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17 Black Dresses You Can Totally Wear to a Wedding

Allyson Payer

Wedding season is quickly approaching, which means that soon enough you'll have at least one (if not multiple) weddings to find a winning outfit for. As a wedding guest, you might have been told that there are a zillion dress codes that govern what to wear to one. Among them is an old adage that forbids wearing black to weddings—and we're here to announce that such a "rule" is long gone. To many, this old-fashioned rule just isn’t relevant anymore. From formal, black-tie weddings to more casual ceremonies, there's definitely a way to wear a classic black frock to the festivities.

So if you do choose to wear black to a wedding, make sure your look is in good taste. The key is to choose a black piece that’s festive, formal, and special enough to not be mistaken for funeral attire. And if you’re thinking of wearing a dress to the celebration, look for options that feature fabrics like lace, velvet, satin, or tulle. Want to see some lovely options? Keep scrolling to see our picks of wedding-appropriate black dresses and, of course, shop your favorite styles.

Cushnie Cloqué Wrap Mini Dress ($1295)

What minimalist dreams are made of.

Alice McCall Kismet Cold-Shoulder Ruched Metallic Printed Chiffon Mini Dress ($390)

You'll have so much fun dancing the night away in this.

Zimmermann Sunray Picnic Dress ($495)

Halter neckline are way underrated IMHO.

Reformation Nikita Dress ($248)

Make Reformation your first stop on the hunt for a wedding guest dress.

ASOS Design Square Neck Mixed Fabric Maxi Dress ($35)

The '90s called—they need you wear this simply-cut number.

Fame and Partners The Escala Dress ($279)

This will look so amazing on.

LIKELY Kamali Dress ($198)

Wait, we need this dress for wedding season and also for life in general.

A.L.C. Aurora Dress ($795)

Just so cool.

Retrofete Neva Dress ($670)

Black, but far from boring.

Rotate Metallic Plissé Stretch-Knit Mini Dress ($235)

All the cool fashion girls are eyeing this brand.

Michelle Mason Asymmetrical Strap Dress ($598)

That neckline though.

CAMI NYC The Nadia Dress ($325)

Dress this up with some strappy heeled sandals.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Embellished Paneled Floral-Print Stretch-Knit Dress ($295)

We can never say no to florals when they're mixed like this.

Capulet Sunny Midi Dress ($163)

It's like this print was made for summer weddings.

Cinq a Sept Alex Dress ($465)

TBH, this looks like it'd be so comfy.

City Chic Jackie O Lace Fit and Flare Dress ($129)

As flattering and classy as LBDs get.

HVN Lily Metallic Polka-Dot Silk Crepe de Chine Dress ($445)

Metallic polka dots add the perfect amount of flash.

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This post has been updated by Anna LaPlaca.

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