The Bridal Accessories Summer Brides Should Be Rocking, According to Rachel Zoe

Hint: Her go-to is a girl's best friend

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Getting your wedding dress is only the first step in solidifying your bridal look, next comes accessorizing! Of course, you’ll already have your bling, your engagement ring that is, to go along with your gown, but adding in more accessories can help take your look to the next level.

We tapped designer Rachel Zoe for her recommendation on how summer brides should style their look. Not only has she been a style icon for years, but Zoe now has her own line of wedding dress called The Wedding Edit, making her an expert in the category.

Here is what she had to say about bridal accessories, head-to-toe, for summer brides.


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It’s no secret—hair accessories are having a major moment right now and brides are experimenting with them all. From real weddings to the bridal fashion week runways, we’ve seen brides rock everything from embellished headbands to super chic hats, but what Zoe is loving right now? The barrette trend. “I will always love a flower crown, but I also think it’s so chic to add a special detail with a delicate hairpin or even a simple satin ribbon,” she told Brides. “A hair accessory should be subtle enough not to distract but to complement the overall look.”

With that in mind, she loves a hair accessory that still has a classic look to it. “I would move away from adding anything to your bridal look that is super trendy and of the moment because you will likely look back and regret it,” she says. “One bridal accessory I always love is a veil! I think it’s so romantic, and when else in your life can you wear one?”

If you still want to try something different, Juliet cap veils were a big trend on the 2019 runways. While still a veil, this non-traditional style will give your bridal look a bit of edge.


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For an unexpected detail, Zoe loves a natural diamond lariat necklace. This style is like a choker around the neck with a long dangling piece that hangs down. Flipped to the back, and paired with Zoe’s favorite wedding dress style for summer, a low back, this will add a delicate yet sexy element to the look.

Zoe recommends sticking with the diamond theme for the rest of your wedding day jewelry as well. “I think it’s a no-brainer to say that natural diamonds are the absolute best and most meaningful stone on your wedding day,” she says.

If you can, incorporating the stone in the form of an heirloom piece of jewelry is ideal and so much more meaningful. “I know so many brides who borrowed a vintage diamond bracelet or diamond earrings from their mother to wear on their wedding day, and there is nothing more special than that!” Zoe says. “Natural diamonds are real, rare and carry a history with them, and I love the idea of passing down jewelry from generation to generation. For summer, I also love the trend of mixing metals like diamonds that are set in white, yellow or rose gold and of course platinum!”


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Even though most wedding dresses won’t show off the shoes, this is one area where you can easily experiment with your bridal look and have some fun with it.

“I love adding unexpected detail for a bride whether it’s footwear or jewelry,” Zoe says. “There are so many options out there to add a little sparkle, shine or even color to your overall look with shoes.”

Everything from booties to sneakers to embellished heels can be worn on your wedding day, and incorporating a blush moment or something-blue hue is the perfect way to add your own personal style to your big day.

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