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Best hairstyles for different wedding dress necklines

The wedding dress is the statement element of your bridal look. Hence, everything about your bridal look should go well with this focal item. When the bridal accessories, makeup and hairstyle work with the wedding dress, your bridal look will come together beautifully.

One of the main factors to consider when choosing your bridal hairstyle is the neckline of your dress. To understand the different necklines that are commonly seen on wedding dresses, take a look at this article on the Knot website. For every wedding dress neckline style, there are certain hairstyles that work better than others. So, this is a good place to start.

Choosing your hairstyle based on the neckline style has the following benefits.

  • It makes your wedding hairstyle decision easier: Finding the right hairstyle is a challenge, and there are several varieties for you to choose from. Base it on your neckline, and you can narrow down your choices to just a select few.
  • It helps you keep the focus on the statement features of your wedding dress: Although you need a beautiful hairstyle, you do not want one that will distract from the statement features of your dress. This is why it is important to find one that will enhance the beauty of your dress, and not steal the spotlight.

Here are our top hairstyle suggestions based on popular wedding dress neckline styles. Browse through it and we are sure you will be inspired.

Boat Neck

The boat or bateau neckline is a horizontal neckline that emphasizes your collar bones and neck region. It is also a rather high neckline, that adds greater bulk to the bust region. The ideal hairstyle wouldn’t hide this neckline. Hence, it should be an updo or gathered hairstyle that keeps hair off your neckline.

Since the boat neck is very feminine and dainty, it is best to pair this style with a soft hairstyle instead of a super sleek one. Complement the soft neckline detail with low buns or soft messy buns. You can also choose a high ponytail that keeps hair away from your face, but has a more modern look. Add a few accessories like flowers or scintillating hair clips, and you will look your very best.

Scoop

The scoop neckline is a classic style that is popular on both classic and modern dresses. Although it is a universally flattering neckline, it doesn’t usually command much attention. Since this is a simple neckline style, it is best to choose your hairstyle based on the rest of the features in the dress. Plan your hairstyle based on whether your dress looks formal or casual, and the sleeve-length as well.

For casual dress styles with a scoop neckline, choose hairstyles like messy buns or wear your hair half-up and half-down. Add some curls for extra charm. If your dress style is classic or formal, straighten your hair and leaving it open. Else pair your dress with a classic top knot that can never go wrong.

Halter neckline

This retro-inspired neckline is a statement feature of the bodice, and is usually chosen by brides who want to show off their toned arms. It is also a high neckline that best fits slim and well-toned brides.

Loose curls and free hair best suit this style. Since an updo will only further elongate your torso, a low hairstyle with hair left open will better balance your overall look.

Consider a half-up half-down hairstyle, if your dress has a halter neckline. Else leave your hair open with few strategically placed curls. This will add volume to your face and enhance your femininity. Remember that the halter neckline deserves to be highlighted. So, let the part of your hair that stays down be at the back, rather than fall to the front.

One-shoulder neckline

This is a very romantic and almost casual dress feature. Not all brides can carry off a one-shoulder neckline perfectly. Hence highlight this feature in your dress. Choose a hairstyle that doesn’t distract from the neckline. The ideal choice would be a low-set bun or ponytail that keeps hair in one place.

The other stylish alternative is a hairstyle that places some or all your hair over your free shoulder. This would look immensely appealing and sexy, as it draws attention to the neckline with a strap on one shoulder and wavy curls that cover the other.

High neckline

High necklines are a favorite in wedding fashion. These styles create the illusion of a fuller bust, while highlighting the facial features. Brides who wish to appear leaner and taller will benefit from this style. This dress feature also draws attention to a voluminous skirt or one with signature embellishments on it.

Although this is a versatile neckline that gels with most hairstyle options, it usually looks best with top knots and other hairstyles that restrict hair from falling to the front. Since the bodice of such dresses usually feature pretty embellishments, it is easy to keep the focus on the fabric and details. A sleek high updo looks smart and polished while low buns with pretty accessories look feminine and romantic.

V-neckline

Another classic dress style, the V-neckline appears in varying depths and widths on wedding dresses. As with the scoop, it is best to choose your hairstyle according to the overall dress style, rather than base it on the neckline alone. For a deep V-neckline, pair it with a signature neck accessory and keep hair away from the neckline so it is noticeable.

When the V-neckline appears on traditional and classic silhouettes, pair it with neat hairstyles like a clean bun or chignon. If it is part of a casual dress, you can wear your hair down in a style that best enhances your facial features. For deep, plunging V-necklines which are usually statement features of a dress, try to keep your hair away from the front so that this style element receives focus.

