A Dress to Wear to a Wedding

Once again putting off my last New Orleans’ post, I am trying to decide upon something. I sort of already did, but I’m interested in other people’s opinions.

I have a wedding to attend soon and while searching for a dress to wear, I discovered an amazing dress, and I’m wondering what everyone thinks of it.


My first reaction to seeing it – perfect! It’s a mock two piece, the skirt and top are attached by mesh. I love the sliver of exposed waist trend, and I figured its about time I did something about it.

I have already purchased this dress and it is on the way to me. But now that I have already purchased it, I’m having doubts, as seems to happen in cases like this. I love this dress, but is everyone going to gasp and whisper among themselves upon seeing it? (well I know a certain relation will, but she would regardless). I know the maid of honor really well, but I have never met the bride. I don’t know how formal she’s going for, as I only have the save-the-date so far, but I’m thinking it will be at least semi-formal.

Is it appropriate for a wedding? The concerns that I feel people might have – is it scandalous to show a little midsection? Is black okay to wear? Does everyone wear cocktail length dresses these days? Does having a long dress automatically make it overly fancy? Does the top having a casual feel tone it down?

Assuming it’s a semi-formal dress code, do you think I would be overdressed? Additionally, is it okay to be more dressed up than everyone else? I personally love dressing up, but then I feel silly if I’m the only one dressed up, like I missed some kind of memo about what’s going on. But if I don’t get dressed up, where will I wear all the nice clothes I buy? What is even the point of buying them!?

And then I have another thought – If the skirt was knee length, I wouldn’t even think twice about wearing it, because knee length is the norm, and most women there will be wearing knee length. But I really like long dresses… I suppose it comes down to, will people think I’m wearing an evening gown, and am therefore overdressed for the occasion?

Tell me what you think, fashion police!

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  1. I like it! I think the top part makes it casual enough that the long skirt isn’t overly fancy. And I love the pattern. And I think you should ignore Great Aunt Rhonda (or whatever relation doesn’t like the waist sliver) because I think the waist sliver looks awesome and tasteful and trendy and cool. Not sure I count as fashion police, but I give it the thumbs up!

  2. also not among the card carrying fashion police members, but i think the dress is fine. anyone who wants to be upset about midsection showing should be quieted by the mesh (but really, they should keep their thoughts to themselves anyway haha)

  3. I wouldn’t worry a whole lot about the bride’s opinion. When I was at my wedding I was pretty oblivious to what other people were wearing (minus my friend who arrived dressed identical to the groomsmen on accident hahaha) and at that point I didn’t care all that much, I was just glad it was over. 😉 Can you tell I had a DIY type wedding? lol

  4. I’m not normally a fan of black for weddings, but I think the bottom, and main fabric portion of the dress here, is nicely floral, so it works. I actually love the dress in and of itself.

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