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Attending a wedding this year? Why you should wear a jumpsuit

In the era of the micro-wedding, it is all about personality and comfort when it comes to wedding guest outfits. For a grand, formal ceremony, a traditional gown works perfectly, but times have changed and trends have followed. Now for intimate mini-monies (mini ceremonies), the bride and groom have the impossible task of picking their nearest and dearest friends and family members for a boutique occasion. So if you have made it in the final guest list, read the room and choose your outfit with love, care and thoughtfulness. You need something smart and special, that won’t upstage the bride yet feels modern and is a reflection of your personality. And after months in loungewear, you may not feel confident to bare your legs just yet, whilst equally needing support and tailoring. So think long-sleeved cocktail dress in a dreamy print, ankle-length slip dress in a fresh palette, a feminine power suit, or even better: a jumpsuit.

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Attending a wedding this year? Why you should wear a jumpsuit

In the era of the micro-wedding, it is all about personality and comfort when it comes to wedding guest outfits. For a grand, formal ceremony, a traditional gown works perfectly, but times have changed and trends have followed. Now for intimate mini-monies (mini ceremonies), the bride and groom have the impossible task of picking their nearest and dearest friends and family members for a boutique occasion. So if you have made it in the final guest list, read the room and choose your outfit with love, care and thoughtfulness. You need something smart and special, that won’t upstage the bride yet feels modern and is a reflection of your personality. And after months in loungewear, you may not feel confident to bare your legs just yet, whilst equally needing support and tailoring. So think long-sleeved cocktail dress in a dreamy print, ankle-length slip dress in a fresh palette, a feminine power suit, or even better: a jumpsuit.

We think a jumpsuit ticks every box, from comfort to fit, coverage to style points. You may worry about getting stuck while attempting to take it off on a break to the ladies' room after the champagne reception, but remember the joys of the micro-wedding is that there almost certainly won’t be a Portaloo in sight. So all you need to worry about is finding the right style for your bestie’s big day, and the options are almost limitless: wide-legged or slim fitted, long sleeves or strapless, halter neckline or square, silk or crepe, deep V or modest cleavage, bold colours or classic black? Remember that with a jumpsuit, it is all about the neckline, as you will be fully covered from the waist down, so you can be a little playful with an open back, cut outs and contrasting fabrics and details. Now time to dress up and don your new favourite jumpsuit!

Why Galvan jumpsuits are so iconic

Galvan jumpsuits have become a brand signature and synonymous with the label’s design DNA: pared-down, timeless, empowering and modern in equal measure. Jumpsuits are one of our best-selling categories for a reason, and we always offer our Signature Corset Jumpsuit as well as seasonal iterations of this much-loved style. What makes the Signature Corset Jumpsuit so special and the reason why it is a staple at the heart of many women’s wardrobes, is its unparalleled construction and fit. With an accentuated waist and slightly loose leg, it suits different body types and creates a long, lean line. The notched, sweetheart neckline flatters the chest, while a hidden stretch corset with soft boning provides support. Endlessly versatile, this jumpsuit can be dressed up or down.

 

It has an army of celebrity fans — from Rihanna to Sienna Miller, Gemma Arterton to Tiffany Haddish, Caro Daur to Viky Rader, Khloe Kardashian to the Countess of Wessex. This style comes in an extra wide-legged version, as well as with a square or notched neckline. We also have seasonal fabrics such as stretch velvet in aubergine, hunter green, black and ruby, or classic crepe in black, navy, bi-colour black and white and other seasonal colours such as purple and red in past seasons. Another popular jumpsuit is our Plunge style which comes in black and white, all-black and navy and features contrasting velvet with tulle and crepe for a sheer cleavage. It was renamed the Gwyneth after Gwyneth Paltrow wore it to an event in Los Angeles, and has since been worn by some of our favourite Galvan muses — from Kylie Jenner to Eleanor Thomlinson, Cressida Bonas to Jessica Simpson, Allison Janney to Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Taking inspiration from our favourite trend-setters

We are not short of inspiration thanks to a coterie of celebrities who are leading the jumpsuit pack. Imitation is the biggest form of flattery and when it comes to trend setters to emulate, we are lucky to have some stylish inspiration in the form of Rihanna, who paired her sleek navy crepe jumpsuit with stacks of jewels for added pizzazz. Chunky gold jewellery seems to be a theme because Caro Daur also matched her Hunter Green Velvet jumpsuit with a chain necklace and bracelet stacks. We also love how Viky Rader wore her black & white jumpsuit with a bold red lip, a matching Galvan satin bag and gold strappy sandals — all glamorous and timeless additions to this modern icon. Phoebe Waller-Bridge followed suit with a red lip with her Lena Jumpsuit — a sequin and fringed take on our Plunge jumpsuit. As for Sienna Miller, she wore her Signature Jumpsuit with a red lip too, and fun green nail polish and tortoiseshell sunglasses at Wimbledon tennis— proof that this jumpsuit is so versatile, it really does go with everything. But for most celebrities spotted in Galvan jumpsuits, the hero style was enough by itself and so they chose to style it minimally with little to no accessories. After all, wearing one of our signature jumpsuits is a sufficient style statement in itself.

