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Bridal fashion trends come and go, and some are exceptionally fleeting depending on the season. As the times change, brides are constantly seeking ways to incorporate new and of-the-moment looks into their wedding day fashions, and as such, brands are regularly reinventing the wheel of what is stylish and contemporary. However, there are several recurring bridal fashion trends we think are here to stay, one being outerwear. Adding a dash of drama and an unexpected twist, outerwear makes for an unforgettable (and equally irresistible) bridal ensemble.
From capes to leather jackets to fur coats, brides have been incorporating these outer garments into their wedding day looks for years. Some opt for custom moto jackets, while others subtly incorporate lace capes for a two-in-one bridal look. Whatever your style might be, outerwear can easily elevate and transform any wedding dress.
If you're a bride looking to wear different looks throughout your day, go for detachable capes and coats that can easily be removed once you say "I do". And if you're looking to incorporate something edgy, throw on a leather or denim jacket for the reception or afterparty—one that you and your partner can match in, too! Of course, if you plan to get married in cooler temperatures, a fur shawl or feathered overcoat is a practical choice for fall and winter nuptials.
Ahead, we've curated an edit of the best bridal outerwear pieces for every style, budget, and season.
Most Statement Making: Danielle Frankel Allegra Corded Lace-Trimmed Organza and Tulle Trench Coat
Size range: XS/S-M/L | Material: Organza, tulle, and corded lace | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 28 days of delivery
Danielle Frankel never disappoints. The designer absolutely showed out with this stunning sheer trench coat. Made with ivory organza and delicate tulle, this is the perfect piece for a modern bride.
Best Transitional Piece: Karen Willis Holmes Opera Train
Size range: One size | Material: Organza | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 7 days of delivery
This statement off-the-shoulder puff sleeve cape is ideal for those who prefer to have a removable train. A perfect transitional piece for brides of all styles.
Most Ethereal: Oui Madam Amelia Bridal Coat
Size range: Inquire with bridal retailer | Material: Tulle | Shipping: Inquire with bridal retailer | Return policy: Inquire with bridal retailer
Wear this coat on top of a slip dress or an A-line wedding gown. It can also serve as lingerie for the night of your wedding.
Best White Moto Jacket: TheBrodieBride Custom Leather Bridal Jacket
Size range: S-XXXL | Material: Faux leather | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Final sale
One of our favorite bridal outerwear trends is the moto jacket. Customize your jacket, and buy a matching pair for you and your partner to wear at your reception and after-party.
Most Versatile: Fifth & Welshire Charli Puff Sleeve Duster
Size range: 2-14 | Material: Polyester crepe | Shipping: Free standard domestic shipping | Return policy: Store credit or exchange
This duster from Fifth & Welshire is perfect for an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or after-party. Even better, it can be worn after you've said "I do."
Best Denim Jacket: Untamed Petals Mrs Denim Jacket
Size range: S-L | Material: Denim | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery
We can't get over how chic this oversized denim jacket is by Untamed Petals. End your day as a "Mrs" by sporting this fashion-forward yet classic look.
For the Modern Bride: MarsiyBel White Wedding Knitted Shrug
Size range: XS-XL | Material: Yarn | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted
Style it anything from a bridal gown to a crop top and wide leg pant, this knit bolero is chic and modern. The versatility of this piece will allow you to wear it for all of your bridal events and beyond.
Most Romantic: Society James Dianne Cape
Size range: S/M-L/XL | Material: Tulle and floral appliqué | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery
Effortlessly romantic, this floral embellished cape is impossible to forget. The dramatic drape and ethereal nature of this statement piece would make for the perfect addition to an unadorned fitted gown.
For the Edgy Bride: By The Namesake The Joanne Jacket
Size range: 0-12 | Material: Leather and silver tone studs | Shipping: Free shipping within Canada and the continental U.S. on orders exceeding $300 | Return policy: Store credit or exchange (custom or sale items are final sale)
Fun fact: This leather jacket was designed as a commission piece for Lady Gaga! Tap into your edgy side with this fringe, leather jacket from By The Namesake.
