Can You Wear Black to a Wedding?

By Shayna Seid


What to wear to a wedding? It’s the eternal question. Emily Post advises that the invitation and the time of the wedding are your best guide to formality. In Charleston, SC, weddings after 6:30 p.m. are deemed black tie. This rule is followed to the letter by the old guard, so much so, that at my good friend Adrienne’s informal seaside wedding her ex-boyfriend Carter (who she stayed friends with post-breakup, thus the invite) arrived in a tux and bow tie. The groomsmen were in poplin suits, and Carter looked like one of the waiters. Things are a little less complicated for women. A cocktail dress pretty much has you covered for the most part. That said, women continuously question whether or not it’s appropriate to wear black. And, we’re here to tell you it is! The classic LBD is a straightforward, chic choice when it comes to elegant wedding dressing. Here, ten looks for the weddings on your calendar.