Wedding Dress Accessories

How to make sure your bling and bridal gown are a match made in heaven!

When it comes to wedding planning, one thing leads to the next. You make your guest list which leads to finding the venue that accommodates it. Then, once you book said venue you can plan your décor. Checking one thing off of your to-do always seems to just add another. Luckily, though, most of this to-do list is fun! For example, once you choose your wedding gown, you can then think about accessorizing it! With the exception of those that have an heirloom piece they definitely want to incorporate, most brides choose their gown before their shoes, jewelry, headpieces, etc. The reason being is that, let’s face it; the dress is the most important part so you find that first and then work everything else around it. To ensure that all of your bridal style items work together, keep the following in mind:
1) Your dress neckline determines what jewelry you should wear: The basic rule of thumb is that the more covered the neckline the simpler you want to go with your jewelry. A strapless dress is obviously the easiest; add pretty much whatever you want! On the other hand, if you choose a one shoulder or boat neck, for example, you probably want to skip the necklace and stick to earrings and/or a bracelet. The same goes for your dress’ fabric; busier fabrics pair best with simpler jewelry that won’t fight with it. If you’re unsure what’s best, we always have jewelry on hand here to try with the gowns that you like!
2) Consider the color of your gown when choosing metals: Bright white gowns often pair better with silver tones, while off-white/cream mixes well with gold. For the bride looking for something a little different, rose gold tends to go well with either!

Now this is a bride (ok, model) that did it right! She skipped the necklace with her high neckline and opted for a sparly headband instead. Plus, it's gold tone totally goes with the off-white lace. Perfection!

Now this is a bride (ok, model) that did it right! She skipped the necklace with her high neckline and opted for a sparly headband instead. Plus, its gold tone totally goes with the off-white lace. Perfection!

3) Remember the style of your gown: We’re not talking the fit here, but rather the dress’ aesthetic. If you choose a vintage gown, for example, you probably shouldn’t pair that with a trendy, chunky necklace. At the same time, a sculptured, architectural, and modern gown wouldn’t really mesh well with a classic pearl necklace. This can be a tricky one to navigate, so again, we’re always here to help with style choices!
4) Last, and certainly not least, stay true to your personal style: Don’t let those around you talk you into an accessory that doesn’t feel like “you.” After all, while the dress won’t be easy to re-wear, the accessories definitely can be! Keep that in mind as you shop.

It’s a ton to absorb, so if you’re in need of some guidance, Flair is always here to help! We book half hour accessories appointments most days, and also have stylists standing by to chat at our online shop, Frills, that is chock full of beautiful, budget friendly baubles! Happy shopping 🙂

Wedding Dress Necklines

The latest and greatest tops for the 2016 wedding season!

We’re still on fashion cloud nine after our recent trip to New York Bridal Market. Seeing the latest wedding styles hit the runways is so exciting! The only downside? Now, we have to wait an excruciatingly long few months for those new 2016 beauties to arrive at Flair. We simply cannot wait to see them on our gorgeous brides and bridesmaids! So, in the meantime, we’re going to get our 2016 style fix by taking over the blog and drooling over photos with all of you 🙂 Today’s topic: tops! It’s no longer just strapless and v-neck; there are tons of amazing new necklines to choose from! Check out some of the fresh top trends that we caught below and then keep your eye on the AMAZING Long’s Jewelers blog. We shared these new necklines with them, and they’re going to be pairing them with jaw-dropping jewelry to match. Prepare to swoon over their stunning pieces!

Tops that feature cut-outs are the definition of modern and chic! This Theia Fall 2016 style is a stunner! (Photo courtesy of The Knot)

Tops that feature cut-outs are the definition of modern and chic! This Theia Fall 2016 style is a stunner! (Photo courtesy of The Knot)

Spaghetti straps aren't just for a casual, weekend look - they are becoming a bonafide wedding staple! We are loving this Spring 2016 Willowby by Watters style (photo courtesy of Brides.com)

Spaghetti straps aren’t just for a casual, weekend look – they are becoming a bonafide wedding staple! We are loving this Spring 2016 Willowby by Watters style (photo courtesy of their facebook page)

Off shoulder tops are the epitome of romantic elegance and this brand new Jenny Yoo Fall 2016 style is no exception! (photo courtesy of The Knot)

Off shoulder tops are the epitome of romantic elegance and this brand new Jenny Yoo Fall 2016 style is no exception! (photo courtesy of The Knot)

Amy Kuschel's Fall 2016 collection is full of stunners - and illusion tops! (photo courtesy of their Facebook page)

Amy Kuschel’s Fall 2016 collection is full of stunners – and illusion tops! (photo courtesy of their Facebook page)

Double straps create a unique look in the front AND back of a dress. Theia did it right with this new Fall 2016 style (photo courtesy of The Knot)

Double straps create a unique look in the front AND back of a dress. Theia did it right with this new Fall 2016 style (photo courtesy of The Knot)

Deep V necklines are elongating and elegant - as long as you have a smaller bustline! We're obsessed with this Hayley Paige Fall 2016 beauty! (photo courtesy of The Knot)

Deep V necklines are elongating and elegant – as long as you have a smaller bustline! We’re obsessed with this Hayley Paige Fall 2016 beauty! (photo courtesy of The Knot)

Crop tops are the ultimate style for the modern, trend setting bride! Thanks to Brides.com for showing off this Spring 2016 Willowby by Watters stunner; we're in love!

Crop tops are the ultimate style for the modern, trend setting bride! Thanks to Brides.com for showing off this Spring 2016 Willowby by Watters stunner; we’re in love!

