Once you’ve found your dream wedding dress it’s time to accessorize it! Veil, headpiece, earrings, necklace, sash, coverup, clutch—all of these items are possible bridal accessories but finding the right ones can be as difficult as finding the one. I’m still talking about the gown.
IDoJour.com is a new online boutique specializing in bridal accessories. The owners have curated a collection of unique pieces in a range of categories—jewelry, hair accessories, cover-ups and even accessories for kids in the wedding. In addition to the category pages, there are several specialty shops on the site, including one for A.B. Ellie, my favorite belt/sash designer. In addition to some familiar brands, the site carries designs from Etsy retailers, too.
Not sure what accessories to purchase? Check out the company’s blog for style inspiration, trend and planning information.
Updated versions of classic men’s footwear are bringing about futuristic innovation with bold colors, mixed prints and shoelaces that can make those old pair of boots look brand new without the spit and shine. Here are a few options that will make your foot-popping kiss fashion-forward.
Mark McNairy Brogue Boot: Mark McNairy’s collaboration with Standard Atlanta is definitely one for the books. In three different boot styles, you’re given variations of hunter green, red and navy wool. Perfect for mixing and matching with your groomsmen, these are sure to be a hot ticket this spring and amp up a wedding look without any extra effort. Think Boardwalk Empire with a hint of downtown hipster. Available at Standard Atlanta for $485.
Thom Browne Grey Wingtip Brogue with Micro Sole: Perfect for a spring wedding, Thom Browne’s eccentric patriotism is best shown through these early 20th century updates. Also available in white (if you’re marrying on the Fourth of July, these are sure to match those fireworks), the red, white and blue scheme leaves plenty of room to accessorize accordingly. Gay republicans, these are begging for your attention. Available at Oki-Ni.com for $1,000.
Mr. Hare Men’s Sir Cox Shoe: Also available in grey, the Mr. Hare Men’s Sir Cox has an ‘80s surfer vibe about it that can be worn sockless for a beach wedding or spiced up with the right pair of socks. Available at Oki-Ni.com for $624.
Cole Haan Lunargrand Wingtips: A classically designed brogue updated with the lightweight Lunarlon outsole (thanks to Nike’s technology for extra comfort), you can be your own version of Runaway Bride just in case you get the jitters. I kid! With an updated version of timeless aesthetic, these are the shoes for the man planning on invading the dance-floor. Available at Cole Haan for $248.
Stolen Riches Colored Shoelaces: Give your wedding brogues a subtle color pop with Stolen Riches’ line of colored shoelaces. Pick and choose the color based on your scheme or personality, either way you’ll have people asking where you got your “new” kicks. Available at StolenRiches.com for $14.50.
Whether we wish to admit it or not, deciding on what shapewear to buy is an underlying issue we all have. While there are numerous brands on the market, we’ve shopped, shopped and shopped again to find the absolute best options for when you say “I do” during your upcoming wedding.
We adore the newer line Skineez Skincarewear because not only does it slim your problem areas, but it also comes with a special slimming spray that actually tones and firms with little to no effort on your end. You just reapply this spray to your shapewear every 10 washes and the microcapsules release due to the friction from your body heat. What’s easier than that?
Our suggestion? If you already have a workout routine in place, start wearing the Thigh Slimmer everyday for four to six weeks to actually help in the weight-loss process. You’ll instantly look and feel slimmer and smoother as your wedding day approaches.
We’ve also recently become obsessed with Nearly Nude’s Slimming Slip. If you’re wearing a gorgeous v-neck wedding dress, this slip will slim all of your problem areas and help accentuate your waistline—something every woman wants. Plus, the slip comes in nude, so you won’t see it under any white dress.
Need a little inspiration for style on the big day? Take note from OUT magazine cover lovers Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. Where they don’t pretend they’re the perfect couple, their style is reflective of the other. “What defines a relationship is the work that’s involved to maintain it,” Harris shares and he’s right. The only trend that each of us can truly appreciate is the constant self-growth involved with love.
Here are a couple of inspired looks from the duo’s recent feature:
Jet Fitted Suit available at Acne for $895 (jacket), $395 (trousers)
Gordon Textured Dress Shoe available at Calvin Klein for $140
Original 1970s Dial Inspiration available at Timex.com for $95
So you have a rehearsal dinner and you know you can’t get away with wearing your ripped Ani DiFranco T-shirt. Combining men’s suits, shirts and ties with women’s oxfords will give you a well-fitting formal outfit that makes your honey weak at the knees while also showing her family what an upstanding choice you are for their baby munchkin-sugar-cutie-pie-doll-face. Topman is one of the few stores that carry men’s clothes small enough to fit female-bodied people with smaller frames like myself as its sizes go smaller than other men’s brands.
Topman Dark Sand Tailored Peak Suit: Topman’s suits, such the one pictured above, come in a variety of female-friendly sizes, including short-legged pants. You might need to get the shoulders taken in a little, but since it’s already a slim fitting suit, it conforms to women’s bodies better than most men’s suits I’ve seen. Available at Topman for $320.
Topman White Premium Dress Shirt: Pair the suit with a variety of dress shirts—Topman’s dress shirts have sizes ranging from XXS to XXL. A good tip for making men’s shirts fit over hips is to have a tailor take up the length of the shirt. Available at Topman for $56.
Joseph & Feiss Black Satin Tie: A simple black tie can go a long way. The solid color allows the richness of the dark sand suit to speak for itself. Available at Men’s Wearhouse for $19.99.
The Frye James Oxford: Matching the dark lapels, The Frye James Oxford in Black Vintage Leather is among the few men’s style dress shoes made for women. These well-priced old-school style classics will last you well beyond your rehearsal dinner. Available at ShopStyle.com for $198.