Butches are not the only ones suiting up for lesbian weddings anymore. Queer women across a broad gender spectrum – masculine, feminine, and everything in between and outside of – are ditching the conventional dress and saying yes to the pants. Brides-to-be have been increasingly finding the lace and frill of wedding dresses outdated and restricting and are instead opting for sleeker, more tailored suits that better reflect their personalities.
Queer-centric suit companies are thriving in today’s fashion markets, making it easier for our community to find the perfect wedding suit style and fit while shopping in supportive, affirming spaces. Here are five suit companies that will get you dapper for your big day:
1. The Tailory
Woman-owned and operated, the Tailory New York is an appointment-only bespoke clothing company that combines the modernity of fashion design with the heritage art of custom tailoring for all genders. The Tailory’s commitment to personalizing every design to each client’s individual style and shape results in impeccable fit and special pieces, as reflected in forward-thinking cuts and fabrics not found in retail stores.
2. Sharpe Suiting
Based out of Los Angeles, Sharpe Suiting is a queer-owned luxury label that prides itself on suiting all individuals inclusively. Dressing masculine-of-center individuals, trans men, queer women, and anyone who wants a Sharpe fit. Sharpe has become experts on wedding attire for the LGBTQ community and beyond. Sharpe’s suits have a special Hollywood glam aesthetic, which is why they have been a top choice for celebrities to rock on the Cannes, Oscars, and Emmy red carpets.
3. Saint Harridan
Storefront: 120 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612
Saint Harridan designs U.S.A, union-made two and three-piece suits. Fittings are done in-person only. Their flagship store is located in Oakland, CA, but the Saint Harridan team travels the country to host pop-up and trunk shows at various cities throughout the year. Saint Harridan suits are perfect for those seeking a timeless, classic cut.
4. Bindle & Keep
NYC-based bespoke clothier Bindle & Keep has distinguished itself as a company that makes clothes for everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, or physique. Their unique work within the LGBTQ community is the focus of the HBO documentary Suited produced by Lena Dunham of the hit series Girls. The Bindle & Keep team can design a wide range of suit styles, ranging from classic American to slim-cut European.
Storefront: 1230 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Women wearing suits can be unconventional, but suits themselves can still be fairly conventional. Wildfang breaks that conventional mold to suit those who want to walk on the wild side and dress more adventurously. While not strictly a suit company, Wildfang offers wedding suit options for the hipster, rock and roll, punk, and fashion-forward set. Wildfang’s flagship store is located in Portland, but you can also order their suit separates directly from their online store.
Anita Dolce Vita is the owner of dapperQ and a fashion and culture blogger whose work has been featured in HBO, The Huffington Post, Huffington Post Live, Vice, Nylon, Refinery 29, and The Daily Beast, to name a few. She is the mastermind behind the largest annual New York Fashion Week queer style runway show held at Brooklyn Museum. Anita recently produced the first queer style panel at SxSW as part of the official 2016 Sxstyle showcase.