We're going to a wedding in a couple of weeks and I've just noticed on the invitation it's "semi formal". What does that mean? I just googled and they're talking about cocktail dresses! I don't own a dress, I don't even own a skirt. The dressiest thing I have is some black trousers. I was going to wear those with a dressy top (well, it's a 4 year old work top but it's the best I've got) and a necklace. Would that do? I don't get out much (this will be out first time out this year and second time out since DD was born 22 months ago).
I can't afford to buy anything new.
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02-10-2012 19:45 #1
Help! What does "semi formal" mean?
02-10-2012 20:02 #2
I'm going to a semi formal wedding next month and I've got a cocktail dress and heels to wear.
02-10-2012 20:07 #3
I think black pants and a dressy top are absolutely fine for semi-formal. You don't have to wear a dress just because you're a woman
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02-10-2012 20:23 #4
Pants and a dressy top is lovely - I wore that last weekend to a semi formal wedding.
02-10-2012 20:24 #5
Black pants are more of a smart casual thing.
It's really hard to look semi-formal in anything other than a dress unless you are over 45 and go for a beautiful pant suit or skirt suit.
If the black pants are a quality style and fit, you can dress them up with heels, dressy top, jewellery.
If you want to buy something new, go to somewhere like Jacqui E, the sales assistant will help you out
02-10-2012 20:26 #6
In saying that, no one knows what dress codes mean anymore, so it's likely that most guests won't be dressed semi-formal either.
I'm sure whatever you choose to wear will be fine
02-10-2012 20:32 #7
03-10-2012 08:04 #8Senior Member
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Can I suggest you ring the bride and groom and ask? That way you won't feel uncomfortable wearing what you are (which I think sounds good) and you won't go out and buy a cocktail dress when you could have just worn the black pants and dressy top.
03-10-2012 08:20 #9
I did semi formal to my wedding I didn't want people to rock up in thirt and trainers (which happened anyway) but didn't expect people to get all super dolled up and have to go shopping for a gown, and honestly I can't remember what people wore.... Top and nice pants sound great
03-10-2012 15:02 #10
I'd say black pants, nice top - dressed up with jewellery and heels classifies as semi-formal. I agree being a woman doesnt oblige you to wear a skirt/dress.
If money is tight try op shops? Can find some good things there without breaking the bank.
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