Black dresses you can totally wear to a wedding

If you're going to a wedding this winter, yes, black dresses are ok. But there are a few conditions...

I am going to a Black Tie wedding next summer and I already can't wait for the January sales. I'm going to buy a full-length show-stopper and I'm not going to regret it. (Right?) I was on a recon mission last weekend and popped into Pamela Scott on Grafton Street because I found the most gorgeous gúna in the window. It's black, strapless and with a poofy mid-length skirt - very Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy. It won't quite work for the black tie wedding I'm going to in July, but it would be perfect if it was in any of the winter months. Why can't it come in a light blue? Why?

I'm often asked if it's ok to wear black to a wedding and I always say yes, but there are conditions. You should try to insert some colour into the overall ensemble, otherwise you really will look like you're in mourning. A few years ago, I might have said that 'done' hair and makeup would be enough to make your black dress wedding appropriate but have you been to any funerals lately? They're getting fancy. (Maybe I should write some advice on funeral wear or would that be a bit morbid? Let me know in the comments!)

The colour you pair with your black dress doesn't have to be particularly bright or, actually, colourful. Sometimes 'pops of colour' can look forced and intentional, when you want to look effortless. I would go with silver or gold accents, including shoes, or I would wear bright pink shoes, complemented by more subtle accessories.

These dresses are not particularly funereal and, as is the beauty with black pieces, they can be interpreted in many ways for many different occasions. How would you style yours?


Kelis Lace Trim Dress €320


coast black dress


Walker Drape Detail Maxi €209

& Other Stories

other stories black dress


mango black dress


Metallic Spot Midi Dress €97

Would you wear black to a wedding? Do you it's ever acceptable?



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