Beautiful You

Each bride or bridesmaid wants to look her best on the big day. We offer tips and tricks for bringing out your gorgeous side.

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Brianna nude and ivory gown, $1,698.88, Alyssa’s Bridal and Tuxedos. Penny Preville 18k starburst diamond earrings, $4,485; Penny Preville 18k diamond Y necklace, $4,885; Penny Previle 18k pave thin hinged bangle, $7,000; Penny Preville pave cluster bangle, $6,790; Roberto Coin 18k princess flower diamond bracelet, $17,500; Plat precision set semi mounting bridal ring, $12,460, Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels. Photo by Nathan Harmon.

Accessorize

Try

Elongated or statement earrings to accentuate your cheekbones or jawline and draw attention to your face.

Drop necklaces or Y-necklaces, combined with a V-neck gown, to draw attention to your decolletage.

Avoid

Any accessory that doesn’t make you feel like you. If you don’t typically wear a statement earring, a classic stud or small dangle serves the same purpose – and you’ll feel more comfortable wearing it.

Pick a Color

Brides

If you don’t want to wear wedding white, try a gown in a metallic sheen or a dusty neutral.

Bridesmaids

Shades of wine and pink are sophisticated and fresh. Colors like quartz, chianti or rose-gold metallic flatter nearly any skin palette. Blues are also popular, with marine, steel blue or ice blue adding a pop of color to the bridal party, no matter the season.

Fit Dress to Body Type

A-lineThis is great for disguising bottom-heavy body shapes.

Mermaid/TrumpetThis style accentuates curves of an hourglass figure and adds curves to a straighter figure.

EmpireThis dress is great for pear-shaped, curvy bodies.

BallgownThis highlights your upper body while de-accentuating your lower body.

SheathThis dress elongates your body and looks best on athletic or straight-body types.