A while back, a reader e-mailed me with a question regarding her confusion about whether wearing black, namely her ‘little black dress,’ at a winter wedding in Paris would constitute good taste or a fashion faux pas. A few quick searches later, I had found very little regarding proper Parisian wedding guest attire. So I turned to a worldly friend of mine who has at least once found herself facing such a quandary. She said,
I’ve done black at a Parisian wedding ceremony and reception, and didn’t draw any dirty looks from the fashion conscious grande dames in attendance. But I would recommend pairing your a black dress with a blazer or cardigan or some other cover up, at least for the ceremony. Guests may be expected to change between the ceremony and reception – ask the MOB – and stripping off a layer to reveal the fabulousness underneath may suffice. To keep from looking like a mourner, pair the dress with a chic patterned scarf or chunky necklace.
So, I hope that’s helpful. My own advice? Regardless of where you are, black on black with a touch of black only works when attending the weddings of ex lovers. But flashy shoes and a splash of color can quickly take the morbid out of black, like so: