On your wedding day, express your unique personality. Sure, the white gown is tried and true tradition. But if white isn’t your choice, go for color. Or even black. More and more brides are eschewing conservative standards for their wedding day and rocking their own looks, complete with stunningly creative accessories.
Diamonds and pearls have nothing on studded chokers, peacock feather earrings or leather boho bracelets. If you like it, wear it…and be the bride that everyone remembers for creative style and modern beauty.
If you aren’t sure what accessories to grab for your big day, look to your personality and daily style. Add touches of goth, bohemian, punk or pin-up. Your wedding day is your day to shine, so walk down that aisle feeling and looking true to you.
Need a little style inspiration? Try these looks that match-up with your own fashion aesthetic.
There are numerous genres of punk. Many would consider grunge to be an off-set of the punk style--Nirvana was influenced by punk bands, and that inspiration is apparent in Nevermind. How you interpret punk is up to your own creativity. However, I’m all for rocking Dr. Marten’s under a wedding dress and using a buffalo plaid shirt for covering up on a chilly wedding night. I’d also recommend shopping Etsy or thrift stores for unique and vintage punk accessories like studded belts.
If your style is more steampunk, choose earrings that pull in gears and mechanical functions. You can also DIY steampunk accessories with old gears and watches. Think original, and try not to head to stores that sell more mass produced accessories. Punk is not mainstream and one-size fits all, and mass produced punk flies in the face of the genre and lifestyle.
I love a good Stevie Nicks inspired look, and I also love to channel my inner flower child. On your wedding day, elements of bohemian simplicity create easy beauty. Choose flower crowns for a hairpiece…or just a single daisy behind the ear. Wear hair down and flowing. Use nature-influenced accessories. Leather corded bracelets, shells, and even carved wood pendants. Wear feathers as hairpieces or earrings. However, when channeling a boho look, it is never ok to appropriate a culture. Don’t ever wear dream catchers as jewelry, and don’t use any culture’s religious symbols or deities as an accessory or to make a fashion statement. Boho can go horribly bad when it veers into appropriation.
Go black and red or go home! If you are in your element while donning black and embrace a goth beauty, don’t be afraid to be a goth bride! Choose jewelry made from black velvet or lace, and incorporate metal studs. Go all out and embrace Victorian goth with a dress that truly glorifies your gorgeous style. Accessorize with ornate jewelry, and mingle your birthstone or your beloved’s birthstone into jewelry for a personalized touch.
For a wedding pinup look, it’s all about the hair and make-up. Opt for vintage-inspired hair styles like Victory Rolls, or pin curls and incorporate bandanas, a knit Snood or a sweet flower. Create a purr-fect cat-eye, wear bold red lipstick. And, of course, you need to rock a sexy pair of heels.
Wedding style doesn’t have to be traditional if you’re not! Wear all black, rock a bold red lip or look to bohemian splendor for inspiration. Create your own unique look for a style that’s true to you…not true to tradition.
-Naomi Shaw, Guest Blogger