Black Bridal Fashion

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”

– Coco Chanel on black colour

When we think about weddings, the first colour that comes to mind is white. Today, we’ll like to take your mind in the other direction to think about the more unlikely (and to some, taboo) colour, black. While white is widely associated with purity, black embodies more emotions — it can be timeless and elegant, glamourous and sexy, or gothic and unique, depending on how it is used. We’ve rounded up some inspiration around the web for these three different brides for whom black might just be right up their alley!

Elegant, timeless and classy

The dress: Who’s to say that black wedding dresses cannot be mainstream? For brides who are looking for a sophisticated black wedding dress, look no further than crowd favourites Vera Wang and Zac Posen — both designers had put out a divine collection of black dresses in Fall 2012.

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(Vera Wang Fall 2012 collection)

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(Zac Posen Fall 2012 collection)

The look: For styling, less is more — go for a classic up-do or chignon, and finish with well-defined brows, jet black liner and a red lip. For accessories, we recommend a pair of elegant pearl earrings. If you’re going for the vintage look, top it off with a birdcage veil and sheer gloves.

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Glamorous, mysterious, sexy

The dress: For glamour pusses, go for form-fitting black dresses in a powerful silhouette such as the mermaid or trumpet. The trick to looking dressed to the nines? Pick dresses that are updated with the season’s hottest details, such as cut-outs, sheer panels and metallics.

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(Black dresses from Elie Saab, Ralph Lauren and Yumi Katsura respectively)

The look: Apart from the black liner and red lipstick combination, you may also wish to go for a darker evening look with a sexy smoky eye and taupe or plum lipstick. In addition, turn up the bling with shoes and accessories such as a shiny clutch, or simple but impactful jewellery!

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(Heels from Badgley Mischka, black and gold clutch bag, drop earrings from Tiffany & Co)

Gothic and unique

The dress: All gothic brides out there will definitely have come across punk rock princess Avril Lavigne’s wedding look when she tied the knot with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger in July this year. In her gothic theme wedding, Avril Lavigne wore a strapless Monique Lhuillier tulle dress that stayed true to her character, but was still romantic. Brides looking for a more full-on gothic look would love the Luis Monteiro and Dilek Hanif dresses below for their dramatic silhouette and trains. Last but not least, for cute gothic brides, Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko’s dress is perfect with its lolita influences.

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(Avril Lavigne wearing Monique Lhuillier, Dilek Hanif and Luis Monteiro, and Ulyana Sergeenko respectively)

The look: Depending on your preferred style, you could go for smoky and heavy eye makeup or a completely minimalist nude look to complement your gothic wedding get-up. Another plus point of the gothic look is that you can also feel free to get slightly adventurous with the accessorising!

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(Alexander McQueen boots, butterfly veil, and black hand bouquet respectively)

Which is your favourite black bridal look? Leave us a message!