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Can I Wear Black to a Wedding?

Can I Wear Black to a Wedding?

Dear Budget Fashionista,

I have a wedding to attend in late June and I found a black dress with small white polka dots that I love. Can I wear black to a wedding?

Answer: While you want to avoid wearing black to a daytime wedding, it’s fine to wear the dress to an evening wedding (i.e. weddings that start after 5pm).

Tips for Wearing Black to a Wedding

  • Add Color to the Outfit.  A colorful wrap/pashmina (which you can find for less than $20 at stores like Target, TJ Maxx, Ross) can add a much needed dose of color to the outfit.
  • Show Some Skin. When it comes to weddings,  leave the boring long sleeves/high cut black dresses for funerals. Wear outfits that show skin and add a bit of sexiness to counter-balance the dark color, like a halter or strapless dress.
  • Accessories are Key.  Accessories are key when wearing black to a wedding. Look for accessories, especially jewelry, that adds a bit of sparkle (faux diamonds, crystals, etc) and/or color to your outfit.
  • If You’re Pale, Then Tanning is Key. It’s important that your skin has a healthy glow. Try a self tanner like

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Jasmine Cole

Tuesday 11th of August 2015

Very interesting post. Black is one of the most elegant color choices that can be worn at any special occasion. And I agree with that accessories can be the key when wearing black on a wedding. On wedding, a woman can look stunning in black dress with the suitable accessories.


Tuesday 11th of August 2015

Nice post. I like your idea.


Monday 1st of June 2015

"It's important that your skin has a healthy glow."

To whom is it important? What lame advice. Pale girls, rock that porcelain complexion. It used to be coveted, back in the day. And there's nothing "healthy" about increasing your risk of skin cancer.

Maugaoali'i Pele

Monday 18th of November 2013

who said not to wear black to a wedding? the fashion world?? that's can wear anything you like. Black is not for funerals only. My daughter's wedding colors were black and white with red roses. It was beautiful and very elegant!!

Jo Ann

Sunday 3rd of February 2013

Can apantsuit be appropriate to wear to a 6pm wedding?  Or can I wear a long black velvetskirt?  Are either of these appropriate to wear?

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