Carrie's rehearsal dinner dress choices

One of my very best friends is getting married in a week! And I’m one of her bridesmaids. While the wedding apparel is obviously on lock (mint green dresses, nude wedge heels), I’m feeling a little puzzled about what to wear to the rehearsal dinner.

I want to look good in a way that says “I’m part of the exclusive harem chosen to wear coordinated dresses and hold flowers while we usher this late-twenties woman into wedded bliss,” but not in an overly try-hard way. And duh, I don’t want to overshadow the bride! The rehearsal dinner is at a fairly casual location (a local brewery), so I want to strike the right balance between fancy, fun, and damn-I-wanna-look-stylish-in-the-inevitable-Instagram-photos.

Help me decide which of these five dresses I should wear to get drunk and toast my friend and her future husband’s eternal love! All photos feature my makeup-less face and unwashed hair, plus the Frye boots or nude wedges that will be my designated footwear.

Option 1: Red Lace


This dress from last year at Urban Outfitters (remember, it came in like every color?) is solidly pretty and feminine.

Option 2: Paisley Print


You can’t really see it here, but something about this dress has a very medieval vibe. Like, if it touched the floor, I would be singing “The Lusty Month Of May” and pretending I was in Camelot. I think I’d style this with a high bun, big earrings, and mauve lipstick.

Option 3: Black-And-White Stripe


Admittedly underwhelming in photos, but I love the full skirt on this black-and-white dress. Maybe with red lips and a little cat eye?

Option 4: Red Floral Print


Another one from Urban Outfitters. I like that the blouse-y top on this one will keep me from busting out and feeling bloat-y if I drink too much beer at the dinner.

Option 5: Blue Lace Print


A little bit of a vintage vibe. This is super comfy! I’d wear it with dark pink lipstick and maybe a hot pink statement necklace.

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 All photos: Carrie Murphy