Tips and Tricks to keep it modest on the Big Day
Hi everyone, Saltanat from “The Modest Bride” (oninstagram @themodestbride) guest blogging it here onHijab Revival.
Being a hijabi can be difficult on an everyday level at times, trying to keep that balance between modesty and fashion, but when we meet our life partner and start planning for our Big Day, trying to find a modest wedding dress seems almost impossible; especially amongst the sea of strapless, sweetheart, halter, onesleeved, princess gowns.
Despite this, there has been a surge in sleeved dresses in the past couple of years, thanks mainly to a number of high profile, celebrity figures (e.g. Kate Middleton) who’ve worn sleeved wedding dresses that we can take inspiration from.
Here are some tips to have your dream dress without compromising on modesty or style:
1. Dresses WITH sleeves: I know this sounds obvious, but the go to wedding outfit has been “strapless dress with skin tight top underneath.” While this may have been considered the only option in past years, scores of designers are now making gorgeous wedding dresses with sleeves, subtle embellishments and gorgeous details. Below are my favourite examples:
Monique Lhuillier- beautiful embellishment with subtle tulle overlay- Sheer Perfection
Alice Temperley: Romantic flowy skirt, beaded embellishments throughout and a subtle rose belt to add definition and contrast.
2. Lace: This has been a big trend in wedding dresses recently. As a hijabi bride, I think one needs to go for a more detailed lace pattern, so as to avoid it being too sheer. Here are some of my favourites:
Ersa Atelier: Absolutely beautifully detailed lace, tulle/chiffon panels add an ethereal twist, and the beaded belt breaks up the lace.
Georges Hobeika: For those of you who love the princess, ball gown look, this is perfect. It’s not too over-the-top, the embellished lace is detailed enough to not be sheer, and the high collar is perfect for those of you who want to do the turban look.
3. Simplicity: Modesty is not just about keeping it all covered. It’s about having Hayah, and I don’t think this needs to go astray on one’s wedding day. Sometimes restraint is much more beautiful than an over the top, ball gown, and beads from head to toe look. My advice here would be to pair a simple gown with a cascading bouquet, and a flowing, full length veil with lace edges, or floral appliqué. Here are some examples:
Cascading Garden roses and foliage (From Style Me Pretty.com)
Hamda Al Fahim- a simple silhouette but the beading throughout and shoulder detail makes it extraordinary. Pair it with a cascading bouquet of dahlias, roses andphalaenopsis orchids as in this example from bellethemagazine.com