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Style Counsel: Accessories

DO

Wear short gloves with short dresses or vintage styles.

Have your dressmaker coordinate a wrap to go with your dress either in a matching fabric or an elegant lace version to stand out. Make sure the wrap is long and wide (but no more than a couple of feet).

Get a wrap, shawl, or pashmina in a white or cream (it doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy) in lieu of a heavy coat.

Keep accessories for an outdoor ceremony simple. Go light on the jewelry (nothing too sparkly) and don’t bother with a purse. Keep an outdoor ceremony natural-looking.

Allow the bridesmaids a little variety by setting general parameters for their accessories; give them a color and have them pick the style. Same goes for jewelry and clutches.

DON’T

Wear long gloves at an outdoor ceremony.

Wear fingerless gloves Ever.

Do tiaras or heavy hair accessories at an outdoor ceremony.

Wear fur wraps or accessories indoors and keep fur pieces minimal so they do not overpower the dress. Opt for white rabbit rather than brown mink.

Wear a watch; abandon the everyday for a dazzling diamond bracelet.

Carry a handbag; it is distracting. Use your husband’s tux pockets or hand off your bag to your maid of honor.

Do the garter ritual. Grandma does not want to see your husband slide it off your leg with his teeth.

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