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You got invited to a black-tie wedding, but you want to buck tradition and eschew the evening gown. Then, it’s time to find a formal jumpsuit for wedding season that will dazzle during cocktail hour. And you’d be surprised at all the options—from velvet (which is extremely popular right now) to jacquard, there are a plethora of designs in myriad fabrics and patterns to choose from. Here, we’ve rounded up 25 options so good, you won’t have second thoughts about not wearing a dress. A few of our favorites? The Lilly Pulitzer Kavia Jumpsuit ($218) that leans into the bow craze; Ieena for Mac Duggal Wide-Leg Jumpsuit ($398) that brings us straight to 1970 and lulus Classy Charisma Jumpsuit ($75) with its subtle, floral jacquard print. We also discuss formal jumpsuit do’s and don’ts with fashion stylists and wedding experts who offers tips on how to wear your new outfit so that you’re dressed to the nines.
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Bows are everywhere right now, and we love how this jumpsuit has one that catches the eye immediately and adds texture to an otherwise monochromatic outfit. “This is so easy to style,” says PureWow associate SEO editor Marissa Wu. “I love that it has functioning pockets, and the bow is such a fun touch without feeling overwhelming.” The jumpsuit has an elastic back for extra comfort and adjustable straps. Note that the brand runs long, so expect to tailor the pant legs, Wu says. At 5’6’’, she still had several inches of fabric removed.
This wide-leg crepe jumpsuit has a sleek mesh neckline accented with an abstract bow, creating a prim and formal look. The material is stretchy, meaning you can get down on the dance floor, and the jumpsuit is lined. Do note that the brand runs large, and it’s advised to size down.
Time to bust out those disco moves with this dramatic, ‘70s-inspired jumpsuit. It’s available in five bold colors, including chartreuse, pink and royal blue. Don’t worry, it comes in black, too. The pleated satin will shine under the light and the extremely wide-leg cut will swish with every step. The plunging neckline and back only add to the glamour.
Pull on this burgundy velvet jumpsuit and it’s like you walked straight out of Hollywood’s Golden Age. With its plunging, heart-shaped neckline and wide-leg silhouette, we’re certain it’s something Marilyn Monroe would have worn and pulled off perfectly. Tip: Use a curling iron to style your hair in the icon’s signature curls (or try hot rollers) and swipe on a bold red lip to complete the look.
Hearts will flutter at the sight of this lulus jumpsuit, which features a—you guessed it—fluttering, V-neck tier that adds movement. A high, fitted waist flows into relaxed, wide leg pants. Other features we love: It’s stretchy (bring on that second piece of wedding cake) and it has no-slip strips so you can get down on the dance floor. It’s available in seven colors, including orange, magenta, emerald and navy.
It’s impossible to think of tweed and not call to mind Chanel. The fabric seems to be everywhere these days, and for good reason. It’s distinct, making a subtle, though remarkable statement—especially when it comes in the form of a sparkly, double-breasted romper. With its preppy lapels, button cuffs and sharp tailoring, it’s a high-fashion inspired look that will make you the second-best dressed (after the bride, of course).
With a corset bust and heart-shaped neckline, this Lilly Pulitzer Rosalie jumpsuit was made for a princess. As with other Lilly Pulitzer designs, the pants run long and there’s an option to let out the hem for additional length. Expect to need hemming if you’re under 5’7’’. The jumpsuit is made from satin back crepe that drapes well against the body. A textured belt and soft bow round out the look.
OK, we’ll say it. This jumpsuit is sexy. From the low halter neckline to the royal blue velvet, it screams, “look at me!”. The bodice gives way to a flirty open-back, and the high waist, wide-leg pants will create movement as you walk. (Or strut.) The hem is ankle length, so don’t be afraid to complete the look with a pair of comfortable heels to add some height.
With the rise of the anti-bride trend, the wedding suit is gaining traction. We’re head-over-heels for this Hutch Faux-Feather Jumpsuit, which has an embellished neckline that adds just the right amount of movement and texture to this monochrome look. The form-fitting silhouette has a high waist and tapered leg for a flattering cut. How’s that for bucking tradition?
This statement-making jumpsuit from Reformation features a dreamy, drapey cowl neck and adjustable spaghetti straps that plunge into an open back. The fit is relaxed throughout, so pair it with a belt for a more defined shape or leave as is. The wide-leg pants are pleated, giving a little structure, and there are pockets.
