This Pantsuit Will Make You Re-Think The Wedding Dress

Saying "no" to the dress never looked so good


When Sydney and Scott originally submitted their wedding to me, there were just portraits and a ceremony. I thought perhaps they had forgotten to attach photos of the reception, so I emailed to find out what was up. Here’s what I found out: they got married in Sydney’s mom’s backyard, had a small luncheon afterwards, then headed to a dive bar with some friends. That’s it. No bells or whistles, and no paparazzi during lunch. Clearly, they knew exactly what the point of their wedding was.


Says Sydney:

Scott and I started talking about getting married very early on in our relationship (I’m talking like week two), so we ended up having a little over three years to decide on what our perfect wedding would look like. When we brought the idea to my parents of having a small wedding, my mom offered their backyard as a venue. We wanted a wedding that was about us and getting married, and not one where we felt like we had to compete with weddings we’d been to, seen on TV or anything having to do with Pinterest. We wanted to do things our way and really focus on the celebration of getting to spend the rest of our lives together.


But reception or no, I had to know more about the Sydney’s outfit. Here’s what she told me:

When I got engaged, I started immediately looking for wedding dresses. I do pretty much all my clothing shopping online and I didn’t really want the whole hullabaloo of wedding dress shopping in person. As much as I love Say Yes to the Dress and the experience of shopping with your mom, sisters, and friends seemed like a special one, I just knew I would feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. And since I am so comfortable online shopping (often times too comfortable) I started looking at some of my favorite shops’ websites for white dresses. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money. But another requirement was that I also wanted to be able to wear the outfit more than once.


The dresses were pretty and I could have imagined being married in any of them. But before I even ordered any to try on, I remembered a Michael Kors store opening when Bar Rafaeli was wearing this amazing white lace jumpsuit from his collection and I knew that I wanted to look like that. As soon as I got the idea to wear pants, I felt like I actually had that feeling that brides say they get when they try on “the dress.” I tried to find the MK jumpsuit, hoping even that maybe I’d find it gently used and on sale. But after a week of searching the highs and lows of the internets, I came up empty. So I thought then that I would have the two-piece made, but every option ended up being out of my price range.


I went back to scouring the Internet again, looking for a lace two-piece pantsuit. After about two weeks of searching I found the Alexis two-piece (that I ended up wearing). It wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but I loved the sleeves of the top and the lace was vintage looking. When I got it in the mail, I brought it to my parents’ house and tried it on with my mom, and we both new that that was “the one.” It was beautiful, different, and a little risky—perfectly me. I had it altered to fit snug on the top and had the pants tailored to fit more like a bell-bottom than wide leg. On my wedding day I couldn’t wait to put it on, and when I did I felt feminine, classic, and unique all at the same time. Afterward, Scott told me that seeing me walk out in my pantsuit made him think, “Wow, she is so badass.”  To be honest that is exactly how I felt, and how I always wanted to feel at my wedding.


You can see more photos from Sydey and Scott’s wedding over here.

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  • Sydney you ARE badass. So excited to see you and Scott on here today <3

    • Sydney

      Thank you for capturing the day so perfectly Evangeline! You really did the jumpsuit and us justice. We were so lucky to have had you there!

  • That pantsuit is so totally badass!

  • Megan

    Badass is an accurate description of that outfit and this whole wedding. But so is stunning, feminine, fabulous, and inspiring! Thanks for being unapologetically you.

    Also, your comment about not wanting to feel like you were competing with other weddings you’d been to was SPOT ON how I feel. My family actually sits around and critiques what aspects of every family wedding were better/worse than the current one (yes, this happens AT weddings) and I have a LOT of cousins, so it’s exhausting and usually hurtful to someone. I want no part of this and your day sounds perfect and exactly what I can see us having. THANK YOU.

    • SydneyHelen

      You’re so sweet! Thanks for the compliments! It’s suuuper easy to get swept up into a wedding frenzy and then all of a sudden you’ve lost yourself in Pinterest board after Pinterest board trying to create something that is “you” but is also going to really impress everyone when they see it. It’s so much work! And like you said, there are always going to be people there who have seen better, eaten better, blah blah. What’s the point? For some people though, they’ve dreamed about every element of that process and really enjoy all of it and it makes the day of so much more special for them. For us though, we were like NAHH, let’s do something chill. SOOO happy we did :)

  • Gray

    WHAT?? This is SO COOL. It never occurred to me to wear pants to a wedding. She looks so gorgeous and happy and just comfortable in her skin. I love it.

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  • kate

    OH MY GAAAAAHHHHH. i can’t handle the badassery. this is PERFECTION: “Afterward, Scott told me that seeing me walk out in my pantsuit made him think, “Wow, she is so badass.” To be honest that is exactly how I felt, and how I always wanted to feel at my wedding.” rock the f on scott and sydney!!

  • Kara

    Hot Damn! You’re rocking it.

    You look so happy and joyful. Awesome job!

  • Ashley Cronin

    I LOVE the outfit! Also Sydney looks a lot like Rachel Bilson! Beautiful!!

    • SydneyHelen

      Summer! What a compliment!!

      • I was thinking the same thing. You really do look like her! Except you look way more badass ;)

  • JDrives

    My running internal narrative while reading this post was various expletive-laden forms of “THIS IS SO BADASS.”

  • Kayjayoh

    Like a bawse.

  • Fiona

    killing it

  • Kat

    I think “badass” is 100% how I want to be seen at my wedding. Awesome.

  • Kara Davies

    Seriously needs to be titled #badassbride!

  • Massiel

    You look like an ass-kicking angel <3

  • C.R.

    I LOVE the pantsuit!

    By the way, is that Palos Verdes? I think I see Portugese Bend in the background!

    • SydneyHelen

      It is PV!

  • C

    Love it!!! I searched briefly for pants but didn’t know where to look and was crunched for time. Badass for me will mean a black sash over a white lace dress.

    Great pants AND wedding, Sydney!

  • brakell-basicinvite

    That pantsuit is the best thing I’ve ever seen!!

  • brakell-basicinvite

    That pantsuit is seriously one of the coolest things i’ve ever seen- while still being completely classy and gorgeous!