Black and white printed dress acceptable for attending a wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Is this black & white print dress ok for semiformal, 5 PM outdoor wedding w/ indoor reception?
    Yes of course! : (60 votes)
    80 %
    No way! : (15 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    3199 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Lrroma181986:  its okay. i wouldn’t say its ideal, but i also wouldnt say its a glaring no-no.

    Post # 4
    931 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    It doesn’t look bridal AT ALL and no one will mistake you for the bride in that.

    Post # 5
    5968 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2017

    @Lrroma181986:  I would really play up the black in it by wearing some black earings and maybe a chunky black bracelet and black shoes. In general though, I think that should be fine. My concern wouldn’t be that it’s partially white, it would be that it’s pretty casual. At least it appears to be in this photo.

    Post # 8
    135 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    It doesn’t look white/bridal etc, yes. But I still wouldn’t wear it. The bride might think differently.

    Post # 9
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    You may have some sticklers who disapprove because there is white on it, but I personally wouldn’t have a problem with it! If you enjoy shopping, keep shopping, but don’t beat yourself up if you end up wearing it. It’s cute!

    Post # 10
    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    That doesnt look bridal at all so I think you are totally fine.

    Post # 11
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @Lrroma181986:  I second wearing a black cardigan and black accessories.  I don’t think anyone is going to be upset by this particular dress.

    Post # 12
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Looks totally fine to me. 

    Post # 13
    768 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Doesn’t look bridal at all! But I’m going to go against the grain here and say to play up your accessories with fun colors so people notice your fun shoes/handbag/jewelry, and let the dress melt away like the neutral it should be 🙂


    Maybe yellow:



    Post # 14
    1167 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Ive seen girls in way more white than this, it looks absolutely fine.

    HOWEVER: Just be mindful of the bride, do you know her well? How would she dress for a wedding? And most important: what kind of dress will she wear? Is she going to be in a big ballgown? No worries! Is she going to be in a slinky column? Probably not.


    Post # 15
    1527 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Can you add a red jacket or large scarf?

    Post # 16
    4827 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    definitely fine!!

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