For many brides, the word “bridal” is synonymous with “sparkle.” After all, a bride should be absolutely glowing on her big day, and what’s a better way to stand out than to be dripping with diamonds and crystals? The problem is, though, sparkle not only often comes with a price, but it’s also very easy to have your look go from gorgeous to gaudy. Here are some ways to add sparkle to your outfit without looking ridiculous.

How to keep sparkle looking good

1.) Match your stones. For the most part, if you have crystals on your dress, go for crystals on your accessories. A pearl necklace may be the perfect touch if you wear pearls on your dress. In many instances, fashion rules are made to be broken, but this rule has stood the test of time.

2.) Balance. If your dress is clean and simple with little embellishment, feel free to be a little more over-the-top with your accessories. Even a remarkably low-key dress can be brought up a level with proper additions. Bracelets, necklaces, jeweled belts, and fun hairpieces can all be worn with a clean-cut dress.

In addition, make sure if your dress is on the ornate side (with an abundance of crystals, fabrics, and materials), you go for a more modest look with your trimmings.

3.) Comfort. Sparkle on your shoes may look divine, but it won’t be a very enjoyable night if you’re having difficulty walking in them. The same goes for any other part of your outfit. A jeweled belt is stunning, but make sure it won’t rub your arms raw after being worn for 8 hours. Your best bet is to try it out first. Wear everything around your house to see if you notice any problem spots.

Keeping Sparkle safe

4.) Texture. Decorated lingerie is sure to be a hit on your wedding night, but if it does not agree with your dress (you can see the texture of the lace through the dress), maybe it’s a better idea to pack it in your suitcase and change into it later (for round 2, perhaps?). You want to present a smooth, flawless silhouette under your dress, which is why they make fantastic undergarments now specific for your wedding day.

5.) Quality. It’s important to know what you’re getting into. That tiara may be absolutely striking, and you may think you scored a great deal on it, but if the jewels are going to fall out or you’re going to be covered in glitter halfway through the night, it’s a waste of money. Adding sparkle to your look is a great idea, but it might feel like a let-down if it doesn’t last much longer than the ceremony. Check the quality before you buy.

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