Brides with some clout in their budget subscribe to the two-dress wedding trend, wearing one dress to the ceremony and a different dress at the reception. The logic of doing this is that these lucky brides want their dresses to complement the occasion – more conservative for the ceremony and more comfortable for the reception. Brides-to-be who find and fall in love with a single dress proclaim their desire to wear it right through the ceremony and reception and don’t require a second dress.
However, if you don’t have the budget for a second dress or you want to make a subtle change to your outfit to distinguish between ceremony and reception, or if you are required to dress more conservatively during the ceremony, the cover-up is a popular item for discerning brides. Cover-ups come in a variety of shapes and sizes:
Shawl or scarf
The shawl is a long piece of fabric that simply wraps around the shoulders. It is versatile in that it can wrap in various ways and create different looks. Draped or fitted fabrics work equally well for shawls, depending on how they are to be worn.
This is a mini-cape with a neat collar, which wraps around the shoulders. It is frequently made in faux fur or other thick fabric and is designed for warmth.
Bolero or shrug
A bolero or shrug is designed to cover the upper back and shoulders. It rarely covers more than the torso and has short or medium length sleeves. Many brides opt for embellished boleros as an accentuation to their dresses.
A good rule of thumb is contrast: if your wedding dress has lots of intricate detail, your cover-up piece should be plain to complement your dress. If your dress is simple and elegant, the cover-up could add some eye-catching detail to your outfit. Your dress and cover-up should never compete for the spotlight.
The cover-up is super practical because you can add it to your wardrobe after your wedding day and use it to enhance everyday outfits or evening wear.
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