A young woman was branded disrespectful for wearing a dress with an open mid-section to a friend’s wedding.
29-year-old Olivia Burrows Sutherland from Melbourne, Australia, is a businesswoman and fashion influencer who sparked outrage as she asked her social media followers for advice on picking the right top to go with her tiered maxi skirt.
As the influencer revealed, she was planning on wearing her rust-colored skirt along with a beige bra top to a summer wedding.
Though Olivia didn’t see anything wrong with her outfit, her chosen wedding ensemble quickly divided the internet with critics calling the bra top “disrespectful” and “inappropriate.”
“I didn’t expect the outfit to be so controversial, but I do know when it comes to weddings and wedding guest attire, everyone has an opinion,” Olivia said after a backlash.
“But I love the overall balance of the summer look. Cocktail attire permits the skin to be showing and as the volume and length of the skirt is extremely modest.
“I believe pairing it with a plain crop top, with my hair styled down providing extra coverage, maintains the appropriate balance and silhouette suitable for a wedding that has a ‘cocktail dress code’ in 37-degree heat.”
Olivia also hit back at the critics saying the couple whose wedding she attended were both happy with her outfit.
“I understand that this is not a traditional wedding guest look, however, fashion has evolved, and two-piece sets have become popular options for guests to wear to events,” the 29-year-old added.
“I actually chose to wear this look as I thought the matching top was too much for a wedding guest and I would rather pare back the look than be too formal at somebody else’s wedding. If there was a ‘black tie’ or ‘formal’ dress code, I would have of course worn a different top.”
Despite her explanation, plenty of people didn’t see eye to eye with the young influencer.
“Skirt is stunning. Tops no. They were disappointing,” someone said.
“Skirt is gorgeous, don’t think the tops appropriate for a wedding,” another suggested.
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