The lessons real-life brides can learn from the fairytale looks at Bridal Fashion Week
You’ve finally found the dress, but now the troublesome task of choosing a veil is bothering you. Investing in a piece of fine lace mesh, that you might only wear for 10 minutes, seems terribly indulgent when you’re buying dinner for 100 people. But they are pretty, aren’t they?
Enter Elie Saab’s modern SS17 bride, who simply drapes fine mesh over her crown. An embroidered veil would have overly complicated her printed dress, yet a simple version nods to the bridal tradition. Such subtle styles will save your wedding budget, too.
Insider tip: One Telegraph Fashion editor sourced her veil from John Lewis’ trusty haberdashery. By simply stitching the edges of lace to avoid fraying and adding simple beading, she created a bespoke veil at a bargain price.
Smart separates can look utterly chic
Don’t consider sleek tailoring a demotion from meringue dress territory. As Carolina Herrera’s minimal bride proves, cream separates can look effortless, put-together and modern. By keeping your base layer simple, you can also afford to experiment with statement accessories (see her flower-dappled heels and cascading veil.)
Insider tip: When your outfit is based on simplicity, quality is key as every detail is visible. Avoid a stark white palette in favour of rich creams, which automatically look more expensive.
Flats are the way forward
Elie Saab’s pearly satin flats are wonderfully dainty, and promise not to induce a searing pain in the ball of your feet come mid-afternoon. Though you might favour heels to add extra height to your look, we recommend having a pair of pretty flats on standby for the reception.
Insider tip: Bionda Castana’s bridal range includes flats that you could re-wear as a wedding guest, while French Sole offers a bespoke ballet pump service, so you can craft your own unique dancing shoes.
Capes make a modern alternative to veils
Capes never lose their classic elegance and are the perfect option for brides who want a look a little less traditional. Marchesa’s lace gown has an in-built cape at the back, but you could opt for a detachable capelet worn over a simple dress.
Insider tip: Bridal retailers, such as Charlie Brear, sell capelets and embroidered jackets separately from their dresses. This means you can purchase an exquisite outer layer from a specialist store, but go somewhere more affordable for the simple dress beneath.
Accessories don’t have to be conventional
Ribbon headband? Check. Feather handbag? Check. Bejewelled rings? Check! Elie Saab’s Seventies-inspired bride shows that when it comes to accessorising your outfit, showing a flash of personality is best.
Insider tip: An intricate headband or headpiece can make a fresh alternative to veils. You can even pin a jewelled necklace over the top of your crown for a sophisticated approach to halo braids.
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