My debut into the world of bridal jackets happened last winter, when a friend excitedly phoned to tell me she would be getting married the following fall season.
“I need your help in the fashion and style department.” she said.
“I’m your girl!” I answered. “What can I do?”
“I have no clue what to do about wearing something to stay warm. We’ll be outside going to and from the car to the church, to the reception, and definitely for our photos.”
Having had a summer wedding myself, it wasn’t something I had even considered purchasing. Even if the evening turned cool, we would be inside the reception venue staying warm by dancing up a storm.
Do you need a Bridal jacket?
Fall and winter weddings have that extra element of a chilly day, in which you often can’t brave the outdoors with bare shoulders without freezing your tail off. A bridal jacket can not only be the perfect thing to cover up and stay warm, it can also be a very luxurious compliment to your overall look.
The wedding day scene is set: Leaves change color and blend into a beautiful palette of brilliant oranges, reds, and greens. You’re ready to go outside for some incredible photos.
What we love about a bridal jacket is that you could potentially use it many times in your regular rotation of jackets. If you choose a coverup that’s a classic style and cut (think cropped blazer) you might be able to stretch your dollar by wearing later it to work or formal events.
How can you really go wrong with a piece that can stick around in your wardrobe long after your big day? Not to mention you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy every time you slip it on.
Choose the perfect bridal jacket for your gown
You must consider the style of your dress — is it classic? Boho? Timeless or old-fashioned?
- A more elaborate dress – wearing a dress with a lot of detail like beads, sequins, pearls, or lace? You will want to keep it fairly simple on top. A basic bolero, shawl, or cap-sleeved jacket will work well to complete your fall look.
- Simpler dress – particularly on top (a basic strapless or sweetheart neckline) you can get a little more adventurous with your coverup. An elegant fur stole, lace or eyelet details, and even a little bling would be a great addition to a simple gown.
- Bride on a budget – there are ways to save when it comes to jackets. Faux fur can be every bit as luxurious and beautiful in photos. Purchase a plain white jacket and adorn it yourself with iron-on appliques, gems or sequins like this one we found on Amazon. Finally, if you have a crafty friend or family member, choose some luxurious fabric/wool, find a pattern and ask them to sew, knit or crochet one for you as a wedding gift.
After my thorough investigation, not only did I find the perfect jacket for my bestie (in case you’re curious she chose the Antoinette Wrap from BHLDN), I found several that were just too beautiful not to share.
Top Bridal Jackets Fall 2017
Our list of top 10 bridal jackets & wraps for fall 2017 includes expensive to affordable, classic styles for traditional brides, those who are definitely boho bride material, and everything in between.
1) Aimer Cape
A beautiful cape in snow color is your classic fur shawl. With authentic feather and fur, this piece is as soft and luxurious as it gets. We love that it has open sleeves for a delicate, draping effect without compromising on warmth.
2) Frill Tweed Jacket
By Helene Berman, available at Nordstrom
A delicate, feminine jacket that you’ll definitely use beyond your special day. This Frill Tweed Jacket is a simple, tailored cut, but adds a special touch of ruffles to make it fancy enough to look great over a dress.
3) Ethereal Sweater
Okay, not really a jacket per se, but for those brides who are wearing a strapless dress this is our top pick to cover up bare arms. This elegant Ethereal Sweater is made from soft, cozy, and luxurious cashmere. Long sleeves cover your arms while it wraps around the waistline in perfect symmetry.
4) White Cashmere Bridal Wrap
Classic cashmere wrap in white that is one of those can’t-go-wrong options. It is one of the few pieces that are guaranteed to go with just about every wedding gown and accessory. Wrap it casually around your shoulders or pin it together with a gorgeous statement brooch.
5) Linen Blazer
By Free People
There’s something sexy and unexpected about a classic boyfriend-style blazer juxtaposed with a feminine bridal gown. Tailored and effortlessly chic, this would look amazing over a gown, or even with a non-traditional or modern route like a pantsuit.
Materials in Bridal Jackets
Brides choose jackets for a variety of reasons. Staying warm is a good reason, but so is fashion!
Buying a bridal jacket to keep extra warm? Make sure to evaluate the material and look for a jacket lining. If the jacket is strictly to add flair and fashion appeal on your big day, you should still evaluate the fabric. Here’s a quick 101 of the primary fabrics you’ll find in a bridal jacket.
- Boucle – a yarn with a rough and irregular appearance that is woven into garments.
- Charmeuse – comes in either a synthetic or silk variety. It has a lightweight satin weave with a dull backing and a lustrous front finish.
- Chiffon – can be synthetic or made from cotton or silk. The look is sheer and a little rough feeling.
- Feathers – can come from a variety of birds or as a man-made material. Jackets can be made entirely from feathers or added as embellishments. Check out this feather wedding dress from a styled shoot feature!
- Fur – real fur comes from animals while faux fur is manmade. Both faux fur and real fur are soft and warm.
- Taffeta – a high end synthetic or silk fabric that can be either soft or rigid.
- Lace – is a machined or handmade fabric with a patterned network of fabric and open spaces. Lace is made with cotton, linen, silk, or synthetic materials.
- Organza – usually made from silk. However, it can also be made with nylon or polyester.
- Satin – made from polyester, nylon, or silk with a high luster on the front, and a dull backing.
- Tulle – is a netting of nylon, rayon, or silk. Bridal veils are most commonly made from tulle.
6) Ostrich Feather Shrug
Nothing screams old Hollywood glam like an ostrich feather shrug. Bring a little extra texture and dimension into your look with a feathered shrug. Ostrich feather is soft, warm, and the perfect little touch of elegance.
7) Rabbit Fur Bolero
By Adrienne Landau, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Our top short-sleeve pick is this Adrienne Landau bolero. Beautiful, simple, and timeless, this piece is lined and will keep you warm with rabbit fur – seriously the ultimate in softness.
8) Apollonia Bohemian Bridal Jacket
The best of both worlds collide in this gorgeous Apollonia jacket. Faux fur forms a vest around the shoulders and back while satin flowing sleeves cover the upper arms. Choose pale grey or blush pink instead of ivory for a little twist on tradition.
9) Luna Faux Leather Biker Jacket
By Topshop, available at Nordstrom
This one’s for the alternative chicks, boho babes, or just plain anyone who wants to make a statement with a white bridal jacket. Another marriage (excuse the pun) of masculine and feminine, a moto jacket is a great way to keep warm and look like a freaking rock star while you’re at it.
10) Feya Crochet Bolero
By BOSS, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
For the more conservative or classic bride, this Feya crochet bolero is both streamlined and elegant. With three-quarter raglan sleeves, a round neck and option to close at the top, you can be sure it will be worn after the wedding to work or out for dinner.
BONUS #11 – Gregory Wrap
We had to throw in a bonus, as our list of wedding dress jackets and wraps would not be complete without at least one traditional brown fur stole-style piece. The above wrap has a little 1920s flavor à la Betty Davis. We love how the collar comes up high around the neck and it closes in the front, making it suitable for even the coldest fall day.
A wedding held in cooler seasons is a wonderful opportunity to accessorize in ways that many summertime brides just can’t do. If you have a cozy bridal jacket ready, you can put your mind at ease that you won’t be standing around with goosebumps on a day when you don’t need any extra worries. Not to mention, you’ll look fabulous!
Whether you choose something fancy and traditional, or something to make a statement, a jacket for your wedding day is both a practical and stylish addition.
We would love to hear what you have in mind to stay cozy for a fall or winter wedding this season!