What to Wear to a Summer Wedding with DressLily & Link Up On the Edge #52

It is summer wedding season and although I do not have any open invitations this year, my brother-in-law is getting married next May.  In preparation for that event, I have been trying out some different dress options.  My boys will both be in the wedding all decked out in their little tuxedos and most likely not on their best behavior. I’m sure I will have to intervene and assist them at some point, putting me directly in the spotlight for at least a moment, since it is a natural human instinct to look at the parents of the rowdy children and wonder what the hell kind of mother allows their children to act so obnoxiously at a formal event! So, I need to at least look like I’ve got my shit together. I also need adequate coverage so I don’t expose my nether-regions while bending and squatting to reprimand the little tuxedo-clad beasts!

*This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I recently ordered this teal lace dress from DressLily as one option. It is available in four colors and my husband chose the teal for me as he is a huge fan of blue tones. Also, he will be all decked out in his dress blues for the wedding and teal paired with the regal colors of his uniform will make a striking combination.

This wedding is going to be a formal evening event, so I chose to accessorize the teal with black. I chose a black cardigan for an extra layer if needed and black seamed thigh high stockings with black strappy, sparkly heels…because you all know how I love those little edgy details! I do have black shape wear shorts underneath in case the wind or the children get hold of my dress! A small black clutch and subtle black jewelry complete the look so as not to detract from the rich vibrant color and lace details of the dress.  This is the sort of dress that stands quite well on its own without the need for extravagant accessories.

For a day time wedding that may be more casual, I could certainly opt for bare legs and nude sandals and perhaps a sheer, lightweight wrap for my shoulders. Diamonds or pearls would pair nicely with that look.

I suppose I should share some other dresses with you that I have acquired with this upcoming wedding in mind. Stay tuned for those in the coming weeks.

Outfit Details
Dress: Sheer Lace Plus Size Vintage Party Short Prom Dress c/o DressLily.
Cardigan: Elle for Kohl’s (No longer available, but similar options here).
Shoes: Caparros from DSW (No longer available, but similar options here, here, and here).
Stockings: Hanes® Solutions® Women’s Lace Top Backseam Thigh High from Target.
All other accessories are old.

And now here are your favorite posts from last week’s link up.

Julia of When the Girls Rule shared her post I Made It Through to the Other Side! Her post features a lovely black and white outfit and the goings-on in her life over the past 6 weeks. Sending her lots of luck for an easy transition!

And Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style shared her post LA was Invaded by The Fierce 50 Women. It looks like an amazing time was had by all of these Fierce 50 Women! So many gorgeous photos in this post and all of those beautiful smiles!

I look forward to seeing what other gorgeous and fabulous posts you will all be sharing this week. Have fun linking up and visiting other blogs. I hope you are as inspired as I am. Have a fantastic weekend!

Keeping it on the edge,


Linking up with these Fabulous Link Ups.

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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

72 Responses

  1. A super dress Shelbee, and I love the colour. x Jacqui

  2. First, I have to laugh at what you have to think about when you are picking out your dress, Shelbee! Since I don’t have kids, I had to giggle at your description!!!
    And second, thanks for the love again!!

  3. Sexy!!!!!I should wear stockings more often! I pinned you on my bloggers outfits I love board! The colour off the dress is stunning, your husband knows what suits you!

    • Nancy, thanks so much! These stockings are pretty sexy and fabulous, aren’t they? And my husband has definitely gotten better with style over the years he has spent with me! Ha. You’re awesome! Thanks for stopping by, my friend.


  4. Great dress! Love this shade of blue.

  5. Love the lace, love the color and love the peek-a-boo stockings! Saucy and sexy!

    Elizabeth / NattyGal

  6. Shelbee that teal dress looks amazing on you. I love lace anyway. It is so elegant! But I also love your edgy details, the black heels and thigh high stockings….all make for a very beautiful and sexy you! Thanks for hosting the link up.
    – Amy

    • Amy, thank you so much for this very lovely compliment! I always have to add that little edge, for sure. Have a very wonderful weekend, my friend!


  7. Your dress is fabulous! Would be perfect for date nights in the future too. Thanks for the blog love Shelbee and thanks to your readers!


    • Thank you so much, Julia! And welcome back again! It is great to see you and it is always my pleasure to feature my fabulous blogger friends. Have a wonderful weekend!


  8. Oh Shelbee! I feel like that dancing with the stars judge Bruno Tonioli! The dress is stunning…but those stockings with the lace tops and the seams…I am going to have to see if I can find mine! I had forgotten how hot lace top stockings are.

    • Nina, you are so adorable! Thank you for the lovely compliment. I looked everywhere for seamed stockings…like the obvious places…Victoria’s Secret, Hot Topic, and other small lingerie shops, with no luck whatsoever. Then I finally found them in Target, of all places. And I am so glad that I did! Because I have worn them to complete many a sexy outfit! I look forward to seeing some lace top thigh highs on your blog soon! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


  9. That’s a very nice dress, Shelbee! I also love the edgy details you added! Looking great!

    Thanks for the linkup & have a wonderful weekend!

    • Thank you so much, Andrea! I always have to add that little extra sass…I can’t just keep it simple! Ha. Have a fabulous weekend, my friend.


