Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Hairpiece Heaven

Yes, veils are still trendy and there are more styles out there than ever, but before you make the decision to wear one, consider your options. Today, brides are bypassing the veil, going for special touches like hats, fresh flowers or jewels in their hair. The idea is, if you’d rather wear a feathered fascinator down the aisle and it works with your gown, go for it.

FLORALS in your hair. They compliment simple evening gown silhouettes with a tropical feel, A-lines and ball gowns with a touch of the romantic. There are three kinds of florals: Fresh, artificial and hand-rolled fabric flowers. All are beautiful choices. Fresh can be ordered through your florist possibly echoing some of those in your bouquet. Artificial flowers are typically silk, some so well made they look like they were just picked out of the garden. Hand-rolled flowers are made out of fabric like dupioni, organza or shantung, sometimes in the same fabric as your gown. These have a real haute couture look and are usually attached to a barrette or spongy wire-wrap. You’ll need the help of a hairdresser incorporating fresh flowers into your hair. Artificial ones sometimes come with an attached comb—sometimes not. If not, you’ll need help anchoring these in. Some hairstylists will even weave poufs of netting through the flowers, creating a real high-fashion look.

HEADBAND -- typically attached to a gathered pouf veil, you can wear the headband individually without the veiling. Headband brides have that fresh, Estee Lauder look. Bands range in style from simple, narrow satin ones to those covered in pearls and crystals. A great option for hair worn down, not quite shoulder length like a bob.

TIARA -- Just the tiara — no veil. This is a classic look. Most tiaras are made out of crystal and rhinestone. Best when the tiara sits upon a well-coiffed up-do.

HATS & FASCINATORS are the choice of some of the world’s chicest brides. Once you start trying them on, you’ll see how each works with the shape of your face, your body type and gown. Adornments can be feathers, flowers, ribbons, drapes and poufs of netting, to name just a few. The widest assortment can be found on Etsy. And if you don’t find exactly what you want, they’ll be able to custom make it for you.

HAIR JEWELERY -- These can range from Mother of Pearl hairpins to crystal adorned hair-sticks and clips. You can wear one or many sprinkled though a beautifully coiffed head. Top notch hair styling is a must to wear these properly.


little luxury list said...

I also love the trend of switching from one hair accessory to another (I went from a waltz length veil to a birdcage and fascinator). It enables different feels in an easy way!

Dee Stephens said...

yes, I am choosing not to wear a veil.
My Mom was totally bummed at first.. but now agrees that it looks better :)

Gina said...

No veil for me! I was thinking of jeweled combs but after seeing this I'll have to do more shopping, I mean, research. :)

Forget Me Knot Details said...

Thanks for the feature- great post!! :)