Black has become an accepted colour to wear at weddings and there's nothing more chic and stylish than black bridesmaid dresses. Standing among your girls while they’re dressed in black means that a statement wedding dress - whether white, floral or colourful - will really stand out.
If you want your maids dressed in this versatile and universally flattering colour, then check out our pick of the best black bridesmaids dresses. We've chosen a selection of plain, embroidered, beaded and sequinned dresses so there's something for every style of wedding and at every price point.
The benefit to black dresses is that your bridesmaids will happily wear them again after the wedding, so if you're asking them to buy the dress, they won't mind as much. If you're the one splashing out for the dresses, black is such a popular colour for occasionwear that you really do have your pick of every brand's best looks - and even simple dresses can be glammed up with accessories and shoes.
Here are our 33 favourite black bridesmaid dresses.
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1. Ruffle Hem Midi Dress - £99, Coast Fashion
The eye-catching structured ruffle at the hem is just one detail we love about this strapless dress from Coast. It's great value for the quality at under £100 and hugs curves like a glove, meaning your bridesmaids will feel great in it.
2. Rosie Linear Sequin Black Dress - £170, Monsoon
Made for dramatic entrances, this sequin dress would suit a glamorous autumn or winter wedding when candlelight can sparkle off the silver embellishment. It has a gorgeous open back too, which with the sheer plunge neck and thigh-high split, make this a seriously sexy choice for your bridesmaids.
3. Lissa Dress - £285, Reformation
Reformation makes beautiful quality dresses that will last a lifetime, so these gowns are something to invest in. We adore the romantic Lissa dress which has detachable straps so your bridesmaids can choose to mix and match as strapless or with spaghetti straps. The material is a lovely stretch cotton and will be wonderfully cool in summer.
4. Phase Eight Multi Kaylani Silk Jacquard Dress - £275, Next
This striking black dress features a metallic brushstroke jacquard print that catches the light and lots of statement finishing touches. From the sheer blouson sleeves to the cut-out on the neckline, there's so much to love and it's the perfect choice if you want something a little different for your bridesmaids.
5. Carlotta Ruched Chiffon Midi Dress - £139, House of CB
If you're having a glamorous black tie event, these sultry Bardot dresses will make your girls feel like goddesses. Made from a luxurious stretch chiffon, it's been cleverly ruched for an hourglass effect, and the boning to the front, back and sides provides ultimate support and a push-up effect on the bust.
6. Halterneck Knit Dress - £69, Oasis
This modern dress is perfect for a relaxed ceremony and would be great at a registry office wedding. The trumpet hem and cut-out halter neckline keep it fresh and contemporary and we guarantee this will become a wardrobe staple after the wedding for your bridesmaids at elegant parties.
7. A-Line Floral Floor-Length Dress - £87.77, Light In The Box
Look no further if you're after a boho-inspired black dress. This Temperley-inspired dress looks designer at only a fraction of the price. It's beautifully elegant, features gorgeous floral appliques and cute spaghetti straps.
8. Jersey Multiway Maxi Dress - £129, Coast Fashion
You can't go wrong with a multi-way dress for your bridesmaids. They can choose how they want to style it, from caped or draped to backless or bandeau. Perfect if your bridesmaids all like a different amount of coverage. It also comes in three different lengths: midi, 120cm and 148cm.
9. Shirley Ribbon Bodice Maxi Dress - £275, Needle & Thread
This ankle-length black dress is adorned with a beautiful ribbon bow motif made from tonal sequins and beads. The elegant silhouette is inspired by 1930s glamour and it moves so romantically when you walk. It's a dream going down the aisle.
10. Colour Block Poplin Wrap Dress - £69, Coast Fashion
We're living for this modern monochrome moment. A black bridesmaid dress can be brought to life with a pop of white and this statement colour-blocked wrap top continues round to an eye-catching bow. It's 100% cotton so will be light and airy on a warm day.
11. Adrienne Strapless Satin Maxi - £149, House of CB
House of CB are the queens of feminine styling. From the sexy draping across the bust to the cinched in waist and soft split in the luxe duchess satin skirt, your bridesmaids will feel like A-listers on the red carpet. A perfect outfit for glamorous formal events.
12. Cita Dress - £120, Reformation
This slim-fitting knit dress is not forgiving, but if your bridesmaids want to show off their curves without revealing too much, this dress is the one. It's an elegant ankle-length and has a peekaboo halterneck that will hold you in with just a hint of cleavage.
13. Louise Sequin Midi Dress - £140, Monsoon
We're swooning over these colourful sequins; this dress would work so well for a festival wedding, a boho celebration or any autumn or winter wedding where that pop of shimmering colour will brighten up the cooler weather. We love a sheer sleeve too.
14. Jacquard Tiered Midi Dress - £89, Next
Sleeveless, tiered, floral jacquard pattern: there's not an inch of this Next dress that isn't stunning. The A-line shape and voluminous skirts gives it a gorgeous swish and nips you in at the waist. This dress is crying out to be shown off at a wedding.
15. Organza Sleeve Velvet A-Line Dress - £59, Coast Fashion
If you're getting '90s vibes from this cute velvet minidress, you're not alone. From Clueless to 10 Things I Hate About You, this is channelling the best fashion of our youth into a fresh new style that every cool girl will be totally envious of. If your wedding has fun, fashion-y vibes, this dress is perfect for your bridesmaids.
