How to Take Your Bridal Style to The
By Lorna Urwin

11 January 2017

It goes without saying that an event as extraordinary as your wedding calls for extraordinary style! Any style should always be tailored to your individual taste, but whether you opt for catwalk-worthymakeupor barely there touches, a wardrobe of multiple bridal outfits or a simple slip dress, here are a few tips to help keep you at the top of your style game.

1/ Stay true to yourself

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Pulling off a next-level look (in outfit or beauty) comes down to really inhabiting it and making it your own. Embracing your own individual style is one of the best ways to achieve this and feel relaxed in your own skin all day long! As much fun as reinvention can be, your wedding may not be the best time to shake things up with a dramatic new makeup look or hairstyle. Work with your style preferences and what’s worked for you in the past to enhance your natural features and create the most beautiful and authentic version of yourself.

How? 

Know yourself and your comfort level: do you usually fake tan? Do you prefer your hair worn up or down? Which silhouettes suit you best? Also, try not to get too attached to any particular dresses or styles before you’ve tried them on for yourself. Items can look very different on the hanger or in a magazine!

Seek opinions from those you trust, but don’t be too influenced by others’ ideals. When it comes to dress shopping and hair/makeup trials, make sure you take someone who knows you, whose opinion you trust and who can be candid about what works. Equally, don’t pick a look just because it will make someone else happy! It’s your day, after all.

2/ Dress for the venue

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Venues vary considerably in terms of the styles that are suitable or complementary. For a religious venue, more conservative, formal and classic looks are de rigueur, whereas the opposite is true for a beach wedding (looser, more informal looks better suit the location and atmosphere). Similarly, bohemian accessories like flower crowns work beautifully in a garden or forest setting, but they may look a little out of place in a ballroom. 

How?

Choose a versatile outfit or accessories. There is a wealth of choice available to ensure your outfit works perfectly, whether that’s adding a cover up that can be removed after the ceremony (capes and capelets are having a moment right now!), choosing a convertible gown (that can move from formal to informal through removing a long skirt – also on trend) or simply having more than one bridal outfit to cater to the requirements of different venues.

3/ Never underestimate accessories

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From shoes to jewellery, veil to clutch bag, mismatched accessories can be a conspicuous style faux pas! Plan ahead to make sure your accessories complement your gown (e.g. consider the best veil shape to match a particular neckline or what kinds of jewellery will pair with your chosen dress’ material and style). 

How?

Try on your complete look – accessories, shoes, etc. – in advance of the big day. Be aware that often things might seem like the perfect match in your mind’s eye but look very different on.
Assuming the dress is your number one priority, choose the dress first and accessories later. That way you avoid buying accessories that won’t work. If your accessories are the priority (perhaps you have an heirloom or particularly cherished piece you can’t imagine not wearing), you may want to flip this on its head and make sure the dress is complementary.

4/ Choose the correct lingerie or shapewear

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Though the point is that lingerie shouldn’t be visible to others, it’s arguably one of the most important accessories you’ll wear on your wedding day! Different dresses can call for vastly different underwear in order to shape, smooth, lift or support where needed. 

How?

Take a selection of underwear shopping with you and evaluate different options with the different dresses you try on. This way you’ll make sure you’re seeing the best version of the entire look each time!
Nude, strapless underwear works best for most dress styles and materials. Whatever your choice, you want to ensure minimal visibility – especially crucial if your dress has cut outs or if the material is partly translucent (or could become so under bright light).

5/ Pay attention to the details

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Be as prepared as possible by acquainting yourself with the minutiae of the dress, hairstyle and makeup you choose. Practical issues aren’t particularly exciting, but can really help maximise your comfort and pay dividends on the big day! 

How?

Think ahead about the different aspects of your look and how they will fare over the course of the wedding day. Some examples of things to consider include:

  • Dress fabric (is it heavy, breathable, comfortable?)
  • Dress length (what does the length mean for the height of heel needed?)
  • How will the dress fare in different circumstances (does the dress look different in different light conditions? Can I dance with ease?)
  • Hairstyle (will my curls drop or loosen over time? Will I wear my veil all day?)
  • Makeup (is it easy to touch up later? How does it look in photos, or under natural light?)

Be vigilant about keeping your dress in pristine condition. Stain prevention is definitely worth planning for! Choose a bouquet that won’t sprinkle pollen and have a towel on hand to protect your dress from makeup stains if it goes on over your head.