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Birdcage Veils - Dramatic, Classy and Elegant

Birdcage veils are also referred to as a bird cage veil, cage veil, cage blusher, pouf veil and sometimes, just simply, a face veil.  You've no doubt seen models and celebrities wearing these amazing veils and looking gorgeous in US and European fashion magazines. Why? Well, the vintage styling is always classy and always chic. Cage veils just never go out of style.   

Angled Birdcage Veil by Ellen Marie

Above, Isadora Angle Birdcage Veil

Women have plenty of opportunities to wear these classy headpieces. A birdcage veil can be worn as a wedding veil, bridesmaids veil, or just as a decorative headpiece for a night out on the town or special occasion!  Pair your birdcage veil with a hair flower clip or feather fascinator hair piece for a bolder and more intense look.  Birdcage veils are a treat to wear and go with so many different styles of dresses and gowns. The resulting look is truly elegant and stunning.

Birdcage Veil with Feather Flower Fascinator

Bandeau Birdcage Veil in Black

Can I wear a birdcage veil?

A definite, resounding yes is our answer! Birdcage veils can be worn with different hairstyles: long hair, short hair, an up-do. Birdcage veils come in several different styles and lengths to choose from.  Depending on your desired look, a birdcage veil may be worn on the front of the face, or cover the entire head.  In terms of length, the veil netting can come down to cover one or both eyes, down to the nose or chin, or even cover the entire face-- each has a different and very dramatic, sexy look.   The typical birdcage veil length for a partial face veil is 8-9 inches of netting and 18 inches of netting for a full face veil.  Cage veils are also often worn as an attached part of a headpiece, such as a tiara, usually resulting in a flirtatious veil pouf. Imagine yourself in one of these classy numbers- stunning!   

The right birdcage veil for you

Cage veils can be made of several different netting choices such as: Russian net (also referred to as Russian veiling), French net (also referred to as French veiling) which is softer in texture than Russian netting, vintage silk veiling, fishnet, tulle, or illusion veiling materials.  Most birdcage veils feature a classic diamond-shaped netting (Russian or French net), usually employing accents such as chenille dots or crystal accents.  Veiling is available in all colors though common colors are classic white, ivory, and black. Custom cage veil makers will normally offer color choices and will customize to meet your specific needs.

Depending on the style desired, the veil may feature two side combs for attaching the veil to each side of the head, or they may also be attached to a single comb for placement in the center or top of the head, or on just one side.  They may also be attached to a hat or hair ornament such as a feather fascinator or hair flower.  The veil may be worn straight, or at a jaunty angle, allowing just one eye to peek through. 

Undoubtedly, with all this versatility, a bird cage veil can be a classy alternative to the full length traditional wedding veil. You will be a mix between vintage and modern all at the same time.  And believe me, you don't have to be getting married to wear a beautiful cage veil.   Colored veils make a great adornment for any special occasion and are super fun to wear.  If you're looking for bridesmaids veils that don't detract too much attention away from the bride, a small cage veil or blusher veil is a great choice. 

Angle Veil - Above the Eyes Forehead Veil Flapper Veil

Tulle Bird Cage Veil

vintage birdcage veil

A Brief History of Veils

While the birdcage veil has a definite retro or vintage flair, the truth is that the practice of wearing veils and headpieces has been around for centuries!  Veils have been worn to represent both virginity, as well as to evoke a sense of mystery and sensuality.  And the birdcage veil is one of the most versatile of all, because it can be worn for many different occasions.

Here is a brief history of veils, courtesy of 

The first recorded instance of veiling for women is recorded in an Assyrian legal text from the 13th century BCE, which restricted its use to noble women and forbade prostitutes and common women from adopting it. Greek texts have also spoken of veiling and seclusion of women being practiced among the Persian elite. Statues from depict women both veiled and unveiled, and it seems to be regarded as an attribute of higher status.

Classical Greek and Hellenistic statues sometimes depict Greek women with both their head and face covered by a veil. Caroline Galt and Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones have both argued from such representations and literary references that it was commonplace for women (at least those of higher status) in ancient Greece to cover their hair and face in public.

For many centuries, until around 1175, Anglo-Saxon and then Anglo-Norman women, with the exception of young unmarried girls, wore veils that entirely covered their hair, and often their necks up to their chins (see wimple). Only in the Tudor period (1485), when hoods became increasingly popular, did veils of this type become less common.

For centuries, women have worn sheer veils, but only under certain circumstances. Sometimes a veil of this type was draped over and pinned to the bonnet or hat of a woman in, especially at the funeral and during the subsequent period of "high mourning". They would also have been used, as an alternative to a mask, as a simple method of hiding the identity of a woman who was traveling to meet a lover, or doing anything she didn't want other people to find out about. More pragmatically, veils were also sometimes worn to protect the complexion from sun and wind damage (when un-tanned skin was fashionable), or to keep dust out of a woman's face, much as the keffiyeh is used today. 

Conversely, veils are often part of the stereotypical image of the courtesan and harem woman. Here, rather than the virginity of the bride's veil, modesty of the Muslim scarf or the piety of the nun's headdress, the mysterious veil hints at sensuality and the unknown. (Source: Wikipedia)

How to Wear a Birdcage Veil

wedding birdcage veilWith attitude!  Obviously, in the modern day, veils are worn primarily as an accessory, for expressing a sense of drama and fashion to spice up an outfit.  You can wear a veil any day, if your personality and sense of style permits it, but commonly, veils are worn for formal events when extraordinary adornment is desirable such as weddings, horse races and high society events, and so on.  If you have occasion to wear a veil, then by all means, take advantage of the opportunity and have fun with it.

It's amazing how just a tiny piece of Russian netting or French veiling can completely transform your appearance and boost your confidence at the same time.

Is a Cage Veil the Right Choice?

Birdcage veils are a little less formal, than say, a traditional chapel length or cathedral veil for weddings.  They are a fabulous option for the modern woman who is willing to express her individuality and uniqueness.  There is something so dramatic and alluring about a tiny swatch of netting draped over the eye!  

Commonly called a cage blusher, it adds a little something to complete your ensemble and draw attention to your eyes and face, without being too "over the top".  They can be worn with all styles of gown, from short, tea length, and informal gowns, to full length bridal gowns.  And yes--you may choose a colored veil, even for your wedding.  It really is so versatile, that it is up to you!  

And, if you're looking for discount birdcage veils, or cheap wedding veils, this might be a great option over a fancy designer one for sale at the bridal salon, particularly if you are a bit crafty and willing to make it yourself.

The net veil is commonly attached to a hat, thus known as a visor veil.  Hat veils can be the perfect touch for an informal wedding, as well.  And surely you have seen these worn with hair flowers and feathers for a fresh and modern, yet totally classy look that never goes out of style. 

Plus, for an informal wedding or a less formal wedding gown, the bird cage veil is a perfect match that won't overwhelm a simple gown or elegant understated style.  This is also a perfect choice for bachelorette party veil.

Best of all, this is the perfect style whether you have short hair or long hair, and whether you are young or old, tall or short.

Something Old is New Again

The bottom line is that birdcage pouf veils are fabulous, flirty, and fun.  Enjoy this return of a vintage classic, and enjoy feeling thoroughly modern and stylish.  Enjoy browsing the pages of this website where you can learn how to make your own birdcage veil, or purchase a couture one-of-a-kind headpiece and veil from our shop or one of our advertisors.

Just for a bit of trivia, some common misspellings of veil include: wedding vail, wedding vale, and birdcage vale.

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