Beyond the Veil
By Anna Sachse - CTW Features | posted on November 20, 2011 at 8:00am
Lend your bridal ensemble some real panache with the latest hair accessories
Move over bridal illusion, English netting and silk tulle, and make way for large silk flower pins, feather headbands, freshwater pearl tiaras and Swarovski crystal combs. These days, veils often have to share or even cede the spotlight to elegant or eye-catching headpieces and hair jewelry. “We’ve seen a lot more accessories for the hair in ready-to-wear, and it has carried through to bridal,” says Rachel Leonard, fashion director for Brides magazine.
Here’s what you need to know about the latest trends in decorating your tresses.
Un-Veiling the Options
Gina Ludwig, owner of HairComestheBride.com and AisleStyleBeauty.com, has seen a significant change in hair accessory styles over the last five years. “It used to be that most brides wore tiaras,” says Ludwig. “Now they’re wearing more pieces on the side or back of the head, such as smaller combs or hairpins. If brides do choose a tiara, it’s typically either a more understated jeweled headband or a truly bold piece, like a ribbon headband with vintage-inspired rhinestone and pearl accents.”
Although the options really are boundless (think crowns incorporating real sea shells, or splashes of color, like Carrie’s turquoise bird headpiece in the “Sex in the City” movie), Ludwig has found that the most popular items “by far” on her site in the last two years have been anything with vintage flair, including antique silver headbands, rhinestone combs and bird-cage veils. The next most popular selection is silk flowers, which range from whimsical works of art to realistic-looking gardenias, camellias and orchids. These fabric blossoms have the understated impact of natural flowers without the problems like difficulty securing them in the hair or wilting.
Regardless, whether you’re leaning toward an enormous Rita Hayworth-style cartwheel hat or the classic princess tiara, it’s important to stay true to your personal style, says Ludwig. “Go ahead and listen to the opinions of peers, parents or professionals whom you trust, but then you should do exactly what makes you feel beautiful, no matter what anyone says.”
Don’t Overdo It
Even though it’s easy to forget when you’re a woman who wants it all, the experts agree that with bridal bling, less really is more. “Overdoing it can end up looking costume-y,” says Leonard. “And you don’t want your accessories to compete. Wearing long earrings, a big necklace and a crown all at the same time is a major no-no.”
In general, if your gown and jewelry are simple, then go ahead and make a statement with your hair accessory. But if the dress or your necklace is ornate, go subtle with the hair jewelry, skip it altogether or wear it in the back.
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