We had a blast checking out the latest wedding dress trends at New York Bridal Fashion Week, but there were a surprising number of wedding accessories that also grabbed our attention on the runways. This season, it wasn't just about the dresses — many designers stepped up their game by providing inspiration for a bride's entire look. We were wowed by statement jewelry and unexpected hair accessories, and we also noticed the return of a traditional bridal staple (gloves!). If you're looking for a way to tie your wedding day outfit together, don't miss these fabulous wedding accessories ideas.
Here are the latest steal-worthy wedding accessories, straight from the runways.
Dress by Eisen-Stein
Waist-cinching belts were some of the coolest and most unexpected wedding accessories to appear in designers’ collections this season. The latest styles look like actual belts you’d find in ready-to-wear fashion — different than the bridal rhinestone sashes and floral appliqué ribbons we’re accustomed to seeing with wedding gowns. Stylish belts were featured in the collections from Eisen-Stein and Victoria Kyriakides, who paired a sequined ball gown with a chain fringe belt for a rocker-meets-princess look.
Dress by Valentini Spose
Remember the scene in The Parent Trap when Annie visits Elizabeth’s bridal shop and they create the veil/top hat combination? This wedding accessories trend gives us immediate flashbacks to that moment, but 10 times better. Hats were a major theme for Spring 2020 at Bridal Fashion Week, and we’re not talking about royal wedding-esque fascinators or retro pillbox styles. We saw oversized, statement-making hats going down the runway at Theia and Watters, with other designers such as Valentini Spose giving the hat trend a European twist. Whether you choose a romantic floppy style, a summer-appropriate straw design, or a hard-brimmed option for a little bit of edge, bridal hats are a fun way to accessorize your look on the big day — and channel your inner Amal Clooney, of course.
Dress by Lihi Hod
If your style icons include Blair Waldorf, Audrey Hepburn, or Brigitte Bardot, then get ready to rejoice, because headbands are back. Thick, padded headbands were another wedding accessories trend we spotted everywhere during New York Bridal Fashion Week, from pearl-embellished styles paired with veils at Reem Acra, to red patent leather headbands emphasizing center parts at Galia Lahav. Think of the headband as an “It” girl’s alternative to the classic bridal tiara. Plus, it’s one of the most versatile wedding accessories, since you can wear a headband with your hair up or down.
Dress by Berta
Forget understated diamond studs, because statement earrings are here to claim their rightful place in this year’s wedding accessories lineup. Justin Alexander, Berta, Ines Di Santo, and Wtoo by Watters paired their newest wedding dresses with oversized hoops, ear cuffs, and beaded tassel earrings, proving that you don’t have to stick to conservative jewelry on the big day. If you love the idea of wearing statement earrings but aren’t totally sold on going through with it, skip the colorful baubles and opt for all-white styles instead. You’ll get a look that’s both bridal and on trend.
Dress by Reem Acra
White gloves were a staple wedding accessory decades ago, though modern-day brides have mostly skipped them in favor of bare hands and arms, because how else are you going to show off that wedding day manicure? But lately, we’ve noticed the slow comeback of this traditional wedding accessory, and several designers (including Reem Acra and Pronovias) confirmed our hunch with their latest collections that gloves are about to be en vogue once again. From luxurious satin elbow length-gloves to demure Swiss dot styles that barely covered the hands, bridal gloves are on track to be one of the trendiest wedding accessories this year.
Dress by David's Bridal
Center parts and slicked-back hair were just some of the beauty trends we saw at Bridal Fashion Week, and more often than not, these hairstyles were accompanied by barrettes or embellished bobby pins, giving us total ‘90s vibes. David’s Bridal and Berta were quick to jump on the trend, using barrettes to complement both romantic and glamorous gowns. Bridal barrettes are perfect for adding a little detail to your wedding day look — choose floral clips if you’re going for an ultra-feminine aesthetic, pearl barrettes if your look is more classic, or even tortoiseshell accents for a chic, Parisian-inspired effect.