While the big reveal will come when you walk down the aisle, every bride should remember that what she wears to the rehearsal dinner can be just as impactful. Keep in mind, it's the first time seeing many friends and family before the festivities officially begin! For Chicago-area brides, the options are abundant for finding the perfect head-to-toe look for any type of rehearsal dinner setting.
P.45 stocks modern designer wares from the likes of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Carven, and Rachel Comey, among others. If you're after a hip, understated evening look, P.45 has got you covered. While their stock of dresses is plentiful, you'll also discover offbeat evening choices, such as jumpsuits and edgy separates.
English designer Karen Millen is known for vibrant-yet-sleek designs in tailored, form-fitting silhouettes. Her dresses are ideal for the bride who's looking for something a bit different — yet still sexy and incredibly flattering. Browse her killer shoe selection for heels to accent your glam look.
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Jewelry is an integral part of the overall ensemble, and Bella Colletta is the supreme choice for attention-grabbing baubles. Chicago-based owner and designer Christina Bock offers one-of-a-kind pieces that are both feminine and fierce. She'll even customize jewelry if you have something specific in mind for your rehearsal outfit.
Known for embodying French effortlessness, Paris-based line Sandro also offers a chic array of evening and event-perfect looks in their Oak Street store. Think contemporary, elegant, and just plain cool. All the things you want to exude the night before the wedding!
For some, the rehearsal dinner may be a more relaxed occasion to enjoy family and friends. If that pace is more your speed, then head over to Penelope's in Wicker Park for your choice of laid-back but still party-perfect separates from indie labels like Sessun, Won Hundred, and Objects Without Meaning.
Housed in a former post office, high-end boutique Blake is every Chicago fashionista's destination for trend-driven, unique pieces from designers around the globe. They even count Gwyneth Paltrow as a loyal client. You're guaranteed to find a knockout look at Blake for your grand rehearsal dinner entrance.