The December/January bride can create a real winter wonderland around her wedding. This is why I really love winterizing my clients. Especially those going into sub-zero temps where coats, wraps, stoles, hats, muffs and jackets are definitely in the picture.
Winter brings tons of opportunities for going chic to the nines. Did you know adding a jacket or needed accessory like long gloves can amp up the look of your wedding dress? Any additions you use to keep warm are great candidates for reuse after the wedding too!
A few words about fur since it's one of the best conductors for keeping the chill off: You'll add elegance to the overall look you're creating when you do add fur (real, friendly or faux). Just in case you're wondering, friendly furs come to us by way of feathers (birds) and lamb fur that's shorn off the animal every summer so the creature won't die of sweat.
Still, for me, there's nothing like real white mink or fox. If you feel the same way I do but are eco-conscious, try to find a real vintage fur piece or coat in the fur you like. As for faux furs, they're getting better every year. Some you have to admit look like real fakes--others like the faux fur loop scarves trending now with all the big retailers look like the real deal!
Shrugs and boleros are great for keeping warm while not interfering with the design lines of your dress. These little pieces are also great for changing your look by putting on/taking off. Defined, a bolero or shrug is something like a vest with sleeves or shorter jacket that crops above the waistline, perfect for jazzing up, adding some character and transforming your ensemble.
Jackets come in different lengths from waistline styles to 3/4 length. If you want to keep the chill off the upper part of your body while still showing off a great skirt--a jacket just might be your best bet. Also fab for post wedding wear--any of these gems would rock a nice pair of pants or jeans...
Sweaters come in many shapes and forms for covering up but most are cardigan styles with buttons up the front. Because most sweaters are wool and wool can be thought of as what many cultures wear to keep warm, it's a great option.
A stole can be very brief and wrap the upper shoulders into a tight clasp or drape around the entire body falling almost to the ground. Here you can see how diverse and varied stole styles can be.
The beauty of the bridal coat is it can be worn street or floor length and have a built in hood for warmth. It can be single or double-breasted, match the dress as in the same fabric and trim or be a whole individual piece of it's own. Bridal coat fabrics can go glimmery especially if your planning an evening ceremony. Wool blends and wool with attached fur go with just about any dress or headpiece day or night.
The Cape and Capelet
Want to look like and keep as warm as a Czarina? Wearing a long cape is ideal—they’re roomy and unlike close fitting coats, they won’t squash your dress. Velvet, cashmere, wool and heavy satins all make awesome capes. If your dress is heavyweight fabric or has lots of volume (volume translates into warmth) you can opt for a shorter caplet. Shorter capes carry a certain vintage-style chic that rocks sheath and evening gown silhouettes.
Still craving more?? Check out The Broke Ass Bride's tips for winter wedding accessorizing!