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Now that you settled on the dress, it's time to start thinking about your wedding hairstyle. "Some dresses demand a certain hairstyle, others, like the strapless dress, do not," says Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City. Since every wedding dress begs for something a little bit different, we asked Saviano which hairstyle would work best with the most popular necklines brides wear on their big day.
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The boat neck, also known as a bateau neck, is best paired with an updo. "When your hair is down, it can almost make the dress look narrow, and when it is open like this it will really look beautiful when the hair is up," says Saviano. We agree. The horizontal neckline—meant to show off your neck, collarbone, and shoulder points—begs for hair to kept up and away.
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"This is one where I would say half-up, half-down," Saviano advises. The portion of hair that is down should rest on your back, rather that in front of the dress.
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Saviano suggests a low-set ponytail draped over the bare shoulder as the best option. Depending on your style and the vibe you are going for, the ponytail can be sleek and straight, or softer and curly. Even a playful fishtail braid works!
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"I think the hair should just not be over the back. It's open for a reason," Saviano says. If you want to wear your hair down, consider pulling it to one side and letting it hang in front. But if you have a dress with a dramatic back, with intricate details like lace, beading, or stitching–Saviano suggests a side-sweeping pony or updo. “The hair can't go over the fabric.”
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Like the boat neck, a high neckline looks best when the bride wears her hair up, or behind the shoulders. By keeping your hair away, you'll keep all eyes on the fabric's pretty details.
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Scoop or V-Neck
With a scoop neck or plunging V-neck, the beauty is in the cut and you won't want hair in the way. Try a style that keeps your hair at least halfway or all the way up.
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"This neckline is a green light for anything, it's just about what is going to look best on you. I prefer the hair down, but wearing it up can look really beautiful, too." A strapless dress reveals everything, says Nunzio, so work with what makes you the most comfortable. A half-up, half-down, or all-hair-down look will keep you a bit more covered, while an updo will show off her shoulders and arms. Choose the look that makes you feel the most confident.