While it used to be considered a major fashion faux pas to wear black to any wedding, let alone one held in the summer, times have certainly changed. Black attire used to be thought of more as funeral attire, and wearing it to a wedding signified opposition to the marriage, but nowadays some brides even select black bridesmaids’ dresses. It’s a good thing, too, because black dresses are both flattering and versatile.
Wearing a black dress is totally appropriate for an evening wedding in the summer, especially if the event is black tie or black tie optional. There aren’t really any restrictions on style or fabric choices, except that wearing long sleeves or wool might be a bit hot and uncomfortable in the warm weather. Even if the invitation doesn’t specify formality, black dresses are appropriate. Consider wearing a pair of strappy sandals to give your black dress a more summery feel.
While most guests traditionally wear bright, colorful dresses or floral prints to morning and afternoon summer weddings, wearing black is perfectly acceptable. Consider limiting your fabric choices to those that are most appropriate to warmer weather, things like linen or cotton, both for comfort and so that you don’t end up looking overdressed. Using colorful accessories like jewelry and shoes will also help to make the dress feel more appropriate. Choosing an elegant straw bag or brightly colored sandals will help as well.
While there are fewer and fewer limitations being placed on wedding guests in terms of what they can and can’t wear, there are still a handful of major no-nos. Wearing white or ivory to a wedding is an absolute taboo; save that dress for some other summer event. Also, while you want to look nice for the wedding, you also want to look appropriate, so don’t do anything that will upstage the bride. It’s her day, after all.