The plight for better women’s (wedding) suits

Huffington Post Gay Voices

After finding suits that were more boardroom than ballroom when seeking a white pantsuit for her wedding, Bernadette Coveney Smith, a wedding planner who specializes in LGBT weddings, decided to launch her own business, Fourteen. The line offers tailored pantsuits for brides and partygoers “whose identities lie outside the fits and styles of traditional women and men’s clothing.”

San Francisco’s Tomboy Tailors, which makes made-to-measure suits for women, opened in February with an eye to the wedding industry, said founder Zel Anders. From the outside, Tomboy looks like a high-end men’s store like Brooks Brothers — showcasing fine Italian wools, samples of tailored shirts, racks of silk ties and rows of hand-burnished leather Oxford shoes. But step inside, and the store is very much for women, with female haberdashers ready to take measurements.

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