Even though some of us here at Miss Links are already married (hey there Dianna, fourteen years!) we do love checking out bridal fashions. In our general scrolling and pinning, we’ve noticed there’s far more diversity in bridal trends. Hurrah for elements like jumpsuits, tuxes and pantsuits!
To find out more, we spoke to the experts—bridal stylists, planners and wedding gurus. Here’s what they had to say about this growing trend.
Dorothy Polka, Editor, Polka Dot Bride
Some brides feel more comfortable in pants, so why change for your wedding day? Some want to look unique or to buck convention. Perhaps a jumpsuit or tux suits their wedding theme or location or they happen to fall in love with an outfit that wasn’t a gown.
Jumpsuits and tuxedos are good choices for bridesmaids to differentiate them from the bride in her dress. Plus, they can be more comfortable and warmer for autumn/winter weddings. (No one wants to deal with hosiery these days!)
Celebrity brides like Solange, Kaley Cuoco, Emily Ratajkowski and Kristen Bell wore pants in some form for their nuptials. This helps brides envision different fashion possibilities. The rise of marriage equality may also be helping couples see past being boxed into convention.
When considering a jumpsuit or tuxedo for your wedding day, first consider the practicalities. Will it be suitable for the season? Is it comfortable? If it’s a jumpsuit, can you get in and out of it by yourself easily? Then think about whether it suits your personal style or if it’s just a fleeting trend to which you’ve taken a shine (we’ve all been there). Think: “do I wear this, or is it wearing me?”
Vanessa Valiente, personal stylist, V Style
Brides are choosing a jumpsuit or a tuxedo because it is so much more fresh, unique and comfortable than a traditional bridal gown. These choices are so much lighter and easier to wear. You will also be the talk of the town because it is such a fashion-forward choice.
This style is becoming increasingly popular because people want to be different and the desire to be comfortable is at an all-time high, making it an ideal choice for bridesmaids. This is perfect when your bridal party includes one or two ‘blokesmaids’ as well.
When it comes to putting this look together, understand that finding a flattering version of a jumpsuit or tuxedo is going to take time. It is a lot easier to find a wedding dress over a bridal jumpsuit or women’s tuxedo. Sometimes a custom tailor is the best solution because you’ll get your outfit perfectly shaped to fit and flatter. I am putting a tuxedo on a bride right now, and as a size 14 almost six foot woman, there are not a lot choices out there. So if this is a look you want to choose, give yourself plenty of time to track down the right option well ahead of your wedding day.
Lilac Zhang, Founder & Creative Director of Upside Down Events
Jumpsuits and tuxedos are perfect for non-traditional and chic brides who want to set themselves apart from the conventional white bridal dresses walking down the aisle. They are also more comfortable to wear and perfect to get the moves on the dance floor later at the reception. For the bride who has never felt comfortable in a dress, a jumpsuit is the perfect choice to feel confident and relaxed. And on your wedding day, this is exactly how you want to feel.
Brides are more willing to experiment with different looks for their wedding. Some brides opt to wear a white wedding gown for the ceremony and change into something more party-appropriate like jumpsuits for the reception.
They are great value for money for bridesmaids. Unlike the traditional bridesmaids dresses which are very unlikely to be worn again, a jumpsuit or tuxedo can be teamed with the right accessories so that bridesmaids can wear them again after the big day. And they often come with pockets—AWESOME!
The key to styling this look is choosing the right accessories. Glam it up with heels and statement jewellery, it will make you look chic yet wedding appropriate.