Why it’s now the bride who wears the trousers

Women are ditching frothy gowns to make their vows in jumpsuits or white separates

Sophie Turner at her wedding to Joe Jonas (second left) in Las Vegas.

Sophie Turner at her wedding to Joe Jonas (second left) in Las Vegas last week.                                                      Photograph: TMZ/MEGA
By: Leah Harper/UK Guardian


When Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner married musician Joe Jonas in Las Vegas last week, she wore a pair of white, wide-leg trousers – and she’s not the first to ditch a traditional wedding dress for trousers or a jumpsuit.

Last week, British Vogue’s “ultimate modern bridal edit” featured three trouser options. And a report issued by fashion search engine Lyst earlier this spring said that online searches for white suits had increased by 43% over the previous three months.

On the high street, the latest wedding collection from Whistles features a wedding trouser suit as well as a cropped-leg lace jumpsuit, while Asos has a sequin-and-beaded trouser suit, two strappy jumpsuits, and trousers in its women’s bridal range.

On the catwalk, AF Vandevorst’s spring/summer ’19 collection included several bridal outfits, including satin trousers paired with wedding veils. Viktor & Rolf had a white, strapless jumpsuit as one of its 17 bridal looks, while Tadashi Shoji featured long-sleeve bridal jumpsuits in both white and pink.

“We’ve noticed a growing demand for less-traditional bridal outfits such as jumpsuits and separates,” said Amandine Ohayon, CEO of bridal brand Pronovias. “Nowadays, jumpsuits or two-pieces can have the same wow factor as a dress and can also be combined with trains, capes or gloves to provide a genuine bridal feel.”

Swapping a wedding dress for trousers or a jumpsuit is a trend that is emerging predominantly within western cultures, and particularly Christian, Catholic or non-religious ceremonies (trousers have long been part of traditional bridalwear elsewhere). In the UK, the rise in the popularity of wedding trousers coincides with the rise of registry office ceremonies, where brides are more likely to experiment with their look. Less than a quarter (24%) of all marriages were religious ceremonies in 2016 – the lowest figure ever.

More brides are now wearing several outfits over the course of their wedding day (about 23% of brides opt for more than one wedding look, according to Lyst), and there has been a rise in the number of weddings that take place over several days.

“Some brides choose a jumpsuit and a dress, so they can have the best of both worlds,” said Ohayon. “Something more traditional for the ceremony and a jumpsuit to dance the night away.”

Bridal designer Romona Keveža, who is best-known for dressing celebrities including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga, has her UK flagship at The Wedding Gallery in London and included two jumpsuits in her fall 2018 collection. “I love the idea of a jumpsuit for a reception look, or even a civil ceremony or island wedding,” she said.

For some, of course, wedding trousers and jumpsuits may also be a small way to break with convention, while still taking part in this most traditional of ceremonies.

“They are a modern style statement for brides who want to surprise and stand out,” said Ohayon. “[Trousers and jumpsuits] may be a little more individual, while still being glamorous, stylish and aisle-worthy.”

Bridal trends

Corseted bodices with high ruffle necks and puffy sleeves. Trains and gloves are worn long.


With dancing at weddings fashionable, gowns are long but looser and easier to move in.


Flapper fashion seeps in, with dropped waists, lower necklines and higher hemlines.


The Depression, so silk is out, affordable rayon in. Figure-hugging styles more common.

JFK and Jackie Kennedy at their weddingA scene from the Kennedy-Bouvier wedding. Groom John walks alongside his bride Jacqueline at an outdoor reception, 1953. Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images)


Rationing means dress suits or Sunday best but, for those wanting a dress, long sleeves and flowing trains are in.


Tea-length dresses and sweetheart necklines, alongside lace, gloves and full skirts.


Empire-line silhouettes and mini-dress styles. High necklines, mutton sleeves and gloves also feature.


Bohemian fashion, with bell sleeves as well as hats and chokers. Skirt suits also return.

