Q&A: Is it OK to Wear Black to a Wedding?

December 7th, 2007

Q:  I am going to a wedding and would love to wear a black dress with gold detail. Would this be ok for daytime as well as evening?

Donna Ricco Stretch Satin Sheath DressA:  Back in the day, it was never OK to wear black to a wedding.  Nowadays, however, the wedding etiquette masters have declared black acceptable for evening.  Even though black is OK for an evening wedding, it’s frowned upon for a daytime ceremony. 

If the wedding is a daytime event, choose a dress in another color–anything but black, white/cream/off-white/etc (too bridal), and metallics (too evening).  With bright colors in vogue this season, you’ll be sure to find a wedding-appropriate dress that you can repurpose (for a holiday party, perhaps).

Extra style tip?  With minidresses exploding in popularity, take care to find a dress that is appropriate for the celebration.  Knee-length or longer dresses are optimal, and just say no to hemlines that are higher than 2 or 3 inches above the knee.

Pictured: Donna Ricco Stretch Satin Sheath Dress | $158 at Nordstrom.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. j.brown  |  December 9th, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    The dress in the photo is a great color.

  • 2. Trisha  |  December 10th, 2007 at 12:51 am

    Thanks, J! I love that color too…I’m so glad bright colors are in.

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