Your Rehearsal Dinner Dress

By Guest Blogger, Christine Epps

You’ve envisioned in your mind exactly the way you want to look on that special day. Your ebony curls swaying in the wind thanks to a new hair weave, perfectly polished nails and toes, and makeup that would put a MAC makeup artist to shame. But you still have no idea what dress you’re going to knock them dead in.

I’m not talking about the wedding gown, of course. You knew which wedding dress you were going to wear three months after he proposed. I’m referring to the one dress associated with your wedding that allows you to really show your personality. The one your guests expect to be sensual, fun, and flirtatious all at the same time. The ever wonderful rehearsal dinner dress.

Look for dresses that flow from side to side, made of rich, natural materials like silk. Rich, deep colors such as crimson and maroon are not only in season, but they make most dresses look more expensive than they really are. Try a below-the-knee hemline to win the approval of your older guests but do consider a cinched waist or sweetheart neckline to show off your curves.

Even though you’re planning the most stressful, hectic event in your life, your appearance shouldn’t show it. This printed silk strapless dress by African-American fashion designer Tracy Reese will not only make you look naturally polished, it will also knock your guests and future husband right out of their socks! With a sweetheart-inspired square neckline, pleated bodice, and thin sash, I can’t imagine a single bride who wouldn’t look gorgeous in this abstract design.

To browse more designs by African-American fashion designer Tracy Reese, click here.

Christine Epps is the owner of Maryland’s premier retail marketing firm, Epps Consulting. She is also the online fashion writer for the Baltimore Examiner.


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