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Over The Top Wedding Veils From Around The Globe

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There’s something we have to address: we stan an over the top wedding veil. Hey, we just generally like a good veil. Because, if you’re going to go to the effort of veiling your face at your wedding, then why not put in a little more effort, and make your look extra AF? We’ve put together a collection of choice OTT wedding veil looks so that you can drool over them. Read on to find out which wedding veil style is your favorite!

1. Match the lace with the dress.

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This bride has done such a good job matching the lace on her veil with the lace on her dress, that it’s hard to tell where the dress ends and the veil begins! Part of perfecting a dramatic princess-like look is ensuring that you’re overflowing with delicate lace. Clearly, this groom is besotted with his gorgeous bride, and her style just completes shot.

2. Adorn the veil with pearls. 

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Take this pearl of wisdom: decorating your veil in pearls is one way to make sure that it’s as eye-catching as possible. What’s the bet that this bride’s pearls are something old, or something new, or maybe something borrowed? This bride has played it smart when it came to wearing her set of pearls: with them weighing down the veil at the front, hopefully, everything stayed in place for both the ceremony and the reception!

3. Stuff tradition.

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Who needs to do down the traditional route and wear the same kind of veil that everyone else is wearing? This bride has opted for a Hat-supported veil, which means that she’s not only protected from the sun for the day, but she’s also got her veil secured for as long as she needs it! Just think about how classy you’d look if you were in her shoes – or veil – while walking down the aisle.

4. Bigger is better.

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One easy way to really go over the top with your wedding veil is to wear the biggest veil you can find! You don’t necessarily need to get a super long veil to pull off this look. In fact, you may find it easier to manage the veil if doesn’t reach the floor. The catch is in making sure that the weight of your voluminous veil is well-balanced, so it doesn’t fall off your head!

5. Longer is lovely, too.

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Nothing screams “majestic” more than having an extra-long veil. We’re talking longer-than-your-train kind of long. Even if your hair is pulled back in a classic style, your long veil can make it seem like you’ve got to-die-for tresses. Can you imagine trying to pull off a Pantene-appropriate hair swish with a long veil like this? In short, it would be epic

6. Your veil can be your crowning glory.

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If you think that your veil isn’t extra enough for your big day, then why not jazz up your style with a crown? Especially since a tiara can be the ultimate accessory if you want to feel like a queen on your wedding day. This bride has pulled off the look effortlessly, by making sure not to overdo it with other jewelry and accessories.

7. Longer, plus bigger, equals magnificent.

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This bride knows how to go all out with her veil. It’s long, and it’s big, and it’s wonderful! See the way that the veil is opaque? That means it’s got to be hella heavy. This bride is carrying some weight on her head.

8. It’s not just about the veil’s style, it’s about how you wear it.

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This bride knows how to rock a veil. It’s transparent enough that you can see her face and her divine makeup, but it’s opaque enough that the back of her head is pretty well concealed.

9. It’s all about the little details.

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The best way to show off your love of over the top veils is to wear one that has the tiniest, and most intricate, lace detail through it. It’s feminine, and it’s just such a special way of putting your own unique touch on the veil, too. Personalization is everything these days, amigos. 

10. Consider the design at the edge of the veil.

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The thing is, you need to think about how to protect your veil from getting really wrecked while you’re traipsing through town taking timeless wedding photos. Because let’s face it, the ground is just filled with grime. So, if you have a solid hem around the edge of the veil, you know that it should help in protecting your veil against snagging and becoming ruined. And you know what else? You can use the hem to invest in a little extra-ness, just like this bride here.

11. Consider how the veil looks on camera.

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There is no way that this shot occurred naturally. This bride would have been planning this photo for months, thinking about how she’d need someone to stand just a little off-camera to maneuver a giant fan, and how she’d need a wedding veil that would look just right. That’s why she picked the most over the top veil, complete with lace designs throughout, to really get the effect she wanted. Learn from this, babes.

12. Stuff the white veil.

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Who needs a white veil when you could just go all-out in red? Who are we kidding: over the top wedding veils include standout wedding hairpieces, as well. Besides, a deep crimson like this color captures the real spirit of the wedding – true love and passion.

13. Veils don’t need to have straight edges!

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Curves are cute, too. This bride clearly knew this when she was picking her veil and followed suit. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are going for this style, consider how it’s going to work with your hair on the big day. The trickiest part is figuring out how to tuck it in properly so you can show off the beauty of the veil, without it falling out halfway through the fiesta!

