It all started with a simple satin ribbon from designers like Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier, who just casually tied them around the waist as a decorative gesture. That little bit of satin has turned into the must-have accessory for brides. The bridal sash is a funny thing… who knew brides needed a belt? But once you tie one around your waist you'll realize it's the perfect accessory. It's just the right touch, and serves a purpose, helping you to highlight your shape, whether your dress has a defined waist or not.
No longer confined to a narrow satin, grosgrain or velvet ribbon, the belt is a major, covetable piece. Available in any width and on just about any fabric you can think of, belts are jeweled, embroidered and dripping with frills and flowers.
Bridal designer Anne Barge created fabulous belts that can be worn with any gown. We loved her crystal and pearl encrusted belt with large mother of pearl flowers. Reem Acra stitched hers with magenta silk flowers while Lazaro chose black for the Tara Keely collection.
Accessory designer Jennifer Behr has added beaded belts in solid rhinestones and jeweled sashes to her line-up. Jewelry-genius Ranjana Khan, who designs the most delicious accessories for brides, doubles up the fabulous on her belts as she nestles rows of Swarovski crystals in between strips of white mink. Totally irresistible.
Be-jewel, be-feather, be-ribbon. Don't waste this opportunity to make the most of your middle.