One of the biggest trends on the runway for 2010 brides was cover ups over the gowns. Shrugs are in style, as are jackets and boleros. An elegant little cover up can be the perfect piece to transition your wedding gown from ceremony to reception.
The great thing about wearing a little cover up over your wedding gown is that it allows you to have a conservative or traditional appearance for your ceremony, and then to lighten things up for the party to follow in a strapless or spaghetti strap dress. Having a removable jacket is also a way to indulge in the trend of changing your outfit between the service and the reception without the expense of actually purchasing a second dress. All you would need to do is take off the jacket, let your hair down, and trade in traditional accessories for a chic set of crystal bridal jewelry, and voila! Instant transformation.
There are a variety of cover up styles that are in vogue right now. They range from tiny sheer shrugs to full long sleeve jackets to everything in between. Sheer lace is one of the prettiest options for a cover up. It can be used to create a lovely feminine shrug, with either short or long sleeves. This is a beautiful way to complement a bridal gown without hiding too much of it. Lace shrugs can be worn equally well with lace gowns or those created from a plain fabric.
Another very popular fabric for wedding cover ups is sheer silk organza. This crisp fabric layers beautifully over a gown and will not obscure the details of the wedding dress. Different designers created organza jackets in a wide variety of styles. There are tiny puff sleeve shrugs that almost look like a part of the gown; there are waist length swingy jackets; there are even dramatic long organza coats with outstanding details such as ruffled trim or interesting necklines.
Not all of the current wedding cover ups are sheer. Another trend seen on the runway was long sleeve fitted jackets with peplum waists in solid silk. This style of jacket was layered over gowns with fitted bodices and full skirts. As long as the jacket is fitted through the waist, it can be a very flattering style with an updated vintage flair to it. Textured fabrics were also a popular trend for bridal jackets, ranging from brocade to embroidered silk to pieces with feathers.
Winter brides will adore one of the fur or faux-fur shrugs that designers are showing. The wrap is beautiful for both the ceremony and as a practical cover up when the bride is outside. A white fur wrap is the ultimate in glamour when paired with a formal silk gown and sparkling crystal bridal jewelry. It is the perfect accessory for a Winter Wonderland theme wedding.
Even if you had not considered wearing a cover up with your wedding gown, take a chance and try some on. This trend is so versatile and stylish that you might just surprise yourself by falling in love with a little jacket,shrug, or bolero. An elegant cover up is just one more way to add style and personality to your bridal ensemble.
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