You’ve picked the venue, found your dream dress, ordered the catering, and finalized the guest-list. Now it’s time to make some wedding day beauty decisions (call us biased, but we think this is the fun part), starting with the most important one—hair. When figuring out your 'do, keep in mind that certain styles enhance your dress more than others, and can elevate your look from pretty to perfect. We asked bridal stylist Jacqueline Weppner, founder and editor of Merci New York, to dish expert advice on the best hair styles for different dress styles, from simple strapless to beaded boho. Read on for the ultimate guide to your big day 'do and sneak a peek at some gorgeous gowns, straight off the Spring 2014 runway.
If your dress is Strapless
Go for: Half Updo
“Often a strapless dress requires some detail on the décolletage,” advises Weppner. “If you’re not opting for a dramatic necklace, but still want to add interest to bare shoulders, a half-up, half-down style is a great choice. It has the formality and poise of an updo, but the flowing curls loosen the look and help either to accent or conceal the shoulders.”
Dress: Amsale Spring 2014. Hair image courtesy of Winnie Couture.
If your dress is Spaghetti Strap
Go for: Ballerina Bun
“What better way to complete a graceful spaghetti strap gown than with a polished ballerina bun?” Weppner asks. “This look elongates the neck, providing instant posture and keeps accessory options open. When styling clients, I adore placing a pretty pin at the bottom of the bun to accent the nape of the neck.”
Dress: Marchesa Spring 2014. Hair image courtesy of L'Oréal Professionnel.
If your dress is Halter
Go for: Side-swept Chignon
“A halter dress generally calls for statement earrings, and there’s no better way to show them off than with a side-swept chignon,” Weppner says. “Not only does this hairstyle keep the attention on the neckline, but the added volume on one side is the perfect backdrop for dramatic earrings.”
Dress: Kenneth Pool Spring 2014. Hair image courtesy of Anne Barge.
If your dress is: Cap Sleeve
Go for: Loose Updo
“To balance the soft, romantic, and ethereal feel of a cap sleeve, wear your hair in a loosely constructed updo,” advises Weppner. “The unfinished updo keeps the cap sleeve from looking too matronly—paired with fresh makeup, it seems to be the must-have look for the season.”
Dress: Christos Bridal Spring 2014. Hair image courtesy of L'Oréal Professionnel.
If your dress is: Lace
Go for: Headband
“Lace wedding dresses look best with minimal fuss in both hair and accessories. A great way to finish a lace dress is with a classic updo and glam headband. I love this combination because it keeps the focus on the gorgeous gown and the headband plays with the texture of the dress, completing the look.
Dress: Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014. Hair image courtesy of Monique Lhuillier.
If your dress is: Boho
Go for: A Braided Band
“A pretty boho gown, complete with floral appliqué and pieced lace prettiness, pairs best with a romantic hairstyle that mimics the look of the dress,” Weppner tells us. “ A braid across the crown adds whimsical texture, and plays with the feminine touches of the gown. Want another option? Add some soft fresh flowers to a simple half-up look for instant pretty!”
Dress: Claire Pettibone Spring 2014. Hair image courtesy of L'Oréal Professionnel.
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