One of the things I do is work with brides and honestly, there are just some things that only a bride can wear on her biggest day. But if you think about it, so many of the choices made for this day are because they work perfectly. So why can’t we take a look at some of them, toned down and use for our every day looks?
orrowing stealing these five bridal inspired looks and you should, too! From breathtaking sartorial pieces, impeccable make up to perfect buns: these looks are used by brides the wold over on their most important day for a reason.
1. Bridal Blush
Blush, the color, will definitely be seen for years to some in the bridal world. And for good reason: it’s sweet, adds a whisper of color that looks good on all skin tones.
PERFECT FOR: Injecting femininity into your severe career look. If you’re just going through all the shades of grey or instead of going just stark black against flat white, incorporate something blush. Get a great blush tee or a blush shirt with an interesting hem to go under your black blazer. Pair with a great fitting black pant or pencil skirt and you’re good to go.
2. Tattoed lace
With lace’s major come back in bridal fashion, I think it’s a great style staple to adapt into daily fashion, experimenting with the new treatments and styles that are constantly being used and reused by brides. One can never go wrong with lace nowadays, if used in a modern way. Please don’t look like a tablecloth. One of the most breathtaking applications is lace that’s seemingly tattooed-on the skin. For brides, this is achieved by fit perfection through couture.
PERFECT FOR: A great date night. It doesn’t have to be couture. Look for a piece thatâs made with stretchy tulle or mesh as the background for the lace. That way, the lace design will look like a second skin as it lays flat. Do not over do this look, choose a piece with one key area where this style is applied (think: the collarbone area). And it doesnât have to be white.
3. Perfectly Imperfect Chignons
Hair done up, wispy strands that have escaped anchored by a floral headpiece. These purposely tousled chignons are perfect for a bride but not for the office, right? Wrong.
PERFECT FOR: Office to night look. Like most brides that go for this bridal hairstyle, start with a messy chignon for the day with the bottom half ready to be let down as the night falls and you clock out of work. The key to this look is not-so-clean or day-old hair, which is when your hair has the most texture. Gather half of your hair in a mid-ponytail then wrap it around itself, pulling some strands as you go along making a bun. Grab the remaining half of your hair and wrap that around the top bun, and secure with pins. Unpin the lower half after work when you go for a drink with friends.
4. Bridal Makeup
#MFBB My Face But Better! The best bridal makeups are those that bring out the perfected unique beauty of each blooming bride. The lashes are just a bit fuller, the skin a tad more dewy and finished with perfected, natural-looking eyebrows. The key is finding your Holy Grail Makeup: your perfect foundation, the MLBB and don’t forget to use a light hand. Hold the sparkle.
PERFECT FOR: Everyday no-makeup-those-are-just-my-natural-flushed-cheeks look. Don’t bring the airbrush out. The key here is to invest in a few key makeup pieces. First, a really great foundation in the best match to your skin. Then find your MLBB lipstick (my lips but better). Then a light blush in the right shade for your skin tone. Walk up to the makeup counter and ask a professional to test things out. Apply the foundation lightly to even out your skin tone. Fill in your eyebrows, add some mascara to your lashes and lightly dust on some blush. Always use a light hand. Stick to natural tones and think youthful & fresh.
5. The LWD
Some effortlessly chic brides go for the little white dress instead of the big white one for their big day, and you should, too! There’s just something so clean and fresh about a lady in an proper LWD. There’s something to take away from vintage tealength dresses for the sweet garden wedding to utterly sleek sheaths for the modern couple.
PERFECT FOR: The weekend. There’s nothing fresher-looking than a crisp white dress. Choose a style that flatters your body type. Think of fabrics such as organic cotton, wrinkly linen or layers of chiffon with some lace thrown in. It can be cut anywhere from above the knees or tea-party length (a.k.a. mid-calf). Then don a straw hat and head out for a garden picnic.
Just remember that brides wear these for their biggest day because they are the most perfect way to show a more polished, more elegant version of themselves. Take a page from their book, even if you’re not getting married (yet!) and breathe life into your daily look.