16. TFNC One Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress - £60, ASOS
How gorgeous is this one-shoulder bridesmaid dress from ASOS. The chic wrap skirt leads down to an asymmetric hem which is super easy to dance in. You'll be able to shake a leg on the dancefloor as easily as walk down the aisle accompanying the bride.
17. Glitter Velvet Ruched Midi Dress - £55, Oasis
A glamorous wedding is calling out for this glittering velvet midi dress. It'll sparkle so beautifully under the lights and the fabric will keep your bridesmaids warm on chiller days; it's ideal for a winter wedding, but would suit a twilight ceremony across the seasons.
18. Sia Sequin Embroidered Dress - £295, Phase Eight
This Eastern-inspired maxi dress features a demure mandarin collar and trailing sequinned blossom embellishment. It's a true showstopper that will draw all eyes to your bridesmaids, but won't outshine the bride. The silhouette is feminine and flattering and will look good on all different body shapes.
19. Black Dip Hem Wrap Front Dress - £56, SilkFred
For a simple, youthful and flirty bridesmaid dress, this SilkFred number has you covered. The wrap top can be tied at the back - giving you that sexy little flash of flesh - or at the front for a covered up look. With loose, puff sleeves and soft satin fabric, this is seriously comfortable to wear as well as looking great.
20. All Over Sequin Cross Back Maxi Dress - £159, Coast Fashion
Hello, Hollywood glam! With a floor-sweeping train and all-over sequins, your bridesmaids will be ready for the red carpet in this dress. It comes in nine colourways so you could mix and match your bridesmaids or have them all in this refined and sophisticated black design.
21. Satin Dress - £39.99, H&M
Soft, simple and great value, bridesmaids on a budget will love this wearable satin wrap dress from H&M. It's lined so you don't have to worry about it going see-through in the lights at your reception disco and can be dressed up so easily with slinky heels and gold accessories.
22. Bianca Feather Strapless Dress - £139, House of CB
The feather trim on this chic and simple dress is beautiful, dramatic and luxurious. The cut is super flattering and the stretch crepe fabric and boning have a cinching effect that gives the smoothest of finishes.
23. Joanna Hope Deco Fringe Beaded Dress - £64, JD Williams
24. Melissa Beaded Neckline Ruched Maxi Dress - £99, Monsoon
Sophisticated and chic, this slinky dress with ruching at the waist will give your bridesmaids a gorgeous silhouette. Around the neckline is a trim of petite beading that elevates this from a simple black dress and adds a touch of class.
25. Wild Rose Ruffle Gown - £425, Needle & Thread
This graphite and Champagne dress has endless ruffled layers of tulle and intricate frill tiers. It's a mix of shades of black and grey and has the most showstopping voluminous skirt. Although it's pricey, if you have the budget, then it's worth it.
26. Miacova Plunge Maxi Dress - £149.99, House of CB
Made from a heavyweight stretch silky jersey fabric, this gown is smart and sexy. It features a deep plunge neckline to the waistband, cross back straps and a floor length fishtail skirt. It's a super-glamorous choice for fancy weddings.
27. Flounce-Trimmed Tulle Dress - £29.99, H&M
Want short and sweet? We love these gathered flounces and short raglan sleeves that'll look glorious swishing around the dancefloor. This dress will look perfect at a relaxed wedding.
28. Antonia Floral Embellished Black Maxi Dress - £250, Monsoon
Floor-length sheer tulle and bead and sequin embellishments in dazzling floral shapes create this showstopping gown. There's a soft sweetheart lining for comfort and modesty that shows off just a hint of cleavage. Made from sustainable fabric, it's an eco-friendly choice too. Did we mention it comes in pink too?
29. Amsterdam Dress - £218, Reformation
Polka dots are an eternally popular choice for a reason. The Amsterdam dress is sophisticated yet fun and would suit a laidback wedding or casual ceremony. If the tie detailing on the sleeves doesn't win you over, we don't know what will.
30. Beaded Satin Maxi Dress - £289, Coast Fashion
Made for dramatic entrances, this floor-length black gown features a thigh-high split, flowing train and pretty mesh inserts in the front and back of the beaded bodice. It'll make your guests 'ooh' and 'aah' and set the tone of the bride's arrival down the aisle.
31. Shannon Layered Maxi Dress - £295, Phase Eight
If you're after something a little different, this tiered chiffon and satin full-length dress features a flattering fishtail hem for a gorgeous silhouette and the bands create lovely curves.
32. Carmella Shirred Midi Sundress - £119, House of CB
Having a chic destination wedding? The Carmella dress is a pretty, floaty sundress with a feminine feel. The oversized bows at the shoulder are a gorgeous detail and the side slit flashes a bit of leg.
33. Chi Chi London Danikah Dress - £55.00, John Lewis
Animal prints can work for weddings. This sleek textured satin dress has a luxurious flowing feel and fits just under the bust for a sophisticated cut.
Are you still looking for the perfect bridesmaid dresses? If you like a darker tone, look at our selection of beautiful navy bridesmaid dresses.