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Lisa Tran is a fashion blogger and works as the bridal and trade show assistant producer at TRose International Management Group.  Connect with Lisa at lisa@troseimg.com or visit TRoseBridalShows.com.

Hairstyles That Will Complement Your Dress

So you found your perfect wedding dress. The one that made you cry as well as your mother and all of your friends. It complements your curves in all the right ways and you know it’ll make his jaw drop when he sees you walking down the aisle. It’s “the one.

Your look is far from finished though. Have you thought about what you’re going to do with your hair? It’s a small, but crucial part of your wedding look! Having the right hairstyle can make you and your dress look PHENOMENAL. Don’t stress if you don’t have any ideas for your hair yet, I’m here to help! I’ve done my research and scoured the internet to find the best hairstyles for you.

Taking the shape of your face into consideration when choosing a hairstyle is important, but don’t neglect the neckline of your dress! For your hair to complement your dress, it has to look right with the neckline. Wedding dresses have many styles of necklines. There are Bateau, High, Halter, Square, Scoop, Asymmetrical, Illusion, and V necklines. Which one does your dress have?

Asymmetrical/One Shoulder:

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Dresses with these kinds of necklines tend to have more weight on one side of the dress since there’s only one strap. To balance out this uneven weight distribution, go for hairstyles that are styled on the opposite side of the strap. Side ponytails would work very well! There are many ways you can style this look.

Photos Courtesy of (left to right): www.bridesheadrevisited.net, Grey Zisser, Grey Zisser, Jessica Janae Photography

Bateau:

Photo Courtesy of: kleinfeldbridal.com

Bateau necklines usually sit either at or sometimes a little above the collarbone so it will specifically highlight your neck. Up-dos will complement this neckline best. It will add height to your hair and will elongate your body as well. Anything that makes you look taller and slimmer is always a good thing! The best up-dos for bateaus are neat chignons and bouffants.

Photos courtesy of: preen.me (left) and fordmodels.com (right)

High Neck (or Closed), V-neck, and Halter:

Photos Courtesy of: kleinfeldbridal.com

The high and closed neckline covers your entire chest area and V-necks and halters draw attention to your chest and shoulders so the best hairstyle to go for is an up-do. Since your dress already has so much going on in the chest and shoulder region, having your hair down will be too overwhelming.

Photos Courtesy of: www.bridalguide.com (top left), www.bridepop.com (top right), Keith Lathrop (bottm left), www.hairstylesar.com (bottom right)

Illusion:

Photos Courtesy of: kleinfeldbridal.com

This neckline has a sheer fabric that spreads across from the chest to the shoulder/collar area. This gives designers a lot of room for design because the sheer fabric is like a blank canvas so you need to take this into account when choosing a hairstyle. If there is a lot of detail on your neckline like beads or intricate designs, any simple up-do would be great because it will showcase the beautiful design on your neckline.  If there is very little or no detail then opt for a half up-do. You don’t want to put all of your hair down because it would take away too much attention from your neckline and that’s one of the highlights of your gown!

Photos Courtesy of (left to right): Chloris Couture, Ciara Richardson Photography, Ciara Richardson Photography

Scoop:

Photo Courtesy of: kleinfeldbridal.com

Oftentimes dresses with scoop necklines feature more detailing on the bodice, which draws eyes to that area so to evenly distribute the attention to your face a low side ponytail is ideal. If you want to add a little flair, you could braid a part of your hair and then turn it into a headband.

Photos courtesy of: braihairstyles.blogspot.com (left) and keikolynn.com (right)

Sweetheart, Strapless, or Off-shoulder:

 

Photos Courtesy of: kleinfeldbridal.com

These necklines bare your shoulders so the best thing to do with your hair is to have it free flowing or you can also do a half-up, half-down hairstyle with soft curls.

Photos courtesy of: perthweddinginspirations.blogspot.com (left) and WENN (right)

I hope this post was helpful and gave you some ideas for your wedding hairstyle. Whatever you end up choosing, I’m sure it will look amazing!

