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Your Dîner en Blanc Fashion Guide

Dallas is a shopping town. We don’t need much of an excuse to go searching for something new to wear, whether it’s for a weekday date night or a special event. Well, this year, Dallas has worthwhile reason to shop, and, what’s more, the occasion is exclusive and presents an exciting fashion challenge.

Are you curious?

On September 17, if you’re lucky enough to be going to the sold-out Dîner en Blanc, you’ll be one of more than 1,500 Dallasites dressing all in white to dine al fresco at a location kept secret until the very last minute. It’s a night of mystery, revelry and people-watching, begging the question: What are you going to wear?!

We’ve compiled a few choice selections from some of our favorite retailers at Galleria Dallas that blend comfort with white-hot style, because at Dîner en Blanc, you can be sure that there’ll be a bit of walking and a lot of dancing.

Pour les dames (for the ladies):

girl outfit collage

At the Dîner en Blanc, all white is the only rule as far as clothing goes, so you’re likely to see everything from formal gowns to flowy, beach-inspired frocks. We recommend the latter due to Dallas’ balmy late-September weather. These light, sleeveless dresses from Club Monaco and this sleeveless maxi dress at Nordstrom are chic choices.

Or pair an airy top such as this one by Karen Millen or this one by Topshop, at Nordstrom, with a crisp midi skirt for a relaxed look you can dress up with jeweled sandals. Speaking of shoes, they should be appropriate for any type of terrain, so we recommend leaving the stilettos at home and going with a chunky heel, wedge or a delicate flat from Club Monaco or Karen Millen.

Of course, some ladies just simply have to sparkle at every opportunity, so we’ve included this all-over beaded shift by Aftershock London, in case that just happens to apply to you. You can also find the trendiest fascinators to wow your Dîner en Blanc companions at Aftershock London for a finishing touch.

bag collage

In any case, don’t forget your all-white accessories! You’ll want to stash your trash bags (you’ll need them to clean up after the party) in a white handbag, of course, and these stunners by Karen Millen and Michael Kors top our list.

Pour les messieurs (for the gentlemen):

boys collage

When it comes to comfort and all-white menswear, our minds go straight to linen. It’s always in style and always cool. These white linen pieces from Armani Collezioni, Tommy Bahama and AG, available at Nordstrom, will serve him well on that warm September night. This linen-blend blazer by A|X Armani Exchange is end-of-summer perfection when paired with a button-up (such as this one by Tommy Bahama), pleated shorts and loafers.

Of course, men need to accessorize, too. Head to Thomas Pink and pick up these beautiful white pebble cufflinks that will punctuate a crisp white shirt impeccably well.

Lastly, there are a few more items to bring with you on your dining adventure: a white umbrella or other appropriate rainwear (in case of inclement weather), a picnic basket with food, utensils, place settings and a tablecloth (white only, please!), and don’t forget a couple of trash bags for pickup at the end of the evening. Our friends at Macy’s, Pottery Barn and Nordstrom can help you find everything else you need.

Now there are only three things left to do:

Manger, boire et porter du blanc! (Eat, drink and wear white!)

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