  10. Looking fabulous! That dress is such a pretty color, especially on you!

    • Thanks so much, Alison! Teal has become a very favorite color of mine recently. And I find I keep adding it to my wardrobe. Have a wonderful weekend!


  11. This is the perfect dress for a summer wedding. I love the lace!

  12. Looking very nice and yes with the thigh-hi stockings and heels, you are on the edge, that is all I am going to say.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

  13. Blue lace is an excellent choice for a dressy occasion … kudos to your husband on the color choice. It suits your coloring and your accessories perfectly highlight your assets and style. Thank you for sharing your thought process for deciding on an outfit that ‘fits’ you, literally and figuratively.


    • Thanks so much, Rena! My husband has really gained a knack for women’s fashion after spending all these years with me! Now I just have to teach him some tips on men’s fashion! He just let me pick his clothes. I hope you are doing well, my friend. Have a wonderful weekend.


  14. This lace dress is beautiful on you! The color is gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing and have a great weekend!


    • Thank you so very much, Kathrine! I appreciate the compliment…especially coming for someone as super stylish as you! Have a fabulous weekend, my friend!


  15. That dress is fabulous! The teal color is so pretty on you! Those stockings with the seams are the perfect detail for this elegant look!

    Doused In Pink

  16. Your husband most certainly knows how to pick a great color for his beautiful wife! The dress is fab on you and I love the stockings – you know how to add just the right amount of edge – so classy!!! And I’m totally chuckling about you having to reprimand the boys at the wedding and people looking at you – as a mom of boys (17 &19) I have so been there! Have a wonderful weekend gorgeous!

    • Kellyann, thank you so much for this lovely compliment! And thanks for understanding my plight of raising two boys two years apart in age! The struggle is real, isn’t it? Please tell me it gets better!


      • Oh girl, hells to the YES it gets so much better! Our boys settle down right as all the cute little girls become total drama queens, mean girls, etc. and then you’re like, “Oh thank God I have boys!” My boys are so easy peasy and have been for some time now but that was not always the case, towards the end of elementary school it got wayyyyyy easier! Boys are absolutely the BEST!!! This coming from someone who always (thought) wanted a girl!

        • Kellyann, thank you so much for that affirmation! I always thought I wanted girls, too, but I already so glad that I have boys! But man, they are at a challenging stage!


  17. What a great dress for a wedding! Lovely! xo Susan http://www.themidlifefashionista.com

  18. This pretty dress is a great option for a wedding! Love the color on you!

  19. Very pretty dress and the teal color looks wonderful on you. I love it paired with your seamed stockings and fierce shoes! It is going to be fun to see which dress you choose to wear to the big event.

    • Thanks so much, Jennie! Since I still have 10 months to decide, I am sure I will have about 100 options before the day and will change my mind about 150 times! Ha. Have a great weekend, my friend.


  20. lovely!

    Hadas | The Fashion Matters- Luxury travel and fashion blog

  21. Tuxedo clad beasts…lol! You can dress ’em up, but you can’t take ’em out! You do look stunning in this dress; the color is beautiful on you!

    • Thanks so much, Debbie! I kind of laughed, too, when I wrote that phrase “tuxedo clad beasts”! That is exactly what they will be, I can assure you! hahaha. Have a fabulous weekend, my friend!


  22. What a fun dress! I love the two colors together! I also love the stockings. They add a nice, sexy finish to the outfit!


  23. Sassy! Love the peek-a-boo shot of the lacy top of the hose. Ooooooh mama! Heehee.

  24. Such a pretty dress Shelbee, love the colour 🙂 Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Blog Hop.

  25. Hi Shelbee! I love your entire ensemble, and the description of what will probably happen with you and your boys at the upcoming wedding.

    Thanks for hosting and for sharing with my party also!!
    Have a terrific weekend 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Paula! I can only hope my children will be as tame as I described! hahaha. But imagine they may be much, much worse. But by that point they will be 5 and 7 instead of 4 and 6…so maybe that year will make a difference.


  26. I love that dress and the way you styled it, it suits you well!

  27. You look great for a wedding in this dress Shelbee!
    I wish you a great weekend, XO Tina

  28. This dress is such a pretty colour and I love how you’re thinking ahead on looking your best in case you have to squat, bend or else 😉
    I am looking forward to seeing your other options for this event.

  29. I don’t blame you for getting ready for the wedding early. I wish I did that for my cousin’s wedding because I ended up getting three dresses! I love the dress you picked the color is pretty and I love the lace!

    • Thank you so much, Lanae! I am sure I will have 15 different dresses to choose from by the time the wedding comes around! And then I will probably not be happy with any of them! Hahaha.


  30. What a beautiful dress! I’m love the lace detailing and the teal color is beautiful on you. Such a great option for wedding season.

  31. I love the dress, That teal colour really does stand out but also looks very smart with the black seamed stockings and high heels 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Judy! I definitely love the richness of the teal and black color combination! But I think I could lighten it up as well with nude instead of black accessories.


  32. Love that bright blue dress! The way you styled it is perfect for a wedding!

  33. Cute dress, and would be perfect to compliment your well dressed boys x I hope they behave for you 🙂

  34. You look gorgeous! Love your dress!

    Edwige | http://www.hypnozglam.com

  35. Fantastic dress! I love the colour, it really suits you. You look fabulous!

    Emma xxx