Splendid cape cover-up from Ella and Matt’s Jewish Wedding. Image by Barney Walters.
What happens when you’ve bought the dress of your dreams, but later realize that you need some sort of coverup for under the chuppah? Maybe your Rabbi requested that your shoulders remain covered during the ceremony, or perhaps there’s a family member that expects certain traditions to be followed through.
Then again, maybe it’s a personal choice, and while you absolutely ADORE the dress you’ve picked out, covering yourself under the chuppah is something that is important to you personally.
I promise you don’t need to run out and return your dress for a long sleeve option—although a long sleeve dress is a great way to have the best of both worlds
A chuppah covering is not a death sentence for your dress! In fact, there are so many ways to use a cover up to your advantage and add a bit of personal flair and style to your bridal look.
Below are my top ten favorite ways and styles to bring modesty and your personality with you under the chuppah. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
Sensational illusion sleeves from Natalie and Edward’s Jewish Wedding. Image by Ran Bergman.
1. Illusion Sleeves
Illusion sleeves seem like such an obvious fix, but it’s a classic for a reason. I love how glamourous adding illusion sleeves to your dress can look. It’s such a great idea to make sure that every detail of your dress shines through, while still maintaining a certain modesty. One of our own Smashing the Glass Bride’s looked sexy and gorgeous in TWO Lee Petra Grebenau gowns with stunning illusion embellishments.
Exquisite lace cover-up from Lauren and Ross’ Jewish Wedding. Image by Robert Shack.
2. Lovely In Lace
How CLEVER is the idea of this lace cover-up this Carolina Herrera Bride used? I am thrilled with this option for the chuppah. It can slip on, seamlessly integrating with your sleeveless dress in the most romantic looking way, but when it comes time to party it can slip right off! Effortless and lovely!
Classy kittel from Limor and Tom’s Jewish Wedding. Image by Sahar Hai Ahava.
3. Killing It in a Kittel
I am OBSESSED with this gorgeous shawl, and even more obsessed with the idea of a gender equality kittel. Who says kittels are just for grooms? It’s the perfect way to incorporate such a beautiful Jewish tradition with a modern flair.
Stunning shawl by Halfpenny London| Photo courtesy of Halfpenny London
How breathtaking is this satin shawl with flower detail from Halfpenny London? Their Fly Me To The Moon collection is chock full of incredible coats, jackets, and other beautiful shoulder cover ups. I almost wish I had more than two shoulders to wear them all!
Vintage fur coat from Danielle and Jason’s Jewish Wedding. Image by The Crawleys.
4. Fun in Fur
If you’re having a winter wedding you’re probably already thinking about what you can wear to cover up and stay warm. How cozy is the feeling of a vintage fur coat wrapped around you? Total movie star vibes!
Fabulous fur jacket by Suzanne Neville| Photo courtesy of Suzanne Neville
This soft and creamy looking white jacket by Suzanne Neville looks so snug! I just want to wrap it around my shoulders like a fluffy cloud.
Stunning stole cover-ups from Emma and Daniel’s Jewish Wedding. Image by Blake Ezra.
5. Sensational Stoles
This look has totally stole-en my heart (sorry not sorry!). It has the feel of a fur coat, but it can be worn loosely over the shoulders. This glitzy STG bride had her lovely bridesmaids wear some matching stoles, but I think you can make this a total bridal dream accessory.
Beautiful in bolero from Cassy and Mark’s Jewish Wedding. Image by John Nassari.
6. Bolero Lace Jacket
Three words: Bolero Jacket glam! While similar to a shrug, the bolero jacket is a great way to bring your personality to this style. It can be any fabric, but we love how this lace bolero looks on this gorgeous Luton Hoo bride. It’s the perfect complement to any dress.
Personalized lovely leather jacket from Lyuobv and Juan’s Jewish Wedding . Image by Fergie Medar Photography.
7. Luxe in Leather
I know you were waiting for this one on the list. The bridal leather jacket has totally taken the world by storm recently and for good reason! You can match with your partner, get them personalized, and even get them in colors other than black—I’m completely obsessed with this incredible Mrs. decal look. So fun!
Luscious long sleeves from Rebecca and David’s Jewish Wedding. Image by Ran Bergman.
8. Long Sleeve Dream
Let’s talk long sleeve dresses. It’s the most obvious choice for covering up, but it doesn’t have to be the most obvious look. These stunning lace sleeves add a whole new dimension to this Pronovias bride and I can’t get enough. Sometimes the simplest idea is the best look!
Cape cover-up by Mirror Mirror. Image by Roberta Facchini Photography.
9. Cape Caper
Edna Mode clearly didn’t know what she was talking about when she said “No capes!” I feel like if she had seen these spectacular rose capes by STG Recommended Vendor Mirror Mirror, she would’ve jumped on the bridal cape train immediately. Long or short, a cape is such a cool accessory to add to your bridal look and the perfect way to add that stylish cover your shoulders may need!
Superhero dream cape by Andrea Hawkes| Photo courtesy of Andrea Hawkes.
This Andrea Hawkes cape is giving me all of the superhero bride vibes. It’s so elegant, but still completely fierce and fabulous!
Brilliant blazer by Reem Acra | Photo courtesy of Reem Acra.
10. Bridal Blazers
It’s a new decade and boss babes are totally in-style! How incredible is the idea of a sexy boyfriend-style blazer contrasted with a feminine bridal gown? I love how versatile this idea is, and it can even be paired with a modern bridal pantsuit, which is such a fun unique look!
Megan Markle mood by Caroline Castigliano| Photo courtesy of Caroline Castigliano.
Speaking of bridal jackets, I just adore how this Caroline Castigliano number is giving me full Megan Markle vibes!
Subtle lace sleeves by Monique Lhuillier| Photo courtesy of Monique Lhuillier.
Which cover up style is your favorite? Tell us what you’re wearing under the chuppah below!