Weddings tend to go viral for a whole host of reasons, but earlier this week, one bride and her girl gang made headlines for a different, simple stylistic point.
“My friend got married last month and her dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses ALL HAD POCKETS,” one of the bridesmaids, Nell Goddard, captioned an empowering shot of the six bridesmaids gathered around their pal on the steps of a church altar. “And yes, we did use them for storing snacks, thank you for asking.”
The image itself has been liked more than 14,000 times and retweeted close to 3,000 times. In the snapshot, bride Eva Paterson and her bridesmaids appear calm–almost like a girl group on an album cover–with their hands pointedly in their pockets, all sporting too-cool-for-school facial expressions. The bridesmaids’ gowns were a deep emerald green (ideal for a chilly winter wedding), all floor-length, but with a variety of bodices up top.
My friend got married last month and her dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses ALL HAD POCKETS.
And yes, we did use them for storing snacks, thank you for asking. pic.twitter.com/3fRWtmJS2F
— Nell Goddard (@alianoree) January 23, 2019
“I’m making my daughter’s wedding dress with the express instructions to include pockets,” one mother-of-the-bride tweeted in reaction to the image.
“Divine! You all look magnificent and adequately equipped for whatever the day may throw at you!” another user commented.
“ALWAYS POCKETS,” yet another fan of the style wrote. “I love this. Badass wedding.”
Paterson told the Press Association that equipping her bridesmaids (and herself) with pockets on her wedding day was never a question. “You’d never expect to hire suits for guys and then ‘add pockets’ as an extra,” she said. “These dresses prove that it’s possible to look beautiful, feel amazing, and be practically equipped for the day, and I hope it encourages other brands to up their game on this as well.”
Paterson purchased her dress, which already had pocket, from David’s Bridal, and paid a small extra charge to add pockets to her bridesmaids’ dresses from KF Bridal. (In a statement to The Knot, David’s Bridal noted that its retailers offer on-site alterations, and are able to customize dresses with elements like cap-sleeves and pockets.)
“Women’s clothing simply doesn’t empower women as much as it should,” the bride concluded. “Pockets are such a tiny issue in comparison to the oppression of women globally, but I think it plays into a much deeper misconception that women should look good rather than be practically equipped—but why should we have to choose?”
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