5 Fashion Alternatives to the Traditional Tux or Dress

She may want to wear a dress, but that doesn't mean you have to. Don't compromise on style —if it's not your thing, ditch the traditional gown or tux and opt for a look all your own. From masculine silhouettes to lacy jumpsuits and androgynous ensembles, here are a few of our favorite alternative style options!
by Libby MacCarthy
  1. Slim-Fit Suit

    photo by Brindle & Keep; J. Crew; Kipper Clothiers

    If you want a great fitting suit that doesn't over accentuate your curves, look for menswear suits in slim cuts with shorter in-seams. J.Crew's Ludlow line of suits is a great place to start. Or go for a custom design, tailored specifically for your body. Kipper Clothiers, Tomboy Tailors and Bindle & Keep are just a few companies that specialize in creating stunning menswear-inspired suits for women.

  2. Tomboy Tailored Suit

    photo by Helmut Lang; Zara; Stella McCartney

    Cummerbunds, ties and men's suits not really your thing—but not into the idea of donning a dress either? Rock your tomboy style with a stylish slim-cut or relaxed pant and womenswear blazer combo. Add a crisp tuxedo shirt for a simple-yet-elegant look, or a tie-neck blouse for a fun twist on a traditional tie. A sleek pair of brogues or oxfords will keep the look grounded and avoid looking too feminine. Take a hint from your theme or color palette and mix in nontraditional colors or prints for added personality.

  3. Feminine Pantsuit

    photo by Chloe; Albert Nipon; Albert Nipon

    For a feminine style without the fuss of a billowing gown, pretty pantsuits offer a modern alternative to a wedding dress. From delicate lace appliqués to belted waists and sleek satin trousers, feminine touches put a new spin on menswear-inspired pieces for a nontraditional look that still feels elegant and formal.

  4. Jumpsuit

    photo by Tibi; J. Crew; Saint Laurent

    A jumpsuit is a fun option for a bridal look. From a sleek tuxedo-inspired look to ladylike number with lace sleeves, jumpsuits are a versatile style that can be worn at any wedding, from a casual garden affair to a black-tie soiree. (Plus, there's major potential to wear it again!) Add a pair of classic black or edgy metallic pumps and a statement necklace for a sophisticated look.

  5. Beach-Chic Pant and Shirt Combo

    photo by Asos; Sea; Mango

    A laid-back beach or destination wedding calls for airy fabrics and casual style. Try navy Bermuda shorts with a crisp white button-down shirt for a cool summer look. Lightweight linen pants look effortlessly chic with a sleeveless silk top or classic button-down. Or get playful with a lacy white romper.

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