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Today in things we love: Vera Wang's tips on how to get the best bridal look. Wang, a veritable expert on bridalwear—her dresses = super-iconic—talks to WWD about how to assemble the best head-to-toe wedding outfit, including advice on what to consider gown-wise. Like:
Determine what kind of wedding you are having. The volume, silhouette, proportions, amount of adornment, tailoring and other elements of the dress should have a lot to do with not only where you have your wedding, but what time of day it is being held and what the temperature is. [The dress is] not only about how it looks on your body.We also love her advice on shoes—"A little kitten heel is nice if you are marrying someone shorter than you"—and no-nonsense talk about makeup: "I’m not crazy about strong red lipstick with a white dress. If you never wear blue eyeshadow or purple eyeshadow or glitter, why wear it on your wedding day?"
Also, Wang notes, make sure to have black-and-white photos shot along with your color portraits—"Black and white is chic and timeless"—and avoid staining by staying far from colored liquids and smearables:
Step into your dress whether it is large or narrow. There are things no one can compensate for. I once had a bride get red lipstick on the front of her dress when she pulled it on over her head. Keep anyone with colorful drinks, beverages or makeup away from you.· Vera Wang's Rules for Saying 'I Do' [WWD]