For several seasons, “naked” or “sexy” wedding dresses have ruled the bridal fashion world. Aisles were inundated with illusion panels, flirty hemlines, plunging necks, and barely-there bodices that showed a little—OK, a lot—of skin. Sure, they were sexy and daring, but they also had more, shall-we-say conservative brides wondering, “What will Grandma think?” Luckily for those ladies, it looks like the naked dress is trending no more. During Spring 2018 Bridal Fashion Week, designers debuted covered-up creations that recall a more traditional time, while still feeling fresh and modern.
As the New York Times notes, now, it’s all about the long sleeves, high necklines, full-skirted ball gowns, and capelets or jackets. Think Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Kate Middleton. While today’s wedding dresses might still play with a strapless or V-neck or even a high slit here and there, for the most part they’re modest, compensating with coverage elsewhere.
Below, we’ve gathered some of the most iconic wedding dresses of yesteryear, along with some more modern gowns, all of which are all classy, contemporary, and chic—and 100 percent Grandma-approved.