19 Unexpected Outfits Perfect for Your Rehearsal Dinner

Fresh, fashion-forward alternatives to majorly stand-out ahead of the big day

Updated 10/30/17
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Fleur Du Mal/ Alyssa Chavez

As a bride-to-be, you’ve had many occasions to stand out in terms of your outfit from your engagement party to your bridal shower to your bachelorette party. Then it’s time for your rehearsal dinner ahead of the big day, and this moment is one that feels ultra-thrilling—you’re about to be married, and all your family and friends have come together to celebrate you in your final hours before you say I do, so you want to look good, but not in a way that takes away from your wedding gown moment to follow.

Many brides feel an inclination to wear white for every bridal occasion, and we’re all for it! But a fair-shaded dress can, to some, take away from your finale look, so to speak. If this is you, why not consider an alternative outfit that strays from a white, cream or ivory palette? Some of our current favorites involve bold hues, unexpected silhouettes and glamorous textures.

For the color inclined, a super saturated shade in either an unpredictable dress silhouette or jumpsuit feels ultra-cool. A fierce red, jaunty magenta or rich jewel tone is exquisite. Keep to streamlined accessories and a paired back beauty look to ensure the result is elevated. If you do want to maintain a traditional bridal palette, we love an all-in-one or monochromatic separates with unique details like a side cutout or dramatic flourish.

We’re also for going after an outfit formula you don’t often try like a bustier top or bodysuit with a high-waist trouser. For a touch of bridal white, a bow-shaped crop in the shade with black wide-leg trousers is graphic and modern. Or perhaps you want to aim for decadence in a beaded top with floor-length sash to sit atop a slim cropped pant or a delicately embroidered bodysuit with a flowing wide-leg on bottom.

Texture is another way to shake things up. Sumptuous velvet, slinky satin or dramatic paillettes do the trick. There’s the idea of a suit which is a smart and sexy option in myriad colors and fabrics. On the eve of your wedding, we’re for a set made entirely of sequins or in optic with cascading frills. Another formula to consider: the PJ-style set. There’s something about champagne-colored silk with a boudoir aesthetic that reads playful and polished, whether it’s a camisole-and-trouser combo or robe-style jacket and pants. If you want to go sparkle—and we mean of the high-shine variety—we say mix it up in an alternative color (perhaps as an homage to your wedding colors or bridesmaid’s dresses) or an astonishing albeit sophisticated silhouette.

No matter how you to choose to break tradition, we say go for the gusto! By opting for a fresh, fashion-forward alternative, you’re guaranteed to stand out ahead of your big day. Get inspired with our edit ahead.

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Adam Lippes Chiffon-Paneled Silk-Crepe Jumpsuit

Net-A-Porter/ Alyssa Chavez

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Adeam Bow Bustier Poplin Top and Flared Trouser With Waist Ties

Shop Spring/ Alyssa Chavez

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Brandon Maxwell One-Shoulder Crepe Jumpsuit

Net-A-Porter/ Alyssa Chavez

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Cowl Neck Spaghetti Strap Cami and Side Closure Wide Leg Pant

Fleur Du Mal/ Alyssa Chavez

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Cushnie et Ochs Beaded Cotton-Mesh Bodysuit and Split-Front Silk-Crepe Wide-Leg Pants

Net-A-Porter/ Alyssa Chavez

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Holland Jumpsuit

Reformation/ Alyssa Chavez

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Collection Tie-Shoulder Sequin Dress

J.Crew/ Alyssa Chavez

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Johanna Ortiz Love Spell One-Shoulder Cutout Silk-Faille and Satin Jumpsuit

Net-A-Porter/ Alyssa Chavez

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Limited Edition Solid-Coloured Mohair Sweater and Corset-Style Trousers

Massimo Dutti/ Alyssa Chavez

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Newton Pleated Top and Skirt

Need Supply/ Alyssa Chavez

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Oscar de la Renta Draped Embellished Silk-Satin Bustier Top and Silk Satin-Trimmed Velvet Tapered Pants

Net-A-Porter/ Alyssa Chavez

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Rixey Fluid Sequin Blazer

Rachel Zoe/ Alyssa Chavez

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Roksanda Thurloe Draped Cutout Jersey and Crepe Jumpsuit

Net-A-Porter/ Alyssa Chavez

SHOP NOW: Net-a-Porter, $2,275

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The Row Biggins Silk-Blend Georgette Cami Top and Lian High-Rise Pleated Straight-Leg Trousers

Matches Fashion/ Alyssa Chavez

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Ulla Johnson Sabine Ruffled Grosgrain-Trimmed Velvet Jumpsuit

Net-A-Porter/ Alyssa Chavez

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Crushed Velvet Wrap Jacket and Wide Trouser

Whistles/ Alyssa Chavez

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