They might have many names, but a topper, cape(let), bolero, or shrug is a great way to not only cover-up a wedding dress (say, if you’re getting married in a conservative house of worship or in Colorado in the dead of winter), but they are also a super affordable way to take a simple wedding dress and turn it into one that looks like it’s worth 10 times the price.
I came up with the above wedding dress hack for under $500, and you can definitely do it for even cheaper than that if you shop around. I think the hardest part will be finding a silk/satin long strapless gown for a decent price, and it’s something you might want to consider having made if you know a great seamstress. The simpler the dress the more over-the-top you can go with your wedding dress capelet, bolero, or shrug…or topper! (so many terms for pretty much the same thing), and that way it will be easier to match the fabrics.
Below is a resource list for the wedding dress hack pictured above. And remember, be sure to use all the search terms listed above when shopping for a whatchamacallit.
BHLDN Peony Topper: $170 (from their new fall line)