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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