Sabrina Shea wears a sleeved lace sheath Galina
signature gown exclusively at David's Bridal,
$549, and a Blusher veil, $85, at Lois A. Wigs.
it came to bridal headpieces, the last decade featured
glitzy (and often ostentatious) fascinators, birdcages,
cloches and some too-busy barrettes.
wedding season, as gown silhouettes collapse and Old
World (and old Hollywood) sensibilities define modern
and chic, veils are coming back to the trendiest
DO THEY COME FROM?
the Renaissance era, brides wore long, red veils, called
flammeum, to ward off evil spirits. (This also is the
reason brides carried bouquets of garlic.)
in the day of arranged marriages, women wore veils so
the apprehensive groom would not run away if he didn’t
like what he saw coming down the aisle.
also symbolically marked women as property. Fathers
lifted veils as they gave brides away, or grooms lifted
them at the end of ceremonies foreshadowing
wasn’t until the 19th century that wearing a veil
became linked with the bride’s virginity. This was due
in part to Queen Victoria’s decision to wear all white
to her wedding to Prince Albert — although word on the
street is that Victoria just really liked white. Also,
thanks to Victoria, the length and volume of the veil
became associated with status: For instance,
cathedral-length veils (the most dramatic and longest
versions) were reserved only for royalty.
the years, veils have remained key accessories in bridal
fashion, even after Carrie Bradshaw attached a bird to
her head in the first "Sex and the City"
IS WEARING THEM?
brides Angelina Jolie, Amal Clooney, Nicky Hilton, Sofia
Vergara and Chrissy Teigen all wore major veils at their
YOU WEAR ONE?
on who you are as a bride. The fabulous news is veils of
all lengths — blushers, fingertips, waltz and
cathedral — are trending. When picking one, keep your
venue in mind. For example, cathedral length might not
work so well on the beach, but a blusher could be City
Hall cute. And if you choose a tiara, keep it short.
That, says Lindsay Dragone, associate buyer for
accessories at David’s Bridal, is key to a modern veil
Terell Maurice, modelmayhem.com/terrellmaurice,
267-304-9150, Instagram: @terrellhair.