Corset tops give brides an amazing look, feel and fit, and this new Jenny Yoo Fall 2016 is the perfect example (photo courtesy of The Knot)

Corset tops give brides an amazing look, feel and fit, and this new Jenny Yoo Fall 2016 is the perfect example (photo courtesy of The Knot)

Tops that feature beaded straps are an easy, chic way to add some shine to your bridal look! Hayley Paige would know, she's the queen of bling, as you can see with this new HP Fall 2016 style! (photo courtesy of The Knot)

Tops that feature beaded straps are an easy, chic way to add some shine to your bridal look! Hayley Paige would know, she’s the queen of bling, as you can see with this new HP Fall 2016 style! (photo courtesy of The Knot)

What do you think? Which top would you rock?

Wedding Jewelry

Accessible Luxury at Long’s!

This week we had the privilege of collaborating with the amazing Long’s Jewelers on a fun blog about beach appropriate wedding gowns and jewelry (give it a read here). We so enjoyed working with everyone at Long’s. They are kind, accommodating and really know their stuff! Long’s truly has a piece for every bride’s style and every wedding theme. Want a little color? They have it! Searching for a modern way to wear pearls? Look no further! And of course, they are the bling kings! Working on this project got us thinking about the relationship between your wedding dress and bridal jewelry. You can’t just force two styles together because you happen to like them both. It takes time and work (albeit fun work) to ensure that your gown and jewelry go together. We’ve pulled together a short list of tips/recommendations to help you get started, and be sure to contact the experts at Long’s when you’re ready to finalize your perfect bridal bling!

If your wedding dress is covered in crystals – In our opinion, if you’ve chosen a more intricate gown, we recommend going a little lighter on the jewelry. Our tip: skip the necklace and go for an amazing bracelet and/or earring. The bare décolletage will give some much needed separation between your dress/jewelry and really allow each to shine!

We think these simple and elegant pieces from Long's are perfect to pair with an intricate gown! Top: Sterling Silver Bamboo and White Topaz Studs Bottom: Siviglia 18K Yellow Gold Bangle with Diamonds

We think these simple and elegant pieces from Long’s are perfect to pair with an intricate gown! Top: Sterling Silver Bamboo and White Topaz Studs Bottom: Siviglia 18K Yellow Gold Bangle with Diamonds

If your dress is simple, clean and strapless – This classic, bare neckline makes way for a world of jewelry possibilities! This is your opportunity to go for a fun, fabulous piece, maybe something a little more modern than the typical wedding jewelry. This is your excuse to really have some fun with your accessories because there’s very little that will clash with your timeless, effortless dress.

Does your dress allow for bolder accessories? Try a little color or even a fun monogrammed piece, like these from Long's! Top: 14K White Gold Cushion Blue Topaz Necklace Bottom: Yellow Gold Lace Monogram Necklace

Does your dress allow for bolder accessories? Try a little color or even a fun monogrammed piece, like these from Long’s! Top: 14K White Gold Cushion Blue Topaz Necklace Bottom: Yellow Gold Lace Monogram Necklace

If your dress has a vintage vibe – Your jewelry should match! You shouldn’t pair a traditional lace gown with modern, funky jewelry. It will look like your dress and accessories are going to two totally different parties! Buy a timeless gown? Maybe opt for a classic pearl necklace to coincide with that vibe. Is your dress modern and architectural? Then you can totally pair it with a fresh and funky statement piece. Basically what we’re saying here is that your jewelry and dress vibes need to jive.

Vintage and pearls are a match made in heaven, though we're kind of obsessed with that modern diamond necklace, if your dress allows it! Top: 18K White Gold Pearl Necklace, Bracelet, and Earrings Bottom: stunning diamond pendant necklace on a simple platinum chain

A vintage dress and pearls are a match made in heaven, but if your dress is more modern we’re kind of obsessed with the bold diamond necklace below! Top: 18K White Gold Pearl Necklace, Bracelet, and Earrings Bottom: stunning diamond pendant necklace on a simple platinum chain

Now these are just the some basic tips from girls in the dress world; for all the wedding jewelry info you need to know, or to learn more about any of the pieces seen here, contact the amazing staff at Long’s!

Wedding Jewelry

Meet Flair’s newest designer: Elizabeth Bower!

If you follow Flair on social media then you know that we have a fabulous new jewelry designer: Elizabeth Bower. We have flooded our Instagram account with swoon-worthy shots of her pretty pieces (check them out here) but we also wanted to take some time out now to introduce you to this talented lady!

We LOVE Elizabeth's cream collection (these pieces range from $39.50 - $65); they works for brides AND bridesmaids!

We LOVE Elizabeth’s cream collection (these pieces range from $39.50 – $65); they works for brides AND bridesmaids!

Elizabeth has been designing jewelry for over 12 years, starting in her native Australia and later transitioning to New York City. She has designed for Nicole Miller (another Flair fave!), sold her pieces to Anthropologie and has even had her designs grace the 2002 Academy Awards red carpet! So yeah, she’s a pretty big deal!

Blush has been such a popular color for bridesmaids' dresses, and Elizabeth Bower's Rose collection (pieces shown here are $45 - $75) pairs with it perfectly!

Blush has been such a popular color for bridesmaids’ dresses, and Elizabeth Bower’s Rose collection (pieces shown here are $45 – $75) pairs with it perfectly!

Whether your style in modern, classic or vintage, Elizabeth Bower is sure to have designs that you’ll love. Made with semi-precious stones and real Swarovski elements, her wares are sure to WOW! Check them out at Flair today; they’re the perfect accompaniment to any of our wedding or bridesmaids’ dresses!

These bridal earrings and headband are pure perfection!

These bridal earrings and headband are pure perfection!