When it comes to finishing an outfit, a bolero jacket or shrug can be an elegant finishing touch. If you prefer to cover your upper arms, thisÂ can beÂ a stylish way to do it but it’s also a great way to extend the life of all your summer dresses and tops.
There are lots of options available, do you choose tailored cover-ups orÂ more relaxed, cropped cardigan styles? We’ve picked out some key cover-up essentials and included some handyÂ tips on how to wear them.
Daytime shrugs and bolero cardigans
The shrug cardigan is usually open at the front and is a really easy-to-wear style for a little extra coverage. If you’ve seen a dress you love that is more revealing than you are used to, adding a shrug can complete your look and cover problem upper arms at the same time. Boleros and shrugs are perfect in warmer weatherÂ to replace a coat or jacket,Â but theyÂ can also be worn under bigger coats and jackets as the weather cools down as an extra layer. Team one with a plain white t-shirt and jeans for a more casual take on the look.
Evening bolero jackets and shrugs
To make this wardrobe staple work for evenings or special occasions,Â simply look for luxe fabrics, beading or elegant details or opt for a tailored bolero jacket. A shift dress with a matching jacket is a great option for the races or a wedding, while something slinkier orÂ shimmering is great for a party.
Cropped, fitted cardigans are a great option for those wanting to emphasise their waist. If you’re wearing a ’50s-inspired Â full skirt for example, keep things neat and chic on top with a fitted knit.Â Or, why not tryÂ printed or coloured styles to update a little black dress, creatingÂ a different look each time you wear it. For work, the cropped cardigan can look really smart with a tucked-in blouse and pencil skirt or tailored trousers.
Wraps and shawls
Alternatively, wraps, pashminettas and shawlsÂ can make a stylish cover-up. These areÂ most often associated with formal or smart dressing and wrapping a scarf around your shoulders at a dinner dance or ball is a great way to wear this piece. But, you can also try wearing a wrap over a fitted jacket to work, or using oneÂ as a traditionalÂ scarf for added warmth when you need it.
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