Noir and gothic: black dresses with a dark side #Fashion#black dress#corset#mullet dress#short dress#wedding dress fantasy Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Nov 1 2012) Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Photo by Thurtell Photography 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 Related Post Rock 'n' roll meets forest fairy magic at this Canadian masquerade wedding Just wait until you see the explosion of killer style at Jocelyn and Julian's wedding at Devonian Gardens in Calgary: the bride's undercut style with... Read more Claire is another one who accessorizes like a beast. Check out the capelet and lace-up gloves. Total hotness. Photo by Charlene Morton 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 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. This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Angelica Peady Photography Wedding Dress Fantasy Gallery Serpentine Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS A steampunk soiree with an amazingly detailed cake NEXT Kelly & Adam's three-part Halloween dance party Show/Hide comments [ 15 ] the peacock dress is also a mullet dress. Reply Holy. Amazeballs. That first dress. Absolutely stunning. And the hair! I'm also partial to the mullet dress (I'll be wearing a red one! Reply Love these, whoever said don't wear black to a wedding was wrong! Reply I was told by so many people that I couldn't wear a black dress on my wedding day, because I wouldn't look like the bride! Maybe I didn't look like "the bride" but I looked like myself and it was damn obvious that I was the one that got married that day!!!! Reply I cannot even imagine. Maybe a black dress won't make a lady "look like the bride," but I'm pretty sure people will figure out who's getting married anyway. Reply Not only was I in a black dress with the red peaking, but my bridesmaids were also in (different style) black dresses with red crinoline and tall black boots. Actually hadn't planned the dress color scheme this way, just kinda happened, but it came out pretty cool in the end and I certainly didn't feel less of a bride for it nor did anyone confuse us. Even the groomsmen were in black with red vests. When the pictures of us standing together came out, they weren't nearly as bad as I thought they might be with us all matching. But I also was relieved not to 'stand out' as a bride, wasn't my thing. Worked out well for me! Reply and one of the original purposes of bridesmaids were to dress like the bride to confuse evil spirits and thus prevent them from sabotaging the wedding Reply I've been looking all over for a dress similar to the one you wore!!!! It is AWESOME! Would you mind telling me where you found it? Reply I think it's part of the OBB mission to challenge what the concept of a 'bride' looks like. You were just doing your part in that mission. 🙂 Reply and here's the proof! http://www.flickr.com/photos/65449779@N02/5987672717/in/set-72157627185364221 even wearing black, AND not standing in the middle of the photo next to my husband I'm pretty sure you can all tell which one is the bride! Reply I am very seriously considering the high/low with the ruffle and tulle for my bridesmaids. I've been up in the air with their dresses for forever and this may have just settled it…of course there's the bit of bling I'm not entirely wild about but I suppose I could probably remove it by hand and put a big white ribbon there? Reply If I hadn't already decided to go with a custom-made thing this is the dress I would have bought: http://fashionmagazine-best.com/wp-content/gallery/blackwedding/black-wedding-dress2.jpg#black%20wedding%20dress I found it while searching for style ideas for the dress we ended up making. I can't seem to find it for sale anywhere anymore though, oddly – lots of folks have pics of it. I'm still kinda looking for an excuse to buy it for some special occasion, but it probably won't happen. I remember it costing more than I could justify spending for any NON-wedding occasion! Reply Speaking of peacock dresses, Modcloth just released this one, very similar to the short one linked to in this post! http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/perfect-poise-peacock-dress Reply its a greatest collection i ever seen. thanks Reply Hey, has anyone ever bought a dress from http://www.darquedream.com/ ? I am helping my best friend hunt for wedding dresses online; she's already bought one (cheap) dress online and had it turn out to be a disaster. She's really in love with a dress from the above but doesn't want it to turn out to be badly made again. Can any one help? Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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