Yes, You Can Wear Black to a Wedding
It's a question we get asked a lot: is it still considered a faux pas to wear black to a wedding?
The answer is complicated. It's definitely not alright to turn up looking more like you're going to a funeral than a wedding, but the rules have loosened up. Most couples have bigger things on their mind than what their guests are wearing! Generally, if you have an option other than black for a church wedding, it's probably a safer choice — especially if you know that the bride or her family are particularly traditional — but if you really want to wear black, you just need to make sure it has an air of romance about it.
Look for feminine shapes like full skirts, sweetheart necklines, and cap sleeves, or pick soft fabrics like lace, chiffon, taffeta, or silk. If the wedding is in a church, consider softening the black with polka dots, a subtle dark floral print, or a white or coloured panel. For destination weddings, it's all about keeping cool, so make sure to pick light, breezy fabrics. At evening weddings or simple registry office ceremonies, an LBD could be perfect. Pick a modern style like a slinky sheath dress with a cape back or a fitted pencil dress. Lift the look with your accessories and use colour here if you don't feel comfortable wearing it all over; try yellow, blue, or metallic shoes, a bright statement necklace, or a contrasting belt or pastel blazer.
To help you start your search, we've picked our favourite black dresses that would pass muster at most modern weddings. Just remember, if in doubt, ask the bride before the big day!
—Additional reporting by Hermione Doe