Solange Knowles and her fiance, music video director Alan Ferguson. (Photo by Josh Brastead/WireImage)
Fashion-lovers recognize that, as a bride, a wedding is full of moments to make a style statement — you have to decide what to wear to a rehearsal dinner, wedding shower and beyond. With so many events surrounding the actual ceremony, there’s no shortage of opportunities to inject sophisticated, sartorial pieces that’ll easily morph into the most stylish wedding accessories and outfits on record (bonus: you’ll get to keep wearing them long after the wedding day).
Blue Statement Jewelry
Sapphire Slice and Diamond Earrings, $1,375
The something blue adage is a sweet tradition, but go beyond hiding it in delicate details. Statement earrings can replace demure studs, and a chunky necklace will liven up anything worn to events preceding the big day.
A White Leather Jacket
Iro Leather Jacket, $290
If you anticipate needing a layer with your wedding dress, forget the fur wraps and cashmere shawls commonly suggested. Rather, look to that most downtown of staples: the leather jacket.
Balenciaga Sandals, $310
The soon-to-be-married’s all-white wardrobe doesn’t have to extend to your shoes. Have some fun with brightly hued heels paired with a rehearsal dinner outfit or tucked under the skirt of your gown (flash them on the dance floor later).
Michael Kors Pantsuit, $670
Bianca Jagger provided an iconic ’70s style moment when she wed Mick in a white suit. Create your own best-dressed moment by picking tailored separates, worn for pre-wedding drinks or when jetting off for your honeymoon.
Nina Ricci Minaudière, $725
Even the purse-obsessed can’t deny that a roomy satchel has no place on a bride’s big day. A classic minaudière is just as luxe and fits the simple essentials you need day-of.
A Sharp White Blouse
Proenza Schouler Blouse, $175
Skip the universally done little white dress in favor of a beautifully cut blouse worn with a pencil skirt, skinny trousers or favored denim if the situation is casual enough.
White Ankle Boots
Chanel Ankle Boots, $825
If you’re devoted to keeping your trousseau totally snowy, include a bit of edge by subbing in booties for classic stilettos. The right pair will toughen up a sweet cocktail dress, while also feeling totally at home with a casual daytime combo.