Noir and gothic: black dresses with a dark side

By on Nov. 1st

It's Halloween week at Offbeat Bride and one frequent Halloween wedding detail we especially love is amazing black dresses, like Lara is wearing in the photo above. Seriously, that hair, that cape… it's a damn gorgeous package. We love black dresses all year 'round, but smooshing them into one big post just screams goth Halloween-ness. We've rounded up our favorite Offbeat Brides sporting black gowns and some of our favorites to buy if you're in the market.


This flower overlay gown on Pixiesquacktoo is so lush. Photo by Orlando Claffey

Tribesmaid Zombiepug is covered in lacy, corseted goodness. Plus, this is the first of a few mullet dresses. Black + mullet = win. Photo by Alen Fetahi Photography


Laura's fabulous grey and black dress is from Gallery Serpentine. Photo by Angelica Peady Photography


Tribesmaid Persephoneglass rocks this amazing shirred and ruched black gown from Wedding Dress Fantasy. Offbeat Vendors are rocking this roundup.


Tribesmaid Mandamaree looks lovely in this swirly, shiny gown with pick-ups. Photo by Moffatt Photography

Claire is another one who accessorizes like a beast. Check out the capelet and lace-up gloves. Total hotness. Photo by Charlene Morton

red tulle

If you haven't seen Mich's wedding yet, you may not know that she handmade this dress. Seriously. Photo by Tiffany Arment


Carrie had a Vegas drive-thru wedding followed by a kick-ass night of partying, and this little black number was a perfect fit. Photo by Benjamin Telford


Breana wore a sweet little Betsey Johnson dress. And if you're interested in her handmade veil too, she wrote a tutorial! Photo by Richard Fusillo


Avalon and Daniel are such an awesomely gothic couple and her dress with those little sleeves is divine. Photo by J.R. Blackwell


Olga's tiered and translucent gown might be one of my favorites ever. Photo by Sandra Henderson


Here's a full-length shot so you can see the bottom. Photo by Sandra Henderson

Clear blue sky…

Shanah was in her full corseted gothabilly glory in this outfit. Corsets do fabulous things with babs.

Here are some black dresses that we love that you can buy:

Check out this frothy, short confection. It's a flower explosion that goes up to size 3X.

This is Modcloth's So Noir, So Good Dress: short, lacy, and with full sleeves.
It's available up to size 18.

This dress reminds me of another peacock dress we've featured in the past. But this one is a little more formal and has a lot more coverage. This one goes up to size 18.

Here's another Modcloth find with a retro feel: Every Dot of You dress. This one goes up to a 3X.

Another mullet dress! The It All Stars Here Dress looks like it's birds flying into the stars. Trippy!

This tiered dress from Wedding Dress Fantasy speaks for itself… in volumes of fabric!

One more high/low mullet to round this out: a tailored look with tulle. You'll find this one up to a size 20.

They ♥ OBB; we ♥ themThis post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: