As the cold weather begins to creep in and your brolly has become a fashion essential, it’s nigh on impossible to find a wedding dress that you won’t freeze to death in. Granted, they are designed to look elegant and flowing rather than cosy and bulky but it’s a cold day, you should prepare something to wear while you’re waiting for the photographer after the ceremony or as you greet everyone outside the church. The last thing you’ll want is the sniffles as you head off on your honeymoon!
However, there are a number of chic cover-ups that will keep you warm, look classy and complement your dress beautifully. We’ve selected ten gorgeous pieces to suit the cut and style of your dress so they will fit in seamlessly in with your bridal look.
Warm Winter Cape
This stunning oatmeal cashmere cape from Joseph at Brown Thomas is the perfect all-rounder. It works well with a skirted dress and an A-line cut. The colour will warm up a winter skintone and it is such a simple and classic cut that you will find plenty of opportunities to wear after the big day.
The Classic Trench
If you’re going for a contemporary urban affair, then a classic trench is the one for you. Looks effortlessly cool over a fit and flare or A-line, this Hobbs Dahlia trench is wool so is ideal for a chilly January wedding and the dark fawn will make the details of your dress really pop out. If your dress has a fitted top then leave the trench open and tie the belt at the back to emphasise your waist or button it up and over a slinky fitted below the knee style. If you have a ballgown then choose a duster coat instead. The flowing fabric has a little more give and sit better on a wider skirt than a wool coat.
The Double-Breasted Military Coat
Photos: Lauren Conrad / Estilo Tendances
Military coats are all over the catwalks this Autumn/Winter and the style is the perfect fit for a stately country wedding. A beige or cream double-breasted ankle knee coat has a touch of Downton to it and gives a very feminine gown a tailored edge. We are absolutely IN LOVE with this Topshop longline wool-blend coat, it’s just all kinds of gorgeous. Can you imagine it against a snowy backdrop?! Just dreamy!
The Glittery Dancing Queen
If it’s a party wedding you want then nothing sends the message quite like a sparkling jacket to get everyone in the mood. This Topshop sequin embellished jacket is fun, flirty yet the cut is simple and classic so it won’t clash with your beautiful dress. Choose a jacket that is cropped either at or above the natural waist so you can still show off your figure and the sparkle won’t overpower you.
The 1920’s Fur Stole
Art Deco is a big wedding trend this year so go a bit Gatsby with a fur stole. A stole in an off-white or pastel tone can lift your all-white look and offer an extra layer of depth. This pinky-peachy bolero from Coast will keep your shoulders from shivering as you say your I do’s and your bridemaids will thank you if you include a different shade fur bolero as part of their outfits. It doesn’t have to be a fur texture either, a feathery shoulder piece is super fun and very 1920s.
The Timeless Fur Cape
A fur cape is one of the more traditional options for a bridal cover-up but it need not be a boring choice. This chocolate brown faux-fur cape from Comme Des Garcons has a natural feel to it for a pared-back, relaxed wedding. You’ll still look chic and regal without looking too formal at your rustic nuptials.
The Laid Back Sweater
Photos: Kavier Gauche / Joe Crosby
Our October cover girl Olivia Palermo opted for a simple off-white cashmere sweater and frothy tulle skirt for her small wedding to Johannes Huebl. Need we say more? This Massimo Alba cashmere sweater is cosy without being too baggy and the slightly shortened sleeve length adds a touch of feminity. Wear over your dress for an outdoor ceremony and then show off your gorgeous dress in all its glory once you hit the reception. Alternatively you could choose a cable knit jumper for a more home-grown, country feel.
The Buttery Leather Jacket
If ‘alternative’ or ‘kooky’ are words you would use to describe your personal style, then why not consider a leather jacket to throw on while running between ceremony and reception? It’s adorable and adds richness to a wedding dress while keeping the look young and metropolitan. This fringed trim jacket from Rare London will add a high fashion touch to your classic ensemble.
The Jackie O Cape
Style icon Jackie O single-handedly brought about the rise of the neat pill-box jackets and capes during the 1950s and this beautiful rolled-necked cape from Coast is sleek and classic, perfect for wearing over a knee-length dress or a gown made of a heavier material. Who doesn’t want to have a touch of Jackie O in their wedding dress?
A Statement Shearling
Kiera Knightly’s wedding was anything but traditional – from her reused wedding dress to her shortened ceremony and festival-like party, we loved everything about it. The shearling coat she wore in the evening was simple and looked like something she had previously worn and would wear again. This over-sized coat from Neon Rose is perfect for a relaxed-vibe and you know you’d get plenty of wear out of it afterwards.
Now all you lovely winter brides can be toasty and fashionable during your winter wedding!
Imagery and pieces selected by @rachaelmillea