The One Wedding Rule You Can Ignore

Update: This post was originally published on November 16, 2016.

Weddings often come with a slew of constricting "dos" and "don'ts." Some are reasonable: Never wear white as a guest, only buy gifts from the bride and groom's registry, abide by the chosen dress code. And some are little archaic: Youthful, single ladies for the bridal bouquet toss only; and my (least) favorite — never wear black. While dark hues in general have a traditional connotation for funerals and mourning, the LBD has proved itself enough of a staple in modern times that we can do away with this antiquated notion. It's a universally acknowledged truth that a good black dress is magically flattering and, more importantly, takes the guesswork out of an otherwise grueling task of dress shopping.

As long as you're not choosing to rock a lace veil or finger-to-toe covering floor-length gown, wearing a black dress to a wedding is one of the least offensive things you can do to the bride. We're showing you how to pull off the color and make it as festive as the event you're attending. Click through for a little bit of inspiration. Isn't it time you stopped being so afraid of the dark?
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For a simple outdoor or daytime affair, a thin, strappy number is your best bet.

Topshop Knitted Strappy Slip Dress By Boutique, $115, available at Topshop.
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To balance out your dark dress against a sea of brightly colored guests, acquiesce to adding a little pop with your accessories.

Zara
Mini City Bag, $49.90 available at Zara.
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These heels are just enough of a conversation starter to keep the mother of the bride from staring daggers your way.

Intentionally Blank Hatter Suede Heel, $134.99, available at Garmentory.
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If you're going the chameleon route, camo with the men in a tuxedo-style minidress.

Derek Lam Wrap Shirt Dress, $1,895, available at Moda Operandi.
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Color contrasting is never a bad idea.

Simon Miller
Bonsai Mag In Maise, $390, available at Need Supply.
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A minimal strappy sandal juxtaposes a fabric-heavy dress.

LOQ Xavi, $290, available at LOQ.
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For a more formal affair, opt for a drapey style instead of a form-fitting gown. Introducing playful fabrics like a lacy overlay lighten up the otherwise broody hue of the dress.

Adam Lippes Silk-trimmed Lace Midi Dress, $2,200 $814, available at The Outnet.
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A statement earring will keep up the playful vibe and give you a new way to show the effort you put into your outfit.

Justine Clenquet Alice Earrings, $90, available at Opening Ceremony.
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Pair a black dress with brighter shoes to lighten up your entire look.

Aska Rumor, $315, available at Aska.
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