When choosing to go with bridal separates, the cover up or top that works with, or as, your bodice is top priority. These pieces are what take a simple dress, usually a universally flattering strapless, and give it your personality and style. The choice elevates the dress from plain to fantastic and the options are endless. This piece is what will speak for years in your wedding photos about your wedding style, and should be chosen with care. 
The Sheer Top
A stylish cover up of the sheerest lace or illusion is the most magical of all bridal separate top options, covering the shoulders, arms and back area adding ethereal grace. Sometimes fastening in the back, it completely transforms the look of your dress and makes your wedding day statement. This look works with one of the top bridal trends of 2015, which are sheer sleeves with hints of lace. This look can segue from a structured piece to just a sheer chiffon wrap for a simple look with effortless beauty.
The Capelet
The biggest trend in bridal separate tops is the capelet, a knod to the past with a more sophisticated style for today’s bride. Especially if you want to add a ‘vintage vibe’ or a little boho chic, the scalloped edged or ribbon embellished capelet is a great choice. It can then be whisked away for fun and mobility at your reception. 
The Jacket
A sophisticated covering for your gown is the jacket, adding more structure and style. It is especially smart in cooler months or if a house of worship requires more coverage. Looks range from a delicate lace jacket for a softer silhouette, or for more impact choose a sequined, beaded or even feathered Bolero jacket, great for a bold bride.
The Shrug
The shrug is back in bridal, popularized in the 50s and now delivering an impact statement today. A shrug goes on the arms and connects across the back, leaving the front of your bodice bare – named because you kind of shrug it on. This look can range from ultra sheer to give your skin a smooth, translucent look and your strapless gown an elegant finish, or be thick enough to ad warmth for cooler weather weddings. The final effect is fab. 
The Corset
The corset can be the most elegant bodice separate choice, especially if you are looking for beading and embellishment for a big statement. A plain corset is also a great choice to give you a strapless look worn with a skirt separate. You can then complement these pieces with another sheer separate over the corset. Be very careful here that your corset looks like a bodice and not like you forgot to finish dressing. Some brides push this too hard to be sexy, and look like they hit the honeymoon too early. 
Save and Compare
If you are on a tight budget, you can cleverly utilize a bridal top or bodice separate to completely elevate the look of a simple, inexpensive strapless or other style base gown. Your design will look complete, and save you a bundle. Plus you will be one of a kind, putting you, and your budget, ‘on top’.


Posted on 2015-08-17 by Marsha Koller