11 Chic Wedding Outfits For the Unconventional Bride
This year has been one of the busiest wedding seasons in recent memory — and after years of pandemic restrictions and cancellations, it's not difficult to see why. While many couples celebrate their wedding day with grand, opulent celebrations, others might prefer a more low-key ceremony — with a lighter budget, smaller venue, and more intimate audience. We definitely see the appeal! And contrary to popular belief, it's actually very possible to forgo the need for a spectacle wedding without having to also give up looking fashionable — that is, if you know where to shop, of course.
Fortunately for you, we do (we are shopping experts, after all), and as a result, we know there are many ways to be an on-trend bride while still maintaining a simple look. Whether you're having a courthouse wedding or just a no-fuss ceremony, these modern-day looks make it easy to bow out of the traditional gown — while instead opting for more relaxed styles like jumpsuits, trousers, white lace pieces, muted bridal dresses, and more. And the best part: these picks can even be reworn long after your wedding is over (we love a timeless piece!). Ahead, we've curated a selection of the most chic wedding outfits for any unconventional bride to wear on their big day and beyond. Shop our picks ahead!
— Additional reporting by Krista Jones
A Sleek Pantsuit: ASOS Edition Pleated Wedding Pantsuit
You're entering into a beautiful, lifelong partnership — so why not meet the moment with style and class in this ASOS Edition Pleated Wedding Pant ($110)? Pantsuits have proven their outfit versatility extends far beyond the office. And with a few gold jewelry pieces, plus the right heels, this sleek ensemble could easily help you look the part of a bride who means business — even on their big day.
An Off-the-Shoulder Gown: Mac Duggal Foldover Ruched Chiffon Midi Dress
Make no mistake — just because you're opting to have a smaller and more low-key ceremony doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your style in the process. This Mac Duggal Foldover Ruched Chiffon Midi Dress ($298) provides all the same elegance of a classic wedding gown (if not more!) at a reasonable price point. Style the look with a statement necklace and nude heels for the most unforgettable wedding ensemble.
A Chic Blouse: J.Crew Cotton Poplin Shirt With Feather Trim
With this J.Crew Cotton Poplin Shirt With Feather Trim ($198), you don't have to sacrifice style or comfort on your big day. The classic top features a refined (yet breathable) button-up design that would pair beautifully with an ivory skirt or pleated slacks. The eye-catching, feather trim on the cuff completes the look with such a regal and chic touch.
White Pants: Amanda Uprichard Ariya Pant
Pants are practically the backbone of a comfortable wardrobe. So why not tap into the style on your own terms with this sleek Amanda Uprichard Ariya Pant ($185)? The breezy bottom is crafted from a soft, crepe fabric that's equal parts elegant and breathable. Plus, with the waist-tie detail, you can easily adjust the pants to fit tighter or looser.
A Silky Dress: Free People Beatrice Maxi Dress
Perhaps unbeknown to many, there are actually plenty of wedding-dress-esque gowns out there that provide all the same style of a luxe dress but with a much more affordable price tag. Case in point: this Free People Beatrice Maxi Dress ($250). The pearl-hued slip boasts a sexy neckline and thoughtful leg slit that not only makes the look more breathable but also gives you the opportunity to show off your wedding-day heels (or boots!).
Refined Shorts: Ted Baker Tirsa White Short
We're firm believers that you should feel as relaxed as possible on your wedding day. And if you style this Ted Baker Tirsa White Short ($112, originally $225) with a lace ivory blouse or oversize white blazer, you'll have an exceptionally chic ensemble that's equal parts casual and elegant — helping you to stay cool and calm, even on the big day. Plus, the best part is that the short's life can be extended far beyond your ceremony and can double as the perfect office pant in the summer.
A Feminine Romper: Lulus Ivory Jacquard Puff Sleeve Romper
With the puff sleeves, ivory coloring, and feminine detailing found throughout, this Lulus Ivory Jacquard Puff Sleeve Romper ($45, originally $58) has everything we love about a polished wedding dress without any of the frill or hassle.The romper would go great with an understated sandal or low-rise heel. If you really want to elevate the piece, shop for a statement-making veil to give the look that extra oomph.
A Statement Jumpsuit: Ranna Gill Cutout Jumpsuit
It's your big day, so you might as well look the part of a golden girl at the ceremony. You're sure to turn heads in any room with this Ranna Gill Cutout Jumpsuit ($110, originally $178). The classic jumpsuit style gets a seriously elegant upgrade thanks to the piece's glitter accents and midriff cutout.
A Lace Top: Wayf Erika Puff-Sleeve Lace Top
Anticipating a courthouse wedding in your future? Keep it sweet and simple in this Wayf Erika Puff-Sleeve Lace Top ($89), which features a ruffled neckline detailing and whimsical, floral lace designs throughout. Whether you're pairing the blouse with white trousers, a pleated skirt, or even some sporty bermuda shorts, it can go beautifully with anything.
A Breezy Jumpsuit: ASOS Edition Erin Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Jumpsuit
Be the belle of the ball (or just your low-key wedding ceremony) in this ASOS Edition Erin Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Jumpsuit ($208, originally $260). The off-the-shoulder styling is relaxed, with a design that drapes so effortlessly. The jumpsuit is also notably deceptive — with a wide-leg silhouette that gives off the illusion of a bouncy dress, wrapped up in a comfortable and chic one-piece style.
A Formal Dress: Misha Azera Blazer Mini-Dress
Even if you aren't planning a huge celebration, you could still enjoy a small wedding reception filled with family, friends, and lots of dancing. With this Misha Azera Blazer Mini-Dress ($347), you'll be able to feel ultrachic while exchanging your vows, then easily transition over to the dance floor in style. Plus, we love that the wrap-tie design helps to create a universally flattering fit on the body.