The Perfect Hairstyles to Complement Your Wedding Gown
Choosing a hairstyle that complements your wedding gown’s neckline creates beautiful results.
Illusion Wedding Dress & Half Updo Hairstyle
An illusion neck (one with a sheer fabric panel extending from the bust to the collar) offers some versatility. If the illusion part of the bodice is beaded, try a full-on updo to show off the details. But if it’s plain sheer fabric, a half-up/half-down style is a nice compromise. For this look, have your stylist tease at the roots to create lift, then twist the top portion into a mini bun.
(Gown, Style N7009, $5,720, Angel Sanchez. Swish comb, $165, Laura Jayne Bridal Design, laurajayne.com)
Off the Shoulder Dress & Faux Bob Hairstyle
Because this neckline creates a lovely frame for your collarbone, a hairstyle that falls right above your shoulders is an excellent choice. Ask for a “faux bob” (anyone with shoulder-length or longer hair can wear it). After curling hair, tuck it under at the nape of your neck in sections and secure with bobby pins. Then gently muss the sides and the crown, allowing the curls to softly frame your face.
(Gown, Style 3003, about $2,300, Eugenia. Olive comb, $70, Tigerlilly)
Scoop & Braided Halo Hairstyle
The eclectic mix of ornate details on this gown’s bodice calls for a bohemian hairstyle, and precludes the need for hair accessories. A braid used as a headband adds embellishment without detracting from the gown, and also echoes the curved shape of the neckline. Pin hair at the nape of your neck so that it lies flat, then wrap a thick ropelike braid of hair extensions around your head and tuck the ends under in the back.
(Long Ellette gown, $11,950, Temperley London)
One Shoulder Dress & Asymmetrical Twist Hair
To create visual balance with a one-shouldered gown and avoid obscuring any special details, like the bow on this design, request a style that’s anchored to one side, opposite the strap. An off-center chignon echoes the asymmetry of the neckline and feels sexy and modern.
(Ask your stylist for brushed-out curls twisted to one side and pinned loosely. Kennedy gown, $3,850, Amsale)
High Neck & French-Braid Updo Hairstyle
You can beautifully showcase a high neckline with an updo that pulls hair completely off your face and shoulders. Make a side part, then create two tight French braids—one that runs asymmetrically across the top of your head, and another that runs straight back. Twist them together in the back and pin. For more dimension, add a veil or a large flower.
(Colette gown, $8,690, Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal. Birdcage veil with crystals, $425, Leah C. Couture Millinery, leahc.com)
Strapless Wedding Gown & Glamorous Waves
A strapless neckline offers the perfect opportunity to wear hair down: Long locks help to “break up” the amount of décolletage on display. For this look, ask your stylist to give you a deep side part and gently brushed-out curls (or just say you want “Veronica Lake waves”). A silk flower pin tucked behind one ear will keep hair out of your face.
(Gown, Style 9056, about $900, Lo-Ve-La by Liz Fields. Sophia flower, $72, Laura Jayne Bridal Design)
Bateau Dress & Reverse French Twist Hairstyle
This neckline falls right at, or sometimes above, the collarbone, making an updo your best bet. Anything too sexy or casual won’t fit with this demure look, so stick to a clean, sophisticated hairstyle. Here, we update the French twist by gathering hair at the crown, twisting down, then wrapping the twist into a neat chignon.
(Malone gown, $3,995, Karen Hendrix Couture. Sage hairpin, $25, and Triple Pearl hairpins, $10 each, all Tigerlilly, tigerlillyjewelry.com)
Trending Now: The Side Braid
We’ve been seeing it on fashion runways and red carpets; it also totally translates to the aisle. The style works best with romantic looks, like the embroidered design here.
(Try it with an illusion, asymmetrical, or strapless neckline. Sky gown, $3,900, Claire Pettibone)
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