Wedding coats and frock coats are in for 2017. So, if you are on the hunt for something different to the bolero and dress look, you won’t be disappointed. For a long time, wedding coats did look frumpy. They were often bulky and square in shape. Think of some of Her Majesty’s very solid shaped styles that seemed to overpower her. But now, fabrics are much softer, lines are longer and flowing. There are interesting lapels, clever bow details – all which add to a great look for a wedding or special occasion at any time of year.


What sort of wedding coats are best for me?

Floaty frock coats in tulle or chiffon feature in a lot of  collections by designers such as Condici and John Charles. These styles of wedding coats are perfect if you want to cover your arms elegantly but not feel restricted. They are lightweight and so easy to wear.  They are teamed with a shift dress so you have long, flattering lines complemented by the floaty lines of the coat. All this helps to make you look slimmer and taller.

If you prefer more structure, there are wedding coat styles that are in heavier fabrics. Take a look at Veni Infantino who are doing the most gorgeous taupe and ivory wedding coat teamed with a stylish dress with sleeves.

The key to the right wedding coat is getting the proportions right. Angular lines can swamp a smaller frame. You want to achieve the right balance between getting some cover up but not drowning in the coat. Waterfall lapels and draped hemlines can make you look taller but again mustn’t overpower a smaller figure.  A frock coat that nips you in at the middle can help to slim your look.

Of course, the other great thing about a wedding coat is you can wear it again for another occasion. The floatier styles look fab teamed with evening trousers or over an evening dress. The heavier coats also work with posh daytime trousers for a formal lunch or presentation.

It is definitely an investment buy that you can wear more than once and won’t just hang in your wardrobe after the big day.