Most Sophisticated: Elliat Ridley Blazer
Size range: XS-XL | Material: Polyester and spandex | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery
For a sleek and sophisticated look, opt for this white bridal blazer. We picture this stunner with a slick back bun or pony and pearl statement studs.
For the Glam Bride: Bubish Berlin Bolero
Size range: S/M-L/XL | Material: Dyed ostrich feathers | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 60 days of purchase
Turn heads in this ostrich feathered bolero. Drape it over your wedding dress or a little white mini for your rehearsal dinner or reception. Effortlessly luxurious, this party-ready look is ideal for the glamorous bride.
Best Pearl Detail: Amanda Judge Posy Denim Jacket
Size range: S-L | Material: Denim and pearls | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery
This pretty bridal jacket is a chic and classic spin on a denim look. We're head over heels for the pearl embellishment scattered across the shoulders.
Most Regal: David's Bridal Faux-Fur Mock Neck Capelet
Size range: XS/S-3XL | Material: Faux fur | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 7 days of purchase
You'll be sure to feel like a royal in this faux-fur capelet. This is the perfect accessory for winter or fall nuptials.
Best Embellishment: Ternai Couture Amber Cape
Size range: S/M-ML | Material: Tulle and beading | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery
Simply put—this beauty is a work of art. With intricate embellishment and its effortlessly fit, this cape is beyond majestic and regal.
For the Chic Bride: Reformation Lark Bridal Shrug
Size range: XS-XL | Material: Tulle | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery
This chic barely-there shrug is what minimalist dreams are made of. Pair it with a simple crepe gown for an ultra city sleek bridal look.
Best Black Moto Jacket: David's Bridal Just Married Embroidered Vegan Leather Moto Jacket
Size range: 1X-XL | Material: Vegan leather and embroidery | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 7 days of purchase
Flaunt that newly-wed glow in this "Just Married" black leather jacket. Cool and edgy, this stunner is beyond perfect for the ultimate photo op.
Most Effortless: Maneesha Ruia Olney Wrap
Size range: One size | Material: Linen and embroidery | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery
Throw this wrap over your shoulders for effortless elegance. Whether its simply for the look or to keep you just a bit warmer, you simply can't go wrong with this delicately detailed piece.
Best Investment Piece: Giorgio Armani Main Belted Water-Repellent Trench Coat
Size range: 2-8 | Material: Water-repellent poly and silk blend fabric | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of purchase
Elegant and timeless, this Giorgio Armani trench coat simply speaks for itself. Adorned with a tonal buckle belt and buttons, a piece like this is sure to become an iconic and well-loved staple in your wardrobe.
What to Look for in Bridal Outerwear
Now that you've gained the ultimate inspiration, it's time to narrow it down to the specific look ideal for your personal bridal style. First things first, consider how functional you need your outerwear to be. If you're tying the knot outdoors during the late fall or winter, you'll likely rely on a fur wrap or white coat to keep you warm. On the flip side, a sheer shrug or tulle cape is perfectly sufficient for summer nuptials, as it is likely much more of a fashion statement rather than a necessity. Similarly, choose the garment that best aligns with how you want to look and feel on your big day. If you're seeking an ethereal, romantic look, opt for a chiffon cape or tulle shawl. On the other hand, a structured blazer is ideal for a sleek and sophisticated look whereas a denim or leather jacket is perfect for the edgy bride. Most importantly, don't forget about how it will photograph. While that super textured, layered, or tiered jacket may look super cool, you don't want it to distract too much from your dress or your own beauty. We recommend trying it on with your dress throughout the alterations process as well as snapping a few photos of you in it prior to your wedding day.
Can I wear outerwear to my wedding?
Which type of bridal outerwear should I wear?
It all depends on your style and the season of your wedding. For spring and summer weddings, sheer and lace capes are light enough to wear all day. If you plan to get married in cooler temperatures, a fur shawl or feathered overcoat is a practical choice for fall and winter nuptials.
What type of wedding dress works best with outerwear?
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Contributing writer Corinne Pierre-Louis is an associate editor at Brides and an expert in fashion and social media. Prior to her work with Brides, she graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications before working for Vogue Magazine.