style and end where the fullness in the skirt begins. They are also great for a full-skirted informal dress without ‘overwhelming’ the entire ensemble.

Fingertip Length Veils

The fingertip veil is one of the popular choices of wedding veils. It extends down to the fingertips and measures around 36 inches. This style of bridal veils will work perfectly for most dress styles, as long as it’s around ankle-length.

Chapel Veils

Chapel veils fall down onto the floor and are about 90 inches long. Though they sweep the floor lightly, they are shorter than the Cathedral Veil. The chapel veil is best worn with classic style bridal gowns with long trains.

Cathedral Veils

The Cathedral veil is by far the most formal of all wedding veils. It is the longest type, measuring anything from around 100 inches long to up to 120 inches and are meant to ‘sweep’ the ground way behind the bride. The Cathedral wedding veil works best with full length, classic style gowns.

2-tier white Cathedral bridal veil with lace applique on its edge and body.


Bridal Veils Edging and Trims

A veil will never look complete without an edging or special trim. Whether plain and simple or stylishly vintage-inspired, the edging of bridal headpieces can make or mar the style of a veil.

Different types of edging and trims include the following:
  • Plain cut edging
  • Satin ribbon trimming
  • Cord edging
  • Beading and faux stoning
  • Pearled
  • Sequined
  • Silver or gold pencil edging
  • Scalloped
  • Threaded
  • Lace applique
  • Embroidered
  • Horsehair braiding (Crinoline)
  • Rippled edging
2-tier wedding veil with lace applique edging - Fingertip length

Wedding Veil Fabrics

Exceptional fabrics for wedding veil designs include the following and are the basic materials used to create wedding veils.

Chiffon - Chiffon veils are best made as single tier veils because it is weightier than tulle based fabrics. It is non-translucent, fluid, and soft-flowing.

Organza – This fabric is high-end and is a popular choice for top bridal gown designers. Organza is elegant, slightly stiff, and semi-translucent.

Silk tulle – Bridal headpieces made with silk tulle drapes down elegantly. It is a beautiful fabric but is not commonly used for making wedding veils because of its delicate nature. It is made of pure silk, available in several textures, and is virtually the most expensive veil.

Illusion tulle - This is the most commonly used fabric for most wedding veils and is made of 100% nylon of varying textures. Bridal illusion tulle is soft to the touch and is available in a good number of colours.

English net – This fabric is a favourite of many brides-to-be. It is made of polyester nylon, has a very soft texture and is transparent. Best made into single-tiered bridal veils, English net drapes down in a similar way to chiffon, but weightier because of its polyester blend.

Point D’Esprit – This material is patterned yet translucent with or without a criss-cross dotted pattern. It is a popular veil fabric for brides who desire a lace ornate wedding dress.

Swiss Dot – Veils made using Swiss dot fabric have become increasingly popular. The fabric is made of bridal illusion and features small felt dots throughout the fabric.

Most Popular Bridal Veil Colours

The colour of your veil will be majorly determined by the colour of your wedding dress. Colours of choice are white, ivory, and champagne. However, depending on the theme of the wedding, some brides opt for silver, black, and red.

For instance, black or red veils are the perfect colour choices for Gothic themed weddings.

Black wedding veil design for the Medieval style inspired bride-to-be.

To make the right choice of wedding veil designs, it helps if you understand all the different styles, fabrics, and designs available out there.
So, whether you are a younger bride or older bride, knowing the differences before choosing a veil for your special day gives a much better idea on how to get a bridal veil style that works best for your dress.

Gothic Bridal Veils for Medieval Inspired Weddings

Gothic-style fashion is for those who love the 'dramatic look' of darkness, mystery, and weirdness. And while many people still think gothic is associated with vampirism and satanism with secret members who wear mostly black clothing, have a pale complexion, jet-black hair and dark dramatic makeup, the wedding fashion scene think otherwise.

Dark and dramatic Gothic inspired bridal wear showing dresses, veil and bridal cape, and a goth-style wedding cake.

Goth-style wedding veils also referred to as vampire veils, are classic medieval styles that are now made with a modern twist and worn by brides who either desire a medieval themed wedding or a vintage/antique style bridal wear.

