The Secrets To Wearing Black & White Evening Dresses

The Secrets To Wearing Black & White Evening Dresses

When picking out a color for your formal dress, there are many colors choices such as blue, red, gold, fuchsia, etc… however there are 2 colors that particularly stands out from the rest: It’s black and white.

According to wiki:

Black is the darkest color, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light.
White is literally a “color without color”, composed of a mixture of all frequencies of the light of the visible spectrum. Source: Wiki-black, Wiki-white

On its own, they each exude charm and elegance, enough to give a thunderous statement to whoever you meet at the formal event.

AND when black and white are merged into a single piece of formal clothing, you can expect blizzard of good things. Black and white are often written in its abbreviated form – B&W or B/W. Due to its boldness, all eyes will automatically be focused on you. Not to mention how glamour and striking you will look. Here’s a friendly reminder: If you’re not too fond of being the center of attention, try to choose less bold black & white formal dress or don’t go this route at all.

The SECRETS to wearing black & white formal dresses:

Know this:

1. Anyone can wear black & white evening dresses. There is no right or wrong. Style has no right or wrong. :) There are different shades of black and white which will complement women in every colors. It also depends what you want to achieve. Do you want to shine or give the dress its biggest moment?

Generally as black and white are the highest in contrast (usually), it’s best suitable for women with high contrast in her coloring.

High Contrast B&W
This black is the blackest of all black while the white is the whitest of all white. Hence this combination is very high contrast.

High contrast evening dress and high contrast in her coloring = perfect
This lovely lady have black hair, black eyebrows and fair skin which makes her high contrast. This awesome high contrast black and white evening gown fits her like a glove because they are both high contrast. She and the dress are both universally one and they pops out beautifully.

What happened if you’re low contrast but wants to wear a high contrast black and white evening dress?

High contrast evening dress and low contrast in her coloring = dress take all the attention
Here’s another picture of the lovely lady. This time she have blonde hair, light eyebrows and fair skin. This makes her low in contrast. Wearing the same high contrast black and white evening gown does give a different vibe this time. Do you notice it? Seems that her dress is the one that is drawing the attention. It’s not wrong but just know that since the gown is higher contrast (bolder) than you, the dress will get the most attention. If your plan is to show off the dress, this is the route to take.

Does that mean, women with low contrast should avoid black and white evening gowns at all cost if her intention is not to give the dress all the limelight?

Black and white comes in different shades too. So if you’re low contrast, choose low contrast black and white evening gown.

Lower Contrast B&W
The black and white in this photo have lower contrast compared to the one earlier at the top.

Low contrast evening dress and low contrast in her coloring & gown = perfect
We meet this lady again. She has low contrast coloring; blonde hair, light eyebrows and fair skin. Her black and white evening gown is now much lower in contrast. Now she and her dress blend in as one and she looks much better, right?

In actuality, most black and white formal dresses are usually high contrast. If you have low contrast level, what you can do is to look for black and white evening dress with hints of grey. Ombre is one good example.

One shoulder ombre evening dress
This beautiful lady have blonde hair, light eyebrows and fair skin. Obviously she has low contrast level. She wears an ombre dress which ranges from black to white with grey in between. It’s not a high contrast dress. It lies between medium to low contrast and you can see that both her and the dress unite as one.

Ok, what if you have medium contrast level? You have the flexibility to wear high or low contrast gown. Try them on to see which one suit you the best.

Charming off-the-shoulder evening dress
This lady have brown hair, dark eyebrows and light tanned skin. She has medium contrast level. The delicate formal dress worn by her is also medium contrast which suit her impeccably.

If you are tan or dark skinned, you tend to be low or medium contrast. If you are always smiling (showing teeth) or the white of your eyes are very visible, you can also hover at high contrast section.

Do not be too overwhelmed by this contrast matter. As I’ve said it before there is no right or wrong in style. This can be proven by the masses of celebrities of low, medium and high contrast in high contrast black and white evening dresses. I’m not saying the way celebrities dresses are always on point but they dare to challenge themselves. So can you! Being unique is style. Besides, the main point of wearing black and white evening dress is to stand out. Don’t you agree?

2. One of the best thing about choosing to wear black and white evening dress is that you can easily slim down and errr hide the unflattering part(s). We’ve all heard black is slimming. Yes, black makes you look smaller and also cover bulges and problem area effectively. When you’re looking to cover your trouble area with black, do also make sure the area where white is is an area you’re proud to reveal.

Besides offering the above advantages, black and white are also master of illusion when plays it right. It can create curves that never exist and sculpt your body to look sexy and feminine.

Let’s look at some examples:

Lovely One shoulder black and white evening dress
This stunning black and white evening dress helps hide your problem area at your lower body such as wide hips and thick thighs.

Kate Winslet in black and white dress
Kate Winslet in this beautiful black and white formal dress at the red carpet of 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Black at the upper body can assist in minimizing broad shoulders and busts.

Jane Fonda
This simple yet stunning black and white dress worn by Jane Fonda is a perfect illusion dress. The black at the sides create a slimming effect with an hourglass figure to boot thanks to the help of the white color.

3. If you love color blocking, then you should adopt the colors black and white in your evening gown. It’s the most obvious choice of colors combination and also classic and sophisticated at the same time.

B&W Color Blocking Evening Dresses
Left: Glamorous high neck black and white evening gown

4. If you’re not a fan of solid B&W which echoes minimalism, you can choose black and white evening dress with texture (lace), prints or embellishment (beads, sequins, rhinestones).

B&W Evening Gowns
Left: Elegant embroidered floral black and white evening dress, Right: Printed black and white evening dress

5. One of the best thing about black and white evening dress is that it is season-friendly. You can wear to a summer wedding, winter formal dinner, spring blooming event or golden autumn fundraising party.

Fun tip:
Calling brides-to-be, you could also go black and white with your bridesmaids and even yourself. Take a look at these:

B&W Bridesmaid Dresses
What a group of beautiful bridesmaids in black and white. Don’t you agree?

Adorable lace black and white wedding dress with bolero jacket
Adorable lace black and white wedding dress with bolero jacket. Unique for wedding. :)

Lastly:

Here are two fancy evening formals for those who want to make a BIG statement:
Stunning tiger prints black and white evening dress
Stunning tiger prints black and white evening dress.

Glamorous ruffles asymmetrical black and white evening gown
Glamorous ruffles asymmetrical black and white evening gown.

With all these, I hope you’ve gained some knowledge in dressing black and white evening dress. Don’t worry if you’re not following the contrast guide because it’s just a guide to let you know what will work and not work. Sometimes what you perceived a dress as flattering, two other friends will give you mix answers. One may find it flattering like you and one will not. What you need to do is look yourself in the mirror and decide if the black and white dress looks good on you. If yes, then just strut your stuff with confident!

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