Post # 1
I asked my mother and sister before I bought it and they said it was fine, but I am getting anxious. I never want to be that girl. The wedding is black tie optional summertime, and in Florida. I plan on wearing a black shawl over it for the Ceramony. The dress is non- returnable too! <br />
Post # 3
It seems quite casual to me, but I’m certainly not a fashion or etiquette guru. I do like it but I wouldn’t wear it to a formal occasion.
Post # 4
It seems too casual to me as is. I think you’d need a jacket or something to dress it up to me
Post # 5
I dont know if yiu can tell from the photo but the drss is chiffon material. So the fabric is dressy. If that matters.
Post # 6
Sparklepop: I mean, if you think its dressy enough then I’m not sure why you’re asking what everyone else thinks.
I personally think the pattern of the dress and the bandeau style cut of the top is too summer dress like, and seems casual.
Post # 7
Sparklepop: It’s a silk chiffon dress. It’s fine. I wouldn’t wear black over it though. I would pull out one of the beautiful colors in the dress and find a lightweight pashmina or chiffon wrap in that color.
Post # 8
Sparklepop: It’s probably a tad casual but the ‘optional’ part of the dress code gives you room to play around. If it were me i’d team it with a white blazer – something to give it a bit of a formal edge 🙂
Post # 9
I’m not 100% convinced. I think it is a bit casual, but it could be dressed up like others suggested.
Post # 10
It’s a very nice dress, but as PPs have posted, it seems a bit casual for the occasion.
Post # 11
I think it’s fine if you dress it up with accessories.
Post # 12
Sparklepop: it’s a tad casual for black tie optional, but if you really want to wear it you should be fine. It certainly isn’t inappropriate, but you may feel a bit underdressed compared to some of the other guests.
Post # 13
Whilst the material itself might not be casual, the print is. It looks more like a beach cover up or sarong print.
Would it be a total faux pas to wear it? Maybe not, but I would go for something with a less casual vibe.
Post # 14
No way. It’s beautiful, but black tie optional doesn’t mean (either wear black tie or…anything else you choose). It means tuxedo and floor length gown OR a black suit…and a floor length gown. The dress you have chosen may be floor length, but it’s definitely not formal. If the rest of the guests are abiding by the dress code, I think you will stand out in a bad way. If you don’t care, then good for you. Also, for a piece of good news, most people don’t even know what they’re talking about when they specify a dress code. I’ve been invited to more “formal” or “semi-formal” events when the host actually had something more like “cocktail” or “after-five” in mind. If your hosts are normally not very formal people maybe no one will even notice that your dress doesn’t conform to the dress code specified on the invitation. Again, your dress is beautiful and I hope you get a chance to rock it soon!
Post # 15
I think the vibrant color and pattern is what is tripping people up. For a BTO wedding in Florida, I think it’s perfect with some dress shoes, an updo, and big ass earrings. BTO in NYC or Chicago? No way. But Florida? I think you’re good