Flatter That Dress with the Perfect Hairstyle

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I’m no guru when it comes to fashion styling, but I do know (and I’m pretty sure you girls know this too) that in order to look fabulous, wearing the perfect dress only makes half of it. The other half involves the small but very important details – accessories (jewelry included), make-up, good hygiene/grooming, AND a gorgeous hairdo (or what I would like to call “GHD”). All four (4) must create a harmony that will ultimately make you score 100% in the looking good department.

The hairstyle is actually the next most important detail to pay attention to. There’s a reason why they call it the “crowning glory”. With a bad one you can easily ruin a look, especially since the face (including the hair) is what people see first. That is why choosing the right hairstyle for your dress is quite necessary.

The most important thing to consider when choosing a hairstyle is the neckline of your dress or gown. Remember that the goal is to choose a style that will flatter you AND the dress at the same time. There are many types of necklines but for today’s entry, I will cover only the most common ones that are probably in your closet:

Strapless & Halter

thayer-and-lela-rose-dresses-shopbopThayer Strapless Fantasy Dress, $360 / Lela Rose Chiffon Draped Bodice with Embroidered Feather Skirt, $2495

The strapless and halter highlight your shoulders and your neck. An updo, whether loose or neatly done (but not too tight that all you see is the forehead) would be the most flattering to wear as it will not only complement the dress, but it will draw attention to your face and shoulders as well, making you look perfect and put together.

Plunging V-Neck & Sweetheart

bcbg-and-dallin-chase-dresses-1024x467BCBGMAXAZRIA Janet Abstract Forest Print Dress, $498 / Dallin Chase Dani Sequined Dress, $235

Plunging V and sweetheart necklines highlight your bust and create a lengthening (slimming) effect not only to the body, but to the face and neck as well. That is why these are popular choices among women who are either round (body shape), busty, or who have round faces and short necks.

Long hair worn down in soft waves is the best hairstyle to go with these necklines. Not only will it tone down the sexiness a notch, but it will also create a balance and draw the attention towards your face. If you don’t have natural waves, you can use a styling iron and some hair product to achieve it.

Now in case you don’t have long hair, simply accessorize with a pretty headband or headpiece to pull the attention upwards instead of on your cleavage. If this is not an option for you, try going for chunky oversized earrings instead.

Boat, Sabrina, Empire & Off-Shoulder

kova-t-and-herve-leger-dresses1Herve Leger Boat Neck Dress, $2200 / Kova & T Windsor Cocktail Dress, $429

Bateau (boat), sabrina, and off shoulder (portrait) necklines generally highlight the shoulders, while empire (better known as horizontal square) highlight the chest (not the bust). A shoulder length hairstyle will work best with any of these necklines as it will highlight the detail while still complementing the face. If you have long hair, you can wear your hair up in a loose bun (for off shoulder and empire), or keep it neat and tidy (for boat and sabrina). Just remember to accessorize with some chunky statement earrings to create a more balanced look.

One Shoulder

bcbg-and-torn-by-ronny-koboTorn by Ronny Kobo Layla One Shoulder, $308 / BCBGMAXAZRIA Long Ruffle Gown, $498

The main characteristic of a one shoulder is that it is asymmetric. To highlight AND balance this detail, you can wear your hair in a loose bun or pony on your bare shoulder. If you wish to wear your hair down, simply pin your hair to the side where your shoulder is bare (as seen above). This will highlight that one shoulder detail at the same time, balance the look with flair.

Do remember that first and foremost, your face shape should dictate the best neckline to wear. Once you’ve chosen the right neckline, then you can think about the perfect hairstyle to use. Also, do remember that these tips are, well, simply helpful tips. If you feel like wearing your hair in some other way, then do so as long as you are comfortable with it.  And again, always remember to accessorize and wear the right make up. Enjoy looking fabulous!

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