(Closed) Shawl or bolero to go with this dress?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
8943 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I think I woudl go with a bolereo , one of those that is more or less just sleeves and  a back, if you see what I mean . I think a shawl would sit  a bit bulky over that fabulous  cowl/ruched neckline.

Or maybe  a little faux fur, worn lowish  down on the  arms.   

Post # 3
1942 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I would go with an ivory chiffon shawl, the neckline of your dress is not plain so you can’t really put anything on top of it by the shoulders or in the front. Delicately having a shawl draped would complement the dress better. Are you wearing a veil? 

Other option is to wear a lace topper underneath in a matching or complementary colour tone. It may be best to find the lace in a fabric shop and have it made to size and to look good with the neckline of the dress. A simple lace “underneather” shouldn’t be very costly to have made if you bring the lace fabric. 


Post # 5
1942 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

mjsoiree:  what I called an “underneather” would be a topper that you would wear under your dress instead of over your dress. You would basically appropriate the topper underneath rather than how it is normally worn, on top, hence they are called “toppers” but as i suggested you wear it underneath I called it an “underneather”. It is not a separate bridal garment, just look for lace bridal toppers and you’ll see the options out there.

Post # 6
47278 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

mjsoiree:  I think you are going to have to be careful with color choice. Many ivories have a yellow undertone. I would look for cream, which has a pink or brown undertone.

I would look for a lightweight knit or crochet topper, rathe than a shawl. Shawls can be a pain in the neck to keep in place and you will want to keep your hands free.

Luckily the back of your dress is relatively flat, so you can get a topper that is higher cut in the back and wider in the front, something like this



many Etsy craftspeople will do custom orders for a larger size

or you could go with a more vintage look and wear a dotted swiss bolero


a seamstress could easily widen the front opening, so those lovely straps on your dress are not hidden.

Post # 7
11050 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

mjsoiree: Love the style and colour. I can really see a white faux fur bolero going perfectly with that dress 🙂

Post # 9
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2003

What about a simple wrap that drapes over your arms. Wouldn’t take away from the beautiful detail of your dress?

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