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Bridal Ensemble: Classically Elegant

Though wedding dresses trended towards the sexy look in the 90s and early 2000s with tighter silhouettes and lower necklines, a more conservative style in taking root among the top designers’ 2009/2010 bridal collections.  Bateau necklines and short sleeves are becoming popular not only for the modest bride, but for the bride who values style and aesthetics. Case in point this gorgeous Amsale ‘Anya’ dress that inspired the classically elegant ensemble below. Simple, stunning and sexy without revealing an inch of décolletage – quite Audrey Hepburn.

Wedding Day Style Inspiration - classically elegantDress by Amsale ‘Anya‘, Bracelet by TZUDIO on Etsy – $85, Heels by Christin Michaels on Zappos – $93

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The Stylish Soiree: Focus on Style

Etsy designer Sarah Seven pairs timeless style with trend for a thoroughly modern look that stands the test of time.

Etsy designer Sarah Seven pairs timeless style with trend for a thoroughly modern look that stands the test of time.

I’ve decided to shift the focus of The Stylish Soiree blog a bit to hone in on what truly sets us apart from other Los Angeles event planners – our styling service. Wedding fashion is a very personal expression, and I feel that one of the most important things a bride can do to make her wedding memorable is to really pay attention to her style. By ‘style’ I am referring to the term in the sense of permanent, timeless appeal as opposed to fleeting trendiness.

Trading Trends for Timelessness

Much the way that Audrey Hepburn’s elegance transcends eras, brides should carefully build their wedding day ensemble to reflect their personality without sacrificing timelessness. Gigantic hair flowers the size of a bride’s head (fastened 70’s style around the crown of the head, no less) make lovely editorial statements – but chances are, twenty years from now your kids will be snickering (lovingly, of course!) at your choice of wedding accessory.

There is, however, a balance between incorporating trends you love with a look that will never be stale. Choosing a dress that has both classic elements and a touch of trend is a great way to strike that balance, as is incorporating fashion-forward accessories that aren’t too over-the-top.

Put Your Wedding Dress To the Test

My favorite “Test of Timelessness” involves asking yourself 4 questions:

1. Would this ensemble have looked beautiful in the forties or fifties? (The tailoring, fit and fashion of these decades will always be classic)

2. Would this ensemble have been in style last year? (If it wasn’t in style yet, chances are it’s a trend!)

3. Will this ensemble look out of place ten years from now? (Be honest with yourself! I’m sure plenty of 80s brides could have guessed that future dresses will not all have ginormous poofy sleeves from then until eternity).

4. The most important question of all: Does this ensemble fit me perfectly and flatter all my best assets while forgiving my not-so-favorable spots? (True classics should look like they were made for you, regardless of the trends they encompass)

If your wedding dress passes the above test, chances are it is a fabulous choice. I’m a firm believer that classic fashion can also incorporate trends, as long as they are not over-the-top.  Sometimes even one over-the-top element, such as a huge architectural bow, or a chiffon-covered one-shoulder strap are still fantastic choices if they accent the bride’s best qualities. But buying a trendy dress for the sake of being trendy is not the best way to choose a gown, and will inevitably lead to “what was I thinking?!” regrets years down the road.

*Photo Credit: Sarah Seven, “With All My Love” gown, $1,210 on Etsy

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Stylish Bridal Bracelet

Bridal Pearl Bracelet by Carolee via max & chloeI stumbled across this lovely bracelet by Carolee while perusing the interwebs, and had to share. A lot of brides choose dramatic earrings as their statement jewelry over a bracelet, but I think a gorgeous bracelet like this one could make them reconsider. The gold flower sets the piece apart from the generic pearl bridal bracelet, and the design is the perfect mix of modern and vintage.

This pearl and crystal bracelet would look best paired with simpler dresses since it packs quite a punch. Vintage style wedding gowns, fitted sheaths and simple mermaids would look divine with this piece. Just make sure not to overdo it with the other accessories – keep earrings to a minimal; simple large pearl, crystal or diamond studs will compliment the bracelet without creating an accessory overload.

White Pearl Multi-Strand Flower Bracelet, $175 at Max & Chloe

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Bridal Fashion Statement: Go Bold

jasmine star photography - workshop shot

Jasmine Star Photography - click on pic for link

A great way for style savvy brides to set their wedding day look apart is to go bold. Choose one element of your wedding day look that really makes a statement, and go for it. Some wedding gowns have a built-in statement that is inherent in the design – a one-shoulder strap covered in layers of chiffon flowers, a dramatic, architectural side bow, or a daringly low back.

But picking a knockout statement gown isn’t the only way to be a bold bride. The most simple wedding dress can serve as the perfect backdrop to a fantastic layered necklace, stunning chandelier earrings or an oversized hair piece. Even bold red (or candy pink!) lips and a dramatic 1940s lined eyelid can take a wedding day look to a whole new level. Short dress brides can up the ante on their wedding day look by choosing out of this world heels – Louboutins or otherwise, if they have ruffles, feathers or a bold hue they will definitely make a style statement.

Though I can go on and on about ways to make a wedding day fashion statement, the most important piece of advice is to choose something that really speaks to you and brings attention to a great asset. In the fabulous photo above by photographer extraordinaire Jasmine Star, the bride (pseudo-bride, since it was a photography workshop and the couple was already married, ha) went bold with a fantastical bridal hat / headpiece. It’s definitely an over the top couture look, but she rocks it. And, it brings attention right to her gorgeous eyes. A style statement success, if I do say so myself.

P.S. If you love the look, see more pics from the workshop here on Jasmine’s blog.

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