Nothing says fall wedding better than sophisticated, plum-hued bridesmaid dresses.

Is plum the new black? A universally flattering shade that's easily complemented, plum is an elegant alternative to the traditional black-tie standby. Season after season, this jewel tone takes the ready-to-wear runways by storm (as seen most recently in the Temperley London and Gucci Spring 2014 collections). Lately, we've noticed even more plum on the bridal runways, popping up in Amsale's Spring 2014 bridesmaid dress collection and Joanna August's Fall 2014 line.

If you're throwing a fall or winter wedding, this sumptuous color is one to consider. Dark enough to be a neutral, plum is also special enough to stand out on its own. Unlike a traditional black bridesmaid dress, this deep shade of violet adds rich texture to a formal fall or winter affair.

When looking for a shade that falls closer to plum in the purple spectrum, watch for more red and fewer blue undertones. Style your gal pals with warm metallic accessories like rose gold shoes or a soft champagne-colored clutch. Beware: Because the color is so rich, you'll want to keep the silhouettes simple and fabrics heavy. Consider a long column Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dress in crinkle chiffon or try a shiny satin David's Bridal one shoulder-dress. In this hue, sleek and chic (as opposed to something a bit more whimsical) will look best standing by your side. Read on for more of our favorite plum-colored bridesmaid dresses for fall and beyond!

Style VW360131, crinkle chiffon flutter sleeve bridesmaid dress, $190, White by Vera Wang available at David's Bridal

Photo: Courtesy of White by Vera Wang