So You Want To Wear Pants At Your Wedding…
3:00 pm, July 3rd | by Grace Rasmus
When a bride wants to wear pants at her wedding, she often faces several challenges. She might face down gender stereotypes and arguments about “tradition” — how do you convince friends and family that yes, you are a woman, but you feel more like yourself in pants and therefore want to wear pants at your wedding? Then there’s the practicality issue of actually finding a great outfit. It’s hard enough to Say Yes to the Dress when you have thousands of options at your disposal but it’s undoubtedly even harder when you want to step outside of wedding day norms. You don’t see many Pinterest boards gushing over the wide variety of suits for women.
Fortunately, several retailers have stepped up to fill this gap, catering to the specific problem of finding a wedding suit without having to resort to the men’s section.
“I started Tomboy Tailors after years of dealing with ill-fitting suits and poor customer service and I knew that other people must be having that experience,” Zel Anders, the founder and owner of Tomboy Tailors in San Francisco, told the Times. “There are, I suspect, hundreds of thousands of women like me who prefer to wear men’s suits.”
These suits have been a source of empowerment for women who don’t feel comfortable in a traditional wedding gown. “It’s about feeling good in your clothes,” said Patricia Baldwin, who shopped at Tomboy Tailors recently for her commitment ceremony. “If my suit starts at Men’s Wearhouse, it’s not going to be supportive of who I am.”
While some women want to show off their curves in their dress, others brands allow for a more androgynous or “masculine” look for the big day.
“What masculine-identified women don’t want is a suit with darts in it, that’s all very feminine and cut in with that hourglass,” said Shaz Riley, the owner of the Butch Clothing Company, a tailor for “masculine women” in England. “They want to look like David Beckham looks in his suits.”
We think the increase in options for brides who want to wear pants is phenomenal. With last week’s gutting of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, there are bound to be many more “non-traditional” marriages in the near future and we’re sure more women’s suit shops will pop up soon. In the push to make your wedding feel more you, the solution for many women might be to simply start from the bottom.