Being that we live in Colorado and are heading into the winter season, you may want to keep in mind wearing a bolero or coverlet as a cute and practical piece over your wedding gown. Since the majority of brides are wearing strapless gowns, jacket like pieces are a good way to cover up your shoulders if you get chilly. There are many cute ways to stay warm while remaining stylish on your wedding day and I wanted to bring your attention to some that I found and love! Most bridal boleros fall no lower than ribcage length and fall open in the front. They are easier to wear than shawls and wraps, while leaving a bride’s hands free to toast, dance and hug guests. From personal experience, boleros that are interesting and unique aren’t the easiest thing to find. There are options, though, that can add a whole other dimension to your look.
Today’s designers who create high fashion coverlets differentiate them from the traditional satin version by creating them in fabrics like lace, silk, silk organza, chiffon and faux fur and by adding ruffles, layers and accenting jewelry. In order not to overwhelm you with ideas, I chose a few of my top picks to introduce you to some amazing designs! What’s even better is all of them are handmade and priced under $200!
Being that I’m a vintage addict I am obviously drawn to classic lace designs. Although there are multiple options, two really caught my eye and because they both have a different look, I couldn’t choose a favorite. Glory by Jeannie Lee’s lace shrug is made up of the finest imported French alencon lace and designed in white with an inverted V-shaped back and capped sleeves. Another, designed and created by Katherine Summer is for the unconventional bride. Made of ivory cashmere, it shows off a plunging scallop neckline, is edged with herringbone beading and is very flattering to the bust. The detail in both of these is beautiful.
Sticking with the idea of vintage looks, I also love this Victorian Style Bolero by Bonzie. Bonzie is an independent Irish design label that creates a ton of different pieces with a romantic vintage appeal. Made of raw silk, it has a high ruffled collar, which frames the face, capped sleeves and comes in Ivory.
The Fallen Angel Ruffled Bolero, another creation by Bonzie, is sheer and extremely feminine. Its layers of ruffled chiffon create a whimsical and romantic feel and it is accented with glass and crystals but is also offered in a plain form or with pearls. Bonziedesigns.com also has amazing designs, other than these. I highly recommend checking them out! For a winter wedding, faux fur (or real fur) might be the way to go. Although you should be careful about the quality of faux fur and make sure it still looks great and realistic, this bolero looks authentic and warm! In winter white, it wraps around your shoulders and ties in back with an oversized satin ribbon. Silk roses accent the front and add some extra femininity. This wrap is created by French Sugar Vintage.
Lastly, Holly Bloom Couture created a style that has the power to add a little color to your gown! But don’t panic, this piece is custom made and can be created in custom colors including the tangerine shade (shown here), traditional white and ivory as well as a variety of colors in pastels and vibrant hues. This one is made of 100% silk dupioni and accented with silk flowers with shimmering beads centers. This piece is a modern and sleek option. I love the idea of adding a splash of color that you can remove if needed but that can spice it up a bit, too! You can also create custom boleros for your bridesmaids.
To make your life as easy as possible, all of these designers can be found on Etsy.com, which consists of entirely handmade products, as well as on their individual websites. Have fun checking out new and unique ideas and, most importantly, don’t be afraid to add fun accessories, such as these, to your wedding day attire!