Expert advice about accessories

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Trend setters

Trend setters

Q. My mum's so excited for our wedding, but she's struggling to find the perfect headwear. What are the current trends?

A. Clare Brown says: The modern mother-of-the-bride is tending to move away from a full ensemble by the same designer that matches her dress. It's therefore much easier and wiser to shop around for headwear and other accessories.

A hatinator-style is very popular and attaches to the head by a piece of elastic or a band which makes it more practical to wear all day as they're light and don't flatten hair like a full hat and are regularly seen on the heads of royals like Zara Tindall and Kate Middleton. They may also be more appropriate at a smaller, more intimate gathering, while still making the mother-ofthe- bride feel special. Current millinery trends include veiling, headbands, beret shapes and Dior brims. A contemporary edge is given with the addition of simple lines, materials like leather and pretty florals. Colours such as dusty pinks, blues and neutrals are everywhere at the moment and are flattering for most.

Beautiful mother-of-the-bride, Sheila, wore a blue percher style hatinator with a spectacular sculptural swirl to match her wrap dress from Stine Goya, as can be seen in this photo.

Clare Brown,Clare Brown Headwear


Wrap up warm

Wrap up warm

Q. I'm worried about being cold on my wedding day for the outside photos, how can I get around this?

A. Angela Robson says: Angela says: It's surprising how much excitement and nerves can stave off the chill. However, it's always good to be prepared! Task a bridesmaid or friend to be on hand with either a shrug or jacket that you can wear as you walk around your venue to capture the best images. It's easy to think that the photographer may do this for you but remember with all their equipment to carry around and the need to assess where the best light is. There's been an increased trend for capes, which we particularly adore for winter weddings but if this feels too much of a statement then consider a small wrap. Our Richard Design fur wrap with the satin ribbon has been especially popular with winter brides but for some extra sparkle a beautiful diamanté clasp is also available.

Angela Robson

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