29th July 1981: Charles, Prince of Wales, with Princess Diana, on the altar of St Paul’s Cathedral during their marriage ceremony.


Puffed sleeves, long dresses and cathedral trains. Frilly hemlines and lace cuffs accompanied by oversized bouquets.


Streamlined silhouettes and minimalist dresses, a paired-back styles with little embellishment.


Gloves are out, strapless gowns in. Destination weddings become more popular, calling for dresses which “travel well”.


Mermaid silhouettes, “nude” designs and long sleeves gain early popularity, before brides branch out into jumpsuits and trouser styles.


Drones replace models at Saudi Arabian fashion show



A fashion show at a luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia skipped the human models and featured drones carrying pieces of clothing down the runway.

Mohamad Aljefri, a leader at Red Sea RC team, the company which flew the drones, shared photos and videos of drones carrying dresses at the event Sunday.

The annual fashion show takes place at the Hilton in the city of Jeddah during Ramadan and a spokesman for the Hilton’s events told CNN they decided to “bring a change” by using drones instead of mannequins this year.

Videos of the unique fashion show appeared on social media, noting the floating dresses made it appear as if ghosts were modeling the clothes.

Alia Khan, chairwoman of the Islamic Fashion & Design Council in the United Arab Emirates, said hanging from the drones caused the dresses to lose their shape.

“It’s great to think out of the box. They were trying to do something different and fashion is such a creative space. However, this was not really something I would encourage or would like to see again,” Khan said. “You lose the shape; the dress is just hanging on the drone.”

The salt-and-pepper pound: where are all the fiftysomething models?

73-year-old Lauren Hutton modelling for Calvin Klein in April. Photograph: Calvin Klein

When I first started blogging as That’s Not My Age nine years ago, I was always banging on about the lack of older models, my Grey-dar permanently on high alert. But whereas in the past, the older model was restricted to a healthcare or life insurance gig (cue woman strolling jauntily down the beach in a lilac waterfall cardigan and stretch chinos), now nearly every week there’s another gorgeous silver-haired model in an advertisement for a fashion brand. While this age-appreciation is fantastic – it is wonderful to see women such as Daphne Selfe, 88, Maye Musk, 69, and Lauren Hutton, 73, looking vivacious and stunning, I still can’t help wondering: where have all the fiftysomething models gone?


Maye Musk (69) at the CFDA Fashion Awards, New York, this month. Photograph: Neil Rasmus/BFA/REX/Shutterstock










Although the fashion industry has finally woken up to the power of the Silver Spend (in the UK, the 50+ customer accounts for 47% of consumer spending), advertisers appear to have resorted to a kind of “diversity checklist”. Model with grey hair: tick. That’s age sorted then. But the view of the older woman we’re being shown is signified by someone in her 60s, 70s, or beyond. It’s lazy; it creates an age gap and we still end up with extremes. Young and sexy or old and fetishised – take your pick.


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Integration Now!

For years,people would ask me why whites, and only whites?  Initially ,I wouldn’t respond after all, it was my business.  It is my personal business and who was being hurt!  WHO?

I’m an XXXXXXXL guy and whites are readily available.  I’ve tried a pair of  blacks, and it was okay but its difficult to change, white is what I knew, whites were dependable.

Through the years people would question me. Some of my friends learning of my disposition said they were taking aback. Whites only?  You?

Bowing to pressure, I slowly integrated my drawers.  Adding blacks ,browns, to my private life.  One day in Atlanta, I thought I’d mix it up by getting a blend.   Something other than 100% cotton.  But it was a mistake, I standing in front of 200 hundred people and the blend I was wearing started sliding down. With every step,movement, gesture, they would slide and drift below my hips .  Mortified, I reached inside my pants, and pulled them up where they belong . However, that blend was after me, you know they can be!   I returned to what I knew, white 100% cotton, they have never failed me, never let me down.

Sharing my story, a friend said it may have been that pair.   Faulty manufacturing, rouge elastic and I shouldn’t indite all blends and colors based on that one experience.

H’mm I thought and I slowly began adding different, colors and styles.   Today, my drawers are integrated, boxes, briefs, midrise, lowrise, grandads, solids, stripes, camouflaged, blends, and 100% cotton, living in harmony.

Integration Now-Segregation Never!




Be Like The Queen and wear Neon Green

the queen trooping of the colour green

The Queen arrives at the Trooping the Colour earlier in June CREDIT: JOHN STILLWELL/PA WIRE

Thanks to The Queen neon sales have risen 137% in Britain

By: Alice Newbold-Junior Style Editor/UK Telegraph

You might have thought that neon was a no-go area once your highlighter-hued festival crop top days were over. But it seems that The Queen has persuaded her loyal subjects otherwise. As The Telegraph reported yesterday, over the past week high street retailer JD Williams says it has sold 134% more bright green pieces, with sales of one green dress in a similar shade to the Queen’s birthday outfit, jumping seven fold. It is believed other  shops have also seen sales increases. It doesn’t stop at blindingly bright lime either; sales of bright pink garments have jumped 107% while bright orange is up by 69%.

If your interest has been piqued by Her Majesty’s recent dalliance with neon, there are a few things you need to know.  Let’s be clear, wearing neon does not mean anything day-glo, nor does it involve complementing your look with any kind of rave make-up.

Instead, think of neon as a cheerful extension of summer’s brightest color palettes, or an alternative to a punchy print. It might be unabashedly bold, but if HM The Queen can wear it, then so can you. Here’s how to stand out in all the right ways in neon this summer….

Keep the rest of your look pared down

British Fashion Council chief executive Caroline Rush trials bright green 

Chief executive of the British Fashion Council, Caroline Rush, could be spotted a mile off at London Collections: Men thanks to her high-vis green top (above). Look at the rest of her outfit though. The reason her fluro three-quarter length crew-neck works is that the rest of her outfit is black. There’s not an ounce of conflicting color, bar a flash of metallic on her watch strap and the fastening of her clutch bag.

Wear your own neon pieces with a blank canvas (navy or black  are both fail safe starting points), and keep accessories to a minimum. As much as you might enjoy a happy color mash-up in the rave tent at Glasto, your colleagues won’t take kindly to wearing sunglasses around you.

Play with contrast

Clever color contrasts will show you are fully au fait with the neon trend. At the Trooping of the Color, for example, Queen Elizabeth pinned a purple flower on the brim of her green hat. It was a bold styling flourish that was entirely unexpected of a 90-year-old. Playful unions, such as these, jolt the eye, but highlight your fashion nous – it takes a confident dresser to mess with fluoro.

Queen Elizabeth II at the Trooping of the Colour
Queen Elizabeth II at the Trooping of the Colour CREDIT: REX

Choose one key accessory

A neon cross-body bag instantly brings monotone looks to life, as demonstrated by Dutch blogger Linda Tol, who relies on a tiny Paula Cadematori bag to spruce up navy workwear. Keep bags compact though, the idea is that the accessory will act as a neat punctuation mark on outfits, not take center stage.

Linda Tol

Trainers are an easy, on-the-go option

White plimsolls might be de rigueur, but you have to admit a neon pair of kicks would be incredibly fun to wear. Look for a traditional running shoe – Nike’s popular Roche style comes in a myriad of hues and can be customized – and wear with loose, minimal suiting. Once you’ve grown tired of them, they will look equally fab in the gym.

Gilda Ambrosio
Gilda Ambrosio CREDIT: REX

Neon + pastels can actually work

Bright yellow and pastel pink don’t sound like likely bedfellows, but blogger Susie Bubble shows they can make for a wonderfully feminine duo. The key is not to experiment with such colors in blocks on heavy fabrics. Look for light, fluid garments, like Susie’s laser-cut dress, for a playful look which teases out the colors, rather than shouts about them.

Susie Lau




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