Love the idea of something trailing behind you as you walk down the aisle, but want something more unique than the traditional veil or train? Cue capes, one of the most popular (and unexpected) trends from this past bridal runway season.
Perfect for ensuring a dramatic entrance, plenty of our favorite designers featured gowns with these dramatic cover-ups in their latest wedding dress collections. And the adornment isn't just for fashion-forward brides looking to make a style statement on their big day — capes are a great alternative for ladies who need a modest layer for a religious ceremony, but want the flexibility of removing that layer for the reception.
And while a blinged-out, full length layer is certainly glam (hello, feather-hemmed Naeem Khan), there's more subdued, sheer lace caplets out there, too.
Here, a few standout capes from the recent bridal runways. We certainly hope this red carpet-inspired trend continues to pop up in the wedding world!
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Naeem Khan: As we mentioned above, this cape is nothing short of statement making. Adding even more bling to an already shimmery sheath, we love how luxe this look is. Plus, those feathers at the bottom make it even more formal (and fun!).
"Rome Cape" silver honeycomb beaded cape with ostrich feather trim, Naeem Khan
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Mira Zwillinger: This ever-so-sheer cover adds a bashful accent to an already ethereal design. The gorgeous leaf embroidery remains consistent on both pieces.
"Charlie" strapless A-line wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and applique details, shown with illusion high-neck cape, Mira Zwillinger
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Angel Sanchez: Calling all '70s-obsessed brides-to-be, this billowing cape with a high collar screams disco diva — in the most wedding-worthy way possible. Like Zwillinger's, the floral embroidery mirrors that of the gown's.
Style N110011, strapless sheath wedding dress with an embroidered center and matching cape, Angel Sanchez
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D.I.D. by Watters: Romantic and bohemian, this short little capelet is perfect as a quick ceremony cover-up, while also adding a bit of sparkle to the dress.
Style 53110, "Alice" strapless lace trumpet wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, shown wit a sheer lace cape, D.I.D. by Watters
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