A problem with monochrome outfits is that everything can run together…unless you do it right. The Audette Jayde jumpsuit is a prime example of monochromatic done right. The key: adding texture in the fabric, as seen in the pleats and cuff of the singular sleeve. We also love the extreme boot cut of the pants, which lend a retro vibe to the outfit.
Designer Kay Unger is known for her jumpsuits and this floral maxi, with its simple but elegant bateau neckline, is one for the books. The ruched bodice gives way to a sweeping skirt overlay that reveals sleek cigarette pants reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s signature style. And it’s true that this ensemble exudes grace and good taste, just like the starlet.
Want to party like Daisy Jones and the Six? Totally possible in this feathery creation. No wonder the name of the design is “Unbelievable Energy.” But if the thought of feathers and sequins seems scratchy and stiff, think again. The jumpsuit is a stretchy mesh knit with a fitted bodice that will stay in place, even as you shimmy and shake on the dance floor. What are you waiting for? Pull out your tallest platform heels and get groovin’.
On the prowl for a formal jumpsuit for a wedding that feels like it could be a painting? This Elliatt Mira design fits the bill, evoking the sharp lines of Cubism (think Picasso before he distinctly became…Picasso). We love the fun pleating, bold lines and fluttery peplum cut that keeps things breezy.
This formal strapless jumpsuit will make you feel like a street style influencer. A diagonal fluttery top extends from the hip to the knee, providing shape, movement and most importantly—coverage. Because who wants to worry about how their pants look when they go for seconds at the buffet? There’s also an accompanying cape you can style in various ways: drape it backwards over the neck, loop it through your elbows like a stole or use it to tie your hair back. Creativity and self-expression are the name of the game here.
Strut your stuff in this BCBGMAXAZRIA creation, which features an eye-catching tiered tulle skirt. The bonded bodice has a back cutout with a contrasting silver zipper. Underneath the skirt are cigarette pants that hit the ankle. Add some sky-high heels and you’re ready to walk the runway. (Or, you know, just down the aisle.)
Weddings can get pricey, fast—even as a guest. That’s why scoring a formal jumpsuit without forking over your left arm is a cause for celebration itself. This stylish off-the-shoulder design with a bat wing cape sleeve is a glorious $20. It comes in a dizzying 17 colors, including burgundy, black, pink, purple and blue. And it’s definitely something you can repurpose for other dressy occasions so it doesn’t gather dust in the back of your closet.
We love crushed velvet because of its shimmery, patterned texture as seen in this House of Harlow 1960’s Brianza jumpsuit. The one-shoulder design creates a pleasing diagonal line, and ruched detailing in the bust adds extra dimension. It comes in just one color—navy blue—and has wide-leg pants that drape comfortably against your body.
You’re sure to draw eyes in this Lilly Pulitzer jumpsuit, whose hue is aptly named Amaryllis Red. Whether you opt for a sophisticated knot or classic bow, its self-tie belt cinches the waist. We also appreciate the gold chain straps, which lend the piece metallic flair. As with the other Lilly Pulitzer pieces, expect to have this hemmed.
We’re big fans of jacquard because it’s a fun and subtle way to have patterns and texture on fabric while keeping the look monochrome. This lulus jumpsuit features a floral pattern on satin with a surplice neckline and darted bodice. Gathered shoulders and cuffed long sleeves add flair (and a little warmth). A self-tied sash accents the waistline. The jumpsuit is available in black and emerald.
It’s a blazer. It’s a suit. It’s a…smartly tailored jumpsuit. This dressy pick from H&M is a great pick for a formal wedding with the promise of a life after the party. Pointed lapels, shaping darts and button-accented cuffs will have you looking sharp. Not to mention the concealed front snap closure that keeps everything secure. And there are also so many pockets—five to be exact.
L’Idée’s Cinema jumpsuit was made for the silver screen, so consider this your excuse to treat your wedding invite as a red-carpet event. The jumpsuit’s many show-stopping qualities include plisse fabric that adds texture and catches the light beautifully, while providing movement as you walk. There’s also a deep back cutout detail, high waist and fluid pants. The jumpsuit comes in seven fun, eye-caching colors, such as red, fern green, flamingo pink and sunset orange.
Make no mistake. This is a formal jumpsuit that will fit the vibe of any dressy occasion, including weddings. But we also love that it’s more relaxed in shape, with its fluid collar creating more of a tunic top rather than something that’s overly structured. The waist is elastic, and the matching tonal belt plus the pleated wide legs provide an elevated touch that brings the jumpsuit from everyday wear to special occasion ready.
