In recent seasons, brides have moved away from frothy, embellished gowns to a look of sleek, sophisticated elegance. In keeping with these new pared-down silhouettes, headpieces also are simpler.
"If there is too much going on directly on top of the head, it can look like the bride has antennas. I prefer to show off a woman's face," says New York bridal designer Jim Hjelm. And brides are opting for shorter veils because they don't want anything to detract from their dress.
This season, designers are using simple pillbox hats, silk flowers and pristine lace bows to inspire an elegant look for headpieces. With a gossamery layer of veiling, these singular elements make headpieces that neither weigh down the bride nor create too much fuss atop her head.