1930s and 1940s Iconic Wedding Hair Styles Revisited

September 16, 2019 3:39 pm



The vintage wedding trend is here to stay for the foreseeable future, so it’s the perfect time to look back at some of the classic hairstyles of the 1930s and 40s. Many of the most iconic styles from the period are still popular with vintage fans today, but they can easily be adapted to give them a modern twist or make them more flattering to different face shapes and hair types.

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Leading bridal magazine The Bride has an extensive gallery of vintage-inspired hairstyles, including some ideas for using period hair accessories, such as flower headpieces.

1930s Styles

The classic 1930s bridal hairstyle involved finger waves and waving irons. Curls were shaped to sit close to the head for a look that can look flat by modern standards. While this look does suit many brides, most will find a softer and looser interpretation of the style is more flattering and easier to wear. The Huffington Post has some great examples of 1930s movie hairstyles which demonstrate how the classic waved look can be adapted and altered to suit different faces and hair types.

The 1930s style is the perfect complement for wedding dresses inspired by the era, which tend to follow quite simple lines, be cut on the bias, and sit fairly close to the body for a streamlined look. There are numerous examples of wedding dresses from different eras online, and many websites that are able to provide possible inspiration and a way to discover looks that will suit your shape.

1940s Styles

The wedding hairstyles of the 1940s were still heavily waved, as in the 30s, but by now the iconic rolls had started to make an appearance, most notably the victory rolls. Pictures of Hollywood stars of the 40s, such as Betty Grable, are a great place to start looking for inspiration if you’re planning a 1940s style wedding. As well as being a staple of everyday style for many women, these impressive rolls were often worn by fashionable brides on their wedding day.