Can You Wear Black to a Wedding?

It’s a question you’ve no doubt asked yourself as wedding season looms and you’re not entirely confident in straying too far from your ‘all dark’ wardrobe staples. So if you’ve longed to pop on a trusty LBD for the next wedding in your diary, you’re in luck as the taboo on black dresses at weddings seems to be well and truly over, and there are a number of ways to wear it.


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For a summer or destination wedding, the temptation and habit is to head straight for bright or pastel colours, but it can be not only acceptable but also positively elegant to go all black in one of your summer dresses. Keep it loose, long and flowing for a pretty boho look. According to Glamour, as long as when the breeze blows your skirt sways, you’re on the right track.

Go for Tailoring 

Not only do you not need to worry about wearing black to a wedding, you can shake it up with your choice of outfit too. Where we once might have stuck to dresses or skirts for the occasion, things in the form of jumpsuits, co-ords and suits are making much more of an appearance at weddings. Don’t feel like you can’t do both at once either, and keep in mind that Cara Delevigne turned up to not just any wedding but the royal wedding in a beautiful tailored black suit.

Winter Weddings 

There’s an all-black outfit to suit both summer and winter weddings. For a winter wedding, a dash of sequin or shimmer will add a festive feel to your look, or a tailored suit will be both stylish and practical for the weather.

Add Pattern

In summer, pick a dress with a pattern if you’re not quite ready to embrace the all-black look. There are plenty of options at, and whether it’s a check, polka dot or floral print, don’t be frightened of keeping the base black.

There are a number of ways to wear black for weddings and feel confident doing it. Remember that we’ve said goodbye to the days of huge fascinators, matchy-matchy accessories and the taboo of wearing black to a wedding. 

Just don’t turn up in a long white lace gown – that’s one rule that still applies.