You may be wondering why I have combined a post about dresses for both bridal showers and for rehearsal dinners because at first glance the two occasions seem to be quite different. Bridal showers are often mid-day affairs and rehearsal dinners are at night. But chances are you don't want to buy nine new dresses and you also want to avoid wearing the same dress to all three showers and another dress to all three dinners. These dresses can be accessorized to work for both occasions (and possibly even for the actual wedding as well) so that wedding season can be a little bit nicer on both your wallet and your sanity.
When looking for a versatile dress, it can be easy to settle on a boring option that you don't love. We think our great dresses are too distinctive so we are wary about wearing them very often. This dress from J. Crew does a great job of mixing a simple shape in a solid color with a detail like the scallop neckline that makes it feel a little more special.
Since summer is the season of bright colors, a Little Black Dress can look out of place, but darker shade of blue or purple will be a go-to piece all year round. Choose a color that works equally well with both black and metallic shoes and you'll have the perfect dress for all your last minute party invites.
For summertime events, a floral dress is also a great option because it feels festive in a seasonally appropriate way. The key to making the dress work for both day and evening is to choose your fabric wisely. A crisp cotton dress will usually look like casual sundress no matter how much jewelry you wear or how high your heels are. But if you choose a fabric with a little sheen or a soft drape, then it will be easier to accessorize.
For an afternoon bridal shower, add a cropped cardigan in a bright color that coordinates with your patterned dress and wear simple (but still brightly colored) ballet flats. No jewelry is required so wear only what you would on a daily basis, such as a pair of stud earrings.
To make this dress look fabulous in the evening for a rehearsal dinner, slip into a pair of metallic heels, pull your hair back to display chandelier earrings, and add a delicate bracelet with a touch of sparkle. Grab your metallic clutch and you are ready for a summer evening of fun!