Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Lindsey Lanquist
Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding
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One iconic movie moment I replay, time and time again, in my head? Carrie’s decision to wed her longtime lover in a sleek bridal power suit—rather than the truly extra designer gown she’d previously commissioned for the occasion—in Sex and the City (the 2008 film, not the 1990s show). Though the extravagant wedding dress felt appropriate for the iconic fictional character, the wedding suit felt more decidedly Carrie. Not only did it pay homage to the liberal feminism she and fellow SATC character Miranda had embodied throughout the Sex and the City‘s tenure, but it also felt true to Carrie’s bold, unabashedly out-of-the-box nature. She begins the film wanting to marry her partner in city hall, wearing a sleek bridal power suit. And—after being pulled in a number of different directions—she finishes the film the same way. A wedding suit was right for Carrie. And she’d undoubtedly be delighted to hear that many 2019 brides feel the same way.

Bridal suits have long been a staple of city hall weddings. They’re emblematic a kind of pragmatism associated with the kind of bride who’s decided to eschew convention in favor of something lower-maintenance, less ceremonial, or all-around more affordable. But the 2019 wedding trend-scape has seen bridal suits expand their reign beyond the classic courthouse marriage. Wedding power suits are cropping up, more and more, in weddings of every kind, as brides sift through convention and curate a big day that’s everything they want it to be (and nothing they don’t want it to be). Wedding sneakers over more classic (potentially uncomfortable) wedding heels? Check. Wedding dresses with pockets over those without? Check. Bridal power suits over bridal gowns of any kind? Check. Excess and opulence have long been the one-size-fits-all way to concretize your relationship. But modern brides see convention as a matter they can simply opt in and out of.

A grand affair in a couture gown is no more right or wrong than a courthouse marriage in a sleek suit. But one what more right for Carrie. Perhaps a bridal suit will be right for you, too.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

A suit so absolutely elegant your guests will forget what a wedding gown is.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Sleek, simple, sophisticated—and no undershirt required if you don’t want one to be.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

It’s your big day—you deserve all the sparkle and shine you desire.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

A dress/power suit combo, for the shopper who adores both options.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Veritably glittery. And veritably cozy-looking, too.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

A classic look—and at a lower price point, too.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

A tie-front blazer feels a touch more romantic than your average structured top.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Another blazer dress, because you deserve options.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

As party-worthy as it is put-together.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Even if you’re not ready to commit to a power suit for your wedding, this pinstripe two-piece would definitely stun at your bridal brunch.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Wide-leg pants and oversized blazers are an absolute match made in heaven.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Equal parts sleek and feminie. (And again, no undershirt required.)

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

A blazer dress that feels as decidedly sophisticated as a full-blown suit.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Sure to play well with even the most statement-making of statement shoes.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

With or without the matching bike shorts, this embellished blazer is sure to stun.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Simultaneously slouchy and structured.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Who said suit had to mean blazer?

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

No one said your wedding had to be formal.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

A classic choice—albeit a particularly expensive one. (But hey—no better time to splurge, right?)

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Slinky, sophisticated, sexy—a veritable triple threat.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

All the draping you cherish in a gown. All the sleek style you appreciate in a pantsuit.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

If you want to wear a mini dress, do it—and do it unabashedly.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

A lower-key (and budget-friendlier) option.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Sleeves don’t have to be on the menu, if you don’t want them to be.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Because bridal lace and bridal suits are far from mutually exclusive.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

A shorter jacket—because oversized isn’t the only way to do it.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Because of course stripes are on the sartorial menu.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

A vintage-inspired delight.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Equal parts slouchy and sophisticated—an aesthetic we can get behind.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

That subtle grid pattern is downright mesmerizing.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Sure to cement your status as the most fashion-forward bride around.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

You’re the one making the rules. If you love it, wear it.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Sure to skew as dressed-up or dressed-down as you style it.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

When your blazer comes with a built-in cape, you’ve already won.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

A bridal power suit fit for even the hottest of outdoor weddings.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Stunning—and likely cheaper than some of the gowns you were eyeing.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Vintage in aesthetic, contemporary in choice.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Pants so chic you’ll be looking for excuses to rewear them.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

Polka dots are an unconventional choice—but then again, so is a power suit.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

A pop of lace will acknowledge bridal convention without fully adhering to it.

STYLECASTER | Bridal Power Suits Fit for Any City Hall Wedding

A lower-key take on the power suit trend that you could surely rewear time and time again.

 

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