When it comes to highlighting your favorite features (or concealing something you don’t wish to show), your dress and accessories will be your unfailing allies. With this in mind, we’re starting a series on how to use these elements to your favor, and we’re kicking things off with an inky statement. Do you want to highlight your tattoo or do you prefer to keep things understated for your big day? Whatever the case may be, we’ve got you covered (no pun intended).
Scroll down to read our guide for the tattooed bride!
Accentuate Your Ink
Whether you’re the proud wearer of a sleeve tattoo or you’re donning a dainty little ink accent, consider these dress suggestions to artfully showcase your tattoo.
Low Back & Cutouts
A low-back dress (along with a sophisticated updo) is the perfect way to show your back tattoo. Another daring alternative? Seek cutouts in the back or around your ribs if you happen to have a tattoo in this area.
As if the plunging neckline couldn’t get any flirtier on its own, wearing this with a tattoo that runs down your chest is just sexy at its highest.
Want to highlight your tattoo without actually bearing your skin? Opt for illusion material on your sleeves, chest or anywhere on your torso. It’s ideal for cooler weather and it’s also practical if you want the look of a strapless dress without foregoing the support that sleeves provide.
Hide Your Ink
Not keen on showing your ink? No problem! You can camouflage your tattoo or hide it altogether with these reliable options.
Lace & Beading Placement
Intricate details such as lace and beading are the perfect way to add a little something extra that’ll hide your tattoo whilst putting the spotlight on your lovely dress.
Bolero or Cover-up
If you don’t need much coverage or only want to cover your tattoo for a portion of the day, a lightweight cover-up or bolero is perfect because you can shed it off as soon as you hit the dancefloor! If your wedding takes place in the wintertime, a faux-fur stole is a no-brainer.
It’s simple, chic and sophisticated. A fully lined front and/or back is sure to keep your artwork under wraps (pun totally intended).
Ask Your Makeup Artist
Yes, your makeup artist can cover that, too! This one’s a bit trickier because the makeup could rub against your dress or other surfaces, so use your best judgment (hint: the chest and neck are safe areas!).
Honorable Mention: Henna Tattoos
Henna tattoos are a mainstay component of Indian ceremonies. This temporary type of body art is known as mehndi and, traditionally, a henna party is held for the bride the night before the wedding. During the mehndi ceremony, the bride gets the designs applied to her hands and feet (and sometimes, her relatives get henna tattoos, too!).
Pro-Stylist Tip: Work with your Anomalie Stylist to design a dress and accessories that will work with your tattoo(s)—whether your goal is to highlight or to camouflage your ink.
—Featured image by Mark Tuzman Photography
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