Audrey Hepburn’s perfectly coiffured bun with a diamond brooch is one of the most famous updos of all time and it’s one of the most frequently asked for by brides. Why? It looks good on nearly everyone; but it’s not the only one to try. All updos elongate the neck and enhance the silhouette of the dress. They also showcase beautiful detailing and stop hair from getting caught up in any embellishment or veil. Before going for the Golightly look, why not give these four fabulous styles a twirl?
Tousled Textured Chignon
This all-star chignon not only suits different face shapes (round, oval, heart and so on), but it also works well with all dresses and necklines. “You can wear the chignon on the side for a more retro feel or in the center to look more classic,” says Nicole Pigeon of i’Land PediSpa and Blo Bar. “The bride can choose more or less volume at the front and add a little bang for softness. It’s always very sensual, romantic and effortless and because the hair has been pinned up, it will look very pretty down the next day.”
The Half-Up, Half-Down
Brides wearing a strapless dress, spaghetti straps or an illusion neckline might choose a half updo. It’s the best of both worlds: length and softness around the face but with the structure and ease of having some hair pinned up. “A half-up ‘do with easy, sexy waves is both glamorous and polished, and brides having outdoor or beach weddings often favor this style,” says Pigeon.
Updo No. 3
The Messy High Bun
Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian are known for sleek, voluminous high buns. For this year’s White House correspondent’s dinner, celebrity stylist Bryce Scarlett updated the look for Victoria Secret’s model Anne V, with a more unkempt interpretation. The hair is twisted before being wrapped round and pinned with pieces falling around the face. “Brides think top knots can look too severe,” says New York hair stylist Alan Tossler. “This is softer while still being show-stopping and sophisticated. Instead of twisting the hair, you could add an accessory, flowers or headpiece.”
Updo No. 4
Once restricted to the playground and music festivals, braids are now a staple on runways and red carpets. The John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman now has its own “Braid Bar,” which is popular with brides. “Incorporating plaits is ideal for a modern bride who wants something different but not extreme,” says Tosser. “In this style the plait creates a crown or halo. It’s a pretty and romantic. Braids can also be spiraled into intricate patterns for a bride who wants to create architecture with her hair.” Tying the knot with your hair can be a lot of fun and with multiple events to attend, you don’t have to set your heart on just one.