Here Comes the Bride…
Hi, it’s me, Isabelle’s daughter Lauren. I’m getting married later this year in Paris. I can’t lie, it’s going to be pretty fabulous and the jewelry situation is looking top notch. As you can imagine I am a lot like my mother (minus that winning accent): jewelry-obsessed and generally confident about how to dress myself. But the weirdest thing happened to me when I tried on my wedding gown for the first time. I was suddenly terrified of accessorizing the wrong way. Do I need to wear fur (I know, no one needs to wear fur, but…)? Big earrings and a bracelet?? Should I do something for the ceremony and change for the party!?
I’ve scoured enough Facebook pages to write a novel about brides who have “too much look” (picture an overdressed prom queen or a quinceanera gone wild). So I thought to myself, maybe I‘ll just wear a pair of studs and play it safe (a sacrilege, don’t tell my mom), which then shifted to a fear of looking just average, my jewels nothing special. Just a simple, run of the mill, take-me-or-leave-me bride. I don’t know about the rest of you, but this sort of sartorial schizophrenia is very uncommon in my family. I always know what I want to wear and how I want to wear it and my friends count on me to know what they want to wear and how they want to wear it.
Last week I decided that it was time to swallow my pride and ask for help. I emailed an old colleague from my days of working at Allure Magazine, a person who never makes a style mistake, and is without a doubt the best in the business. Her instincts are top notch, A+, a home run every time and she gave me the best advice:
“I am a very firm believer in keeping it simple for the ceremony and wedding. Don’t do anything to mess with the actual dress or veil! Keep the hair simple, etc. I’ve seen so many pics of girls who look like cupcakes or whatever, and I think, oh God no one told them!”
Bless you, my friend. You confirmed what I knew to be true and potentially saved me years of regret. I was one purchase away from turning this occasion into an episode of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. So, in the name of simplicity with a twist, I think I am actually going to go with these gorgeous earrings from Siman Tu for my big day. Whether I wear them in pink pearl (left) or white pearl (right) remains to be seen.
Because no matter how much you love to accessorize or how much you want to purchase every luxury good on the market when you’re a bride (just me?), don’t feel obligated to dress like a Disney Princess. The most attractive thing any of us can do is to make style decisions that represent who we are. And if you’re still not sure, just know there’s no Instagram filter to turn back time.
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