14. Keep the detail at the tail of the veil.

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We all know that the part of the veil everyone sees the most when you’re walking down the aisle is the end of it. So, why not save the most over the top parts of the veil to the very end? It means everyone can appreciate your taste, and you’re not going to be kicking yourself over the fact that the best part of your veil is hidden away in your perfectly-coiffed hair. It’s a win-win for all.

So, which wedding veil style was your favorite? Were the veils too over the top for you, or not extra enough for your tastes? Tell us about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

Converse Is Putting Dominican Art On Their Shoes And Here’s How People Are Feeling About The Decision

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Converse Is Putting Dominican Art On Their Shoes And Here’s How People Are Feeling About The Decision

Influencer Ray Polanco Jr. and Converse have collaborated again for Latinx Heritage Month as a part of the “Converse by LatinX” collection. Polanco Jr. recruited artist Eric Narváez to hand draw and create a Chuck Taylor that featured coloring book style art of Dominican iconography. 

The collection also features work from tattoo artist Don Rimx, and Mexican and Colombian artist Paloma Montoya. Each of Polanco Jr.’s shoes will have a unique pattern of the cultural iconography — that means every pair is one of a kind. 

Ray Polanco Jr. Uses Dominican Upbringing As Inspiration

“Inspired by Ray Polanco Jr.’s experience growing up Dominican in New York City, the hand-drawn images encourage wearers to bring the design to life with color transforming the Chuck Taylor into a cultural coloring book for your feet. Make the “Puro Platano” story your own. Shout to Uptown,” the Converse description reads.

Puto Plátano

“What a feeling… meet my new @converse the “puro plátano 2”  — a cultural coloring book for your feet inspired by my experience growing up Dominican in NYC. I want the world to get to know us beyond flag colors, so I designed a visual story of pride. I left the hand-drawn images blank so YOU can collab with me. the reality is us LatinX come in all colors, so I want u to make these ur own,” Polanco Jr. wrote on Instagram. 

This isn’t the first time Polanco Jr. has brought Dominican pride to Chuck Taylors

Polanco Jr. collaborated with Converse on the Puro Plátano last year. It was a simple plátano green shoe with the words “puro platano” on the side in gold letters. 

“As a storyteller, I believe sneakers are the perfect canvas to communicate a message because we all wear some kind of footwear. Last year, I wanted to get the world to know more about Dominicans beyond just the colors of our flag and I thought food was the best way to do that, which led to transforming the Chuck Taylor into a Platano. This year, I wanted to connect on a deeper level with the ‘Puro Platano’ story by collaging distinct images from my experience growing up Dominican in New York City,” Polanco Jr. told Footwear News

This year he really amped up the Dominican iconography. There’s rolos, plátanos, bachata dancersandbottles of rum among other familiar images to anyone who grew up in The Bronx.

“A lot of the shoe is inspired by family: my dad playing dominoes at the bodega with his friends, my mom wearing rolos in her hair after the beauty salon, and things like that.” he said. “Shout out to my sister who would cop Chucks in every color on Fordham Road in the Bronx back in the day. Beyond my story, I feel like anyone who grew up in NYC will connect with at least one thing on the shoe and hopefully, other people in different cities can relate, too.” 

Polanco Jr. is not the only artist included in Converse’s LatinX collection.

Paloma Montoya

Mexican and Colombian artist Paloma Montoya’s artwork was inspired by Colombian culture, like its cafes, people, and vallenato musicians and singers.

“I was born from my father, a Mexican and my mother from #medellincolombia, but I was raised by my mother and maternal grandparents. All #antioqueños. I grew up on arepas, tamales and empanadas #colombianos , sancocho and natilla. I listened to Carlos Vives and know the lyrics (in Spanish) to Jaime R. Echavarría’s Serenata de Amor – Thanks Mamita,” Paloma wrote in her Instagram caption. 

“My grandparents bought the house in South Gate. I’ve been here all my life, I didn’t embrace my Mexican side from my father, I embraced it here with my friends who are Mexican and Mexican-American. Mexico and South Gate run through my blood, but I have generations and generations of Colombian blood in me. Maybe that’s why I think about going back often? Maybe that’s why when I went and met my relatives high up in the mountains of #antioquia – it felt like home. This pair is for you Mom, Mamita and Papito.” 

