13 Wedding Hairstyles to Match Your Bridesmaid Dress
Posted on December 28 2016
Being a bridesmaid is an honor and a curse. When you are a bridesmaid, you are expected to be in the shadow of the bride, and help her with whatever she wants – but that does not mean that you cannot shine in your role. After selecting a dress that fits the color scheme of the wedding or being fitted for the one you must put on - it is now time to decide what hairstyle and accessories to use with the dress.
Selecting a perfect hairstyle for you does not only depend upon what looks good on you, but it also depends upon the neckline of the bridesmaid dress that you are going to wear.
Here is a list of 13 wedding hairstyles that match different styles of bridesmaid dresses. These styles can give you insights and ideas into the best ways to shine in as a bridesmaid without stealing the show.
Up-do For A Boat Neck Dress
Boat neck or bateau neck dresses expose almost no skin around your collarbone. The main job of this horizontal neckline is to show off your shoulder, collarbones, and your neck. The only hairstyle that can do justice to a boat neck bandage dress or any other boat neck dress is any kind of updo.
According to Nunzio Saviano, the owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in NYC, “When your hair is down, it can almost make the dress look narrow, and when it is open like this it will really look beautiful when the hair is up”. So go ahead and sweep your hair up and look elegant in your boat neck bridesmaid dress.
Topknot With A HIgh-collar Dress
High-collar bridesmaid dresses are perfect for you if you have a thin neck or a square body shape. When you are wearing a high-collar bridesmaid dress, the best way to style your hair is to wear it as a topknot. A high bun not only makes you feel regal, but also elongates your neck. If you have intricate details on the collar, a top knot is the ideal way to draw attention to it. Add braids to the top knot when you want a more elegant and polished hairstyle.
Any Hairstyle Works With A Strapless Dress
If you are wearing a strapless bridesmaid dress, boy, are you lucky! Almost any hairstyle goes perfectly well with strapless dresses, therefore, you have plenty of options to wear your hair. You can either wear your hair in a loose low bun or just let it down, whatever you are comfortable with. Saviano explains, “This neckline is a green light for anything, it’s just about what is going to look best on you. I prefer the hair down, but wearing it up can look really beautiful, too”.
The right hairstyle for your strapless dress gives you sex appeal that you handpick. If you want to be feisty go for a messy bun. If you want a more refined look brush your hair back and choose a sleek ponytail.
Fishtail Braids With A Halter Dress
Halter dresses have become a trend in recent years, and make you look sexy as well as fashionable. Whether your bridesmaid dress is a flowy halter dress or a bandage halter dress, wear your hair in a fishtail braid.
Do not hesitate to use hair extensions if your hair’s not long enough to braid it. You can either let it fall on your back or pull it in front on one of your shoulders. Fishtail braids paired with a halter dress are bound to make you look elegant and charming.
Side-swept Hairstyle with a One-shoulder Dress
One-shoulder dresses are made to draw attention to your shoulders and are known to accentuate your shoulders. Therefore, any hairstyle that is flowy is bound to conceal the flattering silhouette created by this dress style.
If you want to balance the asymmetrical neckline of a one-shoulder dress, your best option is to wear a side-swept hairstyle. Whether you want it to be a side-swept updo or a side-swept braid, ensure that your hair does not hide the shoulder details of your bridesmaid dress. If the wedding theme is bohemian, a side-swept fishtail braid will fit in perfectly with the theme.
Loose Curls With A V-neck Dress
In a V-neck bridesmaid dress, the eye of the audience is drawn vertically, which makes your body seem longer. If you want to complement a V-neck dress, your best bet is to wear your hair down, preferably in loose curls.
However, let’s not forget that the beauty of such a dress is in the cut – so ensure that your hair does not cover your neckline at all. Try a hairstyle that lets you wear your hair down, but still pins it to your back to keep your face free. You could also go for a halfway up hairstyle that displays cascading curls.
Chignon With A Chiffon Thin Strappy Dress
There are very few dresses that are as feminine as a chiffon dress with thin straps. These dresses are often most common in spring and summer weddings. When a bride chooses such dresses for her bridesmaids, she wants to give a romantic feel to her wedding.
Complete your romantic look by wearing your hair up in a low feminine chignon. This hairstyle will draw everyone’s attention to your shoulders, your collarbones, and your neck. The best thing about chignon is that it works on almost every face shape, whether your face is round or heart shaped.
Side-swept Updo With A Dramatic Back Dress
The main of a hairstyle is to complement the overall look of your bridesmaid outfit, and not to obscure the details on the dress. With this in mind, if your bridesmaid dress has a dramatic back, go for a side-swept updo. This ensures that your hair does not take the attention away from the beautiful back of your dress. As per Nunzio Saviano explains, “I think the hair should just not be over the back. It’s open for a reason. The hair can’t go over the fabric”.
Updo With An Illusion Neckline Dress
When your bridesmaid dress has an illusion neckline, chances are that the illusion is created by using lace or any other sheer fabric. More often than not, such necklines usually have some embroidery work done on them. If you choose to wear your hair down with such dresses, you will be hiding all the intricate details or the lace.
Therefore, the only hairstyle that complements your illusion neckline dress is any form of updo. Right from classic updos to messy side swept updos, pick a hairstyle of your choice and one that suits the shape of your face.
Bombshell Waves With A Backless Dress
If you have a toned back and moderately blemish-free skin, backless dresses will look absolutely sexy and stunning on you. The front of these dresses is well covered up, it is the back that reveals a fair amount of your skin. The ideal way to style your hair for such a dress is to keep it simple – wear your hair in bombshell waves. Waves that scatter all over your open back will add to the overall femininity of the dress.
Pumped Up Ponytail With A Sweetheart Neck Dress
Sweetheart necklines were designed to accentuate your breasts, without showing great amounts of cleavage. These dresses may be combined with a halter neck or just be a strapless dress. But it leaves most of your neck, back, and shoulders bare. The best hairstyle for such a dress is a pumped up ponytail – this type of ponytail is in trend at the moment and it also adds a chic look to your overall outfit.
Vintage Waves With An Off-shoulder Dress
An off-shoulder dress is perfect for women with any body type, even if you have broad shoulders. The best thing about this dress is that it can add a bit of glamor and you a polished and refined look. These off-shoulder bridesmaid dresses look absolutely stunning when you pair them up with gorgeous vintage waves. This hairstyle is made of cascading waves that evokes an old-time Hollywood feeling, which works perfectly well with your off-shoulder dress. Waves are also romantic and very flattering to the bride.
Tousled Tresses With A Scoop Neck Dress
A scoop neck dress is flattering on all body types and is perfect for those who want to show off their collarbones. These fashionable dresses have some work done on the front if they are for bridesmaids or the bride. Pair it up with tousled tresses, and you are guaranteed to look elegant and polished. Just ensure that your hair does not fall on your collar bones, since these dresses are known to show them off. You best bet would be to wear your hair up with tousled tresses or just pin them in the back using a barrette.
It is extremely important to choose the right hairstyle for the bridesmaid dress that you are wearing. Instead of being flattering, an incompatible hairstyle will just ruin the elegant look that you were going for. And not to mention, you will have the bridezilla on your tail!
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