Wedding accessories: Sashes for your gownChelsea Clinton brought sashes into the limelight when she sported one for her wedding.

The lovely lavender one Khloe Kardashian wore in her wedding to Lamar Odom made other brides rush to custom-make one. Don’t you want one of these elegant sashes too?

A sash is a versatile item you can create easily. That’s one reason to have one.

Two, it’s easily added on to a dress (and just as easy to remove).

Three, it can sport the latest accessory trends – feathers, glittering gems, or whatever takes your fancy – that you think match your dress.

Lastly, you can also use a sash as a necklace or hairband if you work with a ribbon that’s 1-2cm broad.

TYPES OF SASHES AND OTHER WEDDING ACCESSORIES

  • Ribbons make good sashes. Broad ones (about 8cm wide) work well as waist sashes. Sew two pieces of the same length back to back and you get a sash thick enough to take the weight of a few diamante brooches.
  • Make a DIY hairband: Tie a thin ribbon (about 1.5-2.5cm wide) to a glittery bracelet and you have a piece to wear as a necklace or hairband.
  • Add bling to your sash: Shop for diamante bracelets, brooches or earrings to use for your sash. Remove the original frames, and re-attach an item to a ribbon.
  • Floral details: If you have crafty fingers, fashion a flower out of tulle, sew a diamante button through the centre of the tulle flower, then attach it to a ribbon. Now, you have an all-purpose accessory.

Pictured on the left: Oval-shaped crystal attachment, $32.10; rectangular crystal attachment, $26.75; diamante buttons, $3-$4 each, and diamante twirl strip, $32 per metre (far right), all from Sin Hin Chuan Kee. Feather accessory, $17, from Diva.

SINGAPORE STOCKISTS
Diva, B4-25, Ion Orchard, Tel: 6509 8155.
Sin Hin Chuan Kee, 796 & 798 North Bridge Road, Tel: 6298 8000.

This article was originally published in Her World Brides June-August 2011.