Navy blue is one of the most sophisticated and timeless colors in the ROYGBIV spectrum. Close enough to black, navy maintains the same allure of the dark neutral, but also flaunts the cool and match-worthy appeal of blue. It should therefore come as no surprise, then, that navy blue has never gone out of style, which makes it an ideal choice for your bridal party attire no matter the season, setting or personal taste of your, ahem, most opinionated bridesmaid.
For all these reasons and more, navy blue consistently tops our list of favorite bridesmaid dress colors. Despite the fact that navy blue could truly fit in most wedding themes or color schemes (seriously, it would look equally good at a country club bash as it would in a rustic barn hoedown), classic brides throwing a more formal affair will eat this elegant shade up. Because it's so tasteful, it's also makes it easy to let your 'maids wear different dress styles of their choice. And since this hue is so rich, it instantly dresses up a knee-length frock or lightweight chiffon. Plus, because it doesn't rely on trends, it makes taking wedding pictures a bit less frightening (no bride should or would ever look back at their navy bridal party with regrets!).
Some of our favorite bridal designers continued to stun with navy on their most recent runways this past season. Amsale sent a show-stopping dark lace indigo dress down the runway this past season, which managed to be romantic yet on-trend with its enticing illusion neckline. Then, of course, there's Jim Hjelm occasions (pictured at left), White by Vera Wang, and Monique Lhuillier, each of whom included ultra sophisticated cap-sleeve, one-shoulder, and tulle bridesmaid dresses in their respective collections the past few seasons.
When it comes to complementing a navy blue bridesmaid dress, the possibilities are endless. Any and every color seems to work well with the deep indigo hue. Like most neutrals, we think a touch of sparkle will jazz up these dark blue dresses. Metallic, glitter, or not, you'll want to balance the midnight shade with lighter accessories in colors like blush, ivory, or champagne. Keep your gal pals' makeup fresh and natural—a smoky eye is not necessary when you have the drama of navy blue dresses already making a statement!
Sound appealing? Of course it does! Here, some of the most stylish navy blue bridesmaid dresses that your girls can and will wear again.
Style 5366, indigo chiffon A-line bridesmaid dress, draped V-neck with cap sleeves, covered back with center slit, gathered band at empire bodice, side front slit, $230, Hayley Paige Occasions
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