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30 Beautiful Little (and Long) Black Dresses Perfect For Bridesmaids

Good morning lovelies! The perfect bridesmaid dress can be hard to find, but I think I have 30 of them right here! And what makes them so perfect? Well ladies, what is the one colour we all turn to when looking for the perfect dress? That’s right, timeless, versatile, oh so chic and perfect for accessorizing, black is every woman’s colour of choice when style and elegance are called for. So what colour could possibly be more perfect for your bridesmaids?? Need convincing further? Here are 5 good reasons why you should choose black for your bridesmaids…..

5 Reasons Black is THE Perfect Colour for Your Bridesmaids

1. Black is always in fashion, never looking anything but chic and glamorous…..

Bridesmaids in Mismatched Black Dresses Rebecca Arthurs Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs


2. It suits everyone – whether your bestie is a brunette with olive skin, a blonde with a golden glow or red head with a complexion like porcelain black suits them all!

Bridesmaid in Ever Flattering Black DressesPhotography by  Michelle Boyd via Style Me Pretty


3. And every style, theme, venue and season! Gatsby-esque, New Year glamour, country chic or rustic; in a stately home, boutique hotel, backyard or barn black will look fab with them all…..

Bridesmaids in Black Dresses Perfect for the Holiday SeasonAaron Young Photography via Green Wedding Shoes


4. It is the perfect colour for mismatching – and we all know why that’s such a perfect look for bridesmaids! (missed that post? Then head here to read all about it)

Bridesmaids in Mismatched Black DressesPhotography by Byron Loves Fawn via One Fab Day


5. And its the one colour your bridesmaids are bound to love and want to wear again! (especially at this time of year)

Bridesmaids in Short Black DressesPhotography by Brooke Images via Green Wedding Shoes

Oh and if they don’t have you convinced, some of these beautiful dresses surely will!…..

Little Black Bridesmaid Dresses

There’s a good reason why no woman’s wardrobe is complete without the ubiquitous little black dress – and why this has been the case for almost 90 years, since Coco Chanel brought it to the forefront of fashion in 1926! A classic, sassy and with more than a hint of fun, the LBBD (little black bridesmaids dress) is the epitome of chic…..

Bridesmaids in Short Black DressesPhotography by Stephanie Hunter via Style Me Pretty

Audrey Hepburn Black Bridesmaid DressLace Sleeve Short Black Bridesmaid Dress – ASOS

Black Lace Bridesmaid DressBlack Lace Cocktail DressAnthropologie

Short Black Bridesmaid DressShort Black Polka Dot Bridesmaid DressModcloth

Short Black Bridesmaid DressTed Bake Lace Mini Bridesmaid Dress – ASOS

Short Black Lace Bridesmaid DressBlack Floral Lace Bridesmaid Dress – Modcloth

Black Lace Pencil Skirt Bridesmaid DressBaroque Embellished Midi Shift Dress – ASOS

Little Black DressSequin Bodice Fit & Flare Bridesmaid Dress – Nordstrom

Short Black Tulle Skirt DressBlack Embellished Mesh Bridesmaid Dress – ASOS

Gold Polka Dot Black Bridesmaid DressGold Polka Dot Dress – Modcloth

Short Black Lace Bridesmaid DressIllusion Yoke Black Bridesmaid Dress – Nordstrom

With Art Deco still a big trend, how about something with some flapper-style flair?…..

Art Deco Black Bridesmaid Dress Art Deco Bridesmaid Dress – Anthropologie

Art Deco Black Bridesmaid DressArt Deco Black Bridesmaid Dress – Modcloth

1920s Black Bridesmaid DressArt Deco Black Bridesmaid Dress – ASOS

Or something a little textured and tea length? This gown says modern day Audrey like no other…..

Tea Length Black Bridesmaid DressRuffled Rose Tea Length Bridesmaid Dress – Anthropologie

Bridesmaids in Little Black DressesPhotography by  Goldsmith & Co via Chic Vintage Brides


Long Black Bridesmaid Dresses

If you are having a more formal celebration and glamorous gathering, go long rather than little with a glamorous black gown. Nothing creates a style statement or a sleek silhouette quite like a long black dress…..

Maxi Black Bridesmaids DressesPhotography by  Marissa Lambert via Style Me Pretty

Fishtail Black Maxi Bridesmaid DressMonique Lhuillier Fishtail Black Maxi Bridesmaid DressNordstrom

Black & Gold Maxi Bridesmaid DressBlack & Gold Gown – Modcloth

Glimmering Black Maxi Bridesmaid DressEmbellished Tulle Maxi Dress – ASOS

Lace Black Maxi Bridesmaid DressLace Black Maxi Bridesmaid Dress – Modcloth

Glitzy Gold Maxi Bridesmaid DressEmbellished Cap Sleeve Maxi Dress – ASOS

Screen Siren Black Maxi Bridesmaid DressSequin Lace Sleeve Gown – Nordstrom

Sequin Black GownBlack Sequin GownFrench Connection

Silver Embellished Black Maxi Bridesmaid DressSilver Embellished Black Maxi DressASOS

I love the preppy stripes of this more casual looking gown…..

Striped Black Bridesmaid GownStriped Organza Gown – Anthropologie

Oh and ASOS even have a divine Art Deco maxi dress!!

Black Art Deco Maxi Bridesmaid DressArt Deco Maxi Gown – ASOS

Bridesmaids in Long Glam Black DressesPhotography Michelle March via Style Me Pretty

Long Sleeve Black Bridesmaid Dresses

Long sleeves are still a key trend for brides and the look is now starting to filter down to bridesmaids. And why not? For all the reasons it looks beautiful on brides, it is perfect for bridesmaids too – plus if you’re planning a wedding for this time of the year it offers your bridesmaids a little extra coverage. To avoid the Morticia Addams look though, choose  a shorter dress (with stockings or opaque tights) or make sure the sleeves are lace if you’re going for a floor length gown!…..

Long Sleeve Black Bridesmaids Dresses Graham Terhune Photography via Style Me Pretty


Lace Sleeve Black Bridesmaid DressBlack Lace Tulip Dress – Nordstrom

Long Lace Sleeve Black Bridesmaid DressTed Baker Long Sleeve Bridesmaid DressASOS

Lace Long Sleeve Black Maxi Bridesmaid DressEmbellished Floral Lace Black Gown – Net-a-Porter

Long Sleeve Glimmering Black Bridesmaid DressLong Sleeve Embellished Tulle DressNet-a-Porter

Long Lace Sleeve Black Bridesmaid DressLong Sleeve Embroidered Black Bridesmaid Dress – Nordstrom

Long Lace Sleeve Black Bridesmaid DressLong Sleeve High Neck Black Bridesmaid DressASOS

I love it! In fact I just wish I had been lucky enough to wear black when I was a bridesmaid – instead of lavender, peach and purple (on 3 separate occasions, I should say, not all together!) none of which really do much for my blue complexion. If you don’t see the beauty in black for bridesmaids though, don’t worry because I have another post packed full of pretty (and perfect for the season) bridesmaid dresses coming up. If you simply can’t wait though just take a peek here for some Autumn inspiration, here for timeless Ivory bridesmaid dresses, here for sweet and summery stripes or here for some of this year’s key bridesmaid trends. You will also find plenty of ideas over on CVBs Bridesmaid Pinterest board – almost 1000 pins worth in fact!