1920s or 1930s? How to Style Two Iconic Wedding Looks

Rachel Simpson

Posted on September 16 2019

1920s or 1930s? How to Style Two Iconic Wedding Looks


At Rachel Simpson we're well known for our vintage inspired influences, but perhaps none more so than from the 1920s and 1930s. Unsurprising really as these are my two personal favourite eras, which you can definitely see if you look at my signature style. For example if you look at our Mimi shoe- I designed this eleven years ago as part of my very first bridal collection, and it has an iconic twenties t-bar shape, and was one of the first to feature the signature teardrop motif. Mimi is such a timeless style that it looks just as relevant today as it did then, and suits a vintage wedding dress perfectly. 

Rachel Simpson Mimi vintage wedding shoes t-bar shoes

Our new Autumn Winter collection has a very signature look, so today we thought we'd show you how to style two very iconic vintage wedding looks from our favourite eras- the 1920s and 1930s.

Twenties Elegance

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Credits (L-R clockwise): 1. Dress by Lotus Threads 2. Earrings by Liberty in Love 3. Hair and Make Up by Nicola Honey Artistry 4. Shoes by Rachel Simpson 5. Cape by Eliza Jane Howell 6. Flowers by Beyond the Barn 7. Tiara by Laurel Lime

There is a real elegance to the 1920s, and a number of dress silhouettes you can choose. Drop waists are obviously iconic, but for our first look we've gone for a slightly more glam look with a stunning beaded gown by New York brand, Lotus Threads. We particularly love the combination of the fitted skirt with the loose, blousy sleeves. Pair with art deco inspired jewellery such as a pair of pearl drop earrings incorporating marquise or baguette crystals.

Wear hair up and low, loose curls pinned at the nape of your neck and finished with a classic jewelled tiara or vintage style headdress. Twenties make up was understated but give it a modern feel with a strong, smoky eye paired with a nude or pink lip.

Go for a simple, classic bouquet shape tied with an ivory or pastel coloured ribbon. Whites, ivories and plenty of foliage work well- add hints of a soft colour if you want to match your theme.

And shoes? New t-bar Paloma is such a classically twenties style, they could almost be original vintage! Soft ivory suede and classic gold leather work beautifully together, and the closed toe is very reminiscent of the period.

Thirties Glamour

Rachel Simpson 1930s wedding style vintage wedding dress

Credits (L-R, clockwise): 1. Hair and Make Up by Frances Moore 2. Dress by Heavenly Vintage Brides 3. Flowers by Wedding Chicks 4. Earrings by Miss Clemmie 5. Shoes by Rachel Simpson 6. Headdress by Sharper Millinery

The look of the thirties was a little more glam than it's predecessor, with more than a little hint of evening wear. Dress silhouettes were sleek and fitted, and as much about the cut and fabric as any detailing. Choose an asymmetric drape across the hip, finished with an embroidered motif or beaded applique.

Make up is all about a strong lip- choose classic reds and rich ruby shades. Eyes are strong but don't overdo the shadow and instead go for bold lashes with perhaps a slick of liquid liner at their base to really frame your eyes.

As with a twenties wedding look, hair can be up and low but with a slightly more evening/ polished feel. Add a vintage style hair comb on one side, or an asymmetric headband such as this gorgeous piece from Sharper Millinery.

Bridal bouquets are a little more statement, echoing the lip. Mix strong colours such as pinks and reds, autumnal oranges and berries. 

And if ever there was a time to choose a glitter shoe, this is it. We love the new Isadora art deco inspired peep toe, which adds just the right amount of glitz whilst keeping it vintage...of course!

Are you going for a 1920s or 1930s wedding look? We'd love to hear your ideas so why not drop us a quick comment and share your inspiration below? 

In the meantime click here for a selection of some of our most vintage inspired wedding shoes.


Rachel x

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  • Rachel Simpson: October 28, 2019

    Hi Rebecca- thanks for the comment and loving the cherry red vibe! We’ve actually run red styles in the past so it’s definitely something we love, although sadly no plans in the pipeline just yet!

  • Rebecca Doherty: October 28, 2019

    I love these shoes, but wish I could get them in a stunning cherry red ?

    Is this something you would consider ?

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