Until the next shopping trip…lots of fashionable love,

Lisa xx

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The Right Dress for Your Body

Your wedding day is almost here! It's the day you’ve been dreaming about since you were a little girl. The scrapbooks you’ve made about the location, the food, the band, and the decorations can now all be put to use. You finally get to plan the wedding of your dreams. Of course, no wedding preparation would be complete without the search for the perfect wedding dress.

When you walk down that aisle, all eyes will be on you, so nothing short of perfection will do. I must warn you; this search will not be a walk in the park. You’ll probably have to try on dozens of dresses before you find “the one”, but when you do find it, you’ll know immediately. You’ll feel like that dress was made specifically for you. Just because the search may be difficult, it doesn’t mean you have to go in completely blind. Here are a few tips to make your journey a little bit smoother.

Step 1: Know your body shape. Are you an Apple, Pear, Hourglass, or Rectangle?

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Photo credit: www.msdianekennedy.wordpress.com

If you’re an Apple:

- You have broad shoulders, narrow hips, and slim legs.

- You’re also widest around your torso.

- Your abs and chest look larger compared to the rest of your body.

If you’re a Pear:

- You have a small bust, larger bum, and thicker thighs.

- Your hip measurement is greater than your bust measurement

If you’re an Hourglass:

- Your hip and bust measurements are practically equal in size.

- You have a narrow/defined waist.

- Your arms, chest, hips, and bum are larger compared to your waist.

If you’re a Rectangle:

- You’re straight up and down. There isn’t much variation in the measurements between your bust, waist, and hips.

 

Step 2: Once you’ve identified your shape, know which style of wedding dresses accentuates your best features.

Apples:

Look for…

V-neck and sweetheart necklines. They will draw attention upwards and away from your torso.

Empire waistlines and A-line silhouettes. High waistlines and skirts that flow away from your body will elongate you, making you look slimmer.

Knee or tea length dresses if you want to show off your slim legs.

Avoid…

Mermaid/Trumpet dresses. They’ll accentuate the widest part of you and flare at the slimmest.

Ballgowns. They won’t help elongate your body.

Straight across strapless necklines. They won’t accentuate your bust line.

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Photo credit: Kleinfeld Bridal

Pears:

Look for…

One shoulder, strapless, V-neck, bateau or scoop necklines. You’ll be able to balance out your shape by drawing attention to your upper body.

Ballgowns (maybe). With this, you’ll have to use your judgment. For some with hips that are just slightly wider than the shoulders, they can help disguise your larger bottom half. For those with hips that are more prominent, ballgowns can actually emphasize your hips and make them look even larger. I would encourage you to try it on and see how you feel about it.

A-line silhouettes. They’ll reduce attention from your bottom half because the skirt will flow away from your body.

Avoid…

Sheath dresses. They are too clingy for your body shape. You want dresses that flow away from your bottom half.

Mermaid/Trumpet dresses. They’ll put the attention on your bottom half and that’s what we want to put less emphasis on.

Halter or High necklines. They’ll create a disproportionate look on you because these necklines will make your hips appear larger than they are.

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Photo credit: Kleinfeld Bridal

Hourglasses:

Look for…

Sheath, Mermaid/Trumpet dresses. They will showcase your amazing curves perfectly.

Dresses that will accentuate your narrow waistline.

Avoid…

Empire waistlines. This high waistline won’t show off your narrow waist.

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Photo credit: Kleinfeld Bridal

Rectangles:

Look for…

Ballgowns. You can add curves with ballgowns because they’ll nip in your waist and the full skirt will flare and give the look of a fuller bottom.

Strapless, V-neck, or one shoulder necklines. These necklines will draw the attention towards your upper half and create the illusion of curves.

Empire waistlines. They’ll feature the smallest part of your torso to create a more defined waistline.

Avoid…

Halter or High necklines. They’ll make your shoulders look narrow and as result won’t flatter your waist.

Sheaths. They’ll make you look boxy.

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Photo credit: Kleinfeld Bridal

I hope these tips will be helpful to you in your search for the perfect dress! I have no doubt you will make everyone’s (especially your future husband’s) jaw drop to the floor when they see you walk down that aisle.

Until the next shopping trip… lots of fashionable love,

Lisa

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