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Depends on your idea of semi-formal. She probably doesn't want to go the whole hog and be the only person there dressed as though they're meeting the queen/president/dictator!

Personally that is how I'd usually dress for a wedding (with or without hat, depending.... and I mean a proper hat, not those stupid flying saucer things) but that's to some extent a generational thing.

So the trick really is not to over or under do it; I once saw the bride's mother turn up in black trousers, red jumper and a tatty ski jacket, she looked like she'd been gardening and simply couldn't be bothered to change!

Audrey Hepburn rather than Bette Midler, will that do?!
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Probably it's a generational thing, but my idea of semi-formal could include even something along the lines of elegant black trousers and a nice blouse, which tbh I wouldn't wear to a wedding. A fine cocktail dress though (of course nothing like what royalties are wearing to those royal weddings/events, no tiaras, no Swarovski crystals thank you very much ) is what I'd wear, and given the capricious Swiss weather I wouldn't forget a light jacket sort of thing! Of course the assorted elegant bag and high heeled shoes too.
Not over doing it, of course, but neither under doing it.

Frankly I'd hate to be the only one who's looking like couldn't be bothered. And we're talking about CH here.
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Audrey Hepburn rather than Bette Midler, will that do?!
Christina Cordula, is that you?

Very good advice though from Anjela - don't over do it. Little black dress (not perhaps not in black ), no super-duper heels(personally I find higher than this heels get you in the vulgar territory, but that's just me), clutch, and maybe a silk pashmina or little pretty coat for the evening.

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Christina Cordula, is that you?

Very good advice though from Anjela - don't over do it. Little black dress (not perhaps not in black ), no super-duper heels(personally I find higher than this heels get you in the vulgar territory, but that's just me), clutch, and maybe a silk pashmina or little pretty coat for the evening.

Have fun
Yeah, absolutely agree with that.

My only comment on Anjela's comment was re. that semi-informal thing, which we probably define in different ways. Of course I wouldn't advocate one second for "over doing it", super-duper heels and similar stuff.
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

Maybe you guys (or ladies) should post some pictures instead so that we have a clear idea about what semi-informal dress is?
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Old 07.05.2015, 18:40
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Maybe you guys (or ladies) should post some pictures instead so that we have a clear idea about what semi-informal dress is?
I think Anjela was talking about cocktail dresses but tbh I'd never wear one to a dinner at which I invited my boss and his wife...so that's why I got confused.
At the only one Swiss wedding I've been to there were even what I'd call evening dresses. Not those sumptuous ball gowns, no, but pretty formal to me.
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

I didn't mean cocktail dresses per say, but certainly the kind of dress you'd wear to a fairly posh garden party rather than a trouser suit.
Without knowing her physical 'type' it's impossible to recommend anything specific (waisted, full-skirt, etc.), but in general a fairly simple knee-length dress with a jacket would be the safest bet.

Don't forget kacheekmonstar has to meet her future in-laws for the first time as well as attend a wedding!
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Don't forget kacheekmonstar has to meet her future in-laws for the first time as well as attend a wedding!
Which complicates things for sure, but still think the priority should be given to the event they will attend - a wedding.
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

So I added the bride (boyfriend's sister) on Facebook so I can ask her more about the dress code

Meanwhile, I have found a dress that I really like (for the Aussies - it's from Gorman) but I think it's more suited to brunch the next day than the actual wedding. I've added a photo as an attachment. Is it too bright / loud / revealing (given the side split and the slightly low cut top?) My Aussie friends think it's absolutely fine, but I'm not sure if the Swiss are generally more conservative dressers.
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So I added the bride (boyfriend's sister) on Facebook so I can ask her more about the dress code

Meanwhile, I have found a dress that I really like (for the Aussies - it's from Gorman) but I think it's more suited to brunch the next day than the actual wedding. I've added a photo as an attachment. Is it too bright / loud / revealing (given the side split and the slightly low cut top?) My Aussie friends think it's absolutely fine, but I'm not sure if the Swiss are generally more conservative dressers.
Glad the bride's agreed to 'friend' you, hopefully she'll be able to give you a few pointers!

The dress looks fine to me, not sure about the shoes but am assuming you're just wearing them for the photo.

You'll certainly need a jacket or something to wear over the top as weather here can be a little unpredictable; and if it's a church wedding some people just might disapprove of bare arms, at least inside the building itself.
At the very least you've found yourself a nice dress for the following day!
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

As far as I'm concerned it's a cute dress, OP. I have to tell you that's exactly what I've expected from a Melbourne girl: summery, colourful, fresh. It is revealing but in a nice way, what's not to like there? I only hope the weather holds up.
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

I agree that the shoes are not the right type for this lovely dress. They are too chunky. You probably need some nice light- coloured (beige, sand, nude, taupe) sandals with heels, or court shoes - best to go for lighter colours, so that your dress /stands out.
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

Yeah they were just shoes that I had. I'll probably wear some nude patent leather heels
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I agree that the shoes are not the right type for this lovely dress. They are too chunky. You probably need some nice light- coloured (beige, sand, nude, taupe) sandals with heels, or court shoes - best to go for lighter colours, so that your dress /stands out.
You made me curious. Had no idea what "court shoes" look alike, as we call them differently back home. Also, high heels for me is everything between 5 and 12 cm., sandals or pumps come first to my mind. Absolutely not the ones with platform and really high heels. I will pay more attention to cultural differences because we talk about the same things and don't realise it.. lol
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Yeah they were just shoes that I had. I'll probably wear some nude patent leather heels
Sounds good. Have fun, kacheekmonster!
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I think we are gonna need a sticky thread on Swiss fashion style, particularly for certain occasions, including the dos and the don'ts
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Sounds good FuriousRose - now, should we ask Angela to be our Christina?
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I think we are gonna need a sticky thread on Swiss fashion style, particularly for certain occasions, including the dos and the don'ts
Yep, not a bad idea. I personally hope that I won't get fat so I can still wear those 2-3 "little black" dresses that I have...I'm stingy!... and I wear trousers/jeans and shirts/tops most of the timel! Oh well, I can make an effort when needed.. Good to know we have Anjela here.
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I think we are gonna need a sticky thread on Swiss fashion style, particularly for certain occasions, including the dos and the don'ts
That's a great idea!

I would also like to know if it's a no-no to wear black dresses (LBDs) to a wedding...anyone know? I know white is off-limits but not sure about black.
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That's a great idea!

I would also like to know if it's a no-no to wear black dresses (LBDs) to a wedding...anyone know? I know white is off-limits but not sure about black.
For me it is, yes. I wouldn't wear especially because you don't know what they think of black.
Second (or third) the "you need a jacket". First of because of the weather and second because you might want to cover up a little in church. Otherwise some People might think you are "showing a little too much".


Also not sure if that is common in Australia, but here people do not get changed between the church reception and the dinner. This is only done at a very posh wedding but best to check with the bride if that is done.


Finally what does it say on the wedding invitation with regards to dress code? See if you can find out and post it here (just the text, in German).
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

Yeah I'll avoid black dresses in Swiss weddings unless the bride tells me it's ok. I've been to a few weddings to Australia and have never seen guests changing in between either.

I don't have a wedding invitation (boyfriend just "informed" his sister that he will be bringing me), although yesterday boyfriend's mum and other sister "approved" my dress after seeing a pic of it, think I'm all good to go Now to find something to wear to the brunch on the next day...
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