Off-the-shoulder neckline

Feminine and very sexy, off-the-shoulder necklines are a happening trend in the world of wedding fashion. If your wedding dress features this neckline style, you can pick from various hairstyle choices. If you are not entirely comfortable with baring too much skin, opt for one where some of your hair naturally covers part of your shoulders in natural waves. Hair that tumbles down your shoulders will look very pretty. However, if you aren’t too keen on downplaying the statement dress feature, we have the ideal solution.

Add a bold and sophisticated statement to your overall bridal look, pair this neckline with a high up do. This will allow you to reveal your toned collar bones and neck area, adding unique charm to your bridal look.

Dramatic back details

Many modern designers focus on creating dramatic elements in the back of the dress, ones that instantly impress with their intricate details. If your dress has an illusion back, keyhole cut-outs or is even a daring low style, this shouldn’t be hidden by your hairstyle.

For a wedding dress with a dramatic back, choose a hairstyle that falls to the front, so the drama of the back is revealed. You can also opt for a chignon, updo or high pony that ends above the neckline of the dress.

Sleeveless necklines with spaghetti straps

Sleeveless dresses are sometimes enhanced with spaghetti straps for support. These add a touch of bling and offer well-needed support to the bodice of a dress. The detail also creates a very feminine effect to the bridal look, and this factor should be played up for maximum impact.

Wavy hair looks amazing with such dresses. Have your curls swept to one-side, so one shoulder strap is definitely visible. The messy bun is also a beautiful option that goes well with this dress style. Pair it with hair accessories like headbands or hair clips and you can further enhance the effect of the bun. Finally, the half-up, half-down hairstyle also works well with this dress design.

Sweetheart neckline

The sweetheart neckline is an ever-popular dress style, that appeals to most brides. The half-heart shape frames the bust, fitting snugly and emphasizing the neck and collar area of the bride. It is also the prime choice for dresses with embellished bodices. This romantic dress neckline works well with almost any hairstyle. However, we have our favorites that go best with this style too.

The top-knot looks amazing since it doesn’t hide the neck region and allows you to flaunt your collar bones. Tousled hairstyles with tendrils framing the face are another good combination for a relaxed look. Another hairstyle that looks great with the sweetheart neckline is side-swept hair. Accessorize it with a delicate headband or weave flowers into your hair to look every bit a goddess.

Strapless neckline

This basic neckline is another popular alternative to the sweetheart neckline. It simply extends straight across the bust from one end to the other, without any curves that define the bust area. The neckline without straps is a little daring, but nevertheless very attractive when it fits snugly. It is also a good style if you wish to show off your figure and draw attention to your bridal jewelry.

For strapless necklines, loose buns and chignons work well as they keep hair away from the neckline. You can also opt for a sleek ponytail if you wish to sport a smart and neat look. The best way to enhance these hairstyles and add a touch of drama is to use bold hair accessories like fascinators, headbands or hair combs.

Plunging necklines

A bold and modern dress feature that is slowly being embraced by brides everywhere, plunging necklines have a statement effect of their own. Carrying off this style requires confidence, and this effect should be reflected in your choice of hairstyle too.

Highlight a plunging neckline with style that keeps hair off your shoulders. Back buns and ponytails work well in this case. You can leave few tendrils around your face, but don’t let hair obscure the effect of this daring neckline feature.

Illusion necklines

Illusion necklines are amazing dress features, with intricate beading and embellishments that enhance the beauty of the dress. Since these are done on a sheer layer, the peek-a-boo effect of the skin benehath it is very appealing. This is a neckline that you should showcase, and it is best if your hair doesn’t come in the way.

For illusion necklines, sleek ponytails will keep hair towards the back while you look smart. You can also choose elaborate updos with plenty of texture and volume for an interesting effect. Playful curls will add to the visual appeal of your dress and make you look extra special.

The wedding dress neckline and your hairstyle are key factors in determining your overall bridal look. Hence, these aspects should be decided after considerable research. If you are unsure of what will look best on you, consult your hairdresser for ideas. We also advise a hair trial prior to your wedding day, to help you see how your wedding day look will come together. This will also allow you to make suitable changes if you aren’t satisfied with what you see.

Apart from the neckline of your dress, other factors that should influence your wedding day hairstyle include your face shape, hair texture and wedding theme. For more tips and tricks on doing this right, visit this article on the Wedding Ideas Mag website. 

Dresses with all types of necklines imaginable are available in our wedding dress collection at Best for Bride. Visit our website to see more of what we have in store, and narrow down your favorite choices.

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Hairstyles for your winter wedding

Can we all agree that some hairstyles look better than others, at a particular time of year? Since this is the season for winter weddings, we thought we’d take a look at the best hairstyles that will transform your tresses into bridal perfection.

Celebrity Stylist, Andrew Barton, mentions that hairstyles with your hair up and those that take your hair away from your face are both practical and stylish. The other plus point of such styles, is that it keeps your hair neat and tucked in, and you do not have to worry about frequent touch-ups.

