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Feb12

Accessorising Your Dress

  • Accessorising Your Dress

Accessorising is admittedly one of the most enjoyable aspects of bridal shopping. We usually meet our brides once the stresses of venue viewing, dress searching and caterer hiring have dissipated. Take rest in the comfort of our showroom, as we hold accessory discussions covering colour schemes, themes and dreams.

Fundamentally, different dresses require contrasting methods of accessorisation. Likewise, different Brides require varying accessory combinations.

In order to assist your accessory journey, we have compiled a tried-and-tested handbook of tips. We have used images of upcoming simple line dresses of 2018 to explain the enjoyment of bridal accessorisation.

Pronovias 2018 Bridal Preview Collection offers a great starting point.

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Simplicity and clarity are words evoked by these classic designs. With a slightly scooped neckline that exposes the collarbone, we would advise against a low drop necklace for the above dress.

A subtle and romantic headdress such as Viviana would compliment the purity of this dress perfectly. Vines of twisted bronze wire intricately branch off the ribbon wrapped hairband to hold a gorgeous mixture of fresh water pearls, clear Swarovski crystals and flat leaf diamantes. This headdress can be made with your choice of wire colour and ribbon band colour. Our model is wearing this in a brown wire with a brown band to soften the look.

Image source: Viviana

Image source: Viviana 

Conversely, the following trumpet dress from Pronovias 2018 has a deep v-neck and is elegantly cut to accentuate the models figure.

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Given the deeper neckline, the sensuous Hanalei Pendant would hang delicately from its 16cm length chain. The white rice shaped iridescent mother of pearl pendant is inspired by the crashing shores and glistening froth of oceanic waves. 

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In accordance with this method of accessorising, the Belle Epoque 2018 Collection by Suzanne Neville is equally ethereal and graceful. Thus, they require simultaneous poise and finesse from bridal jewellery.

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Gold or silver toned accessories are both an option here. Although some women have a preference, it is not uncommon to be undecided. We would suggest sticking with the colour of your engagement ring if it is to be worn down the aisle. Otherwise, feel free to customise to your own liking.

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The above dress has a gorgeous exposed back with enlarged button detailing running up to the neck. Having your hair up in a bun, or side ponytail would alleviate the issue of covering this. Additionally, we would not encourage a veil to be worn with this gown, as it could also conceal the decorative design features.

Consider a hair comb such as Fern for additional glamour. Fern is an original, precision-made bridal hair comb, crafted using unique overlapping silver leaves and contrasting irregular freshwater pearls. This is a suitable headpiece for those wishing for less sparkle, but not at the expense of elegance and radiance.

Image source: Fern

Image source: Fern

The following bridal gown features opulent pleating, with a chic off-the-shoulder cut. A stunning pair of earrings such as Gianna would be the ideal accompaniment, as their 3cm drop mimics the organic fall of pleated fabric.

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Image source: Gianna

Finally,  the Viktor & Rolf 2018 Spring and Summer selections require differing styling methods.

An androgynous trouser suit, such as the one below, requires a unique and edgy accessory design. Consider introducing colour and varied tone into your bridal accessories; all of the Abigail Grace products can be altered to your specification.

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We would pair this bridal wear with the sophisticated Laurie applique headpiece. Laurie is embellished with sparkling crystals and threads of dainty silver lined seed beads and dazzling solitaires. When pairing a side headdress with an off-the-shoulder garments, you must place the detail of the accessory diagonally opposite to the shoulder detailing of the dress. This is to ensure balance and equilibrium. 

Image source: Laurie

Finally, the cascading skirt, stylistic pockets and decorative fabric sash seen on the following dress evoke ideas of regality and nobility.

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We would pair this showstopping dress with the majestic Abilene Necklace. Inspired by the beautiful vine called Abilene Clematis, this alluring necklace is sure to please a dress with a lower neckline. With one larger flower in the middle of the necklace comprising of freshwater keishi petal pearls and a diamante center surrounded by tiny freshwater pearls, triplets of Swarovski glass crystal pearls and delicate sparkles of tiny crystals. Abilene trails both ends with smaller petals and vines either side leading to a sterling silver chain.

Image source: Abilene Necklace

Image source: Abilene Necklace

Make sure that you brief our head designer on the colour of your dress. Although we can work diligently from images and description, it is helpful to know the true tonality of your dress in order to effectively accessorise. For example, if your gown has an ivory tone or underlay, we can use ivory pearls within your bridal jewellery. We understand the differing needs of every bride and are happy to cater for all stylistic endeavours.

Thank you for coming on this accessorising journey with us. If you have any queries or need help in choosing your own bridal accessories, feel free to contact us and book an appointment.

Happy accessorising!