Tuesday 25 April 2017

Are jumpsuits the new dresses for bridesmaids? An Irish designer gives his opinion

Keira Doyle arrives for her wedding at The Church of The Assumption, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Pic: Colin O'Riordan. Inset: Irish designer Eamonn McGill.
Keira Doyle arrives for her wedding at The Church of The Assumption, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Pic: Colin O'Riordan. Inset: Irish designer Eamonn McGill.
Keira Doyle arrives for her wedding at The Church of The Assumption, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
Irish designer Eamonn McGill.
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

An Irish designer has revealed the hottest look for Irish brides next year and it's one we can all get on board with.

When Dublin GAA star Bernard Brogan wed PR executive Keira Doyle on Friday, we noticed one standout moment (aside from the famous guests and blushing bride - the jumpsuits.

Doyle took the innovative step of asking her bridesmaids to don emerald green jumpsuits instead of traditional wedding gowns and according to designer Eamonn McGill, we're at the start of a very exciting new trend.

McGill from Dundalk, who has created gowns for the Golden Globes and IFTAs, says that jumpsuits will soon be the norm for brides and bridesmaids alike.

"Personally I'm a huge supporter of the bridal jumpsuit," said Eamonn.

"I've always leaned towards jumpsuits whilst designing pieces, and have just recently designed a bridal  jumpsuit for a client's next day wedding party."

Eamonn (25) said jumpsuits have plentiful advantages over dresses for the big day.

"Jumpsuits for bridesmaids are a great idea for many reasons," he said.

Keira Doyle arrives for her wedding at The Church of The Assumption, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.
PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
Keira Doyle arrives for her wedding at The Church of The Assumption, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN

"You get the chance to actually wear the outfit again. The dreaded statement of, 'Sure you can wear your dress again,' rarely happens in reality. At least with a a jumpsuit, there's more of an opportunity to wear it again than you might with a baby pink, flowing chiffon gown."

"It's practical, which is important as bridesmaids have multiple duties to do for the bride on the day. I've been at so many weddings where the bridesmaids can't bend in their corseted, satin dresses."

"Not to mention, jumpsuits are chic. Floating down the aisle in a jumpsuit looks much more chic and modern than many dresses do."

Although Eamonn is a jumpsuit junkie, he said his opinion "changes slightly" when it comes to the teal jumpsuits Keira's three bridesmaids wore.

Irish designer Eamonn McGill.
Irish designer Eamonn McGill.

"Firstly, the bride looks stunning and I love the simple look she went for and the tones from her flowers matching her headpiece and fur, but unfortunately I'm not a fan of the bridesmaids."

"I give her serious props for choosing the more alternative jumpsuit look and the bridesmaids are beautiful women, but the colour teamed with the fur and the shoe just wasn't for me. I feel that it looked a bit to ready-to-wear, and therefore lost the specialness of a bridesmaid garment, even with the fur."

"Maybe if the bridesmaids' outfits were matched to the same colour as the champagne tones in the bride's accessories, the shoe was changed to a nude court heel, and had the pant been more fitted and paired with lighter shade fur, I feel it would of looked more overall cohesive."

"Overall, my conclusion is a resounding 'yes' to bridal jumpsuits, 'yes' to Keira choosing them for her bridesmaids, but 'no' to the colours chosen."

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