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Bridal gowns with a hint of shoulder cover

For every girl who wants a bit of cover  –when strapless is simply not enough and even the slightest hint of cover is good news.

There is a definite trend towards cover-up styled wedding dresses, whether it is as a beautifully jewelled shoulder strap, a classic halter neck, or as formal as a perfectly shaped bolero or lacey jacket. 

The gown below from a collection by Chanticleer in Cheltenham.


The look is distinct and sophisticated – part borrowed from the chic glamour dressing of the Forties and Fifties, when every line and every seam was important, part inspired by the very idea of difference. The difference it is – far removed from the classic strapless gowns, there are options aplenty. 



Some of the newest styles have wide detachable straps, often in gathered lace, that can be fanned out to cover the shoulders. Others have curving sweetheart necklines or deep plunge fronts designed to show off a pretty décolletage. The best sellers are as varied as they are lovely.  This is a look that is unquestionably here to stay.  The strapless dress has been here long enough, and brides simply want more and a few designers have been working hard to delivery some choice


Essence bridal offer designs which feature tiered-back dress in angel satin with soft lace ruffles and tops incorporating beautifully embroidered lace which is embellished with pearls and look so demure.  Justin Alexander designs dresses which include swathes of taffeta, crystals and high ruffle neck collar boleros with long sleeves.  Imogene offer taffeta swathed dresses, adorned with crystals, gathered over the bustline with delicate shoulder straps.  Sophia Tolli’s styles  incorporate taffeta with hand-placed lace embroidery, which covers the shoulder straps and looks simply stunning.  Chanticeer in Cheltenham offer a fabulous collection of bridal dresses, and as all of their gowns are made in the UK they offer their brides a very personal made-to-measure service within a relatively short time frame.  Each season a new collection of dresses is launched by designer Tracey Salt, and this season she has included a selection of lace boleros and delicate lace shoulder straps for a stunning finish.

 The below gown from the Blossom Collection 2014 Ellis Bridals



So, how do you accessorise with a gown which has a bolero or shoulder straps?  Your choice is endless, however you may not want to go too over the top, and would probably stay away from the strictly diamante designs.  You could consider a beautiful sidestyle head band with a flower made from vintage styled tule and lace. Some of these pieces also have necklaces which match, and could work in well with your dress if the fabrics match wellenough – consider the colours and textures, and make sure that they don’t clash with your dress.  You may want to consider visiting one of our wholesale bridal jewellery sockists to try on your jewellery before buying if you are unsure of the style.


The Chic faux pearl and diamante range of bridal jewellery is a range chosen for their beautiful elegant designs and have the ability to accessorise with many wedding dresses. The faux pearls are a lustrous creamy colour and diamante necklaces are sparkling cz crystals with settings finished off in a rhodium plating with diamante earrings and diamante bracelets to complete the set.

 If the look you are after is understated elegance, then the classic collection of freshwater pearls with diamantes may be the ideal choice for you.  These are featured designs for every style and budget, from a beautiful classic freshwater pearl necklace to a sparkly cz crystal pendant with creamy freshwater pearl.  Each diamond and pearl pendant in this collection has a beautiful pair of pearl drop earrings to complete the set and is presented in a box or pouch.

At Girls Love Pearls we provide the best choice of designer bridal jewellery and accessories, to ensure all our brides sparkle on their special day.  Take a look through our new range of bridal necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  We also now stock a good selection of tiaras, side tiaras, hair combs and slides, we have a range of styles to help you look fabulous, from vintage lace styles to crystal and pearl encrusted side tiaras to compliment your look.

Of course, don’t forget that many items are available using our tailor made service, so your jewellery may be altered to suit your needs, and of course all of our stocked items are all sold with our 7 day returns service.  If you are unsure about buying from our website, then why not visit one of our wholesale bridal jewellery stockists they will be happy to help you, and there is a full list of them on the stockists pages of our website.

For more ideas on how to make your big day extra special, check out the Girls LovePearls wedding information pages. They're an indispensable source of wedding style advice as well as practical hints and tips on how to plan the perfect wedding. No bride should even contemplate tying the knot without consulting them first. And as always, we're adding to them all the time sothere are new ideas and suggestions for you to read up on.