Getting married for the second or third time at 50, we shimmy down the aisle with attitude. Farewell, big white fairy-tale gowns! So long, uptight updos — and any and all rules about what’s “appropriate.”
I tied knot No. 3 at Town Hall in a silver-sequined pencil skirt and an ivory cashmere top. It was June 2005, and I was doing everything in my power to ignore a major makeup meltdown and some industrial-strength hot flashes in progress. (It was much simpler to overlook what the wedding guests thought of it all; there weren’t any!)
If you, too, are determined to make things So Much Easier this time around, here are five tips designed to smooth your path to the altar/chupppa/mosque/justice of the peace.
Wear lace and keep it short. Like the very best wedding toasts, the bride’s dress should be attention-getting, flirty and brief. Come to think of it, skip the wedding gown category altogether and take advantage of today’s knee-length lace-dress trend. To find the one that’s right for you, browse online specialty sites (dressbarn.com, AdriannaPapell.com, eDressMe.com) or the cocktail category of department stores for structured sheaths or fit-and-flare styles. Showing a little leg is sexy — and has wear-again benefits. Stay classic with champagne shades, or let your inner diva fizz in a bright or metallic lace such as ModCloth Fun One Like You Dress, MiXT by Heidi Weisel or Adrianna Papell Long-Sleeve Lace Cocktail Dress.
Apply makeup strategically. Looking great in wedding photos — be they selfies, group shots or videos — requires a look that’s impervious to heat, humidity and nerves. “Long-wear makeup for eyes and brows is your best bet,” makeup guru Bobbi Brown told me. “Fill in your entire lip with liner, then apply l
Keep your energy up. Even if you do your own makeup in advance of the wedding itself, get salon-pampered the day before: A shampoo, a blow-out, a mani-pedi or even a massage can help chase away your jitters. Take a run, do yoga, walk on the treadmill; the endorphins you release will guarantee that nothing — not even a downpour, a catering catastrophe or an 11th-hour case of cold feet — can keep you from marital bliss.
Fore more beauty and style tips for women age 50-plus, take a look at my Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age.
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