What to Wear to a (Semi-Formal) Wedding

For Love and Lemons dress
Chloé sandals
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. July 14, 2014 / 5:42 pm

    Such a great dress!!

    Anna
    alilyloveaffair.com

  2. July 14, 2014 / 6:18 pm

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

  3. July 14, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    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
    Blog // Facebook // Bloglovin

  4. July 14, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    Those earrings are so great and I just love this red dress- great look girl! XO, D

  5. July 14, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    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 🙂

    • July 14, 2014 / 9:25 pm

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

  6. July 14, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    What a gorgeous dress! And the bag is super adorable 🙂

    Lots of Love, Ana
    x

    anasofiachic.blogspot.co.uk

  7. July 14, 2014 / 10:20 pm

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

    ♥ Gita @ mimiandchichi.com

  8. July 15, 2014 / 12:05 am

    You're gorgeous! Love the little details you put together, like your earrings <3
    Thank you for the comment and I'll be following you now 🙂

    Jessica | streetandsheer

  9. July 15, 2014 / 2:49 am

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

    xx 365hangers

  10. July 15, 2014 / 3:10 am

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

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

  11. July 15, 2014 / 5:23 am

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

  12. July 15, 2014 / 7:24 am

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  13. July 15, 2014 / 8:50 am

    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

  14. July 15, 2014 / 11:14 am

    Beautiful! Perfect for a not too formal wedding.

    Jules x

  15. July 15, 2014 / 11:44 am

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

  16. July 15, 2014 / 12:20 pm

    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

    looksbylau.blogspot.com

  17. July 15, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    Red is always a great statement color!
    roseylittleme.blogspot.com

  18. July 15, 2014 / 4:03 pm

    obsessing over this look impeccable
    x

  19. July 15, 2014 / 6:23 pm

    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

  20. July 15, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    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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    x

  21. July 15, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    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

  22. July 16, 2014 / 3:59 am

    You look absolutely amazing! That dress is so stunning on you and the backless detail makes it even better!

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

  23. July 16, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    what a perfect outfit and you too! so adorable…

    xx,
    valerie

  24. July 16, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    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?

    • July 16, 2014 / 6:29 pm

      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!

    • July 16, 2014 / 6:42 pm

      Thanks for the tips!

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