Bridal fashion trends come and go, and some are exceptionally fleeting depending on the season. As the times change, brides are constantly seeking ways to incorporate new and of-the-moment looks into their wedding day fashions, and as such, brands are regularly reinventing the wheel of what is stylish and contemporary. However, there are several recurring bridal fashion trends we think are here to stay, one being outerwear. Adding a dash of drama and an unexpected twist, outerwear makes for an unforgettable (and equally irresistible) bridal ensemble.
From capes to leather jackets to fur coats, brides have been incorporating these outer garments into their wedding day looks for years. Some opt for custom moto jackets, while others subtly incorporate lace capes for a two-in-one bridal look. Whatever your style might be, outerwear can easily elevate and transform any wedding dress.
If you're a bride looking to wear different looks throughout your day, go for detachable capes and coats that can easily be removed once you say "I do". And if you're looking to incorporate something edgy, throw on a leather or denim jacket for the reception or afterparty—one that you and your partner can match in, too! Of course, if you plan to get married in cooler temperatures, a fur shawl or feathered overcoat is a practical choice for fall and winter nuptials.
Ahead, we've curated an edit of the best bridal outerwear pieces for every style, budget, and season.
Best White Moto
TheBrodieBride Custom Leather Jacket
Size range: S-XXXL | Material: Faux leather | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Final sale
One of our favorite bridal outerwear trends is the moto jacket. Customize your jacket, and buy a matching pair for you and your partner to wear at your reception and after-party.
Price at time of publish: $119
David's Bridal Faux-Fur Mock Neck Capelet
Size range: XS/S-3XL | Material: Faux fur | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 7 days of purchase
You'll be sure to feel like a royal in this faux-fur capelet. This is the perfect accessory for winter or fall nuptials.
Price at time of publish: $80
For the Boho Bride
Society James Faye Cape
Size range: S/M, L/XL | Material: Polyamide | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery
Crafted from ultra-light, delicate lace, we can't help but envision this floor-length cape at a garden or beach wedding. Pair yours with a simple slip dress for an effortlessly bohemian look.
Price at time of publish: $548
Best Vegan Jacket
David's Bridal Just Married Embroidered Vegan Leather Moto Jacket
Size range: 1X-XL | Material: Vegan leather and embroidery | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 7 days of purchase
Flaunt that newly-wed glow in this "Just Married" black leather jacket. Cool and edgy, this stunner is beyond perfect for the ultimate photo op.
Price at time of publish: $25
Danielle Frankel Allegra Corded Lace-Trimmed Organza and Tulle Trench Coat
Size range: XS/S-M/L | Material: Organza, tulle, and corded lace | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 28 days of delivery
Danielle Frankel never disappoints. The designer absolutely showed out with this stunning sheer trench coat. Made with ivory organza and delicate tulle, this is the perfect piece for a modern bride.
Price at time of publish: $2,303
For the Glam Bride
Bubish Berlin Bolero
Size range: S/M-L/XL | Material: Dyed ostrich feathers | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 60 days of purchase
Turn heads in this ostrich-feathered bolero. Drape it over your wedding dress or a little white mini for your rehearsal dinner or reception. Effortlessly luxurious, this party-ready look is ideal for the glamorous bride.
Price at time of publish: $399
Best Transitional Piece
Karen Willis Holmes Opera Train
Size range: One size | Material: Organza | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 7 days of delivery
This statement off-the-shoulder puff sleeve cape is ideal for those who prefer a removable train. A perfect transitional piece for brides of all styles.
Price at time of publish: $1,490
Fifth & Welshire Charli Puff Sleeve Duster
Size range: 2-14 | Material: Polyester crepe | Shipping: Free standard domestic shipping | Return policy: Store credit or exchange
This duster from Fifth & Welshire is perfect for an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or after-party. Even better, it can be worn after you've said "I do."
Price at time of publish: $145
Best Denim Jacket
Central Park West Bride Denim Jacket
Size range: XS-L | Material: Denim | Shipping: Free two-day shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery
Complete your wedding day look by sporting this fashion-forward yet classic "Bride" denim jacket. Roll the cuffs for a relaxed look or keep them long for cooler temperatures.
