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There's no denying the allure of a black bridesmaid dress—from classic shapes to fashion-forward silhouettes; it's an elegant and timeless choice for your bridal party. Whether you're into a moody palette or are having a New Year's Eve wedding with a darkly romantic theme, black bridesmaid dresses seems like a no brainer. Plus, the shade is flattering on every silhouette, whether you go for a sleeveless maxi dress, a one-shoulder midi, or an off-the-shoulder mini.
More than easy to wear, black dresses are always on offer, and usually more so than bold colors, which means they come at a range of price points so you can find a dress that suits the budget of every bridesmaid in your group. No matter what type of black bridesmaid dress you choose, chances are your gals will be able to wear their dress again and again—especially if a black-tie wedding or event is on their agenda.
Here, the best black bridesmaid dresses for every bridal style and budget.
Best for Versatility: DB Studio Sweetheart Strapless Stretch Crepe Dress
Pared-back and sleek, this strapless gown is as versatile as it is classic. Utterly stunning in black, we also love the idea of styling it with a mix of jewel tones in the fall or winter.
Most Flattering: ASOS EDITION Ruched Halter Neck Maxi Dress
A halter neckline is universally flattering, highlighting your shoulders and arms just so. The ruched detailing on this dress gives it a distinctive feel.
For a Romantic Wedding: Marchesa Notte Velvet-Trimmed Tiered Floral-Print Charmeuse Midi Dress
A black bridesmaid dress doesn't always mean you have to go solid. Case in point: this romantic floral print with frilled sleeves and a tiered skirt.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: Silvia Tcherassi Sotavento Cold-Shoulder Cutout Printed Satin Gown
Black certainly doesn't feel boring when done in silk, but for an even bolder statement, this cold-shoulder silhouette feels especially fresh. We love the diagonal dégradé stripes for a subtle graphic effect.
For a Formal Wedding: BCBGMAXAZRIA Asymmetrical Strapless Crepe Column Gown
This strapless gown comes with an architectural feel to it—a look we love for a formal black tie wedding or slick city venue. The slit makes it functional for dancing at the reception, too!
For a New Year's Eve Wedding: Rebecca Vallance Luna Gown
This gown comes with princess-like puff sleeves, but that hardly prevents it from feeling edgy and dramatic. With a sheen to the fabric, it's an outstanding choice for a nighttime ceremony and equally festive on New Year's Eve.
Considering black bridesmaid dresses for your wedding? Here are some commonly asked questions when shopping for them.
- Are black bridesmaid dresses appropriate? Yes, and they're often seen as a classy, elegant color choice. A nice way to have the dresses stand out is to have each bridesmaid wear the same color but a different style of dress. A big benefit of the shade: Your girlfriends can wear their gowns again and again.
- What color flowers go best with black bridesmaid dresses? This really depends on your wedding theme as well as the time of year which will determine what flowers are in season. With that said, white flowers contrast nicely, or if you're looking for a darker mood, go for red wine shades along with darker greenery.
- What color shoes go best with black bridesmaid dresses? Pretty much any color pairs well with black—including metallic or prints.