Bridal Hairstyles & Headpieces Past & Present
I have to admit I first started to write an article about current bridal hairstyles and the appropriate headpieces to guarantee a spectacular look.
Along the way I discovered an interesting fact. The more bridal hairstyles, headpieces and hair accessories change, the more they stay pretty much the same.
I couldn't pass up the opportunity to dig into the history of bridal hairstyles and headpieces in order to see how they've evolved over the years.
During my journey researching this article I discovered some fascinating information regarding bridal hairstyles and headpiece history which I share below.
Bridal Magazines From The Past
I save everything and have a terminal case of pack-rat-itis. This need to save everything was very helpful when I decided to dig around for old bridal magazines I'd stashed in the back of my closets.
After minimal searching I pulled out an old July-August 1994 issue of Bridal Guide which provided detailed advice for solving any bridal headpiece dilemma. Bingo. The right bridal hair topic from days of the past.
Tiara Bridal Hair Solutions
Luck was on my side. I was thrilled to discover the 1994 bridal hairstyle-headpiece article discussed the tiara headpiece as the "one headpiece that fits all bridal hair" solutions.
The 1994 bridal magazine recommended the tiara as the most versatile bridal headpiece because it works for any length, texture, color or style of hairstyle.
Shortly after viewing the 1994 bridal magazine I discovered a December 1998-January 1999 Bride's magazine.
It was interesting to discover the 1998-1999 Bride's magazine also had an article on bridal hair and accessory options. The tiara again was a big winner.
Bridal Headpieces Five Years Apart
Ironically, the 1998-1999 Bride's Magazine recommended the exact same headpiece for brides as did the 1994 magazine. Both issues, even though five years apart, recommended tiara bridal headpieces regardless of the hair length, texture, type or style.
Even though five years had passed between the two different bridal magazines, the fashions, hairstyles, accessories and headpieces were very similar.
This clearly showcases the fact that bridal fashions as well as hairstyles constantly cycle back into popularity.
Why was the tiara recommended in 1994 as well as 1998-1999? Probably because the tiara bridal headpiece is so versatile.
It's true a tiara can work equally well with just about any style of bridal gown, any hairstyle (up or down) and any hair color.
Timeless Bridal Fashions
In the 1994 Bridal magazine I identified the four major bridal headpiece recommendations along with the matching bridal hairstyles.
As a historical comparison I found photos of brides close to five years later with almost identical headpieces and hairstyles from the 1998-1999 Bride's issue.
The four photos of the time honored hairstyles and matching headpieces from the 1994 issue of Bridal Guide as well as the four photos from the Brides issue from 1998-1999 are included below for reference.
The Tiara Headpiece
When Kate Middleton married her Prince in 2011 she wore a bridal hairstyle and headpiece complete with a tiara and long veil.
Her bridal tiara headpiece was traditional, but perfectly in keeping with current bridal fashions and hairstyles.
Indeed, the tiara never goes out of style as a bridal headpiece.
The beautiful redhead shown to the side is wearing a classic lace tiara from the 1994 era. The bride has long, thick curly hair.
Her lace embellished tiara works beautifully with her face shape, hairstyle and her gorgeous curls.
The attached lace edged long bridal veil works in perfect harmony with the tiara headpiece and hairstyle. The long cascading veil falls discreetly behind the bride's beautiful red locks.
Tiara Headpiece For Short Pixie Hair Style
Fast forward to 1998 below and you'll see a lovely brunette bride with a very short pixie cut sporting a more modern version of a tiara.
The short haired bride has the veil tucked neatly at the back of her hair. The pixie is beautifully sculpted to highlight her delicate face. A picture is definitely worth a thousand words.
The tiara headpiece photos from 1994 and 1998-1999 speak volumes about the versatility and beauty of the tiara headpiece for any length, style and color of hair.
Circular Headpiece/Open Headband
More Modern Bridal Headpiece Options
One trend which was gaining popularity for 1998-1999 was to skip any type of bridal headpiece. In many cases the bride would wear only a veil tucked at the back of her hairstyle. When a bride skips a bridal headpiece, the hair takes center stage.
In some cases brides added polish with tiny jeweled headbands, well placed crystal encrusted hair pins, clips, barrettes or even beautiful flowers.
Back in the 1994 era it was rare to find a bride who didn't wear some type of veil or bridal headpiece.
In the late 70s the long Spanish mantilla was popular but was rarely seen in 1998-1999 times.
When Dr. Robert Chase played by Jesse Spencer married Dr. Allison Cameron played by Jennifer Morrison on House, the lovely bride went with a bridal veil tucked underneath her beautiful low chignon.
Dr. Cameron's bridal hairstyle and simple veil were appropriate for 2009 when the TV wedding took place.
Timeless Bridal Hairstyles
The French twist hairstyle, or more elaborate versions, known as the French seam, remain popular year after year even in current times.
The 1994 and the 1998-1999 bride's magazines had many photos of French twist versions.
Updos are also a popular bridal hairstyle which is timeless. High, medium and low chignons, twists or buns are always a desired look, especially for more formal weddings. A trend for 1998-1999 was to wear hair down with an emphasis on luscious shine. That trend continues into current day.
Throughout history, a majority of brides opted for some type of stunning updo, loose waves or polished curls.
In 1998-1999, many brides selected softly curled bridal hairstyles inspired by the highly romantic hairstyles introduced by the popular movie Titanic.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. \
Four bridal headpieces and bridal hairstyles are shown from the 1994 perspective as well as the 1998-1999 viewpoint.
This look back in bridal hair history has highlighted the hairstyles and headpieces which are classics.
These are the bridal hairstyles, accessories and headpieces which can be selected throughout time and still look spectacular.
Is there a morale to this story? With bridal fashions hairstyles and headpieces what's old is always new again.
Original Publication Date: 12/29/2000 - Revised Publication Date: 10/05/12
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