It’s wedding season—obviously—which means you’ve probably already spent more time and money than you’d care to confess hunting down dress after dress to wear to ceremony after ceremony. And most of the time, if you’re being totally honest, the attire you come up with usually falls into one of two categories: a bit overly appropriate (read: boring), or a bit on the sexy side (read: bound to upset the bride).
Good news is here: you can wear a dress that’s sexy, appropriate, and unlikely to rustle anyone’s feathers. The key: absolute commitment to moderation. For example, show a bit of skin, but not too much. Wear a cocktail-length dress with an above-the-knee hemline, but no shorter. Show a little bit of cleavage but wear a cardigan over it. Of course, that’s not all; keep reading for more tips and shopping suggestions, too!
Here are 12 sexy dresses that are still totally appropriate to wear to a wedding!
The halter shape of the neckline shows just the right amount of skin, and the short length would look great with a pair of minimalistic (but very high) sandals.
Finders Keepers Strange Fire Dress ($229)
3.1 Phillip Lim Deep V-Back Paneled Dress ($495)
The deep-V back and sheer detailing on this cocktail dress is almost secretive in its sexiness.
ASOS Cami Drape Dress ($64)
If you’re opting for a slinky slip dress, just make sure it’s not too short; this dress has a great asymmetrical hem.
Rory Beca Fina Deep V Back Dress ($229)
The plunging neckline on this otherwise straightforward cocktail dress ramps up the sex appeal a lot, without going over the top.
Mango Silk Gown ($230)
There’s something really sexy about a barely-there fabric like silk; no matter the cut of the dress, the way it flows in the wind is especially fitting for an outdoor wedding.
Olcay Gulsen Crossed Back Maxi Dress ($600)
The low-cut back and strappy detailing on this full-length gown takes it from classic black dress to sexy number.
Self Portrait Peony Dress ($388)
The schoolgirl-style collar and the lace fabric add up to a cheeky sex appeal.
Tibi Fringe Dress ($348)
We love the open back on this gown, as well as the subtly sexy effect of the fringe obstructing the view.
Shoshanna Marielle Gown ($275)
The athletic-inspired neckline on this maxi is both sexy and modern.
Third Floor Pleats & Thank You Dress ($252)
A perfect example of moderation: the longer length of this dress offsets the black lace detailing and cutouts.
Yigal Azrouel Branch Border Print Gown ($638)
If you want a slit, but showing full-on thigh is a bit too ambitious for you, try one that hits just at the knee