How to Wear a Bolero With Your Plus-Size Wedding Dress

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Courtney L.
September 21, 2022

A bolero is a versatile and stylish accessory to help elevate your entire bridal ensemble. Whether you want to add coverage for a more modest ceremony or simply desire a chic layering piece, there are many ways to rock one with your plus-size wedding gown.

Choose the Best Style for Your Taste

Boleros come in various styles, including lace, satin, chiffon, and even faux fur. Select a bolero that complements the fabric and design of your wedding dress. For example, a lace bolero pairs beautifully with a lace wedding gown, creating a harmonious and elegant look.

Consider the Weather, Venue, and Season

The choice of your bolero may depend on the season of your wedding for weather purposes, and also if your venue is indoors or outdoors. 

For colder months, opt for a bolero with long sleeves or faux fur for added warmth. In warmer seasons, a sheer, short-sleeved bolero made of lightweight fabric can provide coverage without making you feel overheated.

Match the Color

To play it safe, you can’t go wrong with matching the color of your bolero to the color of your wedding dress. If your gown is ivory, choose an ivory bolero to maintain a cohesive look. If your dress is white, opt for a white bolero.

However, remember that it is your look and anything goes! If you want something striking or a fun pop of color, go for it!

Fitting and Tailoring

Get your bolero tailored to fit you perfectly. A well-fitted bolero should complement the silhouette of your dress without feeling too tight or too loose. Professional alterations will ensure a flattering and comfortable fit.

If you already have your bolero picked out before your bridal appointment, feel free to bring it with you to try on with different dresses!

Pair with the Right Accessories

Complement your bolero with suitable accessories. Consider statement earrings or a delicate necklace that works harmoniously with the bolero neckline. 

Coordinate your hairstyle to enhance the bolero, whether it's an updo to showcase a lace collar or loose waves for a more relaxed look.

Style It for Photos

Boleros can be versatile for photos. Consider taking a few pictures with the bolero on and some without it to showcase your gown's full beauty. 

This is especially useful for a fall or winter wedding. There’s just something about a faux fur bolero and a wedding dress in the winter time to make for some truly magical photos!

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