Classic Black Bridesmaid Dresses That'll Never Go Out of Style


Breakfast at Tiffany's fans, this one's for you. Every girl loves a little black dress — and bridesmaid dress, for that matter. If you're still searching for a haute hue for your 'maids, we're throwing it back to black — the classic go-to hue for a city girl's girls.

If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times: Black is anything but boring. There's a reason why no matter all the trendy rainbow shades taking over the wedding scene — from pretty pastels to bright, bold hues — our hearts always soar when we spot this luxe, classic shade on bridesmaids. It's a terrific trifecta of effortless elegance, glamour, and timelessness. Yes, we're saying it will literally never go out of style. Never. Seriously, when was the last time you saw an old-school wedding photo of bridesmaids dressed in black and thought, "Embarrassing?"

Oh, and did we mention that the infamously-slimming color is a major crowd pleaser? In fact, when you tell your gal pals that they'll totally be able to wear the dress again, they'll actually believe you. And the sophisticated shade is guaranteed to flawlessly fit any wedding color palette, even allowing the bridesmaid bouquets to pop against the midnight hue.

Before you ask, yes, black bridesmaid dresses are suitable for a summer soirée. The inky hue is unmistakably elegant and fabulously fitting no matter your wedding season. The trick to bringing such a dark color into the summertime shade is all in the accessories.

Wondering how to have your own city girls wear the sultry staple? Whether you're envisioning short and sassy frocks or long and elegant gowns, we've got you covered.

Short Black Bridesmaid Dress Ideas

Photo: Gorman Studio; Styling by Alex Silva

LBD's can work for a number of big day styles, depending on the fabric. The soft charmeuse skirt and one shoulder detail of this White by Vera Wang frock make it a summer wedding staple. Add a few floral accessories — like a bloom tucked away in their hair, or a floral-detailed clutch — to make the look even more seasonally-appropriate. If you're going for a more formal affair, classic black lace has never failed a bride. Pair with colorful accessories to keep the look celebratory. (One-shoulder dress, $159, White by Vera Wang available at David's Bridal; Lace top and skirt, $100 and $152, Watters)

Long Black Bridesmaid Dress Ideas

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Okay, okay, so we know this glittery gown doesn't exactly fall in the "black bridesmaid dress" category, but hear us out! Put this shimmery siren Stella York gown on your maid of honor and your bridesmaids in similarly-shimmery black bridesmaid dresses, and you've got a stand-out MOH and a bridal party so stylish they'll rival that of any A-list bash. Or if you're feeling a little daring, slip into the sparkly gown yourself for your reception for a truly glamorous bride-and-bridesmaids combo look. We're also loving this tea-length lace dress by Self-Portrait. The sheer circle-lace and beige mesh breathes new life into the classic style. Pair with a bold red lip and your girls are ready for a fashionable after-dark "I do" affair. (Sequined gown, $299, Stella York available at Essense Designs; Strapless lace dress, $515, Self-Portrait available at Matches Fashion)

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