Wedding wear might be something you traditionally shop for in person, the reality is more of us are favouring online convenience over showroom appointments. We look at the rising trend for online wedding shopping and pull out our favourite top 10 brands for buying lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and androgynous wedding wear online.
“People want a no-frills approach,” explains Hannah Ollichon, founder of House of Ollichon – one of the leading brands in LGBT wedding fashion. “We are savvy shoppers and know we can find the best deals online. Many couples, particularly those in the LGBT community, just want to find the right design for them as quickly and easily as possible, without all the drama.”
So where do you start looking for flattering, no-fuss fashion options that will suit you? Our rundown of the top 10 sites for same-sex couples to shop online is a great place to begin…
The House of Ollichon
The House of Ollichon’s collection of luxury bridal jumpsuits are super popular with same-sex brides, particularly the sari-inspired Bouilly jumpsuit, and and the Drakeford Culotte and Thomas Skirt in its separates range. houseofollichon.co.uk
Based in Dublin, Louis Copeland is a family-run business with six physical stores as well as its online offering. It’s wedding collection is traditional, but its ready-to-wear and made-to-measure suits are sharply tailored and on trend without being in your face. louiscopeland.com
Based in Mainz, Germany, fashion designer Helen Bender decided to branch into LGBT wedding fashion after her friends entered into a civil partnership. She felt that same-sex couples were too often restricted to either highly traditional or extremely androgynous wedding wear, and wanted to create a middle ground. Her wedding dresses are stylish and beautiful, allowing same-sex brides to show pride through their lesbian identity, whilst at the same time remaining distinctly feminine.
With various pride-based clothing lines, including a wedding range (aimed mainly at women), if you search ‘wedding’, the results will fetch a variety of androgynous wedding wear for both sexes including short suits, metallic suits and jumpsuits and more conventional wedding wear.
Inspired by famous fictional tomboys Georgina Kirrin (The Famous Five) and Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) Kirrin Finch is the brainchild of Brooklyn-based Laura Moffat and Kelly Sanders. Offering androgynous-style clothing, button-up shirtsm trousers and bow ties, it mixes traditionally feminine patterns with masculine cuts to great effect. It even has a post on what to wear to a wedding when you don’t want to wear a dress. We love this brand. kirrinfinch.com
Boasting a range of stylish one, two and three piece suits, River Island isn’t just all about the dress. You’ll find products available online in metallics, checks and leopard print in both the men and women’s sections. riverisland.com
This US based site is predominantly aimed at men, but does feature a small range for women. Tuxedo jackets and suits are available in everything from metallic snakeskin and floral to more conventional contrasting lapels and uniform colours. perfecttux.com
McGregor and McDuff
Kilts are great for weddings; whether you’re a Scot or not, they mix the traditional with the unconventional, and always look great. MacGregor and MacDuff’s easy to navigate website offers kilts to hire especially for weddings, and allows you to choose from 15 tartens, six jacket styles and a variety of different accessories to complete your look. macgregorandmacduff.co.uk
King and Allen
Although you can’t buy your made to measure suit online, you can order your swatches in advance and choose your material before going in-store to skilled tailors, King and Allen, which provides fantastic bespoke wedding suits for women. kingandallen.co.uk
A highly versatile online platform, Etsy sells everything from androgynous wedding capes to bridal jumpsuits, floral dresses, and everything in-between. As well as wedding outfits, they provide a wide range of accessories including jewellery, flowers and wedding stationery. etsy.com/uk