While we are discussing hairstyles, let us also take a look at the best accessories that will complete your bridal look beautifully. So, let’s begin.

Neat Ballerina bun

Pull your hair back from your face and secure it in a tight slick bun. Place the bun at your crown, or slightly lower, depending on what suits your facial features better. Make sure that you have tucked in all those flyaway hairs with hairspray. This kind of bun is neat and looks perfect when you wear a veil with a tiara placed just above the bun. You can also consider decorating the bun with floral accessories. How about a bright oversize bloom that peeps out of the sheer veil, for a brilliant pop of color?

Side swept chignon

Endearing in it’s style and very feminine, the chignon is a perfect hairstyle for winter, when you want to draw focus to your face. Dress up your chignon with braids or curls and it will be impressive. You can add hair accessories like dainty flowers, beads or sparkles to match your wedding dress. The other option is to wear a hair clip or comb with it, if you want a single element that gives you instant bling.

Half-up hairstyle

This is a very versatile hairstyle, where you use secure one half of your hair in a braid, with a clip or another accessory. The remaining hair is left down. This creates a casual look. You can decorate your hair with smaller accessories like hair pins with sparkles or ornaments. You can also weave flowers into the braid, if your hairstyle allows it. Remember to secure your hair neatly with hairspray, when you choose this look. This is particularly important if you have many baby hairs, as they may pop out with time and leave you looking messy otherwise.

Side braid

If you aren’t comfortable with a bun, you may like to secure your hair into a side braid. Pump up the volume of your hair before you do, as it looks best when your tresses have more volume. Opt for a tighter braid if you prefer a neat formal look, or go with a light loose braid for a casual vibe. Tuck in hair pins, where each braid forms the V. You can do your entire hair into a braid, or just the upper half, and secure it with a band, letting the rest fall.

To choose the best veils and other hair accessories for your wedding day, and ensure you nail your bridal look, come visit us at Best for Bride today.

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How To Find An Engagement Ring That Fits Your Personal Style

Every woman is different…and each woman’s special diamond engagement ring should capture the essence of her own personal style.

By analyzing your own tastes and preferences, you can be more certain of choosing the ideal diamond and setting for your everyday wardrobe, hair and makeup, and general lifestyle.

If you’re shopping around for a special piece of bridal jewelry, you’ll love our quick guide to finding the best style for you!

Classic/Traditional

Classic Bridal Gown

This type of woman values tradition – she seeks out the tried-and-true! You’ll probably enjoy wearing classic separates, such as cardigans in natural fibers, tailored dress pants, knee-length skirts, and classic leather boots or low-heeled pumps. With you, everything should be elegant and refined, and never too garish or trendy.

You’ll probably wear your ring with a gorgeous bridal dress that isn’t too embellished – a simple chemise, slip dress style, or classic princess design (without too much volume in the skirt) will appeal to you and your personal style.

For the classic/traditional woman, a diamond engagement ring should be sophisticated and timeless.

Classic three-stone diamond designs will almost always fit the bill!

Classic Diamond Engagement Ring

Your bridal hair and makeup will be classic and lovely – a chignon, traditional up-do, or sleek blow-out will highlight simple flushed cheeks, a touch of mascara, and soft-pink or berry-toned lips.

Classic Brides – Chelsea Clinton, the late Princess Grace of Monaco

Modern/Trendy

Modern Bridal Gown

You’re daring, bold, and willing to take risks – you’re the sort of woman who is truly on the cutting-edge of fashion. You probably love perusing fashion magazines like Cosmo or Elle to get style ideas you can adapt to your own body type. You enjoy playing with line and silhouette (skinny jeans and fabulous high-heeled boots will probably be favorites for you!), and having lots of fun with accessories, makeup, and hair color,

Of course, you’ll need a diamond engagement ring that also pushes the envelope! Don’t settle for something that gets lost” on your hand – go for a modern showpiece that everyone will notice! Modern/trendy women needs extra pizazz in their engagement rings – they want to show their original style to the whole world!

Modern Diamond Engagement Ring

Taking chances is par for the course with you, so look for an original setting with a “custom” feel and a little “bling” – this sort of design will blend beautifully with your designer handbags, fashion-forward hair and makeup, and fun, Sex And The City vibe! Your wedding gown will be adorned with high-fashion touches that add uniqueness and a modern spirit to your special day!

Modern/Trendy Bride -Carrie Underwood, Beyonce Knowles

The Perfect Engagement Ring Can Be The Ideal Starting Point As You Begin To Plan Your Wedding!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to finding the right engagement ring for your own individual style. Once you’ve found the ideal diamond ring, it’s easier to begin planning one of the most special days of your life. Walking down the aisle will be a joy when you’ve found gorgeous bridal jewelry that really reflects who you are!