Cover Girl: The Best Bridal Shrugs, Capelets & More
A white-hot trend in bridal fashion, little cover-ups add big personality, whatever the season.
1) SHINE ON
This shimmery sequin tulle capelet ($210 at hollystalder.com) with vintage beaded appliqués, by Holly Stalder for the Diamond Sea Bridal, is delicately chic enough to wear from vows to send-off, or use it to change up your look for the reception. Insider tip: Stalder may be Portland’s “Queen of Shrugs,” but she also makes gorgeous gowns!
2) IN PLUME
This hand-stitched ostrich feather capelet ($800 at sunjinlee.com) by local bridal designer Sunjin Lee gives dramatic texture and shape to dresses with minimal detailing or a simple silhouette. Don it to stay cozy during a chilly outdoor ceremony, keep shoulders covered during church I do’s, or feel fabulously glamorous all night long.
3) LET IT SNOW
Having a late-fall or winter wedding? Slip Stalder’s luxurious champagne-colored faux fur shrug (with silk satin lining, $145 at hollystalder.com) over a sleek fitted dress for big-impact warmth. It would look equally smashing with a bridal ensemble that leans modern and edgy (Pants! Ankle boots!), or one that’s all about timeless elegance.
4) AMAZING LACE
Sweet and swingy, this sheer French lace cape ($980 at twigsandhoney.com) by Salem-based designer Myra Callan of Twigs & Honey would look lovely with a spaghetti strap slip dress or a classic gown with an A-line skirt. The oversized silk-ribbon-bow closure gives a fun and feminine finish to frocks with simpler necklines.
5) ALL AFLUTTER
For a modern (Solange-esque!) twist on the traditional veil, walk the aisle in Callan’s romantic hi-low silk chiffon capelet ($550 at twigsandhoney.com) with a 90-inch chapel-length train instead. Callan is known for her hair adornment empire, but also makes other sublime bridal attire, from embellished sashes and veils to graceful lingerie and gowns
BE A WRAP STAR
Fitted jackets, jaunty boleros, flowy capes, comfy shrugs, classic cardigans, and loose shawls—we love them all! The key to cover-ups is balance: If your dress is understated, pair it with a statement piece; if it’s more ornate, stick with toppers that are simple and sleek.