Help - Vintage attire preferred wedding invitation

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  1. Help! received a wedding invitation that says "vintage attire preferred" for work friend of husband so i don't really know anybody else. The groom said 1940's attire - would a long gown be appropriate - wedding is in the evening in nyc on Oct 30th. I have a strapless navy blue evening gown which i was thinking adding a large flower to and possibly chiffon sleeves to give it a 40's look -- I would not use the jacket - see link below and let me know what you think. I normally have a hard time as i don't wear short dresses (have fat ankles). This is making me crazy.

    http://www.jordanfashions.com/ShowDressDetail.aspx?collectionid=2&dressid=873&photoid=22774:nuts::nuts:
     
  2. That could maybe work, but it looks pretty modern so you'd definitely have to tone it down.

    TBH, if I was invited to something like that, I just wouldn't go. Asking someone to get some kind of specific outfit for your wedding is really tacky, IMO.
     
  3. I think you could wear it. As you said, maybe get rid of the jacket.

    What about adding longer style gloves and a vintage style handbag?
     
  4. Haha, that was my exact reaction. You can throw a costume party, or you can throw a wedding.. but not both!

    Back to the topic: OP, I think that dress would be lovely. I think as long as you do the right hair/makeup/shoes, you'll look spot on.
     
  5. Thanks for the responses - I agree either its a wedding or its a costume party but i am stuck. great suggestion about the gloves - white or should i look for navy - i already have a vintage silver bag and will do 40s hair.
     
  6. I think you could do white or navy. Whatever is easiest for you. Since its kind of a costumey thing, I think it doesn't have to be a perfect match anyway. With a vintage bag and hair, you'll be good to go!
     
  7. I like the idea of a costume-wedding.... I think the dress would be fine.. add pearls!!
     
  8. #8 Oct 17, 2010
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2010
  9. Depending on where you live, you should be able to find a vintage store near you. Or you can search 1940 vintage patterns and get ideas from the styles.

    Another way you can go is a suit. Vintage womens suits are very similar in style to some modern styles you can buy. They usually have an A-line skirt, the jacket is shorter, usually hits about mid-hip length, and they nip in at the waist. I've also noticed that vintage suits tend to button a little higher than modern suits, but not always. When I got married I wore a 1940's suit because it is such a classic style.

    Good luck on your search. Post pics when you find your outfit. It sounds like a lot of fun.

    If you are interested I could pull out some of my suit jackets and take pics. I doubt I can still squeeze into them because I'm about 30 lbs heavier now.