A bolero is a very short jacket that is worn open in the front. It provides a feminine, non-invasive covering of the shoulders as well as a bit of warmth on a nippy spring or autumn evening. Most wedding gowns are strapless or only have small straps or sleeves. Also, many weddings extend into the evening, leaving some brides more than a little chilly.

If you are getting married in winter, consider a faux fur bolero to keep you warm and add a distinctive glamour to your special day.

Of course, a bolero can also be purely decorative. It is light enough not to weigh your down, even in warmer weather, and can finish a dress off perfectly, depending on the style of the gown. A decorative bolero may be made entirely out of light, feminine lace, for example. For a more retro look, use something less structured (like a string of felt hearts) and simply drape it over your shoulders and knot it behind your back (in the same style as a bolero but without the functionality).

If you’re playing with the idea of including colour in your wedding outfit but aren’t too sure, consider having a bolero with colour in it. This way, you can alternate between wearing it and leaving it off, especially in your photographs; giving you the best of both worlds.

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