In this series, is going to exploring the history of the typical black wedding dress, the various shades of black gowns, how themed weddings are dressed, and some practical advice for pulling of a stunning black dress off. This post may seem like a conventional and somewhat boring history lesson, but it isn’t. Black is still an amazing color for weddings. Just because you choose to wear black doesn’t mean you have to choose boring traditional black gown. You can still have a unique style, just be sure you stay away from black or dull.
Traditionally, the gowns have always been worn in black. Black was always the favorite color of royalty and aristocracy throughout the ages, and there were always special occasions when wearing black gowns was absolutely mandatory (i.e. during the 16th century Queen Victoria’s reign). Even now that black is associated with power and elegance, the dresses are often sported during important events and parties.
Traditionally, the gowns have always been worn in black. Black is still an amazing colour for gowns. Not only is it elegant and gorgeous, it has proven itself to be a popular choice for many years now. The reason being that black is not just another colour. It has an aura of mystery which most women love to play up.
Black gowns are worn at many important occasions, including proms, weddings, formal dinners, balls, grand openings, funerals and graduations. Black dresses are even being worn by some of the more daring celebrities of today. Ellen Degeneres, Bob Grant and Faith Hill have all been seen wearing black gowns on some of their various television shows.
Black dresses are also a favorite for themed weddings. There are so many black dresses that fit into any theme that it’s really difficult to choose just one! One of the most popular is probably the black mini-length wedding gown. These are usually knee length and come in a variety of different styles and colours. These often have ruffles or beading, making them appropriate for themed weddings.
Black is also popular for weddings these days. Many brides are choosing to wear black gowns for their weddings. A great many black wedding gowns have a Swans Egg motif on the bodice. Black also makes a great backdrop colour for themed weddings, such as those that feature barn animals (i.e. horses, cows, donkeys).
Black gowns are often worn as a sort of graduation gown to honor the graduate who has graduated from college. Black can be a classy colour that looks elegant on its own or it can be used to contrast against the lovely white or cream colored decorations on the ceremony venue. Graduates can also wear black hooded sweatshirts and tuxedos to further honour their academic achievements. Black hoodies are also frequently worn by young adults who have just graduated from high school.
Black hoodies are often worn as a sort of graduation cap, giving graduates a formal look when paired with a fitted jacket and pin stripe trousers. Black tassels worn with these kinds of pants are another way for graduates to get a formal look without having to get a formal jacket. Black tassel jackets are especially good for winter weddings because they will keep the graduates warm!
Black gowns are almost always paired with an A-line or ball gown skirt. Black can be a great colour for skirts because it tends to stand out well against a light-coloured background. These styles of skirts are very popular with young professionals who are attending university to earn an academic degree. The type of academic regalia that black is commonly paired with is typically a long and elegant top hat with fringes, sometimes even sleeves or a shrug tied in the back. Black is a great colour for this kind of dress because it makes the top hat and skirt look more like a traditional wedding outfit rather than a suit or office outfit.
Black dresses can be paired with black cap gowns or university caps. Black gowns are not only very formal but they can be paired with matching cardigans and jackets as well. Black caps are also worn by university graduates who are going to university to study different types of courses such as arts, sciences or business. Universities such as Cambridge and Yale have entire departments dedicated to designing and creating official university caps and gowns. These official university caps and gowns are a great way for students to express themselves while also looking smart and elegant.
Black ball gowns and cap gowns can be worn open as well as closed. Black is a wonderful color for both open as well as closed sleeves and can be worn on either occasion with relative ease. If a dress is designed with high collars, sleeves or cuffs, you should consider buying an ivory or beige colored cap or gown so that they don’t clash with the rest of your dress. Black is a beautiful color that can be worn on formal or informal occasions.