Palazzo, crop, two-piece and jumpsuit, bridal trousers are one of the hottest trends among leading designers. Here are some of our favourite looks
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his could be the year where bridal trousers become much bigger news – with pants of every shape, from crop to palazzo – appearing in designers’ collections. To be fair, there have been hints of this liberating take on wedding attire for a couple of seasons or more, all part of an exploration of different silhouettes, from disco chic to 1930s Hollywood glamour.
So the question for brides to be, is do you dare to wear trousers? Clearly it depends on the kind of wedding you’re planning. But our advice is, don’t rule them out. This is essentially a versatile look – whether you are hosting a chic city or destination wedding. There are even variations that work brilliantly for the black-tie bash. Here are some of our favourite styles for thoroughly modern bridal glamour.
Destination palazzo pants
One of our favourite looks is wide palazzo trousers, brilliantly executed in Stephanie Allin‘s 2017 Bellissimo collection. Her Garda pants are luxe and flowing, designed to flatter rather than reveal. This is a look that is perfect for a destination wedding, enabling you to transition from beach to clubhouse or bar. While the look is definitely cool and fashion-forward, it’s not something that would cause a shockwave at a more traditional wedding, so if you are someone who is rarely seen in a skirt, this is a style that’s definitely worth considering.
Fulham-based designer Sanyukta Shrestha has also championed this look in her fabulous new collection, including super-wide styles that give the illusion of a skirt and the ease and fluidity of trousers. All her designs are made of organic and luxury fabrics and she is a passionate believer in supporting traditional artisanship, so these feel as good to wear as they look.
Tailored trouser suits have been the hot ticket for brides before, but current designs are all about impeccable cut and a shapely and sexy silhouette. Clinton Lotter, a London-based South African designer who worked with the likes of Stella McCartney before launching his label, has a brilliantly feminine suit with more than a hint of disco chic. You can find his designs at Blackburn Bridal Couture.
Talented Russian-born London designer Andrey Savin has also introduced slimline tailored trousers to the 2017 Savin London collection. We like the versatility of these pants – ideal if you are planning a two outfit wedding or want to show off a well turned ankle. They also give you the opportunity to draw the eye down to a luxurious pair of bridal heels.
The edgy crop
Taking the bridal-trousers theme still further, top designers are exploring cropped lengths. One of our favourite incarnations of this look is by New York’s finest Carolina Herrera, now back in London and stocked exclusively at The Wedding Club in Knightsbridge. With its neat high collar and impeccable cut, this pantsuit design simply oozes glamour – just perfect for a smart and sassy London or New York wedding.
At London’s White Gallery show in May, Alan Hannah showed off a slick take on the cropped look, with a model strutting down the catwalk in a bold all-in-one with wide belt and plunge neckline. The addition of a sheer and flowing overlayer made this a showstopping number – perfect for the resort wedding.
The glittering flying suit
Flying suits are such big news in fashion right now that it’s little surprise to see them created for brides who want to make a statement. We love David Fielden‘s edgy all-in-one with cut out panels and feathered trim. Just the thing for the bride who wants to wear white in her own inimitable way.
This is a look that has been picked up by a variety of other designers. Sanyukta Shrestha cut hers with narrow ankles – channelling Studio 54-style glamour. It’s a perfect design for evening, with its plunge neckline and transparent detailing on the sleeves.
Also worthy of mention is Eliza Jane Howell‘s glittering vintage take on the flying suit theme, definitely a onesie suited to the sophisticated after-dark celebration. As with all the designs in this glamorous label by London designer Gill Harvey, the look is an elegant and grown up take on bridal. The silver jumpsuit features a flattering halterneck and wide waistband.