So here's the thing. You're having an evening 'do' and you want your bridesmaids to look chic and elegant.
But you don't want them to wear black. (The bride above chose midnight blue for her girls and don't they look classy.)
Magic in midnight. Dessy Bridesmaid Dress 6767
Above: Studio Design Bridesmaids Collection 4503 and 4514
You want them to look classy, sophisticated and stylish during evening dinner and for the dancing.
But black bridesmaid dresses? Maybe you're a little superstitious about the color. Maybe you find it a little draining on some skin tones. Maybe ... you just don't want to.
Well, there are other colors than black which offer evening elegance and style.
Dessy style 8183
Think about some different shades of drama
If you want to go for the drama of dark shades then are plenty of hues to consider. Midnight blue - the new black. A deep aubergine. Burgundy. The darkest of dark green. Perhaps an eye-catching dark ruby red.
You could also opt for sequins, which would work dazzlingly from day through to night. Your maids would just love wearing one of these bridesmaids dresses to channel their inner diva!
Left: After Six Bridesmaid Dress 6786, Right: After Six Bridesmaids Style 6784
A dress your maids will want to wear again and again.
One of the advantages of choosing a long bridesmaid dress in a dark color that's suitable for an evening wedding is that your maids will probably want to wear it again to another smart event because it doesn't scream 'bridesmaid'. Like a school prom if they're teenagers.
These dresses aren't going to linger in the closet unworn. They're much too glamorous.
Left: After Six Bridesmaid Dress 6794, Right: Jenny Packham Bridesmaid Dress JP1011
Left: Studio Design Collection Style 4538, Right: Jenny Packham Bridesmaid Style JP1005