Forget satin handbags and wear-them-once heels. We tapped local bridal shops to let us in on their favorite of-the-moment trends, including unexpected options for wedding day wares. Their advice: Mix textures, add pops of color and embrace opulence with accessories you can use long after the big day.
Elizabeth Bower pearl comb and clutch, both at Ceremony, and Nicholas Kirkwood mules
Ceremony owner Alix Childs has one general rule for accessorizing a bridal look. “Pick one killer statement piece that you can’t live without,” she says, “and then plan the rest of your look around it.” She’s a fan of this modern-yet-timeless clutch and delicate-enough mules that can be tied together with a comb that “doesn’t distract from the whole look.” Says Childs: “I’d love to see this combination paired with a lightweight skirt with clean architectural lines and a lot of movement,” mentioning Ceremony designers like Lela Rose, Sarah Seven and Leanne Marshall. “I also love that all three pieces could be worn again with a great pair of jeans.”
Jenny Yoo belt at Flair, Christian Louboutin heels at Neiman Marcus and Ted Baker clutch
“Bridal fashion no longer limits girls to the stereotypical poufy white gown,” says Flair owner Stacey Kraft, who adds that her Back Bay boutique—and its clients—have embraced blush, oyster, silver and even frocks with lavender undertones from designers such as Hayley Paige and Willowby by Watters. “We love to see brides express their personalities and stories through the gowns they choose.” Whether you’re donning Theia’s Jean style or Jenny Yoo’s knee-length and nude-lined Reagan frock, these glitzy accessories can take you from old Hollywood glam to Roaring ’20s chic.
Brackish feather bow tie at Neiman Marcus, Halston Heritage clutch and Sam Edelman loafers
At 9Tailors, brides can expect the same meticulous approach to bespoke suiting that grooms have come to love. As owner Samantha Shih puts it, “A good tailor should have the creativity to solve your fashion problems, but be pragmatic enough to know what’s possible.” She and style consultant Stephanie Muñoz say that when it comes to narrowing the pant length, keep shoe height in mind: “For skinny or cigarette pants, we love a heel, kitten or stiletto to make the legs look miles long, while a slightly tapered or straight-leg look is best paired with brogues, Oxfords or flats.” As for bow ties, “Most are designed for the average gent.” Look for heights of 2 inches or less in materials such as feathers, wood and leathers to insert a little personality.