Monday, September 20, 2010

Ask TJFormal: Short dresses at weddings

Q: What length of dress is appropriate for wedding guests?

"In many areas, late summer weddings are some of the hottest you can attend, and as temperatures climb, so do the hemlines. But even on the most sweltering of days, guests should make sure their short dresses are appropriate for the occasion.

According to, Ciara recently wore a controversial frock to LaLa Vasquez's wedding - a semi-formal dress that grazed her thighs. While the singer certainly has the gorgeous legs to pull of this look, some wondered if the thigh-high dress was inappropriate for a wedding.

While each woman seems to have her own rules for selecting the perfect length, typically a dress that falls just above the knees is safe for a ceremony and reception. Girls who want to keep their legs covered but still desire a cool frock can opt for a longer length, but an open back.

But remember, if rocking a raised hemline, make sure the rest of the gown isn't too revealing - a mini may look cute, but a mini with a low neckline (or an even lower back) may become instantly inappropriate.

Also, while pairing a short dress with sky-high platforms may make you feel ultra-sexy, save the shoes for a night out and instead don a pair with a modest heel."

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