With spring and summer weddings on the horizon, finding the perfect guest-of-a-wedding dress is one of our top shopping priorities—and one that always brings about some apprehension. What does semi-formal really mean? Will I be cold in a sleeveless or strapless dress? What if I accidentally upstage the bride? Whether it’s debating what constitutes black-tie or stressing about what to wear to an outdoor wedding in August, choosing a dress that’s appropriate and stylish and one that you can wear more than once isn’t an easy task. However, Tadashi Shoji’s designer cocktail dresses and elegant evening dresses make the shopping process much easier.
Always consider when and where the wedding is taking place. If you’ve been invited to a rustic-chic country wedding complete with a late afternoon outdoor ceremony followed by a reception, the classic embroidered lace cap sleeve dress is effortless and elegant, especially when paired with a high updo and red lip. With the forgiving blouson waist, you can easily eat, drink and dance the night away (always key!) without any wardrobe worries. For a head-turning dress that won’t detract from the bride, the Chisen Dress is a sleek option. The artfully placed iris motif and the ribbon belt accentuate your figure. Just be sure to bring a wrap or light jacket in case the temperature drops at night.
If you’ve been invited to a destination or beachside wedding, chances are it’s a more casual affair. Because you’ll be dealing with sun and sand (not to mention the possibility of sweat), you’ll want to stay cool while looking chic. The Nora dress can be an ideal choice. The wisteria embroidered bands and the textured crochet knit add a touch of elegance. The micro pleats and the deep v-neck make this dress classic yet modern. The violet multi sleeveless Oka Dress gives you a fresh feeling. The carefully cut tulle mimics Japanese Kumiko and beautifies this feminine look.
Perhaps you’re going to an evening wedding in the city, with an invitation that specifies black tie. This is definitely an occasion where a long evening gown is appropriate, but a sophisticated cocktail dress can also work. We love this lattice tulle sleeveless dress for its romantic yet modern take on the classic ball gown. Throw on a black leather jacket if it’s chilly at night for an edgy, dramatic finish that’s perfect for an urban wedding. A stunning dusty rose knee-length sequin embroidered tulle sheath proves that cocktail dresses can work for black tie. Its sheer sweetheart neckline and shimmering sequins ensure that you’ll shine—all that’s needed is a dramatic rosy make-up and your highest heels.
The best thing about these Tadashi Shoji dresses is that yes, you can wear them again, whether it’s to other weddings or events, but more importantly, you’ll want to. With fun and simple styling changes, such as adding different accessories or changing your hairstyle, each dress can look fresh, no matter what the occasion.
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