At her wedding last year, tennis star Serena Williams inspired brides when she paired her designer gown with white, custom-made silver- and gold crystal-adorned Nike Cortez sneakers.
“I love that she wore Nike sneakers because she incorporated her personality and passion into her wedding day look,” explains Ashley Krauss, owner of A Little Something White Bridal Couture in Darien. “Being an athlete is part of who she is, and she was able to include that side of her.”
A Little Something White has had a number of brides who chose to be a little more adventurous with their wedding day look. For one client, the shop custom-designed a skirt that incorporated layers of purple tulle so the bride had a pop of her favorite color on her wedding day, according to Krauss, who also sees color and sparkle trending in footwear. Her favorite: the Kate Spade glittery bow-topped heel. She also likes the bridal cape. “Capes are an alternative to wearing a veil for a bride who wants something long and dramatic that floats down the aisle as she walks,” Krauss says.
Cowboy boots were the footwear of choice for the bride and bridesmaids at Jessica McGlinchey’s wedding last June. “My husband and I consider ourselves to be very casual and laid back. We wanted our wedding to have a rustic/country look to reflect our style,” said McGlinchey, of Sherman, who wore taupe cowboy boots with detailed stitching. She was inspired seeing brides on Pinterest wearing boots. “I eventually decided it was my special day and I knew I would be so much happier in boots than heels,” she says. “I feel like they really tied together my rustic/country theme, and I was so comfortable dancing all night long!”
The boots complemented McGlinchey’s white lacy gown. “I knew I wanted something simple and feminine with a slight heel,” she recounts, “and I chose the one I thought would go perfectly with my image for my wedding. My ceremony was outside and I had to walk on grass, so this was yet another reason the cowboy boots were better than a heel for my venue. I told my bridesmaids they could wear any type of cowboy boot they wanted. I love how different all the boots were!” The best part for McGlinchey is wearing her wedding boots all the time. “I was wearing them all summer/fall after the wedding, whereas heels for a bride might not ever be worn again,” she says.
When it comes to jewelry, brides are still opting for classic style but with a modern feel. Krauss says her most sought-after jewelry collection is the Something Old Collection, which features an assortment of mid-century costume jewelry from the most notable designers of the golden age of costume jewelry. “These pieces are bold yet timeless,” she explains.
Accessories put the finishing touch on a bride’s appearance. “You’re not fully dressed without accessories, and it’s no different for a bride,” contends Erica Jensen, owner of Helen Ainson in Darien, who sells a variety of accessories for a bride to complete her look. “We have the most elegant understated necklaces, but also jaw-dropping chandelier earrings and chunky statement necklaces.”
The store can customize necklaces, earrings, and bracelets using Swarovski crystals in aquamarine, amethyst, sapphire, and emerald, as well as cubic zirconia, to match a bride’s style and dress color. The store carries handmade necklaces by local artisan Charlotte Meyer that combine natural stones and semi-precious gems. Jensen notes that diamond drop earrings in any length are popular, and that brides are also carrying stylish evening bags at the reception. “We have a variety of colors and fabrics, including metallics, silks, and pearlized leathers, while some are adorned with rhinestones and jeweled clasps,” says Jensen.
According to Eva Poplaski, owner of Classic Brides by Eva in Stratford, brides enjoy showcasing their personal style. “A bride can definitely create her own unique look with accessories and have fun with it, especially footwear,” she states. For beach and destination weddings, for example, Poplaski observes that brides are wearing foot jewelry, such as a pretty rhinestone jewel around the ankle that can wrap around the toes. “For shoes, brides are sometimes matching their bridesmaids’ gowns or wearing their favorite color.” She has had brides who have chosen floral and even black shoes. “It’s a time where girls are getting quite adventurous,” says Poplaski, noting that veils without headpieces are trending, along with rhinestone or pearl belts and sashes. “The adventurous bride might wear a bulkier necklace versus a traditional pearl or diamond,” she concludes. “Overall, the bride’s accessories should enhance the style of her gown and complete her look so she will shine.”