Wear the Pants: The Bridal Jumpsuit Trend

Wear the Pants: The Bridal Jumpsuit Trend

Olivia Tinsley
Sep 14, 2016
(Image credit: Jose Villa)

Everyone wants to look—and more importantly, feel—fantastic on their wedding day. The best way to ensure both of the above desires are fulfilled is to rock a look that really feels like you (well to be more precise...you, just spiffier). For a long time that meant an all out search for "the dress", but thankfully things have loosened up a bit and there are now more options than ever for your big-day look.

Solange Knowles made a splash with her one-piece wonder back in 2014 (plus a host of other wedding weekend outfits you can spot on Refinery 29), and since then, there's been no shortage of fancy pants gracing the runways. As jumpsuits continue to make star appearances in the latest designer collections, it turns out that "the dress" doesn't have to be a dress at all.

If you find yourself allured by the two-legged look, yet hesitant to fully "jump" on the trend, let the real brides below supply all the confidence you need to rock a jumpsuit. From the easy, breezy bohemian to sleek and tailored, there's something for everyone, no matter your personal style or wedding day vibe.

(Image credit: Miguel Marino)

Suit Your Style

Just like gowns come in a variety of cuts, there isn't just one standard style of jumpsuits. Envisioning something refreshing and refined? The structured pleats and a subtle v-neckline of the jumpsuit above, spotted in this city hall wedding on The Everygirl, strike just the right balance of menswear meets feminine charm.

(Image credit: Jose Villa)

Feeling more free-spirited?

Opt for wide-leg trousers and a sheer chiffon back accent for an ethereal, elegant statement. This ensemble was worn by a soon-to-be-bride did for a dreamy engagement session in Tuscany with photographer Jose Villa, but it would look just as effortlessly chic walking down the aisle.

(Image credit: Evangeline Lane)

The Full Monty

While the outfit itself is certainly a defining factor, it's the hair, makeup, shoes, jewelry and bouquet that truly complete your bridal look. Treat the jumpsuit as a canvas for your ideal aesthetic—whether it's fresh-faced and femme or full-on drama. Don't be afraid to play with contrast, either, such as juxtaposing a cathedral-length veil with something more modern. This backyard wedding bride on A Practical Wedding nails an untraditional, but totally amazing, look.

Remember that it's ultimately your day. If you're the type who loves to push the fashion envelope, why settle for less when it comes to one of the most important outfit decisions you'll make? If you're still convinced you'll miss the dress, go the traditional gown route for the ceremony, and then switch into a pantsuit to party the night away. This way, you'll get the best of both worlds – and your moves won't be restricted by a mermaid skirt.

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