Gothic-inspired bridal veil - Black Cathedral length wedding veil with a scalloped-embroidered edge.

Gothic-inspired bridal veils can be made from tulle, lace, satin, velvet, and voile fabrics and can come in plain white, red, or black colours. They can also be made into flowing wedding capes (or church chapel head veil style) made from patterned materials like sateen, embroidered fabrics, illusion tulle, netting and silk. Colours can be a combination of black and red, black and purple, white and beige, or wine and purple.

Asides wedding ceremonies, gothic veils and medieval style dresses are popularly worn as party costumes for vintage-themed or other costume parties.

Further Reading
Cloche Bridal Veils and Headpieces
Bridal Headpiece for Older Brides

Vintage Cloche Wedding Veils (Bridal Headpiece for Young Brides)

Cloche hats and headpieces were first fabricated around 1908 by milliner Caroline Reboux. The style soon became the fashion rave of the 1920s when its popularity and impact on the fashion scene was at its peak. Close fitting and chic, they came in many variations and were made from a number of diverse materials.

From cloche style beaded lace bridal headpieces and Adora wool hats to sisal, felt, and the elaborately bejewelled cocktail/evening hats, its shape and form are one of the most popular classic forms of millinery ever, especially with its unusual bell-shaped snug fitting design.

Vintage style cloche bridal veil - A classy old-fashioned wedding veil that makes a great bridal headpiece for young brides.

Cloche (or cap) wedding veils are made with an elaborately beaded cap that fits snugly on the head with an attachment of soft tulle, chiffon, or lace fabric (as is shown above) which can be an elbow, hand, or floor length.

Typically vintage, the cap part is designed to be worn low on the forehead with the bride's eyes showing just slightly below the brim.

The cap, which fits almost tightly over the entire scalp can be adorned or encircled around the brim with any of the following accents:
  • Fresh or faux flowers that complement the bridal bouquet
  • Faux leaves that are woven around the brim
  • Heavy embroidery 
  • Appliques 
  • Pleated satin
  • Faux pearls
  • White coral beads or other gemstones
  • Elaborate jewelled brooches
Popular trimmings and decorations include satin details, velvet ribbons, with faux flower blossoms at the ears.

The veil piece falls gracefully from the back of the fitted cap and down over the shoulders. However, it looks best floor length or trailing (a great look for young brides). Veil materials include:
  • Silk 
  • Fine Lace 
  • Silk Tulle 
  • Net with net backing
  • Embroidered fabric
Cloche hats and bridal headpieces soon went out of fashion around the mid-thirties but by the 1960s its reappearance brought on the second round of trend.

Great Ideas to Create Custom Cloche Headpieces for the Vintage Inspired Bride (Video)

Today you can make the cloche veil yourself or you can have it custom made for you. You can buy a close-fitting cap and transform it into a classic bridal headwear.

With an extra touch of art-deco decorating, you can transform the plainest cloche hat shape into a vintage classic work of art, a wedding veil befitting of a young bride.

Bridal Headpiece for Older Brides (Vintage Birdcage Veil)

Older brides look wonderful in classic vintage inspired bridal headpieces. There is no doubt about that. Rather than wear long flowing veils made from bridal illusion fabrics, layers of chiffon or organza, or veils made from yards of lace, brides over fifty should opt for classic vintage-inspired styles that will complement modern wedding dresses.

Birdcage Bridal Headpiece

Birdcage bridal veil, a wonderful style of choice for older brides
Simple but stylish, the birdcage veil made its first appearance in the post-war era of the 1940s. It is a popular choice for many brides and works well for both divorcees and older brides.

The birdcage wedding headpiece is flattering with a hint of the beauty of the face that lies beneath veiled face and can be worn with both formal or informal wedding apparel.

It can be subtle in style like the one in the image above, simple with rhinestone combs, ornate brooch, or flowers attachments, or quite dramatic if combined with a fascinator made with a plume of feathers.

The birdcage headpiece is also known as:
  • Cage Veil
  • Cage blusher
  • Face bridal veil
  • Net veil
  • Pouffe wedding veils
You can make your own birdcage veil if you are a sewing craft enthusiast. They are quite easy to make and you can be as creative as you wish when you make your own bridal headpiece.

Further Reading
Vintage Inspired Lingerie for Plus-Size Brides
Suspenders and Garters
Vintage Cloche Wedding Veils (Bridal Headpiece for Young Brides)

Birdcage wedding veils still exude the chic sophistication of the past classics with its vintage quirk. It has become an increasingly popular alternative to the more common traditional headpieces like the chapel, cathedral, and shoulder, and floor length bridal veils.

Vintage Band T-Shirts of Famous 1960s Rock Bands

From blues rock and classic rock bands to space rock to pop rock musicians, if you, like many of us absolutely loved (and still do) the music of the 1960s bands, then what better way to celebrate your favourite group than by wearing t-shirts with inscriptions and images of great musicians like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones, to mention a few popular ones.

Teacher Rock Star by Night T-Shirt
Rockstar tee for rock music enthusiasts
Teacher Rock Star by Night T-Shirt
by poorrichards

Wearing band t-shirts is a great way to keep your memories of the greatest band members and their ‘evergreen’ timeless music alive. Many of their music still remains popular to this day and some of the groups still perform musical tours today.

Five of the Best Rock Bands of All Time

Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix was a guitarist, songwriter, and singer all rolled in one and known to have brought the “fire and emotion” that we can all identify with, into rock music. For a very popular guitarist who lived for only twenty-eight years, his achievements in the rock and roll scene, spanning roughly about four years, was electrifying and captivating, just as his signature hairdo, the afro.
Jimi T-Shirt
100% Cotton band t-shirt with a print of the legend Jimi Hendrix
Jimi T-Shirt
by Creamy_Hamilton

Today, Jimi Hendrix still remains a legend and his songs still inspire several tribute albums from many jazz artists, known and unknown.  

The Beatles

One of the most popular bands in the history of music of the 20th century, the Beatles is a British rock band formed in the 1960s. The band’s popularity was worldwide, the rave soon emerged to a situation referred to as “Beatlemania”.
The End. T-Shirt
The lyrics of the famous Beatles song printed on a t-shirt -  'Abbey Road -The End'
The End. T-Shirt
by Bren926

As the bestselling band in all the history of music with over 600+ million records sold till date, the Beatles modernised pop and rock music as we know it today. Their “pop-culture revolution” still resonates in the 21st century with millions of young and old die-hard fans still in love with their music. 

Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones first came into limelight in the early 60s hitting the rock music scene with a bang. Their music hit the top of the charts almost from the onset. Though they have gone through changes and loss of their instrumentalist in the past fifty years, they still feature in concerts in many places around the world.
Jagger 4 T-Shirt
Mick Jagger band t-shirt - Jagger was the lead singer and one of the founder members of the Rolling Stones
Jagger 4 T-Shirt
by Kumbitz 

Mick Jagger (the group’s lead singer and one of its founding members), is acknowledged as the greatest band leader ever. He can be said to have single-handedly defined what it means to be the singer with a rock band, a blues band or any other kind of band during his over five-decade career.

Pink Floyd

This group, formed in 1965 by four young students, is popularly known as one of the most musically prominent groups in the history of rock music. Pink Floyd is a psychedelic group that played progressive rock with philosophical lyrics and avant-garde compositions and are undeniably one of rock music’s scene most successful and dominant act.

pink floyd T-Shirt
Band t-shirt with an image of the rock group, Pink Floyd
pink floyd T-Shirt
by leahslounge

Their best-selling albums The Dark Side of the Moon (recorded between 1972 and 1973) and The Wall (1979) has become two of their best-sellers, even till this day. The band currently consists of Nick Mason and David Gilmour, two of its founding members.

Led Zeppelin

An English rock band formed in the late sixties, Led Zeppelin is widely considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in the history of music and the best second best-selling band in the United States. A number of sources estimate the group's record sales at 200 to 300 million units worldwide.

They produced heavy guitar sounds deep-rooted in blues and psychedelic reverberations, evident on their early albums, thus earning recognition as one of the forerunners of heavy metals music through their unique style drawn from a variety of inspirations, including from folk music. Led Zeppelin band group split following one of its members (John Bonham) death in 1980.

