Is It Ok To Dress Sexy When Attending a Wedding?

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While it is always important to let the bride be the star of the show on her special day, there are a few instances in which it’s essential that you too look absolutely stunning. 1.) You have an ex-boyfriend in attendance. 2.) You’re single, and there promises to be a high number of eligible men at the festivities. 3.) Because you want to. Enough said. While your ultimate goal is to look sexy, there are various, dignified ways to achieve that end. We all know there is a fine line between overtly sexy (clingy everything) and subtly sexy (smoke show). Since we’re always aiming for the latter, we curated some important tips for wearing provocative silhouettes while keeping your classy game on point. Because just like your mother said, it’s important to always act (and look) like a lady.

Bringing Sexy Back

Plunging Neckline

If you're going to bust out the décolletage, be sure to offset the bold silhouette with the rest of your look. Translation: It's fine to rock a plunging neckline if the dress covers your legs and/or shoulders. Try to find a long, ethereal option and accessorize with bohemian-chic flat sandals and delicate, layering necklaces.

Freshwater Cultured Pearl Tusk Necklace

$295

Chan Luu

Lasso Metallic Lace-Up Gladiator Sandal

$345

Stuart Weitzman

Plunging Neck Tie Dress

$1,071

Issa

Body-Con Silhouette

A curve-hugging minidress is on the borderline of what is considered acceptable wedding attire. To balance out the provocative nature of the silhouette, add a tailored blazer and classic pumps. Once the party gets started and everyone is on the dance floor, lose the jacket and embrace your inner dancing queen.

Opal Suede d’Orsay Pumps

$110

Sam Edelman

Schoolboy Blazer in Black

$198

J.Crew

Gwen Mesh-Paneled Mini Dress

$325

Elizabeth & James

Backless Dress

First order of business with a backless dress: Do not, we repeat, do not wear it with a bra or bandeau. We beg of you. Showing your unmentionables in a bold way is not appropriate for a wedding. For those of you who can pull off a skin-baring frock, be sure to bring a lightweight scarf to wear at the ceremony.

Linda Metallic Leather Sandal

$675

Aquazzura

Strappy Tulle Dress

$1,100

Topshop Unique

Lace Necklace Scarf

$135

Calypso St. Barth

Thigh-High Slit

You want a dress with an up-to-there slit to read disco fabulous, not in-your-face sexy. To achieve this, style the look with simple accessories like a sculptural, gold cuff and barely there sandals.

Suede Sandals

$770

Gianvito Rossi

Bettina Transparent Gold Cuff

$695

Chloé

Jersey Halterneck Gown

$2,980

Alexandre Vauthier

Crop Top

A crop top can be made elegant, especially when paired with wide-leg trousers and slip-on mules. Choose a demure style that only reveals a small flash of skin rather than a teensy-weensy version that reads more cheap than chic.

Leather Mules

$375

Tibi

Ruffled Cotton-Blend and Satin Top

$990

Cedric Charlier

Wool and Silk Wide Leg Pants

$1,690

Valentino