Our edit of the best jumpsuits to wear to a wedding

Now you feel inspired and are ready to make the jump, let’s find you the perfect jumpsuit to suit the right occasion. For a garden ceremony and sit-down lunch with family, we think our classic Eve Jumpsuit is perfect — bright, playful and relaxed with just the right amount of skin on show. Heavy satin skims the lines of the body, whilst the elegant criss-crossed neckline highlights shoulders. The wide leg and loose fit creates a long, ultra-sleek silhouette that is perfect for lounging at home or dancing. Available in saturated peacock blue, this is a timeless piece for every stylish wardrobe. Alternatively, opt for our Katharina Jumpsuit if you prefer to cover your arms. Inspired by German artist Katharina Grosse, this design expresses the power of sculptural block colour, rendered in luxurious satin. With a sleek wrap design and long fluted sleeves, this jumpsuit is finished by a flattering sash belt — available in vibrant petrol satin. The ultimate day to night, working from home to cocktails, wardrobe staple. Pair it with raffia wedges and a statement headband for a chic wedding guest look.

 

For more of an after-party vibe with champagne cocktails, then our Prism or Plunge Jumpsuits have a touch of edge and sexiness in equal measures. Geometric and daring, the Prism jumpsuit makes an entrance. Crafted in glossy jacquard striped satin, it features subtle flashes of bare skin through statement detailing and strategically placed panels — a diamond cutout at the front, a triangular cutout at the back. Wear with dazzling mules and a satin clutch bag. And our Signature Corset Jumpsuit is always a winner, and a true investment for any capsule wardrobe, as you can rewear it from weddings to black tie dinners, from cocktails with friends to first dates and beyond. For a winter wedding, our Velvet Corset Jumpsuit is a chic (and most importantly, warm) option. Pair with our velvet devoré kimono to keep the chills at bay.

Bridal jumpsuits and alternative bridesmaids outfits

Now we have convinced all our wedding guests to wear jumpsuits, we turn to the bridal party, and the bride herself of course. Sophie Turner and Solange Knowles both wore white jumpsuits for their weddings, and we couldn’t think of a reason not to. A bridal jumpsuit is an especially relevant option to wear to a civil ceremony, a micro-wedding or a rehearsal dinner, as they are by nature more relaxed and casual. It is an especially good balance if you have a very elaborate dress for the big day itself.

 

Our Geneva, Hampstead, Paris, London and Soho bridal jumpsuits, as their names suggest, are the perfect dress alternatives for a city ceremony. A clean version of our signature corset jumpsuit, the Geneva Jumpsuit is the perfect number to wear for a civil ceremony or change into for your first dance. The square neckline is bold and modern, and an inner corset with boning provides ultimate support and structure. Cool, clean and effortless, our Hampstead Jumpsuit, crafted from ribbed jersey and crepe is supremely chic. Wide shoulder-straps support a fitted panelled bodice with the perfect amount of stretch across the bust and waist, whilst palazzo trousers add a seventies spin on traditional elegance. Empowering and feminine, this jumpsuit is an essential for the bridal weekend and beyond, allowing for a versatility and rewearability that is increasingly important. Confident and elegant, we adore the simplicity of the Paris Jumpsuit. The strapless cut is classic and creates a smooth decolleté. Florence Pugh wore it in a deep burgundy hue. Pair with killer heels and prepare to turn heads. Minimalist and immaculately tailored, our London corset jumpsuit is our classic style and epitomises the Galvan brand. It is undeniably sexy, hugging the bust and accentuating the waist for a shapely figure. Underneath its crisp exterior, a concealed, boned corset adds structure. Sexy and a touch boyish, Our Soho jumpsuit reimagines the classic tuxedo for the modern bride. Playing with texture, a sheer tulle insert shows a hint of décolletage, while detailing on the back traces the spine for an elongated body. The banded waist and relaxed leg perfectly balances proportions. Made from crisp white crepe and stretch tulle that moulds comfortably to the body. A newcomer, our Eden jumpsuit, part of our Spring-Summer 2021 collection, is also a beautiful and ethereal bridal alternative for this summer. Elegant yet playful, it is a heavenly vision in pure white glossy jacquard striped satin. A clean yet fresh silhouette, it features a deep neckline with a knotted drapey sash that cascades down the length of the body, a fitted waistline and a cool, fluid full-length trouser leg. Voluminous billowing sleeves add an opulent nod to this impossibly chic summer classic.

 

One final idea — for the bride who has already chosen her dress and wants her bridesmaids in white, why not dress your chic bridal posse in signature corset jumpsuits, à la Sienna Miller? We promise, your bridesmaids will love you forever, for an unforgettable outfit that is fun, modern and comfortable and that they can rewear for years to come.

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Alizé Wilkinson

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Alizé manages communications and content at Galvan. Over the past 12 years, she has worked in the fashion, jewellery and arts worlds, following a stint as a writer for Le Monde. Born in France, she lives in London with her British husband and two toddler daughters. As well as a growing collection of slip dresses, Alizé collects embellished knitwear, vintage textiles and international magazines. Her other interests include Marc Chagall, Gustave Flaubert and periwinkle hydrangeas.