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Per­sonal stylist Sena Hus­band on choos­ing the right dress and be­ing com­fort­able with your look

Mother-of-two Sena

Hus­band par­lays her in­nate sense of style into a per­sonal styling busi­ness. She talks to Hong Kong Tatler Wed­dings about choos­ing the right dress for your venue and be­ing com­fort­able with your look

What ad­vice do you give to brides on find­ing the right look for the big day? Stay true to your­self—on ev­ery­thing you de­cide. De­fine the mood and at­mo­sphere of your dream wed­ding, and I believe that it will guide you and keep you on track to make the right de­ci­sions. What was the best piece of style ad­vice you re­ceived for your wed­ding? “Be your most time­less self.” So I chose pieces that I know I will love for­ever, as they rep­re­sent a part of my style that will never change. Give us your three “Don’ts” for brides.

1. Don’t lose your­self. It’s a big day so there is a ten­dency to overdo ev­ery­thing, but you will look the most beau­ti­ful when you feel com­fort­able in your own skin. This ap­plies to your style in gen­eral, not just on your big day.

2. Don’t clash with your lo­ca­tion. Ma­te­ri­als look and work best in their “nat­u­ral habi­tat.” If you are get­ting mar­ried in a trop­i­cal lo­ca­tion, avoid ma­te­ri­als that look best in a city (such as silk and tulle) and vice versa.

3. Don’t overdo the hair and make-up. Don’t look like some­one else on this spe­cial day. It’s a dis­as­ter when all you can see is bridal makeup—it’s the most beau­ti­ful when the bride shines through. When it comes to bridal ac­ces­sories, what do you rec­om­mend? I think these should be per­sonal. They are pieces that will have per­sonal mem­o­ries at­tached for ever. So I believe all of your ac­ces­sories should have a story. Ac­ces­sories are your per­sonal touch that can make you feel ex­tra spe­cial on your wed­ding day.

For my wed­ding, I wore a pair of Alexan­der McQueen Ivy gloves, and a pair of mir­rored heel-less shoes that no one could see un­less I picked my dress up—but they were de­signed for me by my dear friend Nori­taka Tate­hana, who has been de­sign­ing shoes for me for years. They were a re­ally spe­cial piece for me to wear that day. How do you pick an un­for­get­table bridal dress? I co-de­signed my wed­ding gown, which was such a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence.

To par­take in the cre­ation of a dress that is only for you is some­thing I would re­ally rec­om­mend. You don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to go de­signer cou­ture: there are amaz­ing tai­lors and bridal de­sign­ers that can work to­gether with you to cre­ate your unique look.

A PER­SONAL TOUCH Sena and Paul Hus­band on their wed­ding day. Sena wears cus­tom-made shoes de­signed by Nori­taka Tate­hana

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