How To Create The Classic, Timeless & Traditional Bridal Style

Are you a modern bride who favours the simple, classic and elegant bridal style over following the latest trends? If you are looking for some sophisticated yet understated bridal inspiration, these classic wedding looks will serve as your source of inspiration! 

From the quintessential elegant bridal look, to the timelessly chic classic wedding style, you will definitely find lots of wedding dress, hairstyle and wedding shoe ideas in our classic bridal inspiration guide. 

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Crafting Your Classic, Timeless & Traditional Bridal Style

When it comes to creating the classic and timeless bridal style, keeping it simple and understated is key. Your wedding dress should complement your body type, and if you are unsure, always go for a tried and true silhouette. An iconic example is Meghan Markle in Givenchy.

So, what really defines the classic bridal style? In this day and age, being a modern bride who favours a timeless style does not mean that you have to choose something basic or boring.

Instead, here are a few key elements to creating your own unique classic bridal style to keep in mind:

    • Stick to clean lines and a flattering silhouette when you are choosing your wedding dress
    • Think timeless, sophisticated and refined with your overall bridal look
    • Channel your the understated, chic look by complementing your wedding dress with accessories that are simple and lack ornamentation
    • Visualise your wedding photos: is your bridal style something that you will love before, during, and long after the wedding day?
    • When you are unsure, ask yourself whether your choice of wedding dress, shoes, accessories, hair and makeup is the following: graceful, simplistic, timeless and refined?

Classic bridal shoe

Odyssey Heels by Forever Soles

    Timeless Wedding Dresses For The Classic Bride

    When choosing a wedding dress for the classic bridal look, opt for gowns that have minimal styling and clean lines.

    Here are some great examples of timeless wedding dresses that will instantly transform you into the classic, sophisticated bride:

    The Classic Low Back, Square Neckline Sleek Wedding Gown

    This is a safe, yet classic pick for your wedding ceremony. With its classic low back and square neckline, you can also easily detach the train after your ceremony and wear this for your wedding reception.

    Lihi Hod classic Bridal wedding dress

    Image from Lihi Hod Fall 2020 collection

    This classic, timeless wedding dress by Justin Alexander is a great choice for modern brides who are after a simple, traditional bridal look.

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    Classic bridal shoes

    Beloved Bridal Shoes by Forever Soles

    Minimalist Yet Sophisticated Slip Dress

    If you are a classic bride who loves having fun on the dance floor after your ceremony, this Lela Rose The Foley Gown will have you transitioning seamlessly from saying "I Do" to your first dance with your significant other.

    A gorgeous, simplistic slip wedding dress perfect for the classic, timeless bridal style.

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    Simple slip classic dress

    Cowl neck slip by Grace Loves Lace

    Classic slip dress

    Simple slip by Charlotte Simpson Bridal

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    Grace Bridal Shoes by Forever Soles

    Sleek, Satin Wedding Dress With Illusion V-Neck

    This  dress is the ultimate sleek, stain wedding dress that elongates your figure and flatters your curves. A great classic choice with a structured, exposed back for a sophisticated yet chic look. 

    Sleek satin dress with illusion V-neck

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    Strapless Dress With Wrap Silhouette

    If you are after a classic, strapless wedding dress, this gown has a wrap silhouette that adds movement and a flash of leg that adds a modern touch to your overall bridal look.


    Strapless classic style wedding gown

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    Flourish Bridal Shoes by Forever Soles

    Chic, Minimalist Wedding Gown

    This classic style wedding gown has a certain modern chic-ness to it that might be your instant favourite. Pair it with a simple yet elegant leather high heels to complete the look.

    Made with Love Archie dress

    Made with Love Archie dress

    Made with love classic dress

    This incredible 'old hollywood' style dress is called Archie and is by Made with Love Bridal 

    Classic Wedding Shoes

    Keeping it classic for your soles does not mean you have to sacrifice comfort and style! Our simplistic yet elegant bridal shoe styles below are made from milky white shades, creamy ivories and sandy nudes that will work perfectly well with any kind of traditional wedding gown to stay true to a comfortable and traditional aesthetic.

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    Simple classic wedding shoes

    Simple classic wedding shoesThe Destiny Heels by Forever Soles

    The classic bridal shoe to go with your classic wedding look- Forever Soles' Honey Sandal.

    The Honey Sandals by Forever Soles

    Whether you like to keep things minimalist, or elegant yet attention-grabbing, your classic wedding shoes are the most important accessories that will make you feel good during your ceremony and reception. 

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    Classic Wedding Hairstyle & Makeup

    When it comes to your hairstyle and makeup, keep it simple, chic yet understated. Natural bridal makeup goes perfectly well with the classic bridal style, with  neutral or earthly tones being the best choice. 

    Avoid bold pieces of jewellery or colourful statement earrings that will clash with your timeless, classic wedding dress. Keep things simple by sticking to just one accessory at a time. 

    Natural wedding makeup

    Keep your accessories, makeup and hairstyle simple to complete your classic bridal style.

    Photo by Tones and Harmony

    Classic wedding hair and makeup equates looking like the best version of yourself by accentuating your natural beauty. Opt for an elegant updo and natural makeup that gives you that natural bridal glow. 

    The Classic Bun

    Whether you go for the classic bun, chignon or the ballerina bun, keeping your wedding hairstyle simple helps create the effortlessly timeless look. Check out these classic wedding hairstyles and updos for inspiration.

    Classic wedding hairstyles

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    To keep things traditional, consider adding a wedding veil to tie things together. You can also get creative by choosing an elegant wedding up-do that goes perfectly nicely with a traditional wedding veil.

    Elegant tulle wedding veils

    From a shorter wedding veil to the long, romantic ones, these are some classic bridal looks that will make you feel like the best version of yourself on your special day...

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    Bridal Accessories

    To create a simple, classic wedding look, choose accessories that will compliment your wedding gown instead of becoming the focal point. We love this bridal headband and sheer organza bow from Christie Millinery.

    Classic bridal bow

    Classic bridal headband

    Hair Adornments: Christie Millinery

    As the classic, traditional bridal look is all about being modestly elegant, wearing accessories that are too “loud” will clash against your desire to look effortlessly timeless. 

    No matter what kind of classic bridal look you want to create, it is important to choose the wedding dress, shoes, accessories, makeup and hairstyle that suits your personality and allows your natural beauty to shine. With these classic wedding ideas in tow, you will be on your way to create a timeless, bridal style that will transcend for years to come. 

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