In response to my post last week about what to wear if you don't want to wear a wedding dress or a suit, a commenter named Amanda sent me photos of her wedding outfit — half wedding dress, half pants. The outfit was designed and sewn by a local seamstress, and if you're a bride who can't decide, there's a LOT of inspiration here…
I ended up with a 3 piece outfit. One was a strapless top, one a pair of pants, and one a skirt that could be attached and detached. The skirt opened in the front allowing for ease of walking and – when my husband started stepping on it while dancing – allowed for easy removal so that I could dance wearing just the pants. So few people realized there were pants underneath that they thought I had changed!
For lots more photos and details about the half dress/half pants solution, keep reading!
In her comment, Amanda explained:
I rarely wear dresses in my day to day life and honestly, regardless of what other people think of what I look in them, hate them for myself.
I drew some inspiration from Ao Dai‘s (an Vietnamese style that looks like pants with a two panels of fabric over them) and some of the pants outfits that are online. I brought everything I found that I liked (and things I didn't like) to a local seamstress and we picked apart the designs. I basically said “I don't want to wear a dress, but I want to feel like Cinderella.”