There’s something about the colour black – so easy, simple and flattering – that makes a lot of us turn to it when we’re in need of an outfit that we’ll feel both comfortable and confident in. It can be dressed up or down and is suitable for an array of occasions, even weddings (despite the superstitions around it). Choosing black bridesmaid dresses for your big day is actually quite genius. Why? There’ll be no arguments over who doesn’t “suit the colour”, and they’ll all be able to wear the dress more than once – especially if they’re prone to a black-tie event.
Apart from the obvious boxes to be ticked when it comes to planning your nuptials (sorting out your engagement party dress, deciding on what wedding decoration style to go for depending on your star sign, and sending out all those wedding invitations), buying your bridesmaid dresses online should be relatively near the top of the list. If you’re running short of time, however, and need something that’ll keep everyone happy – yourself included – then the 23 black bridesmaid dresses below will be your lifeline.
As much as we love unique bridesmaid dresses, short bridesmaid dresses and even white bridesmaid dresses to match you, nothing quite trumps the elegance of black. Available at a wide range of price points with multiple silhouettes to choose from – so the girls don’t have to go entirely matching if they/you don’t want – black bridesmaid dresses seem a clear winner in our opinion.
The best part, if you’re paying, is that you can opt for a slightly lower-end-of-the-budget design and have your maids dress it up with a boujee wedding face mask, some chic but comfortable wedding shoes and some wedding day jewellery that you’ll have no doubt bought them as a bridesmaid proposal gift.
Take this ASOS DESIGN Cami Maxi Slip Dress, for example. Super sleek and flattering, it calls for a beachy up-do and some killer designer heels – and it’s only £45! Elsewhere, this Strapless Tube Midi Dress from & Other Stories is a pleated dream. It offers ample movement for when it’s time to swish on the dancefloor, too.
If you’re looking to splash the cash on a black bridesmaid dress – so you should, it’s your big day – then opt for something like this Balenciaga one-sleeve design, this belted tulle number from Self-Portrait, or this figure-hugging piece from Reformation.
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Scroll down for our top 23 picks of the most timeless and elegant black bridesmaid dresses.