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The ‘Up do’ – my 7 favourite styles.

The ‘Up do’ – my 7 favourite styles.

Well, WW world, what a week for fashion and hair dos! Kate Middleton flawed everyone with her Jenny Packham Teal Gown and Jimmy Choo sparkly shoes at the 2012 Olympic Gala at the end of last week. The whole world seemed to go into a frenzy – and rightly so! The dress itself was just prefect in all ways. The lace caped sleeves were a fabulous feature of the gown and the floaty, elegant style was spot on for a modern day princess! My personal triumph was …. her hair style! The ‘Up Do’ has been trending since the beginning of 2012. From the Film Industry award season to the models on many fashion designer catwalks, it really is about sweeping your hair back from your face (in many different ways) and showing off your features and neckline! Its time to be brave and embrace your face ladies – the floppy hair covering your eyes is out! The graceful, off the face look is in!

Kate Middleton at The 2012 Olympic Gala.

*( image credit reuters – sourced from superstar magazine.com )

So here are my 7 top picks for the ‘Up do’ and ways to embellish even the most simple example of this style.

Charlize Theron at The Golden Globes 2012.

*( Image credit Getty – sourced from Bellasugar.com )

This style is one of my personal favs! Charlize really went for the vintage, ‘Old Hollywood Glamour’ look. She left the ‘do’ slightly undone and the side chignon adds an element of ‘Ethereal Goddess’ to the overall styling. And the jeweled hairband just highlights her subtle makeup and simple earrings. This look is perfect for a summer bride – subtle and yet so effective!

Jessica Alba ‘Braided’ Up do.

*( picture sourced from fashionbombdaily.com )

This style on full display by the beautiful Jessica Alba is very similar to that shown off by The Duchess of Cambridge at the Olympic Gala. This would certainly take more work but the braids ending up in a central chignon at the back add interest and a playful yet elegant quality to the classic ‘Up do’ look.

Classic ‘Up do’ .

*( Photo credits to Getty images – for more Hair inspiration go to mlejit.com )

This carefully quaffed Up do is perfect for those ladies who have a small facial shape – the hair style is away from the neck but volume left to frame the face. Maria Menounos rocked this Classic Up do on the 2012 Oscars Red Carpet. She embellished the look with sparkling, oversized earrings but this classic style could also ‘pop’ with a dazzling hair accessory to give it a real feature.

Jennifer Lopez at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.

*( image credit and thanks to Getty Images – sourced from mlejit.com)

J Lo has got the perfect bone structure and facial shape to really pull this ( sometimes harsh) Up do off. I often wear may hair in this style and find that the right make up helps tone down the possible severeness of the ‘scraped up on top’ style. This is actually much easier to achieve than it looks. Start with a high pony tail and then carefully backcomb sections, twist under (like a flower) and pin. Do this section by section ( I do mine in 6 sections!) and use ALOT of hairspray. It is a simple yet effective look that is dramatic and bold. Just watch your make up choices – I think smokey eyes marries well with this hair creation.


Nina Dobrev at The Met Ball Gala 2012 in Donna Karen.

*( Image credits to Larry Bussaca/Getty images  – sourced from dailymail.co.uk)

Nina Dobrev chose this swept back hair style at the recent Met ball Gala Fashion Event in NYC. I like this style for its subtle and soft effect – and the way that the hair is careful pinned in a large, loose knot at the back. The hairstyle let the Gold and Black Donna Karen number do the talking and I think would be a good choice for any Brides with a full, dramatic Wedding dress.

Eva Longoria in Marchesa at The 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

*( image credits to Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images – sourced from newsfeed.time.com)

Eva Longoria was a vision of beauty at The 2012 Cannes Film Festival in the Blush Marchesa gown with tulle oversized train. But I also LOVE her choice of hairstyle. It allowed us to see her long neck and shoulders and was a throw back to the 1960’s beehive style ( all be it a toned down version!) This ‘Up Do’ would be perfect for a 1960’s Rock and Roll wedding or a formal evening event.

Kate Mara Vintage Style ‘Up do’ at The Oscars 2012.

*( Image credit Getty Images)

I ADORE this style. It screams vintage, 1920’s silver screen glamour and the hair accessory just completes the look. This really is THE look for any Brides trying to find a style that would go with a beautiful 1920’s inspired dress. Its not too ‘done’ and swept to the side – soft but styled and frames the face perfectly.

We have some beautiful Vintage inspired hair combs,tiaras,pins and other hair accessories with lots of sparkles to give you a finishing touch to your hair design choice.

Wonderful Wraps Precious Silver comb.

*( Precious Vintage Hair Comb )

Deco Crystal Hair Comb from Wonderful Wraps.

*( Deco Crystal Hair Comb )

Any one of my top 7 ‘Up dos’ would give our WW ladies an elegant, sophisticated style that would compliment your bridal or evening attire. Whether you opt for a classic style or one that is more edgy ( with braids for example) all offer an extra dimension to your dress choice. And if you decided to embellish – that just offers the magic touch!But remember – the more dramatic the dress, the more simple the hair do! I want you to have an ‘Up do’ not an ‘Up don’t’ – subtle elegance is the key (with a twist to add interest if you are feeling bold!) 🙂

* ( Images for Up do mood board:- Top Left – Diane Von Furstenberg Airy Up do : photo credit imaxtree.com, Top Middle – Vivienne Tam messy bun : photo credit imaxtree.com, Top Left – Embellished Up do Yves Saint Laurent : photo credit imaxtree.com, Bottom Left – Jason Woo Feather Embellishment : photo credit Getty Images, Bottom Middle – Pulled Half Way Pony, Missoni : photo credit imaxtree.com, Bottom Left – Ponytails A Plenty, Marc by Marc Jacobs : photo courtesy of Redkin. All pictures sourced from Harpers Bizarre ( pictures from the 2012 Spring New York Fashion Week).