For every bride who dreams of a fairytale ball gown, there is another who wants to wear something a little different at their wedding. You may not feel comfortable in dresses but there is no pressure to conform to a tradition. Your wedding day is a celebration of you and your partner so it is most important that you wear something true to you.
A perfect way to break these rules, while still wearing something occasion appropriate; suits. Elegant, sophisticated and timeless, wedding suits are an ideal alternative to dresses. Classic and refined, they can be just as chic as a wedding dress but you are more likely to wear them again! However, suit shopping as a woman can be tricky and you may not even be sure where to start! So, here we have put together a handy guide to help you find the perfect suit for you to rock on your big day.
Finding a Suit
Of course, it is true that the more gender-normative your wedding fashion choices are, the easier it will be to find what you want. However, in recent years, wedding suits have become a more popular trend. So, if you are looking for a more feminine wedding suit, there are many designers you could look into, it is simply a matter of finding which boutique stocks them.
Jumpsuits are also a great option if you want simple androgyny. Its popularity is also on the rise and you can opt for a fitted lace-trim version for a feminine touch, or go for one that’s loose-fitting, yet not particularly masculine. Either way, they are comfortable, sophisticated and easy to pull off!
However, if you are looking for a suit in a more masculine style, this takes more planning.
Renting a suit may not be as simple an option as it is for male grooms. This is depending on your body shape and desired style as you have less chance of finding a suit you like that also fits you well. We recommend looking into tailored suits for a truly bespoke wedding experience. There are several tailors who create wedding suits for women and some who design specifically with LGBTQ+ women in mind.
By going down the tailored route, you can essentially have the suit of your dreams. If you team up with the right tailor, you could have a suit in any style, shape, colour or material, expressing your unique style perhaps even better than a wedding dress could! This suit will be tailored to your exact measurements, ensuring the perfect fit.
Types of Suit Style
A master tailor can guide you on what styles may suit your body type and fashion ideas but you may want some idea of what is available before you begin the process.
Wedding suits for women tend to fall into two categories, an androgynous, masculine fit or a more sculpted, feminine cut. While tailoring services provide an opportunity to personalise your suit, a decision between these styles would be a good place to start! From classic cigarette trousers to mix and match pieces, shoulder pads with a fitted three-piece or a loose, figure-hiding two-piece, the possibilities are endless. You don’t even have to go for traditional wedding colours of white and ivory or black, navy and grey. From pastel colours to statement pops of colour, don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to your wedding suit.
Of course, your wedding suit will be the star of the show but consider what accessories you could have to complete your outfit. The right accessories can add personal touches and elevate your look.
With traditional bridalwear, you have the usual choices of jewellery, veils and cover-ups which may not apply here. You can, of course, choose to add feminine touches to your suit, especially if you are going for a less masculine suit. Statement jewellery, headpieces or hats are all excellent options that can be paired with a suit. Or, you may choose to embrace the masculine elements of your suit: why not express yourself further with a statement neck-tie, waistcoat, or pocket square - or even through your choice of buttonhole?
Shoes - a key and universal accessory - are a great way to jazz up your suit. Again, if you want to highlight your feminine side, a pair of killer heels look very chic with a suit. Some more neutral options such as boots, brogues or trainers (like some box-fress Converse), show that the possibilities for shoes that pair perfectly with a suit are endless. We love to see shoes making a statement in a wedding outfit, so don’t be afraid to experiment with style and colour!
Sophisticated and special, a tailored wedding suit can give you confidence and comfort while ensuring you look the epitome of style. Perfect for the most important day of your life!