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Tips for accessorizing your bridal look

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Sure, your wedding dress may be the star of the show, but the right accessories can elevate your look and add personality. But between jewelry, shoes, veils and other pieces, there can be a dizzying amount of choices to make. Before you purchase anything, read the top style tips for accessorizing your wedding dress.

1. MATCH YOUR METALS

You may not realise this, but some metals look better with certain dress colors. As a general rule, ivory is best paired with gold since it highlights the creamy tint of the fabric. For a pure white dress, choose accents in silver or platinum or with pearl detailing–gold may clash with brighter white hues. You can have your pick with a diamond-white gown–for example, a barely off-white color looks amazing with yellow gold, rose gold, silver or pearls. If the dress you chose is already embellished with beadwork, let that dictate the colors of your accessories. For example, if your gown has silver beading, pick a necklace, bracelet or earrings with a silver base.

2. REMEMBER LESS IS MORE

You don’t need a veil, tiara, earrings, necklace and a sash. Accessories add a unique touch to your look, but even one too many can be over the top with an already-embellished gown. Before you start buying, take an inventory of your gown’s standout features and then base your choices around them. If your dress has an ornate neckline, opt for a pair of drop earrings instead of a necklace (that might look too busy). For a gown with a simpler style, try a bold statement necklace or a fascinator. When it comes to earrings, take a cue from your hairstyle. If you’re leaving your hair down and over your ears, small studs or drops will do. But for an up do, you might want something a little more dramatic, like a pair of chandelier danglers. It’s always a good idea to avoid designs that closely mimic the embellishments on your gown–you don’t want to look too matchy-matchy.

3. KNOW YOUR VEILS

The veil is the iconic bridal accessory. From flirty birdcages and ornate mantillas to regal cathedral-length styles, there’s no shortage of options. But there are a few things you should keep in mind as you narrow down the type of veil you plan to wear:

You’ll want your veil to match the exact shade of your gown. Color blocking is better left to your day-to-day look.

Be mindful when choosing a style. If your dress has a lot going on, stick with something simple that won’t steal the spotlight.

If showing off the back of your dress is a must–say you have gorgeous embroidery or beading–choose a sheer veil rather than one with two layers of tulle.

Consider your body type: Longer waltz or floor-length veils will elongate a petite frame while mid-length styles, like fingertip or elbow-length veils, can visually cut you in half, making them a better pick for taller brides. Short styles, like a birdcage or bandeau, work for all shapes and sizes and lend a fun, retro vibe to your gown.

4. TOP IT OFF

Veils not really your thing? From hair combs to fascinators, there are plenty of other ways to top off your look. Choose your hairstyle before you pick your accessory, since some types will look better with up dos than others. A flower crown, for example, is best with loose locks. You should also consider your hair type–dainty accessories may be perfect for fine hair, but won’t be as noticeable in thick waves. Most importantly, make sure whatever you pick feels secure while you’re moving around.

5. THINK BEYOND EARRINGS

Looking for a super-simple way to add a bit of personality to your wedding dress (and help create the illusion of curves)? Add a belt or sash. Just because your dress doesn’t come with one, doesn’t mean it won’t look great–a fashionable fastener is an easy way to customize your gown and change its look without having to make expensive alterations. And whether you go with a classic satin sash or a metallic leather belt, it’ll give your dress an instant upgrade. The key to choosing the right waist- cincher is to find one that works with your body type. Thin belts are best suited to short torsos, while wider belts work well with longer ones. If you’re an apple shape, think about a beaded or heavily embellished belt to flatter your midsection. If you’re petite, a belt with V-shape applique will elongate your body. As a general rule, stick with a style that’s no more than three-inches wide–you don’t want to overpower the rest of your gown.

6. KEEP IT COMFORTABLE

No outfit is complete without the perfect pair of shoes–and your wedding day look is no exception. Of course you’ll want a killer pair to go with that gorgeous dress, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort. Don’t forget: You’ll be standing for long periods of time, and you don’t want to be cringing in pain before you’ve even hit the dance floor. While shopping, consider the height of the heel (obviously the taller you go, the higher the pain potential), the type of straps and the material. Your feet need to be well supported (think: ankle and toe straps over slip-ons) to avoid instability. Look for high-quality natural materials. They’re infinitely more comfortable than synthetic ones and are also a lot more durable, meaning you’ll be able to wear them again.

Source: Raffaele Ciuca Bridal

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