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Every little girl loves to play at dressing up. Stumbling around in mummy’s high heels, lips painted scarlet and a big straw hat. Sun drenched playroom memories and tea parties with teddies; all very idyllic and full of sugar plum dreams. All this swirling around in fairyland is what a little girl’s dreams are made of, the beautiful princess waiting for prince charming, and the precursor to a life of happy ever after. Yes, every girl’s big day begins with a dressing up box.
There are many potential moments in a woman’s life that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. A high school prom, pageant queen, graduate, engagement and wedding name a few. Life is just full of celebrations and a lady likes to feel like the belle of the ball and the princess of the palace on such occasions. The biggest day of all though is when the princess gets to marry prince charming, and that is a big box of dressing up to deal with.
The journey begins in boutiques full of lace and frills and veils and trains, bodices and glass slippers; Cinderella has so much to choose from so she can go to the ball. But the biggest choice of all for the belle to be to make is choosing her crowning glory, a tiara. This is the pinnacle of princess-ness and will be a trinket to treasure for life. The grown up girl can put it on at any time and twirl away in a sun splashed memory of the day the prince arrived on his stunning steed.
Historically tiaras have been associated with the rich and the royal, but were much different to the star spangled and gem encrusted bands we know today. The name has it’s origins in Persia and was adopted into the Latin language to give us the word we know today. In the early years, this type of crown was typically a conical head ornament made out of fabric or leather and often decorated with feathers, jewels and even horns. Having this type of head adornment always symbolised the power or influence of the wearer. It is these connotations of importance and wealth that give the latter day versions of the headdress credibility for use as a bridal accessory.
Nowadays, the tiaras we know are most commonly delicate and jewel splashed semi circular bands, and the princess with the biggest and most valuable collection in the world is Queen Elizabeth II. We can hardly expect to outdo royalty on a big day, but there are plenty of products out there that mean a lady can give it a good try. The best way forward is to trail around a few boutiques and try on different styles to find out which is the most flattering and the most comfortable. Like buying any other piece of expensive jewellery, go for something that is timeless, classic and that will be adored enough to adorn time and time again.
There is a huge choice of shape and size: round ones, band ones, crown ones; tall ones or short ones. Then there are choices to be made between heavily jewelled or delicately crafted; gold and silver or platinum and pearl; rubies and diamonds or simple and stylishly understated. The choice belongs to the princess alone. The one thing that is guaranteed is that once the decision has been made, the princess gets to dress up as a little girl one more time before becoming the woman she always dreamed of; but his requires a tiara of a different calibre altogether. As a hen on the last boozy night out as a single girl, the only tiara that should be adorned should be made from the finest silver plastic and the fluffiest pink marabou.