Is Black Ever Appropriate for a Wedding? Lauren Conrad Weighs In
Wedding season is in full swing, and with each set of nuptials comes a new dress code. From casual to black-tie, it can be a daunting task trying to figure out what to wear (and how to avoid outfit repeats). Since staring at your closet won’t make the perfect wedding outfit appear, I made some suggestions to get you started. Below I’m addressing five of the most asked questions to help you narrow down what is and is not appropriate to wear to a wedding. Let’s get started…
This is a question that I’ve heard time and again when discussing proper wedding attire. My simple answer would be to play it safe and avoid white altogether. Some think this is acceptable, but when it comes to weddings, I always try to avoid upsetting a bride at all costs. Light colors like blush or silver are a much safer option.
Yes, I do think that it is appropriate to wear black to a wedding, especially if the event is a more formal one or one that takes place later in the day. My philosophy is that when you’re having trouble finding something to wear, you can never go wrong with a classic black dress. No matter the wedding theme or time of year, I can guarantee you that a black dress will always be on trend. Since the color is simple, amplify your outfit by adding a colorful lip or experimenting with fun accessories.
I believe that there’s a time and place for being sexy, and someone else’s wedding isn’t quite the occasion. While planning your outfit, keep in mind that family members of the bride and groom will be present, as well as children. It’s best to keep your outfit more on the conservative side so that you aren’t taking the attention away from the couple of honor. You still have a lot of options when it comes to choosing cocktail length dresses, and these next two are some of my current favorites.
Wearing brighter shades can be a bit tricky when it comes to wedding attire. I love a bold look, but keep in mind that you still want to keep it tasteful. Think pops of color as opposed to an entire dress that looks like it was inspired by neon highlighters. My go-to is always a dress with a floral pattern. If you aren’t a pattern gal, opt for a bold dress with subtle accessories or a more neutral dress with a pop of colorful shoes or lipstick.
In my book, it’s okay to wear all of the above to a wedding. The only thing you want to keep in mind when choosing your footwear is the terrain you’ll be walking and dancing on. Flats and wedges are a must for weddings that take place on grass or sand—otherwise you’ll find your heels catching after every step! Remember to choose shoes that will keep your feet happy all night long, on and off the dance floor.