By Malinda Macari, Owner of Your Dream Bridal
Henry Longfellow once said: “love keeps the cold out better than a cloak,” and I would agree. While staying warm may not be a concern when you get engaged in May, by the time January rolls around, you may want something to keep the chill away. An added bonus? With cover ups, a subtle change from ceremony to reception will give you two unique looks to flaunt on your wedding day.
If chosen properly with your gown in mind, a beautiful shawl or delicate sweater can accentuate the shape and details of the dress. As a New Year’s Day bride myself, I had a lovely strapless dress but realized that I may get cold during pictures. I searched for something I could easily take on and off throughout the evening and hopefully wear long after my wedding day. In a small Boston boutique, I found a short, shimmery blazer that complemented my fuller gown and accentuated my waistline. Since then it has become a staple in my wardrobe and a classic piece I will always love wearing.
For those of you that have winter wedding nuptials in your future, here are a few beautiful options for a flawless look that will accentuate, not hide, that stunning wedding gown. And remember with gowns being so many different versions of white or ivory, your cover up doesn’t have to match exactly. Sometimes your coverup could be your pop of color!
Blazers give a tailored twist to any gown, particularly those with flirty details like ruffles or chiffon. Offsetting a contoured top with a more playful design can play to a bride’s edgier side. Add a little sparkle to your big day by choosing sequins or opt for a crisp white blazer for a sophisticated and tailored look.
Tulle shawls, with a naturally ethereal nature adds romance to more structured gowns. The transparent fabric lends well to photos and won’t hide the design of your dress. This also complements a backless dress, giving the same illusion of romanticism without taking away from the design.
Sleeved lace can provide coverage to beautiful corset bodices or sweetheart necklines, by adding a pop of texture without overshadowing the simplicity of a more conservative design. Opt for one that opens in the front, showing off a plunging neckline. Or, consider slipovers that clasp in the back, and cover the entire chest – they are a beautiful modern take on a more conservative style.
Cotton/cashmere sweaters complement a sweetheart neckline as well as fuller ball gowns. Channel your inner Kate Middleton and pair a fun white angora bolero with your gown for a flirty reception look. Choose a simple upper clasp or a side wrap for added elegance. This is another opportunity to add a pop of subtle color into your wedding-day wardrobe, while staying warm. You have the freedom to highlight your wedding colors, or to match it to your bridesmaids dresses by choosing a softer version for your cover-up.
Many independent boutiques on Etsy that specialize in bridal accessories will offer cover-up options and, of course, a local fashion boutique might have something especially as the holidays approach. With sizing, order it in the size you typically wear for a shirt. Be sure to order at least 2-3 months in advance in case any alterations or customizations are needed.
Embrace the beauty of New England weather by incorporating a chic cover-up into your special day!