Top Picks for a Semi-formal Wedding Dress Code


Receiving a wedding invitation with the inscription ‘semi-formal’ makes many people happy. The reason is that the comfort level is generally much greater in semi-formal weddings when it comes to the dress code for guests. Semi-formal wedding dress attire looks as good as it feels. Every woman keeps a few semi-formal dresses in her closet. Whether it’s a dance party, a family celebration, or a wedding with a semi-formal theme, you have lots of choices dress wise for these events.

Comprehensive Guide to Dress Semiformal

Semi-formal wedding dress attire is roughly on par with cocktail attire. Short dresses, halter neck dresses, knee-length skirts, and even a black short dress will look flawless for a wedding occasion (not for summer). If it’s summer, look for a more colorful palette, preferably a pastel one. Even men enjoy donning semi-formal menswear because of its versatility in the office as well as at semi-formal weddings.

  • Women should go with a cocktail dress or a chic skirt with a matching top. Light fabric like cotton is preferred and floral print is also ok.

  • Men should keep to a suit and tie. Both light and dark shades are acceptable. Just keep in mind the season and the time of the day when choosing colors.

  • Time and season are key factors in the selection of a semi-formal attire. If it’s a daytime event, look for light fabrics and cool hues. It’s better to adopt a formal look if it’s an evening celebration.

  • Garden weddings or a wedding at a country club should be attended with a ‘daytime semi-formal’ dress code.

  • If it’s an outdoor wedding with a more traditional feel, the hosts should make it clear to the guests that they want them to come in a more comfortable attire. Slightly more formal than what they normally wear at brunches or church would be ideal.

  • For men, slacks and a sports coat or a linen or a seersucker suit would fit the bill and simultaneously be remarkablly comfortable.

Best Semiformal Wedding Dress Code Recommended for Women

Here are some of the best dresses for semi-formal weddings to give you inspiration and guidance.

Fit and Flare Cocktail Dress

This is a show-stopping jacquard pastel-hued cocktail dress. This well-structured dress has features like a jewel neck, keyhole back, and slim fit waistline. The floral print only adds to its elegance.

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Silk Gazar Knee Length Dress

Flatter your body in this glitzy and graceful dress. It has a V-neckline, floral ornate waistline, and a flared skirt. The fuchsia color along with the design is so chic and elegant!

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Tadashi Shoji Sequined Lace Dress

Designed by Tadashi Shoji, it’s the perfect dress for a semi-formal evening affair. The sequined lace dress and illusion bateau neckline is both adorable and the essence of elegance.

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Dot Mesh Black Cocktail Dress

This flawless-fit cocktail dress has a black skirt with an illusion-sleeve bodice. The V-back, black flared skirt, and dotted bodice all add to its classy look.

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Chic Fit and Flare Cocktail Dress

The V-neck, fitted bodice, and circle skirt are accented with a stunning sash that flaunts an elegant bow on the slim fit waist line.

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Lace Jacket Dress

This champagne lace semi-formal combo has a sleeveless bodice. A jacket with a rhinestone brooch closure makes it the perfect choice for an informal celebration.

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Ivory Lace Midi Dress

An ethereal midi dress with elegant floral lace overlay redefines classy. The sleeveless dress has a fitted bodice with accented detailing.

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Light Grey Strapless Midi Dress

A more daring choice due to its sultry front slit, the open back and off the shoulder style adds to its bold yet classy style.

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Open Back Cocktail Dress

This elegant dress has a sweetheart neckline and a halter bodice covered with stunning Venice lace overlay. The appliqué of velvet flowers accentuates its European look.

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Black Attire with Side Ruffles

This stunning dress has sheer lace cap sleeves and side ruching to elevate the jersey skirt. An open back gives it a glamorous touch.

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Off-the-Shoulder Sequined Lace Dress

This short ivory dress has wavy sequined patterns, and the off-the-shoulder style is accented by a deep sweetheart neckline.

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Asymmetrical Ivory Knee Length Dress

This semi-formal wedding outfit has a pleated-detail bodice, a sweetheart neckline, and a shoulder strap with floral detailing. A flowy skirt and sash tie on the back are quite flattering.

See more details from David’s Bridal