Wedding trend: bridal jackets

With winter already nipping at our toes, it might suddenly dawn on you that it will be much too cold to don that strapless dress you thought you could bravely pull off in the face of the winter chill.

However before you grab a pashmina from the closet, might we suggest investing in a cute fitted bridal jacket?

This lovely garment is the ideal last minute addition to any bridal ensemble and has a certain air of strong feminine sophistication about it.

When you really think about it, a fitted bridal jacket can really be described as the more mature older sister of the cardigan – not only is it incredibly stylish but it flatters most figures and will certainly keep you from saying your vows through clattering teeth.

When selecting a jacket, it’s important to first consider the structure and design of your dress – after all, the last thing you want is to cover the delicate detail on your gown! So, always choose a jacket that ends right on the waistline of your dress or one that is cropped much higher than the actual waist – anything longer will just look sloppy.

Generally speaking, it’s best to acquire dress and jacket in one go to ensure that they match to the absolute T. However, when in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a jacket that stops at the top of your hips.

While each jacket is unique in its own way and every dress demands a jacket of a different style, it’s important to stick with the times and choose a jacket that will ultimately flatter your body type.

An easy way to give your jacket a more contemporary edge is to have the sleeves narrowed ever so slightly. This will instantly add definition to your overall bridal look, and make it appear visually slimming and a little less bulky.

For more Wedding Dress Jacket ideas, the original photos above and their credits, make sure to check out our Wedding Dress Jackets Pinterest Board

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