Topping it Off Right – How to Coordinate Your Hairstyle With Your Formal

A woman’s hair is her crowning glory. You’ve taken the time to find that perfect dress for the upcoming special occasion. Complete your look with a great hairstyle that compliments your evening gown! What is the type of occasion you will attend? A wedding, prom, cocktail party for work, or formal dinner party? The basic formula is to match your hair to the formality of the dress and to the occasion you are wearing it. Let’s discuss how to find that balance along with cost cutting beauty tips.

There’s no need to cringe if you are asked to be in a wedding. Today’s brides are very fashion and budget conscious when choosing bridesmaid’s dresses. If you’re lucky, she’ll be able to hunt down a cheap dress with awesome style! Usually, the type of dress chosen depends on how formal the wedding will be. For example, traditional brides may pick an A-line ball gown or an evening dress with a small train sweeping behind it. With dresses that formal, she would most likely want a formal up do for her bridal party. To keep the attention on the dresses, less is definitely more for the hair. A simple and classy French roll with wispy side curls is a popular choice. Don’t be afraid of a “boring” do! Busy styling with extensive detail could take away from a polished, uniform look. Accessorize to jazz it up if needed. Sprigs of baby’s breath or a rhinestone comb gives that “something extra” without overpowering the up do. A modern bride probably considers a French roll somewhat common. She would pair a sultry bundle of side-swept cascading curls with the contemporary style of a halter topped sheath evening dress. Allowing her bridesmaids to look that sleek may leave the bride fighting for the spotlight!

Co-workers are like a second family when you calculate the time spent with them. It’s fun to socialize with one another in a stress free environment during company functions! Select your attire according to the type of function. Is it a semi formal banquet at the end of the quarter to celebrate an increase in sales? Is it the annual Holiday party which is a black tie event? For the banquet you have chosen a fancy cocktail dress. Its tea length, a little flirty, yet appropriate for mingling with the work crowd. A relaxed half up do will top off the dress! By pinning up the front half of your hair only, you get the glamour of a complete up do without the stuffiness! For the Holiday party, you choose a traditional ball gown. Considering the classic styling of the gown, a classic chignon placed at the back of the neck is a sophisticated combination. A chignon is simple and versatile. Gather your hair at the crown to place it high on your head. Try a side part, middle part or no part at all! Adding decorative pins and barrettes matching your gown shows creative flair. Pulling the hair back too tight causes this style to look severe. Soften it by pulling down thin random locks of hair around your face and curling them with a small curling iron.

The Prom. *sigh* It isn’t just a high school milestone-it’s THE high school milestone! Lots of planning goes into it along with lots of money. Young ladies that are smart shoppers can find places offering affordable dresses-even if you need a plus size! A ball gown is a great choice for prom but not your only option. You are young, so you want to wear your hair in a fresh and youthful way. How about a new twist on an old faithful hair does? The French braid can be adapted to suit trendy young ladies of today. By pulling down random locks of hair and using a flat iron on them, you have instantly updated this look! For the funky divas out there, adding glitter that matches your dress to those random locks gives you a unique finish! Ladies with long hair-focus on the top potion of your dress. Does it have intricate detail that your hair would cover? Put your hair up to show it off!

Ladies with short hair haven’t been forgotten! Simply adding a sparkly headband can be a quick fix. A fluff of your bangs and slicking the sides with gel gives you instant sleekness. Place a few decorative clips at the crown of your head, pulling up the front and sides. Then texture the back with styling wax for an edgy style. Clip pictures from magazines, catalogs and newspapers
for hairstyles that capture your attention and store in a notebook. It will come in handy as a reference when trying styles on your own or at the salon. If you struggle with styling, ask a friend with hair savvy for help! It’s a thrifty alternative to the salon. Have a happy hair affair!

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