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Finishing touches

February 26, 2014
By KIM LOCCISANO - Staff Writer ( , Times Leader

When it comes to accessorizing an engaged couple's attire for their wedding day, and that of their bridal party, the limits on how much drama to add onto it generally rests with the bride.

There are countless ways to accessorize a person's fashion look for such an important event as is their wedding day, and it does not have to be limited to only the bride's overall fashion look. However, her chosen ensemble should always be considered the central influence when it comes to creating the components of what will be the many unique images held and enjoyed for years to come in the confines of a wedding photo album or video.

The recent success of the movie "The Great Gatsby" has generated renewed interest in a specific era of vintage fashion centering on the lavish looks of the early 1920s, the timeframe which is tied initially to the classic American novel.

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The influence can particularly be readily seen in many of the headpieces, clips, veils, hair ornaments, classic bolero or shrug style jackets of lace, satin, and even the use of luxurious white fur wraps worn around the shoulders, as well by the bride.

Bridal attire accessories for wearing on or in her hair are incredibly easy to combine, resulting in unexpectedly unique combinations that can easily be worn by a bride throughout the wedding day, or adjusted as she moves from one phase of the day to the next.

These versatile accessories are of great appeal to those who will be changing their attire after the ceremony, or before departing for their honeymoon at the close of their reception.

Adding on accessories in a rather customized way does not mean they have to be done in an over the top manner. In fact, it simply increases the range of high fashionable looks available to a bride.

It can also provide innovative opportunities to incorporate some of those sentimental components essential to every wedding: something old, new, borrowed and blue.

For instance, a piece of lace or fabric from another special gown or dress can be fashioned into an easy-to-wear fabric hair ribbon or hair tie.

Dried or silk flowers - or even satin ribbons from a relative or close friend's bridal bouquet - can be integrated into a special handcrafted hair clasp to wear as part of an anchor for a veil and can then be kept in after the veil is removed for the reception or for the couple taking their leave of their guests to head to their honeymoon destination.

Jewels, whether newly purchased or a special vintage item that once might have been, are easily included in waist ribbons to wear with a bridal gown, and similar accessories.

Clear rhinestones, used alone or in combination with colored stones for matching jewelry sets, are very popular this season with brides who often share something similar as gifts for their bridesmaids to be worn during the event itself, as well as thereafter.

If wearing a fur wrap, brides are enjoying finishing their elegant look by donning a pair of opera gloves and sporting eye catching rhinestone bracelets and coordinating or matching earrings of a design strong enough to visually balance the rest of the glamorous vintage look.

There is also a wide array of bridal footwear to be considered for brides, as well as for the ladies of the bridal party.

One surprise brides are seeing this season is illustrated by the influx of nude patent leather strappy heels being seen - which by contrast to many of the currently popular designs offers a classic understated look, popular with brides and bridesmaids alike, according to Dee Higgs, owner of Dee's Country Bridal Shop.

Also adding some extra fun to a bridal look and easily extended to all her bridesmaids is a choice to accessorize a look by choosing to wear brilliantly colored cowboy style boots adorned with iridescent sequins and beadwork.

"This year's addition to the line of boots by 'Helen's Heart' is a tall boot done in a beautiful rich purple. The addition last season was the fuchsia color boot," offered Higgs, noting this popular line of fashion cowboy style boots are an item most customers purchase knowing they will continue to wear them long after a wedding or reception.

When it comes to visually coordinating a color scheme for accessories across the bridal party, brides and grooms seem to prefer shopping at local stores that can take care of all the details.

Whatever your desire for accessories, using a little creativity - and some help from the experts - you can create your very own special wedding look that will last in a lifetime of memories.



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