LOVE/HATE: The ‘Wooly and Warm’ Edition

When it comes to keeping toasty at winter weddings, the thoughts of most brides-to-be turn to fanciful options like satin bridal cloaks and bridal muffs. There are wedding wraps, both furry and non, marketed toward the bride and her bridesmaids, and long white coats that won’t be at all useful after you say “I do.”

bride in sweater(via)

I love it. LOVE it. I am cold blooded and frequently am chilly when everyone else is toasty warm. Especially The Beard, who has an inner plutonium core that operates all year round. Some might complain that a sweater is not fancy or bridal enough, but I think what determines just how bridal something is should be whether it’s being worn by a bride. I think that a sweater paired with a really formal dress (above, that’s Oscar de la Renta) is super stupid cute, and a bride who is chilly should not hesitate to put on a cute sweater if that’s what she wants to do. After all, not everyone is a cloak or muff fan!

What say you?

10 Responses to “LOVE/HATE: The ‘Wooly and Warm’ Edition”

  1. Dale June 24, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’m all for sweaters, shawls, shrugs, stoles, wraps, and knits (and crochets) of all sorts! There are also some gorgeous knit or crocheted wedding dresses out there, often made by the bride herself.

  2. Paula@DreamWeddingItaly June 24, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    I’m all for anything that will keep me warm… I’m rather cold blooded myself brr

  3. Twistie June 24, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    I agree with you and Dale. Of course, there are sweaters and there are sweaters. When picking a sweater to go with your wedding gown, think quality as well as whimsey. If you’re buying one, splurge a little on something tremendously well made that will serve you on chilly mornings and evenings for a long time. If you’re making one, get yourself the best quality yarn you can afford and have fun.

    Of course I also think the need for quite so many shoulder warmers for brides could be diminished if even a couple more designers would think about putting sleeves on just a few more gowns. Remember designers: just because you love strapless or spaghetti straps doesn’t make it practical in February in Maine! It doesn’t even make it practical in San Francisco in May. We get cold out here, too. Humph.

  4. Giggles June 24, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    I wore a black wool coat with my dress for our outdoor photos in a snow storm in November. And I loved it. And it looked absolutely amazing. And I can wear the coat again and again. I also had a super wide knit purple scarf that just fit so well with the dress and the coat.

    Being cold would’ve made me uncomfortable and that would’ve made for some awkward pictures.

  5. Kai Jones June 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    I remember a few years back there was a prom fad for tulle ballgown skirts worn with teeny tiny sweaters as the bodice top, and I thought it was very pretty. I think a sweater that you love is a great topper for a wedding dress.

  6. Crystal June 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    I love it – it looks so warm and homey. My sister in law did the same thing for her fall wedding. She had just a simple, white cardigan that she wore for outdoor pictures and for the reception. It wasn’t “bridal” per say – but it looked beautiful and comfortable and warm all at once.

  7. ChristianeF June 24, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    Love! So pretty.

  8. Rubiatonta June 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Love! Though I think I’d like a teensy bit of embellishment on a cardigan — a subtle scattering of pearls sewn at the neckline, or fancier buttons than the originals.

    Another look that I love is a vintage fur wrap — though there are probably fewer wearing opportunities, and some have moral issues with fur, even when it’s not new.

  9. raincoaster June 26, 2010 at 3:28 am #

    This look is 100% Jackie-O approved. Pairing a formal dress with a cashmere or fine ribbon sweater is classic.

  10. Ray June 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    I’m a huge cardigan girl so I love the sweater idea! I totally plan on leaving my reception with a cardigan on.