Usually, the dress code in Pakistani weddings is formal or ‘ultra formal’. However, in many families, it is also ‘Semi-Formal’, which is not entirely different. In simple words, your outfit should be ‘dressier’ but not overdone like a cocktail one. On functions like a bridal shower or baby shower, women tend to wear semi-formal dresses. In the past, it was not that common, however, with the passage of time, this particular attire has gained popularity. Now, if you are new to this wedding game or already a part of it, and want to know more, then you have landed at the right place.
In this article, we will discuss what exactly is a semi-formal attire, and how exactly you can dress up for it.
First, of the all, the word might seem like something specific, but it really lies somewhere between formal and extra formal. Now, think of it as something that is too much for your office gathering, but appropriate for ‘closer to home’ (not always though) wedding events. These include pantsuit in a much dressy fabric or dressy suit with a top. You can bring a clutch or even bag to the event. As for the shoes, you can go for dressy flats, strappy sandals, or 2-5 inches’ heel.
When it comes to fabric, it can be cashmere, silk or satin. In case, you are going to a spring or summer wedding, you can pick organza or chiffon. You can possibly go for a floral pattern and let your personality shine throughout the occasion. If it is a winter wedding, then you can possibly grab a shawl, and shop for wool, jersey or cardigan. Here, an important thing to note is that you have to carefully select all the separates so that you don’t mess up your entire look.
Simply put, when you hear the word semi, you have to understand that everything has to seem balanced. Therefore, your embellishments have to be in a perfect equilibrium. When it comes to crystals, beads, and sequins, do not spread them all over the dress.
If it is an evening wedding, then you can go for a more formal look. However, if it is in the afternoon, then you can choose pastel colors. The fabrics can also be chosen accordingly. If you need suggestions then a modest cocktail dress, skirt, and top, or Capri is what you need. Remember, large ball gowns might not be a perfect fit for such occasion, so drop the idea!
Those newly married ladies who have been requested to wear semi-formal on an occasion, need to assess the event first. It can also be any wedding function, memorial, graduation, family dinners or fancy dinners. Therefore, choose the fabric, separates, shoes and accessories accordingly.
Now, that you have some idea about semi formals, you might as well start shopping!