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!
"Beatrice" silk white floral-embroidered strapless sweetheart ball gown with sculptured skirt and point d'esprit caplet, by Monique Lhuillier
Sheath with plunging V-neckline and lace appliqué capelet, by Marchesa
Sheath with sheer lace bodice and matching laser-cut lace capelet, by Rosa Clará
Beaded wedding dress with scalloped and embroidered capelet, by Alon Livné
Sheath with spaghetti straps and bedazzled capelet, by Jenny Packham
"Divine" buttercup stretch satin trumpet gown with a pearl- and jewel-encrusted caplet, by Monique Lhuillier
Wedding dress with star accents and a matching cape, by Savannah Miller
Textured drop-waist wedding dress with a sheer capelet, by Victoria Kyriakides
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
Mermaid wedding dress with beadwork and a matching shrug featuring a high neckline and sleeves, by Galia Lahav
Lace wedding dress topped with a fur stole, by Elie Saab
"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
Handmade lace-embroidered wedding dress on netting underlay, with a plunging neckline, dramatic long train and optional matching cape, by Berta
Sheath with a V-neckline and spaghetti straps, topped with a beaded cape, by Alexandra Grecco
"Sylvia," strapless illusion tulle ball gown with silk gazaar petals, paired with a high-neckline illusion tulle cape, by Peter Langner
"Love Is Love" cape, by Lela Rose
Wedding dress with a full tulle skirt and matching jacket, by Oscar de la Renta
"Florence" structured wool tuxedo cape with interior sleeves and fitted A-line skirt, by Vera Wang
Lace wedding dress with a V-neckline, topped with a matching bomber jacket, by Marylise
Wedding dress topped with a textured floor-length shawl, by Oleg Cassini
Beaded wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, paired with a fringed capelet, by Julie Vino
"Pipa" tulle wedding dress with an appliquéd and beaded Chantilly lace bodice and matching tulle coat with feather trim, by Mira Zwillinger
Wedding dress paired with a lace and fringe shawl, by Marylise
"Mogador" beaded V-neck wedding dress with an ostrich-feather-trimmed cape, by Naeem Khan
"Rhapsody" holographic sequined sheer gown shown with a draped ombré feathered jacket, by Hayley Paige
Wedding dress topped with a matching shimmering overdress featuring a high neckline and billowy sleeves, by Dany Mizrachi