Pastels are great for spring and summer weddings, but when it comes to colder weather celebrations, I'm all about rich, dramatic colors for maids. And does it get more attention-getting than classic black? Good ol' ebony and ivory is a timeless wedding combo, and works especially well for a winter celebration. After rounding up a few of my favorite black bridesmaid dresses, I paired them with their ideal wedding gown counterpart. Hope you're inspired!
Perfect Pairing #1: Vintage in the Winter
Damask patterns always make me think of winter, and I love the way an oversize one dresses up the simple shape of the Yoana Baraschi shift on the right. It's the perfect compliment for Amanda Garrett's sweetly vintage, slightly cheeky strapless gown.
Perfect Pairing #2: High Fashion Fantasy
What girl doesn't want to wear Vera Wang on her wedding day? This slinky number deserves a maid look that's just as form-fitting. I'm especially into the idea of letting the bride bare all with a deep-V, and keeping the maids more covered up with a high neck. Good thing the beaded cap sleeves on this Badgley Mischka gown keep it from feeling too stuffy.
Perfect Pairing #3: Park Avenue Princess
There's pastel preppy, then there's proper Upper East Side prep. We're talking simple, substantial details that subtly show off your timeless good taste. With its prominent seaming, Amsale's silk magnolia Allen gown perfectly embodies that bride—and Milly's Cameilia dress is a compliment worthy of any grown-up Gossip Girl. And how perfect is it that they both have bows at the waist?
Perfect Pairing #4: Fresh=Faced & Flirty
I love big ruffles! They're the perfect detail for the modern bride who still wants to look romantic. Because the detail is small and at the waist on this fit-and-flare Halston Heritage dress, it won't overwhelm the larger ruffle on the skirt of Kelly Faetanini's Mari gown.
Perfect Pairing #5: Cold Weather Romance
Winter celebrations often call for a wedding party thats a bit more covered up. With its lace half-sleeves, this Sarah Janks gown hits just the right level of demure, and the flowy chiffon skirt of Donna Morgan's Julie gown will play up the traditionally romantic vibe set by the bride.
Perfect Pairing #6: Night Club Chic
Calling all Kardashian fans! I know Kim went a bit more traditional for her actual wedding, but Reem Acra's sequined, high-slit wedding gown still seems right up her alley. And I know she'd love the tight fit and dramatic sleeves of this ASOS Pencil Dress.