When you walk down the aisle on your wedding day, all eyes will be on you. So if there is ever a time to channel your inner fashionista, it’s when you’re choosing your attire for your big day. Luckily, wedding fashion has evolved way past cookie-cutter white dresses and boring black tuxedos. Whether you’re high femme, hot butch or somewhere in between, 2011 runways and fashion magazines are filled with all kinds of fun and unique styles to inspire your perfect wedding day ensemble.
Here are 10 trends to wear right now.
The vintage trend is here to stay, and for 2011, we’re going back to 1950. Think demure tea-length dresses and coquettish birdcage veils. I love the wonderful irony of modern-day lesbians getting married dressed as 1950s housewives. Check out this affordable (and adorable!) version from Dolly Couture.
Blue and grey suits
If you wear the pants in your relationship, or would at least like to pretend that you do on your wedding day, you’ll be glad to know that you won’t be relegated to a basic black suit. For a more unique look, opt for charcoal grey or midnight blue. Both are sleek and elegant enough for an evening wedding. Whatever color you choose, you’ll want to make sure your suit is expertly tailored to fit your body (since it was probably designed for a man).
Fortunately, there are plenty of places where you can have a suit custom made, just for you. Try The Butch Clothing Company, a UK-based shop that makes custom pieces and focuses exclusively on butch women. Show up on the big day in a dapper one-button midnight blue tux like this one, and your bride-to-be will be seeing stars.
Speaking of luxurious blue things, sapphires are giving diamonds and pearls a run for their money this wedding season. Even if you didn’t receive an 18-carat sapphire as an engagement ring like future princess Kate Middleton, you can still add a bit of royal style to your wedding. A sapphire necklace, broach or earrings provides stunning contrast to ivory and white (and you’ll have your “something blue” covered). If you’re not marrying into a royal family, Overstock.com has lovely sapphire earrings at prices mere mortals can afford.