Seasons may change and fashion trends may evolve, but there’s one thing that remains constant—hairstyle. The best and only way for you to look your best every single time is to know the trick of how to match hair and dresses the right way. Once you know the tricks, you’ll never leave home feeling less confident about your look.
And if this is going to make you feel better, the tricks don’t change. Whether you are 18, 30, or 45, the same trick applies. So what are we still waiting for? Let’s learn the age-old tricks in the stylebook so you’ll look fabulous on your next day out.
9 Tips On How To Match Your Hairstyle & Outfit
Dress first, Hair second
If you have a party, date or formal event coming up, the first thing to do is to find your dress. Don’t be fixated on what hair you want to wear, the dress should come first. Once you have a dress in mind and one that flatters your body, you can now start picking the hairstyle that you’ll wear.
1. Dress loud, hair simple
When it comes to matching the dress and the hair, the key word to remember here is “balance”. If your dress has intricate details, it’s better to stick to a simple hairstyle. On the other hand, if the dress is simple, go for a more elaborate hairstyle.
2. Accessorize, for an added oomph
Remember that your dress is the show-stopper, not the hair. The hair is merely an accessory, just like the jewelry you wear or the bag you carry. The features of the dress should be highlighted and the hair should be more subtle. But if you plan to wear a plain sweetheart princess dress, you can always wear full bouncy locks to give your look a little oomph.
3. Dress high, hair high
Another basis on how to choose your hairstyle is the neckline of the clothing or dress you are wearing. If your dress has a high neckline, you are better off wearing an updo. However, if the dress has a low-cut on the front or the back, you have the option to wear an updo or keep hair loose.
4. Look chic or show it off
The thing is, are you wearing a low-cut dress because you want to show off what you have? Or you simply like how it fits you? If you want to show off, then wear an updo, so that hair doesn’t get in the way of whatever it is you are accentuating. Now if you simply like the dress, wearing your hair loose will calm down the sexiness of the dress. The choice is yours.
5. Wear your hair up or down
What about a strapless or tube dress? This is also a case-to-case basis. Strapless dresses are perfect to highlight statement necklaces and if this is what you’re going for, pull your hair back or do an updo. However, if you don’t like to bare too much skin, wearing hair down is the best choice. It makes the entire look softer.
6. Effortlessly chic
For off-shoulder dresses, which is what I call halfway up and halfway down, the best hairstyle would be the half and half too. Half of the hair is up and half of the hair is loose which makes it look effortless and chic at the same time.
7. High Hairstyles for High-Necked Dresses
8. Half Up, Half Down
If you want a soft and glam look, you can wear a classic half up, half down hairstyle with your v-neck dress. Achieve it by applying some smoothing cream on your wet tresses. Blow dry it until it attains a texture somewhere between curly and straight. Use bobby pins to hold your hair in place.
9. Free-flowing Hairstyles for Round and Square Necklines
Dresses with round or square necklines highlight your shoulders more, be it cap sleeves, long or short sleeves. They also provide a soft, classic, and flattering look for most women. The best hairstyles for this kind of dress are free-flowing hairstyles. Your hair needs to be simple but you can wear braids or clips for a nice touch.
Check out this video from IS run for more tips on how to perfectly match your hairstyle and dress:
A week before the event, wear the dress and wear the hair you like. You can also try different hairstyles to see which matches your dress best. Take photos of yourself and see how you’ll look. You can even look at pictures of hairstyles as your peg. This way, you can also practice how to do your own hair without spending a lot of time during the event day itself.
Oh, and one more important thing, the most important thing to wear is your confidence. You must be confident in the dress you’re wearing and the hairstyle you picked.
To be confident, you must be comfortable. So even if there’s a huge fashion trend going around lately, if you’re not comfortable wearing that, don’t force it. Stick to what looks good on you and what feels good. At the party, date or a formal event, you’ll be rocking it effortlessly!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in April 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.