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Michelle Oliver: Wearing black to a wedding is no longer a fashion taboo

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I always look forward to cooler weather, hotter drinks and being able to wear darker colors.

After writing my last column on wearing white after Labor Day, I realized there is another rule I would like to address – wearing black to a wedding. I’ve had numerous women ask me if it’s OK and my answer: Of course it is. It still amazes me that this is a concern.

I hate to say it, but these days anything goes. This one big exception – never wear all white to a wedding.

The older I get, the more I appreciate a little black dress. There are hundreds of ways to wear a little black dress. With fall wedding season in full swing, I hope this article eases the stress of finding an outfit. In fact, I am attending one of my best friend’s wedding in a few weeks. I already have my little black dress ready to go.

Since we are still dealing with hot weather, I opted for a sleeveless black-and-white dress. The wedding is outdoors, so I wanted to keep it venue appropriate. It is simple and perfect with a pair of chunky heels. I wanted a more casual dress that I could pair with a jean jacket if there is a breeze that night.

I will compliment the dress with some subtle jewelry that is just enough to give it something extra.

As I have previously stated, you dress for the location of the event you are attending. I chose the chunky heels instead of stilettos so I will not sink into the grass. This is something I would definitely recommend considering when make those shoe choices, ladies.

I am a huge fan of patterns and prints. I previously wore the dress that is pictured to a wedding a couple years ago. I liked the print of this dress and love how it consists of black and white. I know wearing black can seem dark and dreary, but I think adding some white to the mix makes it a bit more upbeat.

The cut of this dress is classy and the length is very appropriate for a wedding. I added some strappy heels and a colorful clutch. This outfit is also great to wear for a day at the office. I love this dress even more because it is comfortable. I like being able to move and dance at a wedding. A dress that allows me to do that is a must.

There are tons of options when it comes to dressing up a black dress. Accessories are always necessary to help break up all the black. Necklaces and bracelets are perfect for that. Add a floral clutch or a pair of colored heels if you still need some flair.

I must caution you, however, to not make it too overpowering. The last thing you want to do is take away any attention from the bride.

Hopefully I have answered your questions about wearing black to a wedding. In my opinion it is perfect. As always, feel free to reach out with any questions.

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