Tips for Picking the Right Hat
Wear a hat that is complimentary to your skin tone. Not
everyone looks good in black or dark colors. If you want to
wear a black hat, make sure that it has lots of bright pink or red
flowers on it.
A hat does not have
to match your outfit perfectly. You can wear a bright
purple hat with a neutral beige outfit. If your suit is navy,
you could wear a beige hat with navy trim on it.
Use trims to bring
out the color of your eyes. If you have blue eyes, use
hydrangeas or blue/purple flowers.
Always get a hat that fits properly. Everyone has a
different size head. A hat that is properly fitted might cost
more at first, but you will get more wear from it than a cheaper hat
that is "one size fits all".
A good rule of
thumb is never wear a hat that exceeds your shoulder length.
The taller and bigger the person, the bigger the hat they can wear.
For maximum effect,
wear your hair pulled back to show off the hair and lipstick.
Make sure that your
makeup doesn't clash with the hat. A lavender hat looks
great with purple or lavender eye shadow, but would look bad with
bright green eye shadow. Also match lipsticks. A pink
hat needs rose or pink lipstick, not orange.
Be ready to get
compliments and more attention from people. People love
hats although many of them are too intimidated to wear them.
Men especially love women in hats and they will tell you so!
You can tilt the
hat to one side to create a more jaunty effect. If the hat
goes up on one side, it is a bit more flattering to the face and
creates more interest.
The most important
thing is to feel comfortable with the hat you are wearing.
Never let anyone sell you on a hat you feel uncomfortable in.
Don't wear a hat that is too big for you. Petite women
look good with smaller hats. The woman should wear the hat,
not the other way around!
Never wear the hat
too far back on the head. When putting it on, make sure
that it is no more than 2 inches above the eyebrows.
Don't wear a hat
with lots of flowers on it with a floral dress. This would
be too busy. If the dress has a lot of print on it, wear a
more simple hat.
for more tips on choosing a hat for your face shape.
Tips on choosing a Bridal Headpiece and Veil
1. Pick out
your gown first. The headpiece and veil should always
compliment your gown.
2. The tiara
should match the proportions of your face. Here's a guide:
Round face: To make
your face appear longer, choose a tiara with some height or one that
has a peak.
Long Face: Choose a headband or tiara with little or no height that
extends over the head from one side to the other, in an even height.
Oval face: Avoid headpieces with a peak at the top as it will make
the face appear longer. Wearing a headband or back piece will
make the face look less oval.
Full Face: To create the illusion of a longer face, wear a tiara
that peaks in front.
3. Match the
type of sparkle in the wedding gown to the tiara and veil. For
example, use crystals with crystals and pearls with pearls. If
the gown has floral detail, look for a tiara with floral detail.
A contemporary, straight gown would look best with a tiara with
straight, geometric lines. If the dress has a rose pattern, a
tiara with porcelain roses would be fine. A tiara with only
Austrian crystals will go with any gown. A tiara with pearls
should match either the gown or necklace. Peal tiaras go well
with off white or ivory gowns.
overall look of the tiara, dress, veil, and jewelry should tie in
together. No one piece should overwhelm the other.
Too many rhinestones takes away from the beauty of a dress or veil.
In addition, it does not photograph very well. Remember, your
wedding should convey an elegant, timeless, and tasteful look.
color tones is important. Gold tone or ivory pearl
accented tiaras are a nice compliment to ivory gowns, which are very
in vogue this year. Also, red heads and girls with light brown
hair look good in the ivory and gold tones. Silver tone,
rhinestone, and white pearls work best with a white gown.
Platinum blondes and girls with dark hair look smashing in white,
crystal, and silver accents. Diamond white gowns can work well
with either silver or gold. Diamond white is the color between
white and off-white.
6. Match the
style of the dress with the veil and tiara. A more
contemporary dress requires a more modern tiara and simple veil.
However, an antique gown or fairy tail style begs for a more antique
style tiara. Several tiara companies are making the vintage
how you will wear your hair on the big day. This really
needs to be experimented on with your hairdresser. If you have
short hair, choose a lighter, more delicate tiara that won't require
lots of pinning to keep in place. If you have longer or
thicker hair, a large tiara works better.
8. Scale is
important. The more petite the bride, the smaller tiara
and veil she should pick. There is nothing worse than a petite
bride weighed down by a dress with a large train, huge tiara, and
cathedral veil. A full circle veil that is shoulder or elbow
length works nicely. The taller the bride, the more veil and
tiara she can wear. A tall bride would look silly in a tiny
tiara and little veil, unless she was going for a very pared-down
time brides might want to pick a cocktail hat style or even a
headband with a flower on it. There are several
alternatives besides the usual veil and tiara we see. There
are many attractive combs that look great.