Veiled Beauty | Choosing the perfect birdcage veil
There are so many different types of birdcage veils floating around… but what should you consider when choosing the perfect birdcage veil?
I love this question. Why? Because it comes down to a few simple things and once you’ve decided on these details, the rest is easy. Firstly, your chosen hair style. Second, the coverage you’re after and finally, your personal preference.
You may have heard a range of different names to describe a birdcage veil – blusher veil, angle veil, venetian veil, birdcage veil, bandeau veil. But there are some key differences.
To begin with, what is common to all of them is they are made from netting or tulle. At a basic level, there are many differences in the way they are cut and constructed that can change the overall look of each piece.
Blusher veil/angle veil/wedge veil:
This style of birdcage veil is shorter and smaller (approximately 9” from the comb to the edge of the veil). It is often worn at an angle near the temple giving you a slight wedge over one eye. The Abbey is an example of a blusher veil exudes playfulness and a little bit of vintage quirk with sophistication.
Birdcage veil/cage veil:
A birdcage veil is a full veil that sits further back towards the crown of your head, or at an angle towards the side. It is roughly 12” to 18” from the comb to the edge of veil. The Marilyn veil is an example of a 12″ birdcage veil.
Depending on where it is positioned, it offers more coverage than a blusher veil and will frame your eyes and cheekbones. If a birdcage veil is positioned at the crown, it should fall roughly to the tip of your nose or your cheekbone.
Bandeau veil/venetian veil:
The bandeau veil features a band of netting that can be pinned behind each ear. It is a versatile piece as it can be positioned to cover the face or just the forehead and hair if preferred. Bandeau veils range in sizes from 4” tall (often referred to as a venetian veil – think femme fatale appeal) to 9” in height.
The Parker bandeau veil in the shop is the full height at 9”.
All three styles are versatile and they can be worn alone or paired with a pretty fascinator or comb.
The right veil for you will depend on the hairstyle you have chosen, your face shape, your dress, and whether you are planning to finish off the veil with a fascinator or adornment.