The 1990s were the poster era for minimalistic design concepts – and wedding dresses were no exception. This trend was perfectly exemplified with the sleek dress worn by Carolyn Bessette in her wedding to John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1996.
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The brides of the decade weren’t as interested in intricate embellishments, layered skirts, or ornate appliqués: they much preferred the simplicity of a slinky, sexier sheath gown in silk. Additionally, this time period saw a rise in the popularity of perfectly cloned dresses, makeup concepts, and hairstyles for bridesmaids, starting the “matchy-matchy” trend.
Veils were still important components of a bride’s ensemble, though women were starting to get more creative with this accessory in the 1990s through the addition of a headband. This style wouldn’t include a blusher, and simply fall down the bride back. The tulle would be attached to a pliable band with subtle lace detailing or beading, and spill out over the top, creating a cluster of fabric on the back of the head. Princess cut diamonds were also all the rage as far as engagement ring styles were concerned, and women began to play with a wider variety bolder lip shades to complete their look.
Take a look at these beautiful photos to see what the styles of brides looked like in the early 1990s.