Attending a wedding always means getting a bit stressed over what we’ll wear on that special day. Depending on the time, place and season, there are many things we have to take into consideration regarding the dress code.
However, one thing’s sure. Black is not always our very first option.
Can you wear black to a wedding?
Black is one of the most elegant colors we could ever wear, but when it comes to weddings, it’s normal that we hesitate a little. So is wearing black to a wedding actually acceptable?
100% Yes. If black is your favorite color, then relax and start looking for a cute black dress. Long gone are the days when wearing black to a wedding was seen as “bad luck” or too “sad” to wear to such a happy event.
There are no rules for wearing black to a wedding. The only thing you have to take into consideration, just like with any color, is the time, place and season. This will let you know if you can wear a short semi-casual black dress, or a formal gown, for example.
If you love wearing black or simply want to look unique and chic (let’s all remember that black is the chicest color), then let me guide you through many different wedding guest black dresses that will make you regret not wearing black to previous weddings.
4 Black dresses for weddings
There are many types of black wedding dresses you can wear, but these are the ones that will take your outfit to the next level.
Last but not least, always remember to take into consideration the time, place and season in order to choose the dress that best fits these three variables.
1. Embellished gowns
Embellished gowns are one of the most elegant options you have for a wedding outfit. If you want to wear black but have double thoughts about this color, then wearing a black dress with colorful (or any other color) embellishments will help you wear the best of both worlds (black and color).
These types of “colorful yet black” dresses are perfect for summer weddings. The embellishments will uplift the darkness of the black, making it much more summer-friendly.
You can also opt for a dress with embellishments on the bust area, leaving the rest completely black. This is a great idea for anyone who loves black but also colorful details.
My suggestion is to match your dress’ motif colors with your clutch and/or lipstick and eyeshadows for an elegant look.
You can also opt for an all-black embellished dress. Black or dark grey sequins will add a party and glamorous touch to your wedding look.
This outfit idea is perfect if, first of all, the wedding’s dress code “allows” short dresses and if you’re usually the life of the party. Sequins will never fail in making you look like a star.
For a fall or winter wedding, a black velvet dress with silver or gold embellishments will make you look absolutely stunning.
Team your black dress with dark or bright red lipstick.
Colorful beads will also elevate your wedding attire. See-through mesh detailing and small beads will always be a great combo:
2. See-through details
Black dresses with mesh panels or details are a great idea for anyone who wants to wear this color for a wedding. Black mesh is absolutely elegant and sexy, making you look like a fashion pro.
What I love about black mesh is that it adds a sophisticated detail to what would otherwise be an all-black solid dress.
Even small details like thin panels on the waistline will elevate your outfit:
A black dress with black mesh panels is perfect for anyone who loves showing off their figure. In other words, for those who love a sexy and sophisticated style.
Black tulle will also do the same effect as black mesh. Tulle is the perfect fabric for showcasing an elegant and feminine style.
Puffy sleeves, ruffled hems, polka dot patterns…. Black tulle is just what you need!
Tulle dresses are absolutely gorgeous, especially if they’re black. Remember that black is one of the chicest colors you can wear, so make the most of it with a sophisticated dress style.
A see-through black tulle dress is a great example of how this combination can make you look like a queen:
High low tulle dresses are perfect for a feminine look. If the wedding is not that formal, opt for relaxed silhouettes.
Shift dresses are ideal for semi-formal weddings. This high low shift dress with tulle ruffles is a great example of how you can pull off a cute black dress with a relaxed silhouette.
If, on the other hand, the wedding’s dress code is formal, opt for figure-flattering cuts. A-line dresses with a slimming waistline are perfect
Lace is one of the classiest fabrics you can wear. A see-through black lace dress will make you look classy, feminine and stylish.
When in doubt, always opt for lace. A little black dress for a wedding is always a good idea:
A neutral color bodice under a black lace fabric creates a beautiful contrast that will make you look effortlessly sophisticated. If you don’t think you’ll feel comfortable wearing black to a wedding, this is a great option that will let you enjoy this beautiful color without looking “too black”.
Black lace over a skin color bodice is a classy way of showcasing a gorgeous wedding attire. What I love about black lace is that it has everything you need: a classic color in a timeless and elegant fabric.
Wearing a black lace over a nude fabric is the best way of showing off the lace’s design. Usually, lace has a super cute pattern or motif that really needs to stand out, so creating this contrast will definitely do the trick.
A sparkly black lace is another great idea for a wedding party. If you love dancing, a sparkly black dress is one of your best options.
Imagine how gorgeous will it look when you dance….
3. All-sequin dress
If the wedding’s dress code is formal, then a long all-sequin dress is a great option. The best thing about an all-sequin dress is that it already has that party vibe that will make you look like the life of the party (even if you’re not!).
You can also wear a 20’s inspired sequin dress for a fun twist. If you love dancing, nothing can beat a black dress sparkling as you move and dance.
Sequin dresses aren’t necessarily only for super formal and elegant weddings. You can wear a short black all-sequin dress to an evening semi-formal wedding.
Remember that sequins are perfect for any kind of party, so make the most of your wedding attire with an all-sequin dress.
If you love showcasing your amazing figure, opt for a dress with a side or front slit cut. Showing your leg as you walk is one of the best ways of letting everyone know you’re sexy and flirty.
4. Solid all-black dresses
If you love simple and classic dresses, then a solid all-black dress will do the trick. Opt for this type of dress if you’re feeling bold yet classy.
Wearing black to a wedding is a bold decision, but it doesn’t have to result in a super sophisticated and intricate dress. You can perfectly wear a solid black dress in a classic silhouette, like this sweetheart A-line dress:
Tight dresses are perfect for showing off your figure. Opt for a solid black fabric if you feel like wearing a sexy yet classy wedding look:
For a semi-formal wedding look, midi or short classic dress will be perfect. A spaghetti strap dress with a flowy A-line cut is a great example of how easy it is to wear black to a wedding.
If you’re wondering how to dress up a black dress for a wedding, then always opt for gold or sparkly accessories. Golden hoop earrings and cute classic pumps will easily uplift a simple black dress:
Wearing black to a wedding gives us second thoughts: is it acceptable? Will you look too “sad”? What would others think? Will the bride feel offended?
Even though black is the most elegant color, wearing it to a wedding feels a bit weird. However, fashion experts have really given their consent: it’s totally okay to wear black to a wedding.
So if you love wearing black, these 4 types of black dresses will give you plenty of option to choose from to showcase a unique and elegant wedding attire.