Accessories can be exactly what you need to style and personalize a low-key wedding dress. “Accessories are the perfect way to take a minimal gown and make it feel festive and special,” said stylist Beth Chapman of Beth Chapman Consulting.
There are a variety of ways a bride can dress up her look. Short hemlines call for fabulous heels. Chilly weather needs a jacket or wrap. And a veil, whether birdcage or cathedral length, will complement any wedding-day look.
“The must-have fall bridal accessory is something to keep warm and still look great,” said wedding planner and event designer Lindsay Landman of Lindsay Landman Events. While a bride is sure to find a lot of options in stores and online, Landman shares that some of her brides are looking to their families’ closets for something warm and old. “One of our brides will be wearing a vintage fur bolero that was her grandmother’s, which adds some sentimentality.”
A jacket or stole can also elevate the look of an understated dress from simple to elegant, noted Chapman. But the easiest way to transform any outfit is with a statement earring. “It brings a little sparkle by your face for photos and adds some sparkle to the look of the simplest dress,” she said.
A new addition to a bride’s trousseau is a face mask. Whether decorative or medical, it’s just as essential now as your wedding rings.
Nothing says bride like a veil. Toni Federici’s circular-style tiered ballerina design is unadorned, making it the ultimate complement to any style dress, long or short, simple or dramatic. $450 at Lovely Bride, 182 Duane St.; LovelyBride.com
You’ll get a lot of use out of Bübish’s glamorous jacket made from ethically upcycled fur. The navy color makes it an ideal “something blue” on a cooler day (or night). $345 at BHLDN, 1230 Third Ave.; BHLDN.com
Store your wedding-day essentials in this rhinestone box clutch by Sondra Roberts. Available in silver (shown), gold or black with gunmetal, it has an optional shoulder strap. $160 at Bloomingdale’s, 59th Street at Third Avenue; Bloomingdales.com
Save money by renting instead of purchasing. Ever by Happily Ever Borrowed’s “Rafaella” headpiece features crystals formed into branches and leaves and is one of dozens of styles brides can rent. From $45 at HappilyEverBorrowed.com
A fashion-forward take on the classic pearl wedding accessory, Jennifer Behr’s “Bailey” headband is hand-embroidered with Swarovski pearls. $325 at JenniferBehr.com
Ines Di Santo’s new jewelry collection with Ciner, Ines x Ciner, resembles her wedding gown collection – a mix of glamour and femininity. This modern take on the drop earring features three glass pearls and hand-painted glass flowers. $250 at Mark Ingram Atelier, 110 E. 55th St., 8th floor; MarkIngramAtelier.com
Pick up a bridal-themed face mask to ensure you’re celebrating safely on your big day. PQ Swim’s Water Lily Lace MasQini has a nude lining under the scalloped white fabric. $20 at HTB, 100 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., 2nd floor, Livingston, NJ.; HTBBoutique.com
A short hemline demands a fabulous pair of shoes. These white satin 3.5-inch pointed-toe pumps are encrusted with glittering crystals. $71.96 at David’s Bridal, 45 W. 25th St.; DavidsBridal.com