Quirky is in! Accessories that were once seen as offbeat are becoming more mainstream.
There are lots of interesting accessories for brides. At Fantasia Bridal & Cocktail in Wilmington, there’s the birdcage or Russian style veil with netting in the front and silk flowers in the back. The advantage of such accessories? They can be modified to fit your color scheme without deviating too far from the classic. The netting can be made in a variety of different styles, and the flowers can highlight the accents on your dress or the main colors featured in your reception.
Janet Lawrence, of Simon’s Bridal Shoppe in Dover, says that these flowers could also be beaded or replaced with clusters of beads, which can be matched to the dress and still bring out a nice sparkle. “The way you arrange the flowers on the veil depends on how you’re wearing your hair, so it’s a great opportunity to really make a statement,” she says. “It’s a good way to pull attention to the style and color you’ve chosen, and to pull attention to yourself.”
Other types of hair accessories are making their presence known, as well. At Fantasia, many brides are turning to headbands instead of hair clips because the bands can be made in a multitude of designs and colors, and they serve well to hold all your hair in place without being as constrictive as a tiara. At Simon’s, clips are still in, but Lawrence warns to keep in mind how your hair will move throughout the occasion. You don’t want the sparkle to get lost.
All of these accessories have one thing in common: While they may still be a little unconventional, they draw lots of attention to your look and your theme. Accessories can often bring a whole look together, so don’t be afraid to try something a little different. —P.R.