Post # 1
My house burned down. All of my dresses were ruined except for two that were in a guest room closet. They got a lot of smoke and grease but the dry cleaner was pretty confident he can rescue them. One of them is a French Connection that I really, really like. And I hate dress shopping because I’m picky about how I look in them so I’d rather wear one I have if it can be saved than spend many hours trying dresses on this weekend.
My husband and I didn’t get the invitation, and when the groom phoned to ask because they had to finalize the guest list, my husband had no idea what was going on! My husband and I moved three times in the past year, and the groom immediately realized he should have called sooner because he knew we were moving around a lot. He offered to pay our airfare because he really wants my husband there. The groom and my husband go way back. We declined his offer to pay, and we said we’d go.
I’ve never met either the bride or the groom, so I feel like I can’t really be adventurous or bold when it comes to what I wear. I’ve only spoken to the groom once, briefly, on the phone when I asked for details about the upcoming wedding. My husband hasn’t even met his friend’s betrothed yet.
Here’s a picture of it on a model who has legs that are a mile long:
I, however, do not have legs that are a mile long. It still hits above the knee but not so much. It fits me a little more like so:
I have no dress shoes anymore. I’m thinking a black high-heeled ankle boot like the ones worn by the model on the actual website: http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+Collections+dresses/71AGX/Paint+Checked+Richie+Dress.htm
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
I’m so sorry about your house burning down. How awful. I can’t even imagine what you are going through.
I honestly don’t think that dress is appropriate for a semi-formal wedding. It’s very loud for one, but it’s also way too short and not formal or semi-formal at all.
When I think semi-formal I think tealength or floor length dresses. That dress just looks like one a teenager would go shopping in.
Post # 3
I think if u wore it with some fancy jewelry and a pair of more formal high heels it would be ok. Not the ankle boots.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center
I think it’s too ‘loud’ for a semi-formal wedding.
Post # 6
I am so sorry about your house. 🙁
I think the dress is a little short and a little too bold, but in your situation, wear what you have. At least you’re going.
Post # 7
CorvusCorax: So sorry about your home. It seems a bit short. Maybe Rent the Runway?
Post # 8
I don’t know. Semi-formal is always such a cryptic one. For an evening wedding, which this is, cocktail dresses are typically the norm when the invitation says “semi-formal”.
I really hate dress-shopping so I’m determined to just put on some pearls, do my hair and makeup real pretty, and just make it work. It’s not really about the money. I could buy another dress that’s a little more formal. I simply don’t want to because I’m so persnickity about how dresses look on me and how I look in them. The wedding is May 11, so it’s not like I have time to leisurely shop around until I find one I’m satisfied with.
Right now, my only other dress is an orange, grey, and white knee-length sheath dress that’s even louder.
Post # 10
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
CorvusCorax: No! That is SO short (and “loud” as a PP put it)
Post # 11
CorvusCorax: It could only take a day at the mall to find something more appropriate. You asked and everyone has said too short and loud, but it seems like your mind was made up anyways so why bother asking. Personally, I’d be embarrassed to stand out and not fit in at a semi formal/formal event. I’d go shop for a day and settle for something more appropriate to spare myself the embarrassment. If you really dont care and will be comfortable in that, then why ask and just do it.
Do you have picture of your orange one? That could possibly work better. It’s not all just about the color. The print on this one is very bold, and the length too short.
Post # 12
CorvusCorax: I think it’s fine as long as it’s dressed/jazzed up with something classy like a strand of pearls. However, I would not wear ankle shoes with the dress- that would make it look way more casual asap, whereas some nice black heels or pop of color heels would make it more cocktail attire/semi-formal friendly. I think it’s very reminescent of vintage tea dresses, just a bit shorter & more bold pattern.
Post # 13
To me, this is not a loud dress at all. “Semi formal” is not even a real thing and this is why it’s confusing to use those words to describe a dress code for a wedding. I would wear it, I like it and if it fits you more like the non-model pictures, I think it’s appropriate. I might go for a lower heel or flats if you’re worried about the length and I think with the right accessories it could be dressed up more. I would not be offended if someone wore this to my wedding.
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Post # 15
I personally love that dress and would wear it in a heartbeat. Buuuuut I am clearly outvoted here.
Post # 16
I personally LOVE it!!! I think it’s perfect……and it’s not that short on you. It’s ridiculously short on the model lol.