Don Rimx

Puerto Rican muralist and tattoo artist, Don Rimx also got a chance to make his own custom sneaker. The unique pattern mimics rosary beads and colorful feathers. 

“Muy honrado de poder colaborar con @converse en este proyecto para diseñar un patron para el Chuck Taylor dandole un giro personalizado con el estilo original de Don Rimx inspirado en su cultura y el camino por andar,” Rimx wrote on Instagram. 

The Converse by LatinX collection is available now. Shout out to Converse for hiring these independent Latinx artists as well! 

Fashion Nova Debuted A Halloween Collection Inspired by Iconic Fashion Moments — Including Selena’s Purple Jumper And J.Lo’s Versace Gown

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Fashion Nova Debuted A Halloween Collection Inspired by Iconic Fashion Moments — Including Selena’s Purple Jumper And J.Lo’s Versace Gown

Fashion Nova dropped it’s Halloween collection and it is massive. However, there’s one particular section that is causing a stir: celebrity dupes. While Fashion Nova has had multiple run-ins with celebrities over copying their looks and the looks of independent designers, that hasn’t stopped them one bit. This time around they want you to dress up in your favorite celebrities’ most iconic outfits — with slightly more skin showing. 

Some people like to make their own costumes, others like to buy their own costumes. If you fall into the latter group and don’t mind baring it all, you might want to check out the internet retailer’s Cardi B, Selena Quintanilla, Jennifer Lopez, Aaliyah, and Lil Kim costumes.

Fashion Nova launches Celebrity Halloween Costume Collection

Fashion Nova has launched its new season of Halloween costumes. They’re claiming they have the “sexiest” costumes on the internet. Because you know, that’s the most important thing, being sexy. I personally, couldn’t care less how women dress on Halloween, but I do think we should have options other than essentially walking around naked during one of the colder months of the year. 

All your faves are available

This time around, Fashion Nova has continued to dupe celebrity outfits. Although Kara Nesvig of Teen Vogue makes an important point, “As fun as these costumes may be, Fashion Nova has landed in hot water after being accused of knocking off clothing designs from both independent designers and big names, like a look-alike of the Mugler dress worn by Kim Kardashian West that was made the brand and sold just days after she wore it, causing Kardashian West to speak out. While these Halloween designs are ‘celebrity-inspired,’ it’s worth remembering where each came from and honoring the designers and inspiration behind each look as you rake in the Halloween candy come October 31.”

Jennifer Lopez

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This look is so iconic — and you may not know this – it is the reason Google image search exists. When J. Lo wore this super-duper low-cut Versace dress to the 2000 Grammy Awards so many people were searching for it that Google came up with the idea for a way to search for specific images. Her impact! 

“People wanted more than just text. This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention,” Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt said. “At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no sure-fire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: JLo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.”

Lil Kim

When Lil Kim wore her purple one-armed (and one-boobed) jumpsuit and matching wig to the 1999 VMAs, it caused quite a stir. While announcing an award with Diana Ross, Ross grabbed Lil Kim’s boob. It’s hard to believe that Janet Jackson was ostracized from Hollywood years later for exposing her pasty-covered nipple at the Super Bowl, but life makes no sense.

Selena

This controversial reinterpretation of Selena’s iconic disco outfit had some fans last Halloween clutching their pearls on social media. “What would Selena’s father think?” Many asked. Who cares? He was always controlling of her body in the most sexist way with regard to how she dressed. Or are we blinded by machismo here? Selena herself never agreed with him, so why do we care what he thinks? 

Saying her dad would have abused her if he saw this makes the argument kind of null. We don’t know if Selena would have liked or hated this. Sometimes that’s just how it be.

Aaliyah

The “One in a Million” costume pays homage to Aaliyah’s “Try Again” music video outfit. This is probably the most accurate of the bunch. 

Cardi B

Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy album cover comes to life here. I am assuming that because the cover only features the top of Cardi’s body, Fashion Nova just assumed she wasn’t wearing pants? The rapper has had multiple collections with Fashion Nova so it is no surprise to see her included here. 

“You’re going to see a lot of skin,” the rapper said. “A lot of cleavage. But yet it’s so pretty and so elegant. I made sure it was sexy but also beautiful,” Cardi said of her second Fashion Nova collection, which sold a $1 million worth of product within 24 hours of its launch. 

Fashion Nova refuses to acknowledge that sometimes the weather is cold, but anyone who is going to buy one of these costumes probably doesn’t care either. Check out Fashion Nova’s Halloween collection here