The Coolest Wedding Dress Cover-Ups Straight off the Bridal Runways

From capes to boleros, here are some of our favorite accessories

Groom kissing a bride in a wedding dress and jacket

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Take your wedding-day ensemble to the next level by topping your gorgeous wedding dress with a fashion-forward cape, bolero, shawl, or even coat. Cover-ups have been trending for the past few seasons, but designers continue to up the ante with high-impact accessories.

Not just for superheroes, capes are a cutting-edge alternative to a veil, adding volume to your dress' silhouette and major "wow" factor as you walk down the aisle. (Peter Langner's high-neck version is a standout.) If you love the look of a cape but aren't sure if you can commit to such a bold look, try an ultra-wearable capelet instead. Whether it's trimmed with lace appliqués (Marchesa) or draped with jewels (Monique Lhuillier), it's an easy way to enhance your outfit.

A bolero with sleeves is perfect for a ceremony in a house of worship since it covers the shoulders and arms. You can easily remove it for the party portion of the celebration. Getting married in the autumn or winter? Keep warm with a faux fur stole, bomber jacket, or coat (Lela Rose's "love is love" style was among the most 'grammed). Hippie-chic brides, a fringed shawl or feathery jacket will give you that '70s festival vibe that you crave.

Browse some of our favorite wedding gown cover-ups in every category below!

Monique Lhuillier
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"Beatrice" silk white floral-embroidered strapless sweetheart ball gown with sculptured skirt and point d'esprit caplet, by Monique Lhuillier

Marchesa Wedding Dress
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Sheath with plunging V-neckline and lace appliqué capelet, by Marchesa

Rosa Clará Wedding Dress
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Sheath with sheer lace bodice and matching laser-cut lace capelet, by Rosa Clará

Alon Livné Wedding Dress
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Beaded wedding dress with scalloped and embroidered capelet, by Alon Livné

<p>Jenny Packham Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
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Sheath with spaghetti straps and bedazzled capelet, by Jenny Packham

Monique Lhuillier
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"Divine" buttercup stretch satin trumpet gown with a pearl- and jewel-encrusted caplet, by Monique Lhuillier

Savannah Miller Wedding Dress
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Wedding dress with star accents and a matching cape, by Savannah Miller

Victoria Kyriakides Wedding Dress
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Textured drop-waist wedding dress with a sheer capelet, by Victoria Kyriakides

Randy Fenoli for Kleinfeld Wedding Dress
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Style R3405, "Linda" strapless lace wedding dress with sheer and boned demi-cup bodice, 3-D flowers, beading, and fit-and-flare tulle skirt with soft godets and matching shrug, by Randy Fenoli for Kleinfeld

Galia Lahav Wedding Dress
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Mermaid wedding dress with beadwork and a matching shrug featuring a high neckline and sleeves, by Galia Lahav

Elie Saab Wedding Dress
Courtesy of Elie Saab

Lace wedding dress topped with a fur stole, by Elie Saab

Peter Langner Wedding Dress
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"Alessia," ball gown in silk organza and raffia with a deep V-neckline, paired with an embroidered stole with porcelain petals and flowers, by Peter Langner

Berta Wedding Dress
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Handmade lace-embroidered wedding dress on netting underlay, with a plunging neckline, dramatic long train and optional matching cape, by Berta

Alexandra Grecco Wedding Dress
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Sheath with a V-neckline and spaghetti straps, topped with a beaded cape, by Alexandra Grecco

Peter Langner Wedding Dress
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"Sylvia," strapless illusion tulle ball gown with silk gazaar petals, paired with a high-neckline illusion tulle cape, by Peter Langner

Lela Rose Wedding Dress
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"Love Is Love" cape, by Lela Rose

Spring 2018 Oscar de la Renta Wedding Dress
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Wedding dress with a full tulle skirt and matching jacket, by Oscar de la Renta

Vera Wang Tuxedo Cape and Skirt
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"Florence" structured wool tuxedo cape with interior sleeves and fitted A-line skirt, by Vera Wang

Marylise Wedding Dress
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Lace wedding dress with a V-neckline, topped with a matching bomber jacket, by Marylise

Oleg Cassini Wedding Dress
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Wedding dress topped with a textured floor-length shawl, by Oleg Cassini

Julie Vino Wedding Dress
Photo by Rodin Banica / Indigital.tv

Beaded wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, paired with a fringed capelet, by Julie Vino

Mira Zwillinger
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"Pipa" tulle wedding dress with an appliquéd and beaded Chantilly lace bodice and matching tulle coat with feather trim, by Mira Zwillinger

Marylise Wedding Dress
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Wedding dress paired with a lace and fringe shawl, by Marylise

Naeem Khan
Photo by Rodin Banica / Indigital.tv

"Mogador" beaded V-neck wedding dress with an ostrich-feather-trimmed cape, by Naeem Khan

Hayley Paige
Photo by Gerardo Somoza / Indigital.tv

"Rhapsody" holographic sequined sheer gown shown with a draped ombré feathered jacket, by Hayley Paige

Dany Mizrachi Wedding Dress
Photo by Rodin Banica / Indigital.tv

Wedding dress topped with a matching shimmering overdress featuring a high neckline and billowy sleeves, by Dany Mizrachi

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