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

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

Updated 06/12/17

Photo by Briana Moore

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 upped the ante at Spring 2018 Bridal Fashion Week 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!

<p>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

<p>Marchesa Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
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Sheath with plunging V-neckline and lace appliqué capelet, by Marchesa

<p>Rosa Clará Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
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Sheath with sheer lace bodice and matching laser-cut lace capelet, by Rosa Clará

<p>Alon Livné Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
Photo by Edward James / Indigital.tv

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

<p>Monique Lhuillier

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

<p>Savannah Miller Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
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Wedding dress with star accents and a matching cape, by Savannah Miller

<p>Victoria Kyriakides Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
Courtesy of Victoria Kyriakides

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

<p>Randy Fenoli for Kleinfeld Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
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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

<p>Galia Lahav Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
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Mermaid wedding dress with beadwork and a matching shrug featuring a high neckline and sleeves, by Galia Lahav

<p>Elie Saab Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
Courtesy of Elie Saab

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

<p>Peter Langner Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
Photo by Gerardo Somoza / Indigital.tv

"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

<p>Berta Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
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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

<p>Alexandra Grecco Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
Courtesy of Alexandra Grecco

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

<p>Peter Langner Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
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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

<p>Lela Rose Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
Photo by JP Yim

"Love Is Love" cape, by Lela Rose

<p>Spring 2018 Oscar de la Renta Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

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

<p>Vera Wang Tuxedo Cape and Skirt</p><br><br>
Photo by John Guerrero

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

<p>Marylise Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
Photo by UGO CAMERA

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

<p>Oleg Cassini Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
Photo by Bianca Rodin / IndigitalTV

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

<p>Julie Vino Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
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Beaded wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, paired with a fringed capelet, by Julie Vino

<p>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

<p>Marylise Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
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Wedding dress paired with a lace and fringe shawl, by Marylise

<p>Naeem Khan

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

<p>Hayley Paige

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

<p>Dany Mizrachi Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
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Wedding dress topped with a matching shimmering overdress featuring a high neckline and billowy sleeves, by Dany Mizrachi

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