You’ve popped the question, they’ve sobbed a happy acceptance and you’ve spent weeks trying not to come over all Bridezilla as the planning takes hold. Now, it’s time to find the dresses. Not yours, that’ll have been sorted long before now. No, now it is time to find the bridesmaid dresses. Don’t forget that these are the girls who will plan your hen party, so think again if you’re planning on putting them in a lovely peach taffeta number. Gather them all together, pour the wine and call in a takeaway; everyone knows that the new way to shop the UK’s best vintage style is online.
They’ve only been on the scene for a few years, but Lindy Bop has become one of the best-known vintage style stockists of them all. Whether you’re looking for cinched waists, ditzy floral print tea dresses or playful polka dot playsuits, you’ll find something for the whole group here. Marilyn Monroe style wiggle dresses and Jackie-O style twinsets are perfect for Sixties-themed weddings, and you’ll find countless shift dress styles for Fifties shindigs. With sizes ranging from 6-26, this is the place to go if you’re working with a whole variety of gorgeous girlies of all shapes and sizes.
If it is authentic vintage that you’re looking for, and not just vintage-inspired styles, you have to head to Rokit. London’s favourite vintage clothing specialist started life as a stall on Camden Market in 1986, specialising in vintage denim thrifted from American cowboys. Now, four stores later, the brand has become a favourite of rock royalty and mere mortals alike.
Rokit’s vintage experts hand-select one of a kind pieces for each store, with every garment freshly washed, pressed and even carefully repaired if needed. Forget all preconceptions that vintage equals moth-ridden, old-lady smelling tat; some of the dresses on Rokit’s website and in store are fit for a vintage queen. It’s unlikely that you’ll find numerous identical dresses, but if you’re embracing the current trend for all of your bridesmaids rocking their own take on the dress code, the unrivalled selection of 1950s to 1990s vintage here will have something they’ll all fall for.
ChiChi London may not have been on the high street for long, but the brand has been slowly building a faithful following for the last 25 years. If you’re looking for Bardot necklines, full swing skirts, bold prints and dip hems, ChiChi London fits the bill. Floral prints, lace detailing and pastel hues are perfect for summer weddings, and ChiChi’s styles are a great compromise if not all of the group embrace true vintage quite so wholeheartedly.
Needle and Thread
A Twenties wedding calls for serious embellishment and Needle & Thread is the name on everybody’s lips right now. Whilst neither vintage, nor vintage-inspired in the strictest sense of the word, Needle & Thread’s beautifully bedazzled dresses and soft colours suit the theme amazingly well. Lace, florals and intricate embellishments feature heavily and the best thing about Needle & Thread’s garments, is that they’ll be treasured for years to come and worn again and again, becoming the first things your bridesmaids reach for next time they have a special occasion.
Will your bridesmaids be wearing vintage style on your big day? Book a vintage hen party and they’ll learn the tips and tricks to master the vintage beauty look too.