We’ve got a fantastic treat today – the fabulous Ashley from With Love From Bobbin has put together a series of winter looks for you all, showing how easy it is to style your wedding dresses in a bunch of different ways! :)
Helloooooooo (said in distinct Scottish accent) I am Ashley, owner and designer at With Love From Bobbin, the humble abode of lovingly handmade accessories. I enjoy sewing to the sound of crackly vinyl, antique lace with paper thin silk, reading old novels, and collecting ‘trinkets’ with stories attached (not in a crazy-old-lady-with-too-many-cats sort of way).
With Love From Bobbin was born of a fusion between my experience in London, working for brands like Coast, and a serious obsession with the words Adorn, Decorate and Embellish. Now based in Cardiff and still designing part-time in London, I am constantly on the look out for new trends, so here’s some little pearls of wisdom from me to you on how to make the most of your accessories for the big day :)
Look 1: Whimsical
Just because you’re planning a winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to exclude colour – pastels, lace and flowers bring a delicate touch to the look. This is a theme you can really have some fun with – bring out your quirky side! :)
- A simple flower crown adds a bohemian touch to any dress. You can use a trusted florist like Forbesfield Flowers who will be sure to get the look you want.
- Alex Monroe’s range of jewellery lends itself well to the theme – who wouldn’t love this necklace of flowers, leaves and swallows (£210)
- Something blue? These Irregular Choice shoes are perfect for the bride who wants something a little different on the day (£80)
- Wear these ankle socks (Topshop £3.50) for a pretty excuse to add frills!
- Finally – a garter doesn’t need to be satin bound with a bow – a lace and pearl cluster is far daintier (With Love from Bobbin, from £30)
Look 2: Gold Luxe
Let the Hollywood starlets of the 50’s become your muse for this look.
- Long satin gloves are great for winter, and who doesn’t relish the opportunity to feel like a silver screen goddess? These vintage ones are from a selection at Hubbard’s Cupboard (from £25)
- Add drama to your look using mountains of pearls – spend time collecting various sizes and lengths. This is a great chance to ‘borrow’ from Mum, Grandmothers, Aunties and mix these with vintage shop finds – one trip to Cardiff Fashion Quarter should do it.
- Statement earrings can be found on the High street – these beauties are from ASOS and a bargain at £6.
- You will definitely want to wear these Gold Caged Dune shoes again, £65 well spent.
- Vintage brooches make great bouquet charms, use them to pull your look together. Ears and Whiskers have a great selection from £8.
- Mixing old and new elements is the key to this look – I love working on bespoke hair combs that use pieces of jewellery from the bride-to-be, from With Love From Bobbin (from £70)
Look 3: Contemporary Deco
With Downton Abbey back on our screens there is plenty of inspiration for this look.
Mixing Gold and silver elements is daring and fashion forward, making the look more contemporary.
- A faux fur stole is a must for a winter Deco wedding. Fortunately, Hubbards Cupboard have a vintage range available (from £25), alternatively pick up a designer one to hire (from £25) at To Have and to Hire.
- Freed of London are a ballroom dance wear shop established in the 1920’s and they still sell the same designs as back then. There will be no chance of tired feet after wearing these gold shoes (£67)
- Searching online for vintage accessories can be time consuming, so heres a tip… Penny Dreadfull have a great range of vintage wares – I am in love with this 1920’s silk embellished purse (£40). If you would prefer to browse for something similar then Jacobs Antiques is the place to go for authentic antique accessories and jewellery.
- Your crowning glory will be this beautiful nod to the cliché 20’s headband, a beautiful draped pearl comb by Tallulah’s Trinkets (£145)
So what do you think – are you planning a winter wedding? What style would you choose if you were? :)