Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Lindsey Lanquist
Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For
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Though it’s futile to pretend that any single color (or color palette) is paradigmatic of bridesmaid dresses at large, it’s safe to say that no one imagines an LBD when they hear the word “wedding.” Even guests are expected not to wear black to such a romantic affair; how could black bridesmaid dresses be a thing when black wedding guest dresses are hardly one?

Thankfully, tons of brides have cast aside this myopic line of thought. Not only are black bridesmaid dresses fully acceptable, but they’re also fairly popular—with nearly 20,000 brides-to-be Googling the phase “black bridesmaid dresses” every January. Black bridesmaid dresses offer a breath of fresh, chic air to any wedding. The LBD drips with sleek sophistication and formality—and the black evening gown does, as well. Either option is sure to leave the wedding ceremony looking stunning, the wedding photos looking timeless and the bride’s white dress looking as crisp and eye-catching as ever.

And we’d be remiss not to mention the best part of choosing a black bridesmaid dress: Your bridesmaids will actually love it. Gone are the days of regrettable gowns brides oblige to for one day and one day only; black dresses are equal parts chic, timeless and re-wearable. Bridesmaids can repurpose a long black gown for any formal event they’re invited to, a black maxi dress for any oceanside dinners they attend and an LBD for, well, literally anything on their calendar. The black bridesmaid dress may be unconventional, but its appeal is unending.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Katie May Titan Gown, $295 at Revolve

This stunning dress is practically begging to be worn at a formal wedding. Plus, it’s just useful to own a sleek black gown—so your bridesmaids will surely be grateful for the new closet addition.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

House of Harlow 1960 x Farrah Dress, $218 at Revolve

This silhouette offers an ideal blend of understated style and timeless versatility.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Bronx and Banco Tulip Flower Dress, $552 at Revolve

The white flowers keep this black gown feeling particularly bridal.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Heartfelt Black Lace Bodycon Midi Dress, $67 at Lulu’s

Sleek, sophisticated and perfect for a re-wear.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Elliatt Emily Dress, $270 at Revolve

A chic black dress with just enough white detailing to feel bridal—need we say more?

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Jay Godfrey Rae Gown, $440 at Revolve

Simultaneously romantic and sleek.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Sabrina Dress, $298 at Revolve

Cute without feeling juvenile; contemporary without feeling terribly fad-y.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Vanessa Backless Halter Maxi Dress, $60 at ASOS

Can’t you just imagine this bridesmaid dress making an appearance at a dreamy beach wedding?

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Yumi Kim Cat Walk Velvet Dress, $238 at Revolve

A no-fail silhouette rendered in a no-fail textile.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Ulla Johnson Fifi Dress, $725 at Revolve

Because black and outdoor weddings are certainly not mutually exclusive.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

L’Academie the Jess Mini Dress, $188 at Revolve

Why not dress your bridesmaids in seriously fun attire?

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Lace Mix Print Midi Dress, $75 at Topshop

Romantic and edgy at the same damn time.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Rachel Zoe Alison Gown, $645 at Revolve

The pearl detailing keeps this dress from skewing too dark or sexy.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

LPA Aurora Dress, $158 at Revolve

It’s your wedding—your bridesmaids can wear feather trim if you want them to.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Rachel Zoe Violet Gown, $695 at Revolve

Worthy of a dark fairytale.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Chi Chi London Lace Midi Dress, $106 at ASOS

A conservative silhouette doesn’t have to translate to frumpiness.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

About Us Reagan Bandage Dress, $68 at Revolve

Classic, cute and comfy—an absolute win.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Michael Costello x Revolve Sonya Dress, $398 at Revolve

Beautiful—and delicate enough for the lighthearted romance of a wedding.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Saylor Lorena Dress, $308 at Revolve

Contemporary chic without veering into distraction territory.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Strappy to Be Here Black Maxi Dress, $58 at Lulu’s

So re-wearable it’s already made its way onto our wishlist.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Parker Black Lorena Dress, $598 at Revolve

In case you wanted your bridal LBDs to have a little party-worthy flair.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Jill Jill Stuart Plunge Neck Velvet Gown, $458 at Revolve

Nothing compares to black velvet—nothing.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Michael Costello x Revolve Kandie Dress, $298 at Revolve

Ruffles, lace and a flirty cut combine to create one hell of a bridesmaid dress.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Kimono Pleated Maxi Dress, $60 at ASOS

A classic comfy-cute silhouette everyone (bride and bridesmaids) will love. Plus, it’s only $60.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

The Jetset Diaries Twiggy Mini Dress, $199 at Revolve

This mini feels distinctly contemporary—but still totally bridal.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Amanda Uprichard Cherry Gown, $260 at Revolve

An absolute classic.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Lace Cut Out Midi Bodycon Dress, $70 at Topshop

Definitely an edgier, less conventional way of dressing your bridal party. But why not think outside the box?

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Majorelle Ana Clara Gown, $298 at Revolve

So stunning we can’t tear our eyes away.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Privacy Please Gianna Midi Dress, $138 at Revolve

Dramatic without being over-the-top.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Mara Hoffman Savannah Dress, $450 at Revolve

This linen dress is perfect for an outdoor wedding. (And every other outdoor event you get invited to this summer.)

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

ML Monique Lhuillier Eva Lace Dress, $495 at Anthropologie

Because a black-and-white floral is basically designed for bridal wear.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

Lovers + Friends Rosewater Lace Gown, $348 at Revolve

Definitely an edgier take on the bridesmaid dress, but when rendered in lace, the result is absolute romance.

STYLECASTER | Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Love You For

New Look Wrap Asymmetric Dress, $45 at ASOS

Flowy without feeling informal.

 

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