When you think of a bride, what do you think of first? The dress, the hair, the shoes? Actually, the single most definable aspect of bridal attire is the veil. Veils have been used by brides for thousands of years.
In the ancient world, a veil was worn to protect the bride from evil spirits. In later years, it became a symbol of the bride’s innocence and purity. In some cultures, it’s even been used to mask the bride’s identity from her future husband! In modern times, however, the veil has become a fashion accessory, one that a bride chooses according to her dress, personality, and wedding theme. The veil, this year, emerges as a hot fashion trend with the birdcage veil leading the way.
What is a birdcage veil?
It is a short veil that extends to just over the chin. It is made of French, Russian, or English netting. The size of the squares in the netting is what differentiates the three types, with French being the tightest weave while the English being the largest.
A birdcage veil can be seen attached to a small hat or attached to a large hair ornament. The most modern and cutting edge way to wear this type of veil in 2010 is to crop the net to just under the eyes or to sweep it asymmetrically across the face.
The large gauge netting gives this veil a retro 30’s and 40’s look which is on the cutting edge of bridal fashion right now. What to wear with this type of veil?
Since the geometry of the birdcage veil is so bold, it is worn best with simply cut gowns. No embroidery, lace, or beading should be worn on the dress as they will compete for the veil’s attention. An excellent adornment for a simple gown worn with a birdcage veil would be a large pin. The pin can also be worn on the veil itself, although the softest adornment for this veil would be a retro looking flower in monotone white or ivory.
Dare to wear?
The birdcage veil is daring, cutting edge, and definitely different. It requires its bride to be bold and confident. Timid, traditional brides need not apply.