Capes...love or hate?
I first came across the cape trend about two years ago when I was just getting into learning about bridal trends and styles. I can't say I was immediately obsessed with them or anything. I like the look, but I'm not sure I could ever be convinced to give up my favorite, the classic veil. However, whether you like it or not, capes are here and they aren't going away just yet. So thought today we could get into some of the styles, pros, and cons of cape wearing today.
There is one area in which capes win over veils, and that is you can really find capes in every style imaginable. In fact, it's a little overwhelming how many options there are! I'm going to go over just a few here and also explain how to find one that matches your dress and your style.
Capes are most popularly paired with clean dresses (meaning plain, simple, one fabric throughout) and are a way to add detail to a simple gown. A clean gown can be accessorized in a million different ways and almost any style of cape will pair nicely. Consider lace capes especially with clean gowns for more of a classic bridal look, like the one pictured above.
If you decide to go with a solid cape (like the one below) on top of a clean gown, make sure that the fabrics match. If you're working with a seamstress or designer you can swatch the material before you purchase it. There are many different tones of white and ivory in bridal gowns, and you don't want your dress and cape to be starkly mismatched!
If your gown is lace, look for a tulle or clean solid cape. Finding matching lace can be hard unless the shop you buy from is able to order from the designer. If you know you want a matching accessory, ask them before the dress is ordered so they can buy some extra material. Otherwise, look for other fabrics that are more versatile. If want a statement piece that isn't lace, consider pearl or sparkly tulle, or a color!
Tulle capes are truly the most versatile and a modern alternative to a veil. There are a bunch of different styles including ones that cover the shoulders and ones that don't. Ones that cover the shoulders typically fasten around the neck, vs. clipping to the gown itself. You can also buy them as two separate pieces that attach to each shoulder, which gives you a similar look to the cape pictured above. Tulle or net capes can be paired with nearly every style of gown out there. They are light and breezy, so perfect for any weather and season! And you can also find these with lace, pearls, glitter, stars, embroidery, you name it!
Finally, my biggest reason why I like capes is that I think it would be a great way to repurpose a vintage or family gown for your wedding day! By using the beads or a scrap of lace, or even the fabric from a family gown, you can wear you mother's dress for your wedding without compromising your unique style.
If you're looking for more bridal cape styles check out this article: https://ruffledblog.com/bridal-capes-wedding-trend/
And if you're looking for a custom cape (or veil!) to wear on your wedding day, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time!