It might be the prude in me, but wedding dresses with covered shoulders and sleeves make me swoon. I think they look timeless and elegant, and allow for that extra bit of detail that you don’t always get with sleeveless and strapless wedding dresses.
If you have your heart set on a sleeveless or strapless wedding dress, but want to be more covered up for photos and/or the ceremony, you might want to consider a cape. While they’re typically popular for winter weddings (think white fur capelets), I think a lightweight lace cape would look just as elegant at a spring, summer, or fall wedding. They also provide a great alternative to changing dresses between the ceremony and reception, since if you wear a cape during your ceremony, you’re pretty much changing into a completely different look once you take it off.
Wedding dress designers, particularly Monique Lhullier, were showing capes, capelets (a cape that just covers the shoulders), and boleros (a short jacket that’s open in the front) in their 2014 collections. While wedding capes have been a popular accessory since the dawn of weddings, I think we’re going to start seeing even more of them in the next few years. A few of my favorite picks from the Spring 2014 collections are below.
Style Tip: If you decide to wear a wedding cape, capelet, coat, or bolero, be sure to go with a blusher/birdcage veil (one that just covers your face), or no veil at all.
Monique Lhuillier “Tatiana” silk crepe sheath dress and cape | Spring 2014 Bridal Collection
Monique Lhuillier “Sandrine” chantilly lace dress and cape | Spring 2014 Bridal Collection
Monique Lhuillier “Innocence” chantilly lace dress and capelet | Spring 2014 Bridal Collection
Charlotte Balbier bridal 2014 belle wedding dress cape bolero
Angel Sanchez bridal 2014 wedding dress cape
Lara Hannah bridal 2014 priestess vintage 1940s style wedding dress lace cape