Dress? Jumpsuit? Can’t decide? This bodycon option offers the best of both worlds: a form-fitting jumpsuit with a partial skirt that shows off your silhouette. The jumpsuit is available in eight colors with varying designs, ranging from asymmetric sleeves to rhinestone-embellished halters. The fabric is stretchy and smooth for a comfortable fit. Certain designs also include a large tonal belt and buckle for added visual interest.
This formal jumpsuit will make you do a double take. The exterior is a beautiful lace pattern, layered on top of a matching liner that creates a deep V-neck in the front and back. A self-styled bow closes the high collar in a soft, delicate finish.
What to Consider When Shopping for a Formal Jumpsuit
When shopping for a formal jumpsuit, there are several things to keep in mind. First is the material. If you plan on tearing up the dance floor, a stretchy piece may be more comfortable than a jumpsuit that’s more fitted and structured. You’ll also want something secure, so if you’re going strapless, make sure there’s some grippy lining that will hold it up while you scream Taylor Swift lyrics under the disco lights.
Another thing to consider is the season. You’ll either want to invest in a nice coat or choose a long-sleeve jumpsuit. (Better yet, do both.) And because it’s formal wear, keep in mind that you may need to bring it to the tailor for adjustments. Just be sure to give yourself enough time leading up to the event to have the alterations made. Nothing’s worse than wondering if you’ll get your clothing back in time before the event.
Lastly, be considerate. If you’re entertaining a piece that feels extremely loud or may not fit the color palette of the wedding, run it by the bride before you buy it. That way, you don’t have to worry about upstaging anyone.
Can a Jumpsuit Be Formal?
Absolutely. Ha shares that jewelry and shoes are two other ways to really polish the look. Try statement earrings (bold or elegant) or embellished heels to bring the outfit to life. When it comes to the heels, Terranova advises choosing one with a tapered toe or going for a strappy sandal in warm weather.
Schuppler recommends styling the jumpsuit with faux fur, whether it’s a jacket or stole, and let it hang over your shoulders. “Add a structured embellished evening clutch or small handbag and finish your look with a metallic pump or strappy heel in silver or gold,” she advises. Terranova echoes the recommendation, adding that if the bag pulls in a coordinating detail from your jewelry or shoes, it will make the outfit pop.
“It’s ok to have fun with color and details like sparkles or bows,” she notes about accessories. “For a higher necklines you want to go with a bold earring, and pair an open neckline with a statement necklace or a necklace/earring set. Feel free to add a wrap or a beautiful jacket draped over your shoulders if needed for warmth.”
Is It OK to Wear a Jumpsuit to a Wedding?
Yes, it is OK to wear a jumpsuit to a wedding. Schuppler has observed that this outfit choice has gained popularity over the years. “This season, jumpsuits of all colors and styles are filling the stores and most of them are meant strictly for formal occasions,” she notes.
Terranova says that it’s important to keep in mind the formality, fabrication and fit. “For a formal wedding be sure to look for a quality fabric, a wider pant leg and details like a tailored tuxedo lapel or satin trim,” she advises. “Once you have your shoes, it is important to have the length of the pants tailored appropriately so that the fabric does not gather and drag at your feet, which can look messy.”
Can I Wear a Jumpsuit to a Black-Tie Wedding?
“As we’re all aware, wedding fashion norms and traditions have completely changed in recent years, embracing new styles for both brides and their guests,” Keane says. “Jumpsuits are a great way to allow wedding guests to make a bold statement while still looking as chic as any other guest. Whether you prefer for a well-tailored tuxedo jumpsuit with a contrasting silk lapel and power shoulder or opt for a jumpsuit with an elegant cape and deep V-neckline; the versatility of a jumpsuit can give you the added drama that’s often missing in a simple gown.”
Schuppler tells PureWow that black is the safest option, but you can also go for jewel tones, like sapphire, ruby and emerald. Also consider the fabric. Ha says that higher-quality materials like silk, satin and crepe are all great picks for formal occasions. Above all, good tailoring is key.
“Steer clear of busy prints and overly casual materials such as stretch jersey or lightweight cotton prone to creasing,” Keane advises. “Opt for fabrics such as silk chiffon for a summer wedding or silk velvet for winter and incorporate details such as bows, rhinestone trims and beautiful draping to ensure your jumpsuit is wedding-appropriate.”
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