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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.
A suit so absolutely elegant your guests will forget what a wedding gown is.
Sleek, simple, sophisticated—and no undershirt required if you don’t want one to be.
It’s your big day—you deserve all the sparkle and shine you desire.
A dress/power suit combo, for the shopper who adores both options.
Veritably glittery. And veritably cozy-looking, too.
A classic look—and at a lower price point, too.
A tie-front blazer feels a touch more romantic than your average structured top.
Another blazer dress, because you deserve options.
As party-worthy as it is put-together.
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.
Wide-leg pants and oversized blazers are an absolute match made in heaven.
Equal parts sleek and feminie. (And again, no undershirt required.)
A blazer dress that feels as decidedly sophisticated as a full-blown suit.
Sure to play well with even the most statement-making of statement shoes.
With or without the matching bike shorts, this embellished blazer is sure to stun.
Simultaneously slouchy and structured.
Who said suit had to mean blazer?
No one said your wedding had to be formal.
A classic choice—albeit a particularly expensive one. (But hey—no better time to splurge, right?)
Slinky, sophisticated, sexy—a veritable triple threat.
All the draping you cherish in a gown. All the sleek style you appreciate in a pantsuit.
If you want to wear a mini dress, do it—and do it unabashedly.
A lower-key (and budget-friendlier) option.
Sleeves don’t have to be on the menu, if you don’t want them to be.
Because bridal lace and bridal suits are far from mutually exclusive.
A shorter jacket—because oversized isn’t the only way to do it.
Because of course stripes are on the sartorial menu.
A vintage-inspired delight.
Equal parts slouchy and sophisticated—an aesthetic we can get behind.
That subtle grid pattern is downright mesmerizing.
Sure to cement your status as the most fashion-forward bride around.
You’re the one making the rules. If you love it, wear it.
Sure to skew as dressed-up or dressed-down as you style it.
When your blazer comes with a built-in cape, you’ve already won.
A bridal power suit fit for even the hottest of outdoor weddings.
Stunning—and likely cheaper than some of the gowns you were eyeing.
Vintage in aesthetic, contemporary in choice.
Pants so chic you’ll be looking for excuses to rewear them.
Polka dots are an unconventional choice—but then again, so is a power suit.
A pop of lace will acknowledge bridal convention without fully adhering to it.
A lower-key take on the power suit trend that you could surely rewear time and time again.
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