Wondering what to wear to a rehearsal dinner when it’s not your wedding? We’ve all been there, and while outfits for the actual wedding and bachelorette party are a bit easier to plan, deciphering what’s appropriate for a rehearsal dinner can be a bit trickier. There are the location and climate to contend with, not to mention the fact that the rehearsal dinner is usually the kick-off event of all wedding festivities. But don't stress, it's actually much easier to find a look for this occasion than you might think.
Here are our tips: To start the weekend off on the right foot, first and foremost you’ll want to avoid anything that risks looking too bridal. White is definitely out, as are any super-soft shades of beige, pink, or anything that could be mistaken for white. Second, we recommend googling the location of the rehearsal dinner. This will give you the overall vibe and help you gauge what’s appropriate or not. Last but not least, make sure to find something comfortable to wear. Feeling comfortable in your outfit is an important way to ensure you have a good time, and ultimately, these events are about having fun with your friends and family.
Below you'll find our top rehearsal dinner picks for everything from a traditional cocktail party to a formal dinner.
This velvet and lace minidress perfectly mixes so many trends while remaining elegant. Perfect for a cocktail event, pair this with a pair of plain black heels and statement earrings for an elevated look.
This standout silk midi dress is simple yet classic. And this color is so fun.
This lace dress is perfect for a more formal occasion. Pair this with a pair of barely there strappy sandals and a low-key hair accessory for a head-to-toe look.
Try this cowl-neck slip dress for a more casual event. Pair it with gold earrings and white heels to nail the informal look while still looking chic.
Try this on-trend shade of green in this classic dress style.
You can never go wrong with a slip dress.
This flattering off-the-shoulder style is so elegant.
You can't go wrong with these as an investment shoe.
This low block heel guarantees comfort while still standing out. Everyone loves a sparkly silver shoe, especially if it's comfortable.
A barely there sandal is the perfect way to make sure your dress stands out.
A classic white heel goes with everything and adds an elevated look to any rehearsal dinner outfit.
An under-$100 pair of classic black heels? Yes, please.
Pearls are everywhere right now.
These subtle statement earrings add an element to any look while keeping the main attention on your dress.
A hair accessory is an unexpected way to elevate your outfit. Plus, it's only $12.
This classic clutch will make you look so fancy.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.