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Wedding belles! The NEW Suburban Turban bridal headwear range and bridal style tips for hair loss

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 15:17:00 Europe/London

Suburban Turban bridal headwear range for brides experiencing hair loss

We have been overwhelmed by the AMAZING reaction to the NEW Suburban Turban bridal range - THANK YOU to everyone who has 'Liked' our sneak preview shots on Facebook, retweeted them on Twitter and made so many wonderful comments!

Here, Suburban Turban's founder, Nicky Zip, explains the inspiration behind this exciting new collection, which answers a very real need - and talks us through each gorgeous style!

What can a bride wear on her wedding day if she is experiencing extensive hair loss? We receive emails from many clients with long term hair loss concerns asking what they can wear for their ‘big day’. It seems there is little out there when it comes to stylish bridal headwear that completely covers your head. 

Beyond the 'beanie': bridal headwear that is beautiful in its own right

We’re not talking cream beanies (!) but beautiful, elegant headwear to complement your stunning gown. So after much sampling and a good hunt for a range of soft cream jerseys, we are pleased to introduce our new range of bridal headpieces that not only provide complete coverage but also make a chic and stylish fashion statement on your most important of days. The styles modelled by the lovely Esther caused quite a stir when we were photographing them for our shoot at the Grace of Westcott bridal shop, wearing a beautiful gown by Johanna Hehir.  A couple of brides visited whilst we were doing the shoot and loved the styling (and they had no idea this was a shoot for hair loss).

Suburban Turban bridal headwear collection

Style One: Silk tulle/satin jersey hat

Cream silk tulle turban satin fabric knot worn by mature bride

Silk tulle and satin are wrapped around a cream jersey base that stretches to hug the head of the wearer. The drape detailing goes all the way round the hat, ensuring 360° elegance from every angle!

Side view of cream tulle wedding turban

Style 2: Cream jersey turban with pearl knot detail, birdcage veil

Cream hat with veil for bride by Suburban Turban

This design is pleated and draped all the way round the head. The soft jersey turban stretches to hug the head of the wearer. Jersey pleating disguises defined head shape, as does the birdcage veiling and adds soft volume to the bride’s profile.

Back view of bride with chemo hair loss wearing cream hat with veil

Style 3: ‘Selina’ in palest cream

Selina style cream turban for brides experiencing hair loss

A simple draped cream jersey turban in viscose jersey, (jersey weight is slightly thicker), with self trim ‘water lily’. This is available in 2 shades of cream: a soft white/palest cream and a pale ivory (which when layered comes up slightly warmer than the first colour).

Plain cream turban with side fabric flower trim for brides

The story behind the new Suburban Turban bridal collection

The first bride we worked with back in 2010 was the lovely Carly, who kindly wrote a detailed blog piece for us about her search for headwear and the process we went through to create her own bridal headpiece. Carly has Alopecia and wanted to feel her ‘usual’ self in some form of headwear on the day.  And yet you will read during the course of her article even she wasn’t prepared for the attention and focus this particular hat would bring her. You can read the full account, Beyond The Dress, here on the blog.

close up of bride wearing cream turban hat with veil

More recently we have worked with 2 brides who were getting married following cancer treatment, but their hair was still very much in the early stages of growing back. Our bride, Nicole, didn’t want to cover her head completely but she felt her head needed ‘dressing’ to match her beautiful fishtail wedding gown and this in turn would balance her whole silhouette as she walked in. We designed a wide headband in silk jersey covered with silk tulle veiling, held in place with small pearls. (There was even a small face veil that could be tucked up into the headband once the ceremony was over.) This added some soft volume around her face, distracting the eye from the short ‘Audrey Hepburn’ crop emerging underneath. For such a simple item it had real ‘WOW!’ factor and crowned her day beautifully.

Meanwhile, Debbie - in her own words a ‘mature’ bride but one with great flair and style (!) - had found her dress and we worked with her and her dressmaker to ensure we got the colour correct and matched the 1950’s style of the dress. Debbie’s bridal headpiece completely covered her head – a cream silk jersey turban, so it was super-comfortable to wear all day - completely covered in veiling and picking up on the detailing of her dress.

Style tips for brides with hair loss

 It’s worth knowing there are many shades of cream. Hence the reason why we quote international thread colour ranges, so that you can assess the colour (hopefully wherever you are) by looking at a cotton reel. This has been essential when designing long-distance. We have created headwear for special occasions all over the world from Costa Rica, New Zealand, Europe and of course the UK.

•  Your choice of headwear should look 'intentional'. There are a few ‘tips and tricks’ we use in our selection of fabrics and the draping we incorporate into the styles that make the final design look this way. What do we mean by ‘intentional’? Well, it means we are not simply looking to cover the head but to create a purposeful fashion look. Much like a mother of the bride’s wedding hat which has been designed and dyed to match her outfit, the brief is no different except we are working in cream. We follow the style of the gown, and are sensitive to the sense of occasion, so that the headwear blends beautifully on the day and our brides feel super confident and comfortable.

 Style is in the balance. One tip I would offer: if you are considering a full head covering, select a slightly less ornate dress. It doesn’t have to be completely plain, by any means, but a ‘hat’ does make a difference and your ‘look’ changes. Instantly, you are more dressy and dramatic.

•  Get the full, overall view. Always remember to try everything on together and to look in a full length mirror! Our new styles remember the 1920/30’s and with the draped column dress designs we selected, it worked perfectly - all very Great Gatsby!

Cream bridal turban worn by young bride with cancer hair loss

All styles can be sized to your head fitting and we recommend that you allow a 6-8 week lead time before your big event, so that our seamstresses can work with you to create your perfect bridal hat.

We would like to wish all our brides a gloriously confident day and many congratulations! Our new styles are previewed here but will be listing on the website shortly.  You can contact us directly via the website if you require further information about any of the styles listed here.

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Do I have to pay VAT?

If you are experiencing hair loss you may not have to pay the VAT on some of our products. Headwear we have designed and manufactured specifically for hair loss wear is exempted. ‘Standard’ items of headwear such as scarves, brooches, some winter/summer hats by other designers, skincare are not eligible. They have not been ‘adapted’ for special wear. The ‘status’ of items will be displayed in your basket, before ordering, once a short health declaration is completed.

During checkout you will be asked to confirm that you will be using our products for your own personal medical purposes.

It is a legal requirement stipulated by HRMC that Suburban Turban Ltd can justify our customers’ VAT exemption status. Please be aware that these details maybe verified at a later date.