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Black is back for wedding guest dresses
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Black is back for wedding guest dresses

Yes you can! Black dresses are perfect for weddings and is proving a popular choice by guests. Why are people flouting the old traditions? Well, it maybe down to the fact an LBD is stylish whilst also comfortable, perfect for day to night attire.

Wedding guest dresses have always been subjected to a rather stringent set of rules: nothing too sexy, nothing white, nothing lacy, nothing that might upstage the bride. 

However, we at Little Black Dress are dedicated to our cause: the pursuit of fabulous occasion fashion, whether tradition dictates you're the centre of attention or not! Why should we have our fantastic frocks and sartorial choices dictated by the bride and her mother? It's our moral obligation to look chic and sophisticated for their big day, and we're going to do it our way. So naturally, there will be black dresses for wedding guests.

Forget old fashioned wedding guest etiquette, black is back when it comes to dresses for wedding guests, and here's how to get the former faux pas really right come reception season...


Full-length black doesn't have to mean Morticia Adams. It can in fact mean girly Grecian drapery, figure-forming ruching and an excellent choice for a wedding, whatever the season or weather. This long black wedding guest dress by Gorgeous Couture gives the illusion of a godly figure and shows off your shoulders and fashion knowledge. Turquoise accents and this gorgeous gold feather headband take the edge off of block black and instead reference the sunny shores of Crete.

Shop the look: see our vintage styles for stunning 1920s hand beaded luxury.


We seem to be falling in love with monochrome, a two-tone style that has long been championed by the effortlessly chic streets of Paris. And if it's good enough for the pioneers of style then it's good enough for your best friend's wedding! This A-line Georgia dress creates the illusion of a enviable hourglass shape and plays with Breton stripes so popping on a beret headband simply completes the look.

Shop the look: Discover our perfect wedding guest dresses


Black lace dresses can often lean too far towards the funeral side of fashion and yet with the right accessories it can be wedding guest dressing perfection. Classic silver earrings and look-at-me diamanté encrusted sandals will give you a sexy Señorita look come the after-party.

Shop the look: See perfect styles of coktail dresses, below the knee is an addded bonus. Re-use your dress time and time again for all occasions.


Can't quite handle a full on pastel prom dress for your bridesmaid dress duties? Well, if the choice is yours, paint it black! This is the easiest way to wear the full-on, frilly and feminine design as it is still fun and flirty but doesn't look like you've come from a costume party. And the occasion-worthy dip-hem and over-sized bow on the reverse will keep the bride happy. You can also liven it up for summer with these fantastic coral platforms (a Team LBD favourite) and oriental earrings complete with a matching statement bracelet.

Shop the look: See perfect True Decadence styles in long satin for a bridesmaid look.

After such a fabulous array of LBD's we think we've made our point on the dresses for wedding guest front! So look forward to the next instalment of our wedding guest dressing etiquette blog posts and let us know on Facebook what you'd like to see.

Read the ultimate guide to wedding guest style


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