As you search for the perfect bridal gown, the endless sea of white and ivory frocks is likely to become rather overwhelming. After a short time of scouring storefronts, they are likely to start blending together in your mind and looking the same, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
If you’re looking to stand out on your big day, opt for a black and white gown instead of one in a single solid shade. These classic colors can pair together to create a timeless look with any vibe that you want, from edgy to traditional.
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Straight off the spring 2015 runway, this Vera Wang strapless style features a black satin bandeau bust, a white chiffon bodice, and a full princess skirt.
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While most black and white styles feature a white dress with black accents, the reverse is true in this edgy gown from Hayley Paige’s spring 2015 bridal collection. Perfect for a bride looking for an unconventional look that will still make her feel like a princess on her big day, this strapless gown features a white and black geometric beaded bodice and a full tulle skirt.
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This black and white empire waist bridal gown is physical proof that there is true beauty in simplicity. Custom-made by Etsy seller AliceCloset, the white skirt of this one-of-a-kind gem is made of chiffon, while the bodice is handcrafted from genuine black lace and embroidered with beads and sequins.
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This A-line spaghetti strap wonder features black lace detailing at the bodice and a lovely maroon velvet sash at the waist that could easily be removed if desired.
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This strapless number from Sophia Tolli is the epitome of sophistication, with a black sheer overlay arranged over a white A-line gown. Crystal accents and lace detailing simply add to its refined style.
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A sheer white overlay with gorgeous lace embroidery adds a bridal quality to the basic black skirt on this tea-length beauty from Isaac Mizrahi. A built-in black sash at the waistline and a lovely strapless neckline are details of the finest quality.
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A classic ball gown silhouette and a black and white pinstripe pattern with a Tim Burton-esque edge make this style a perfect fit for an unconventional lady looking for a dress to which she can “say yes!”
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If you’re still undecided regarding a two-tone look, go for one with versatility. Top a slim-fitting white gown with a black cap-sleeve bolero and tie a black tulle sash at the waist to create a look with edge. If you’re feeling more traditional at some point on your big day, you can always remove the black accent pieces for a while!
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Bohemian hippie meets glamour girl with this strapless chiffon dress from Snowy Bridal. The unique bodice is complete with shimmery black sequins sewn into its unique bodice, which wraps at the waist and ties in the back.
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Goth girls and punk princesses will go berserk for this white satin design from Maya Hansen, which features real Italian lace, gorgeous bow detailing, and a sexy corset bodice. Top off the look with a feminine headband and classic elbow length evening gloves.
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Black polka dots scattered across this strapless Sarah Jassir ball gown make it a fun yet fashionable choice for a bride who’s looking to make a splash on her wedding day.
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While the high neck, cap sleeves, and net skirt of this Alfredo Angelo gown are enough to wow your wedding guests, it’s the ultra-feminine black lace overlay that truly makes it an unforgettable piece.
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It’s obvious why this black and white gem from Maggie Sottero lit up the runway; it couldn’t possibly be more gorgeous. A black floral chiffon belt and floral appliques are the perfect accents for a princess gown with a full tulle skirt and sweetheart neckline.
Modesty can also be sexy, as this taffeta gown from Only Love Wedding Dresses proves quite well. A long-sleeved bodice made of black lace is sheer enough to create a “peek-a-boo” effect with the strapless sweetheart neckline that lies underneath.
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When you think of plaid prints, visions of flannel shirts and schoolgirl jumpers rather than bridal gowns probably come to mind, but this plaid strapless ball gown is a winner when it comes to wedding fashion. Floral and lace detailing, as well as a fitted bodice and full skirt, keeps the look fresh rather than dowdy.
A one shoulder floral applique adds a splash of eccentricity to a classic look when layered over this strapless chiffon mermaid gown by designer Marchesa.
A bride with a penchant for the dramatic will instantly fall in love with this lace mermaid gown, featuring a daring black bodice crafted of chiffon and netting.
This striking Gothic style features a collared black cape attached to a simple white ball gown, making it ideal for a fall or winter wedding.
Ombre may be the latest trend when it comes to hair color, but it’s also rocking the bridal world. The unique neckline and dip-dye hem of this chiffon beauty make it trendy yet timeless.
You don’t have to shell over the big bucks for a custom-made gown in order to look truly original on your big day. Instead, go for a vintage frock, like this one sold by Etsy shop The Smart Set Vintage. A sleek, straight-skirted white gown is paired with polka dot straps, a sweetheart neckline, and a gorgeous black bow for a look that screams of Old Hollywood.