Further Reading:
T-Shirt Styles Inspired by the Vintage Era
History of the T-Shirt  

T-Shirt Styles Inspired by the Vintage Era

T-shirts first gained recognition at the end of the 19th century but finally achieved the status of being a trendy item of clothing by the mid-20th century.

Because vintage inspired fashion creations continue to trend among today’s women who are die-hard enthusiasts, many of them can express their uniqueness of always being vintage inspired by wearing t-shirts inspired by the vintage era.

Artists expression showing vintage era t-shirts and other vintage objects. Image created by Viryabo@Polyvore

As we all know, you can wear a t-shirt to look dressed-up, semi-casual, or dressed-down. One that is ornately embellished with ornaments like faux pearls, stones, sequins, and appliques can be worn successfully to dinner events, a party at the Ritz, and such occasions that demand stylish dressing.

Semi-casual t-shirts can be worn for an evening out, hanging out with friends, or going to the movies, while casual tees, with or without prints and illustrations are best suited for casual dressing and around-the-house wear. These are the most popular and sought-after for everyday wear.

The casual street-style look is the popular style and such dressing is incomplete without a tee. That’s why most women have a good number of these shirts in our wardrobes. Most of us have cause to wear a t-shirt every single day.

But how can you get that unique look with a t-shirt? Which type will you wear to make your stand out?

Vintage T-Shirts

The popular ways of expressing preferences for vintage fashion through wearing tees include wearing the ones that have prints of antique or vintage images, illustrations, quotes or photographs.

The cuts of tees basically remain similar to the vintage t-shirts worn over half-a-century ago but what majorly differentiates one style from the other is that while traditional ones were plain and at best, sporty, today’s style range from the stylishly cropped to the embellishes tees.

Tees with vintage illustrations - Image created by Viryabo@Polyvore

If you are one for a stickler for details and wish to have an idea of what illustrates a particular era, this list that covers the years between 1939 and 1990 should be of some help.

1939 to the 40s – The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind. Early examples of vintage t-shirts with printed logos and decorations can be found in the movie The Wizard of Oz. It had the word "OZ" printed on its front.

1940s - Army t-shirts. Printed tees were in limited use in the forties, however, the earliest recorded printed t-shirt of the time was Dew it with Dewey

1950s – Illustrations of resorts and getaways. Some businesses started to decorate t-shirts with holiday resort names and characters.

1960s – The Rock and Roll era. This was a time Ringer t-shirts were a popular trendy fashion among the young rock-n-rollers. It was in the sixties that tie-and-dye and screen printing on tees evolved. The t-shirt became a medium for wearable art, commercial advertising, souvenir marketing, and protest messages.

1970s – Walt Disney characters, Rolling Stones, and Milton Glaser's iconic I ♥ N Y inscription. Popular Disney characters began to appear with Mickey Mouse being one of the top choices of prints for t-shirt lovers. Other notable and memorable t-shirts produced during this decade continued to be entrenched in pop culture and were referred to as band t-shirts.

1980s – By the mid-eighties, white tees became very fashionable, especially after Don Johnson wore it with an Armani suit in the movie Miami Vice.

1990s – It became common practice for companies to make t-shirts promotional items as a part of their advertising campaigns. They came with prints of corporate logos, quotes, and messages Also, shirts with prominent designer-name logos like FUBU, The Gap, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren become popular with teenagers and young adults.

21st Century Tees

We can’t talk about vintage-inspired t-shirts without mentioning how far the tee wearing culture has evolved. By the beginning of the 21st century, there was renewed popularity in t-shirt wearing and today are worn by all ages from day-old babies to the middle-aged and elderly.

They come printed, hand-painted, inscribed, embellished, etc…, and have numerous types of designs on them ranging from quotes and slogans that veer towards the humorous, spiritual, and satirical, to black and white images, hand-painted muddles, studs and stones, photographs, ornaments, and natural elements the shells, corals, and lacquered wood chips.

The t-shirt has become one of the most important items of clothing for most people all over the world, most especially because its trend is being embraced by vintage die-hards, celebrities, models, fashion icons, and superstars who wear them either casually in public, or stylishly for top events.

Further reading:
History of the T-Shirt 
Vintage Band T-Shirts of Famous 1960s Rock Bands
Women T-Shirts with Vintage Art Illustrations