Price at time of publish: $133
For the Modern Bride
MarsiyBell White Wedding Knitted Shrug
Size range: XS-XL | Material: Yarn | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted
Style it with anything from a bridal gown to a crop top and wide-leg pant, this knit bolero is chic and modern. The versatility of this piece will allow you to wear it for all of your bridal events and beyond.
Price at time of publish: $69+
BHLDN Dianne Cape
Size range: S/M-L/XL | Material: Tulle and floral appliqué | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery
Effortlessly romantic, this floral embellished cape is impossible to forget. This statement piece's dramatic drape and ethereal nature would make for the perfect addition to an unadorned fitted gown.
Price at time of publish: $350
Daughters of Simone X BHLDN Margaux Suit
Size range: XS-XXL | Material: Blend | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery
For a sleek and sophisticated look, opt for this white bridal blazer. We picture this stunner with a slick back bun or pony and pearl statement studs.
Price at time of publish: $530
Best Pearl Detail
WifeofthepartyCo Mrs Peal Jacket
Size range: S-L | Material: Denim and pearls | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Final Sale
This pretty bridal jacket is a chic and classic spin on a denim look. We're head over heels for the pearl embellishment scattered across the shoulders.
Price at time of publish: $74
BHLDN Rue Pashmina
Size range: One size | Material: Wool, silk | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery
Throw this wrap over your shoulders for effortless elegance. Whether for the look or to keep you just a bit warmer, you can't go wrong with this ethereal and lightweight pashmina.
Price at time of publish: $48
For a Fall Elopement
The Meaning Well Rosalie Deadstock Damask-Jacquard Coat Dress
Size range: S-L | Material: 90% polyester, 10% cotton | Shipping: Free for orders over $500 | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 28 days of delivery
Crafted from mid-weight damask jacquard and boasting a unique silhouette, the Rosalie coat is chic enough to serve as both outwear and a dress. For brides looking for a highly versatile piece for a fall or winter wedding, this is the coat for you!
Price at time of publish: $750
ASOS EDITION Appliqué Floral Wedding Cape in Ivory
Size range: One size | Material: Sheer chiffon | Shipping: Shipping costs may vary by format | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 28 days of delivery
Equal parts ethereal and whimsical, this lace cape would look stunning on any bride. It's a perfect transitional piece to take you from the ceremony to the reception. Wear yours with shoulder-grazing earrings to highlight the neckline.
Price at time of publish: $200
Reformation Antoinette Cashmere Tie Front Cardigan
Size range: XS-XL | Material: Cashmere | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery
This chic and warm cashmere cardigan is what minimalist dreams are made of. Pair it with a simple slip dress or a structured pair of pants for an ultra-sleek courthouse look.
Price at time of publish: $198
What to Look for in Bridal Outerwear
Now that you've gained the ultimate inspiration, it's time to narrow it down to the specific look ideal for your personal bridal style. First things first, consider how functional you need your outerwear to be. If you're tying the knot outdoors during the late fall or winter, you'll likely rely on a fur wrap or white coat to keep you warm. On the flip side, a sheer shrug or tulle cape is perfectly sufficient for summer nuptials, as it is likely much more of a fashion statement rather than a necessity. Similarly, choose the garment that best aligns with how you want to look and feel on your big day. If you're seeking an ethereal, romantic look, opt for a chiffon cape or tulle shawl. On the other hand, a structured blazer is ideal for a sleek and sophisticated look whereas a denim or leather jacket is perfect for the edgy bride. Most importantly, don't forget about how it will photograph. While that super textured, layered, or tiered jacket may look super cool, you don't want it to distract too much from your dress or your own beauty. We recommend trying it on with your dress throughout the alterations process as well as snapping a few photos of you in it prior to your wedding day.
Can I wear outerwear to my wedding?
Which type of bridal outerwear should I wear?
It all depends on your style and the season of your wedding. For spring and summer weddings, sheer and lace capes are light enough to wear all day. If you plan to get married in cooler temperatures, a fur shawl or feathered overcoat is a practical choice for fall and winter nuptials.
What type of wedding dress works best with outerwear?
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Contributing writer Corinne Pierre-Louis is an associate editor at Brides and an expert in fashion and social media. Prior to her work with Brides, she graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications before working for Vogue Magazine.