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Monday, July 14, 2014

What to Wear to a (Semi-Formal) Wedding

For Love and Lemons dress
Chloé sandals
Givenchy "Obsedia" bag
Moorea Seal thin gold rings

I wore this to the first wedding of the summer that we attended this past weekend. While I typically like dark clothing, I always gravitate toward bright colors when it comes to dresses. I think it's because my mom used to say that dresses are for celebratory occasions and thus should be festive. I've been in love with the label For Love and Lemons for their fun, flirty designs, and this dress is one of my favorites. The fluttery silhouette, mini hemline, and low back make it perfect for a semi-formal or outdoor wedding, and I foresee myself throwing it on as a no-brainer for date nights too. Since the hem of this dress is higher, I kept heels low for balance. To let the dress speak for itself, I simplified the accessories to a few gold accents.

For brides, the white version of this dress would be so cute for a bridal shower. For other ideas of what to wear to a bridal shower, check out my post here.

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78 comments:

  1. Dresses should definitely be festive, and I'm totally in love with this dress!

    Love, Rachel
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  2. Such a great dress!!

    Anna
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  3. super cute dress is perfect ! ;D

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  4. Love this dress and the colour! You have such great style!


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  5. Gorgeous. This color is stunning on you.

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  6. These backs are always my favorites on dresses! Absolutely beautiful!

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  7. Lovely dress <3

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  8. Beautiful dress! Love those earrings <3

    Sweet Madame Blue

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  9. What a lovely dress, fits you perfectly! I'm going to attend a wedding in September and I'm happy about every kind of inspiration :-)

    Miss Annie
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  10. Gorgeous! I love how bright and happy this color is :) Suits you well

    Enclothed Cognition

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  11. Gorgeous dress...loving the low cut back
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  12. Those earrings are so great and I just love this red dress- great look girl! XO, D

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  13. WOW! You're so pretty!!!

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  14. in love with your dress! your pearl studs are cute too! do you feel that the double-sided pearls make them feel heavy or uncomfortable? thanks :)

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    1. Thank you! To answer your question, these double-sided pearl earrings are incredibly light and not uncomfortable at all.

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  15. What a gorgeous dress! And the bag is super adorable :)

    Lots of Love, Ana
    x

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  16. So cute. I love that you went minimal with the accessories so the dress can speak for itself.

    ♥ Gita @ mimiandchichi.com

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  17. This is just beautiful Carolyn. love the for love and lemons dress on you.

    Jessica
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  18. Oh my gouda. Those shoes are totally awesome. I love the color. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

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  19. that dress is everything!!!! :)

    Anne-Marie
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  20. You look gorgeous! Love this look :)
    xoxo
    Rachel
    Blonde with a Chanse

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  21. You're gorgeous! Love the little details you put together, like your earrings <3
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  22. This dress is absolutely divine!! The lace detailing is perfection and I love those bright colors!

    Maggie
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  23. This is so elegant, the dress is completely beautiful! You look lovely ;)

    besos,
    M
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  24. You look so elegant and chic in this beautiful outfit!! I love the design of the dress and how amazing it looks on you!!
    Xo,
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  25. omg!!!! what a stand out dress!!! LOVE! :D

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  26. We adore For Love and Lemons! This dress looks absolutely amazing on you and love how you styled it!

    xx 365hangers

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  27. You dress is absolutely stunning!! It looks like it was the perfect choice for a summer wedding!

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

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  28. cuteness overload is detected on your dress
    love it ;)

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  29. omg i really love your cut off dress! Its really gorgeous and you are so beautiful dear!

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  30. You look stunning! Love this outfit! ♥
    xo
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  31. The dress that has been posted here is extremely elegant, stylish and beautiful. They are very impressive.In Edressit you can get the latest collection of a wide range of plus size evening dresses, party dresses and prom dresses. For more information, check our site or visit your nearest store.

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  32. Beautiful outfit!

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  33. you look beautiful in this dress and it's really perfect for a wedding,not too short,not too long and the colors are great for summer as well

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  34. You are sooo beautiful :3

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  35. Beautiful! Perfect for a not too formal wedding.

    Jules x

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  36. You look stunning! You are such an inspiration:)
    xx
    The Stylish Confessions

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  37. I want this dress ! It's fit on you georg <3 And the pictures are amazing < 3

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  38. love your outfit! thanks for your comment on my blog! would you like to follow each other?:)

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  39. You look beautiful! I absolutely love the color of your dress. This is definitely the perfect look for a wedding! I hope you enjoyed yourself. These photos are stunning!

    Best,
    Christina

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  40. Gorgeous shots! I love that dress very alice temperley!

    SSSx

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  41. Red is always a great statement color!
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  42. that's so nice!! i love it!!
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  43. I love the back of your dress, and that bag is amazing!

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  44. obsessing over this look impeccable
    x

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  45. You look great! I love this dress! It is perfect for a summer wedding!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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  46. I've never heard of that dress label before, but I think that needs to change because that dress is stunning. So true what your mom said! Lovely look for a wedding.

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

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  47. Without a shadow of a doubt, this is my favourite look of today! The colour of the dress works perfectly with your hair and the Chloe sandals are to die for (and remind me of some Jimmy Choo metallic block heel sandals I've had my eye on for a while now)!

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  48. I'm completely the same! I could have a full closet of black but like you I occasionally like to mix it up with a pop of colour- great choice for a wedding : )

    x

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  49. I love your dress its so pretty love. Your whole blog is so pretty and fab!

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  50. Lovely dress!!

    Ika
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  51. I love that dress! It's just perfect!! The back is beautiful :)
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    xo

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  52. That lace dress is perfect, you look like a million!

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  53. Gorgeous! lovely dress and sandals!
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  54. You look absolutely amazing! That dress is so stunning on you and the backless detail makes it even better!

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  55. Lovely !!!! Such a nice pattern!! <3
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  56. what a perfect outfit and you too! so adorable...

    xx,
    valerie

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  57. Such a cute, youthful outfit! If you're at a wedding with a more conservative crowd, do you have any suggestions on how to cover up the low back without overheating?

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    1. In a more conservative crowd, I would choose a different dress - probably sheath/column, shift, or wrap dress. This For Love and Lemons dress is flirty with the low back, so wear it on a fun night out instead. If you do want to wear it with a cover and not overheat, I would suggest an unlined silk or linen blazer or wrap. Thanks for your question!

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    2. Thanks for the tips!

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  58. This dress is so gorgeous on you, I love the back!!

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  59. Such a beautiful dress! Look so chic and pretty! Amazing outfit!
    xx cvety
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  60. What a gorgeous dress! Nice photos ♥

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  61. Elegant outfit, i love the sandals.

    Anne
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  62. Beautiful dress! Your earrings really caught my attention! It's so hard to dress for this type of events, you have to found a balance!

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Thank you for commenting!
Love, Carolyn