Wedding hairstyles are as individual as the bride herself. If you choose to top your gown with a stylish bonnet instead of a veil, fashion your hairstyle to complement the hat and create a once-in-a-lifetime look. Coordinate the elements of gown, hat and hairstyle so the effect is elegant and as smooth as a walk down the aisle.
Coordinate the Elements
Select a hairstyle and hat that enhance the elements of your gown instead of competing with them. For example, if the gown has a vintage Victorian flair, wearing a flapper's bob and a 1960s pillbox hat would make for a conflicted and chaotic look. Instead, choose an upswept hairstyle with a small jeweled fascinator, or a large-brimmed Edwardian hat adorned with a sweeping feather, to complement the gown's antique charm.
Season and Setting
A comfortable bride is a happy bride. If your hairstyle and hat are appropriate to the season and setting, your are likely to stay comfortable through the ceremony and on into the reception. A wide-brimmed, straw picture hat topping a long flowing hairstyle is a perfect look for a spring or summer garden wedding, but it might be out of place in a cathedral on a snowy evening. A turban offers a wintry alternative and can hide unhealthy hair. A bit of netting can be added to almost any hat if you want to wear a veil.
Make Them Fit You
Consider the shape of your face, your height and your body type when selecting a hat and hairstyle for your wedding day. Petite brides can be overwhelmed by streaming hair and large hats loaded with feathers and beads. A pillbox hat, which is a hat with a small brim, works well for smaller women who sport a bob or a sleek, low chignon hairstyle. A tall hat and a high updo are not flattering for a bride with a long, narrow face. A tiny hat can look out of proportion on a tall woman or on top of a full hairstyle.
Keep It Smooth
Practice wearing the hat and hairstyle together before the big day. If you choose a curly hairstyle, make sure your curls won't be smashed under a heavy hat. If you want a style with a ponytail, wear it low so it doesn't create a bulge in the hat. Sleek hairstyles work well with almost any type of hat. Wear your hair down with a large-brimmed hat, such as a picture hat. A highly teased or bouffant hairstyle may work better with a headpiece featuring a spray of flowers or feathers.
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