Three collections for selecting a dashing outfit for your rehearsal dinner
By Paloma Naderi
When there’s a rehearsal dinner on the docket, the celebration starts long before the ceremony begins, the reception toasts clink, and the first slice of cake is cut. And if you’re a fashion lover, the excitement grows greater when you realize that another wedding event means you get to choose one more dashing ensemble fit for photographing! Whether your dinner is a casual meal at your beau’s favorite restaurant, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at a mod hotel, or a full-on fancy affair, use this go-to guide to choose the outfit that best suits your venue and taste. Each option has just the right amount of polish and is fit for flaunting on that special night before you celebrate your wedding.
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CASUAL & CLASSY
This laid-back outfit is equal parts cool and classic with timeless textures and patterns accented with chic winter accessories. Try a soft flannel shirt under a corduroy blazer, and choose pressed khakis or dark wash jeans. A great suede lace-up like this option from Kenneth Cole over striped Paul Smith socks is perfect for rocking south of your knees. Complete the look with a stainless steel Tag Heuer watch and a soft cashmere scarf in your favorite wintry pop of color.
Cocktail hour at a modern boutique hotel calls for just the right amount of style without overdoing it. Look put together but comfortable too in a patterned sweater vest over a light colored dress shirt. Don a stunning black overcoat, like this one from Burberry, with your wool slim-fit pinstripe trousers. Complete the look with neutral patent shoes for a subtle shine and if you’re craving an extra bit of sleekness, tuck a striped tie into your vest.
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If you’re having a black-tie wedding, set the tone of formality for your guests the night before at the rehearsal. Be a good example in this gray tuxedo style dinner jacket and white dress shirt from Topman. Add small but special touches like personalized cufflinks or a black satin bowtie to allude to the style that’s to come with your wedding attire. Pull on these D&G patent dress shoes, and top it all off with a gray wool fedora and camel cashmere overcoat to complete the vision.