I’m willing to bet there’s an outdated etiquette book that scoffs at the idea of women wearing any kind of trouser to a wedding, but who follows old-school etiquette anymore anyway? Half the invites we receive aren’t strict on the rules — don’t we regularly see white worn by both bridesmaids and guests? And, we’ve all seen (and even heard) our fair share of cellphone use during the ceremony.
Basically, wedding guidelines all around have relaxed a bit. Especially for attire. Sure, a casual romper isn’t the right choice for a black tie ceremony, but a wedding jumpsuit? That can work for the guests and even the bridal party.
Just as a slick suit or two-piece skirt and shell can serve as elegant wedding attire, the wedding jumpsuit has made its made its way to the top of the trend list as an alternative to cocktail dresses and gowns. It’s perfect for the gal who likes to make a more unique statement (or get her comfortable dance on), while blending effortlessly into a crowd or photos.
Choosing Jumpsuits for a Wedding
As with all occasion wear, it’s all about the fabric and palette:
The most formal jumpsuits for a wedding are constructed of flowy silks and chiffons. These fabrics ensure your silhouette flatters and your hems swish along like any other dress.
Classic black and white jumpsuits are guaranteed to keep you looking dressed up. A jumpsuit with a thematic print can put you in the running for the wedding’s best-dressed list.
The bridal white jumpsuit is a modern, fresh take on the wedding gown. Long or short, it fits in just as well at a backyard or beach wedding as it does at the courthouse. We love a structured silhouette for the bride, something that shows off the shoulders and highlights the small of the waist. The bride’s perfect jumpsuit also stands out enough so everyone knows this is her party, and she’s here to have fun.
This Vince Camuto Jumpsuit is very simple in its design, and that’s what makes it so elegant. Baring that shoulder bone, this piece is sleeveless in the most flattering way. The waist tie and gently flowing leg adds to the sophistication.
The bridesmaid jumpsuit can be a new take on the mismatched bridesmaids trend — try a jumpsuit in the group’s specified colors or prints. Your besties will jump at the chance to invest in a bridesmaids piece that’s truly reusable. Even a flowy, full-length jumpsuit can dressed down easier than the average bridesmaid dress. And, with so many options available on the market, it’s easy to match the neckline, length or any factor your bride bestie has in mind for the main event.
What’s not to love about this sweet, soft pink jumpsuit? Your bridesmaids will collectively create a perfect backdrop for you in all your bridal glory.
For a more sophisticated take, try this plunging piece with a tapered leg. The ruffle at the sleeve keeps this ensemble from being too harsh and creates a flattering angle to the belt at the waist.
Jumpsuits for Wedding Guests
By the time you’re heading to that third summer ceremony on the calendar, a chic jumpsuit can be the best way to give your dress rotation a well-deserved break. Whether you’re heading to a laid back party or five-star fete, the jumpsuit provides a welcome respite.
Throw a LBJ (little black jumpsuit) into the lineup or choose something with a vibrant print for weddings with a bold theme. Either choice will come off just as polished (once you add the right heels and accessories course) to give you the more formal feeling you’re used to.
River Island’s Asymmetric Jumpsuit is suitable as wedding guest attire, thanks to the band of rhinestones over the shoulder. And that interesting neckline means no necklace is needed. Doll yourself up with some shimmery earrings and that’s all the jewelry you need!
A funky, but subtle pattern will always generate approval from the style police. Wear this jumpsuit to a wedding and onlookers may wonder who your personal shopper is. Team it with simply style stilettos, a dainty pendant necklace, and stud earrings.
As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.