Here at ModCloth, we’re often inspired by the opulence of bygone eras. So when it comes to wedding looks, we love taking sartorial cues from some of the most fashionable decades in history. Whether you’re a bride-to-be, or simply a fan of elegant ensembles, these throwback styling ideas will take you everywhere from your rehearsal dinner, down the aisle and to your wedding reception for dinner and lots and lots of stylish dancing.

Roaring ’20s

ModCloth short shiny beaded dress

The gilded age of glamour takes a glorious spin in this stunning beaded dress. Add an extra dose of sophistication with shoes that shine. Then try art deco style accessories with pearl or stone accents to finish off your glitzy look.

Fab ’50s


The 1950s were a time filled with lots of ladylike silhouettes and feminine details. Keep things classic in shoes that have a pop of pastel, then add dainty jewelry to provide an understated touch of elegance.

Swingin’ ’60s

ModCloth White Retro Shift Dress

The ’60s was a decade that delivered some of the best music of all time! Heat up the dance floor in a sleek shift and comfortable pair of flats that will allow you to twist the night away. Then, keep the vibe goin’ with a rockin’ pair of rounded shades and simple-yet-chic accessories!

Groovin’ ’70s

ModCloth White Maxi Dress with Cutouts

The ’70s were really happening in a far out way. To achieve an out-of-this-world bridal look that captures the decade’s free-spirited vibe, opt for memorable flower-adorned hair accessories and jewelry with an organic feel. If simplicity is more your thing, metallic sandals can easily replace a daunting high heel. Whatever your vibe, remember to have fun!

Pictured: The Best Things Are Freedive Clutch ($45), Gilded Age Gala Heel ($40), Glamorous Get-Together Dress ($260), Splendid Celebrations Dress in Ivory ($200), Malt Shop Sweetheart Heel ($70), Vow Do You Do? Dress ($200), Swap Meet Surprise Earrings ($25), Door to Ardor Flat ($50), Be-All East End-All Dress ($200), Garden Party Princess Flower Crown ($20), Glisten Closely Sandal ($65)

Will your next special event be inspired by any of these magical eras? We’d love to hear which decade is your fave in the comments below! For more inspiration, check out the ModCloth wedding collection and follow Brit + Co on Pinterest for more wedding style ideas.


(All photography courtesy of ModCloth)