Our 16 Top Picks for Plus-Size Black Bridesmaid Dresses

You can't go wrong with such a timeless choice.
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Carli Brennan
The Knot Fashion Contributor
  • Carli writes freelance fashion articles for The Knot.
  • Prior to The Knot, she was the style section editor at Her Campus Media and launched the Fashion Institute of Technology chapter of Her Campus.
  • Carli’s passion for the wedding industry stems from her time as a bridal consultant and her previous internship in a bridal showroom.
Updated Nov 30, 2023
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If you're on the hunt for black plus-size bridesmaid dresses, you've come to the right place! Just like your trusty LBD, a black dress is a timeless pick for a bridesmaid dress. There are so many styles of black bridesmaid dresses out there for every wedding theme and dress code. Whether the wedding calls for a sleek black gown or a more casual black midi dress, there truly is a dress out there for everyone. Retailers like Azazie, Macy's, and Show Me Your Mumu have a great selection of black bridesmaid dresses that come in extended sizes.

While there's a common myth that there's a "right" way to dress for your body type, we believe that the only thing that matters is what makes you feel good — not societal standards of what is considered the most flattering. Remember, there's no right or wrong dress for your body type, so let's get shopping!

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The Best Plus-Size Black Bridesmaid Dresses: Editor's Picks

Who says a basic black dress has to be boring? We scoured the internet for the best plus-size black bridesmaid dresses on the market and trust us, they're gorgeous. From dainty chiffon to luxe black velvet, there's a plus-size black bridesmaid dress to fit every style and budget.

Most Versatile: Birdy Grey August Convertible Dress

Black chiffon plus size off the shoulder bridesmaid dress
Photo: Birdy Grey

This stunning bridesmaid dress can be worn in three ways, making it perfect for each bridesmaid to choose which way feels best for her. Wear it strapless, as an off-the-shoulder dress, or with spaghetti straps.

Dress code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: XS - 3X | Material: Chiffon | Length: Floor Length

Price at time of publication: $89

For the Trend Obsessed: Emerald Sundae Trendy Plus Size Cowlneck Side-Ruched Maxi Dress

Plus Size Black Cowlneck Side-Ruched Maxi Bridesmaid Dress
Photo: Macy's

A trendy cowl neck adds a fashion-forward twist to this bridesmaid dress. It also features covered buttons, figure-flattering ruching, and a sexy leg slit.

Dress code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: 14 - 24 | Material: Scuba Crepe | Length: Floor Length

Price at time of publication: $79

Most Comfortable: Eloquii Off-The-Shoulder Knit Maxi Dress

Plus size black off the shoulder knit bridesmaid dress
Photo: Eloquii

This stretchy off-the-shoulder maxi is just as comfortable as it is elegant! Pair it with a pearl necklace and high heels for an elegant Audrey Hepburn-inspired bridesmaid look.

Dress code: Formal, Cocktail

Size range: 14 - 28 | Material: Stretch Knit | Length: Ankle-Length

Price at time of publication: $45

Best One Shoulder: Azazie Molly A-Line One Shoulder Chiffon Floor-Length Dress

Black A-Line One Shoulder Chiffon Floor-Length Bridesmaid Dress
Photo: Azazie

Channel your inner Greek goddess in this flowy chiffon gown. The one-shoulder silhouette elongates the body, creating a statuesque look, especially when paired with nude high heels.

Dress code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: 0 - 30 or custom | Material: Chiffon | Length: Floor Length

Price at time of publication: $119

Best Halter: BHLDN Ruby Twist Halter Satin Gown

Black Twist Halter Plus Size Satin Bridesmaid Gown
Photo: Anthropologie

There's something so elegant about a halter-neck dress. This satin gown from BHLDN is a fashionable, yet timeless pick as a bridesmaid dress. Pair it with a chic updo and a swipe of red lipstick for a glamorous bridesmaid look.

Dress code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: 0 - 26 | Material: Satin | Length: Floor Length

Price at time of publication: $248

Best Empire Waist: Show Me Your Mumu Rome Twist Gown

Black twist plus size bridesmaid gown
Photo: Show Me Your Mumu

This empire waist gown is given a twist (literally) with a knotted detail under the bust. It's also maternity-friendly for any bridesmaid mama-to-be!

Dress code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: XXS - 3X | Material: Satin | Length: Floor Length

Price at time of publication: $198

Most Unique: ASOS DESIGN Curve Exclusive Satin Plisse Twist Halterneck Midi Dress

Satin plisse twist halterneck plus size midi bridesmaid dress
Photo: ASOS

Satin plisse is a welcome update on this halter midi dress. The added texture is a unique spin on your classic satin bridesmaid dress. Keep your accessories minimal with just a simple high heel and sparkly earrings.

Dress code: Cocktail, Formal

Size range: 12 - 26 | Material: Polyester Blend | Length: Midi

Price at time of publication: $68

Best Ruffles: Xscape Plus Size Ruffled Off-The-Shoulder Long Sheath Dress

Plus Size Ruffled Off-The-Shoulder Black Long Sheath Bridesmaid Dress
Photo: Macy's

A dramatic ruffle trim on this off-the-shoulder gown is perfect for anyone looking to add some drama to their black bridesmaid dress. Keep the drama going by pairing it with a statement heel peeking through the leg slit.

Dress code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: 14 - 18 | Material: Spandex Blend | Length: Floor Length

Price at time of publication: $269

Most Romantic: Birdy Grey Hannah Dress

Black crepe maxi plus size bridesmaid dress
Photo: Birdy Grey

Feminine ruffle sleeves and a v-neck and back are a romantic pick for a garden or vineyard wedding. Your accessory of choice for the night: your bouquet and a crisp glass of chardonnay.

Dress code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: XS - 3X | Material: Crepe | Length: Floor Length

Price at time of publication: $89

Best Satin: Azazie Maron A-Line One Shoulder Stretch Satin Floor-Length Dress

Black A-Line One Shoulder Stretch Satin Floor-Length Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress
Photo: Azazie

We've never met a one-shoulder bridesmaid dress we didn't like. This one from Azazie features an asymmetrical neckline with double spaghetti straps and a cascading tie down the side.

Dress code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: 0 - 30 or custom | Material: Satin | Length: Floor Length

Price at time of publication: $89

For Old Hollywood Glam: Betsy & Adam Plus Size Strapless Gown

Plus Size Black Strapless Bridesmaid Gown
Photo: Macy's

Evoke Old Hollywood glamor in this sleek strapless gown. The structural neckline is reminiscent of a tuxedo jacket and makes it stand out in a sea of black gowns.

Dress code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: 14 - 16 | Material: Scuba Crepe | Length: Floor Length

Price at time of publication: $249

For a Black Tie Wedding: Azazie Lani A-Line Pleated Stretch Satin Floor-Length Dress

Black A-Line Pleated Stretch Satin Floor-Length Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress
Photo: Azazie

Dress to the nines in this sophisticated satin gown. We're swooning over the romantic flutter sleeves and faux wrap bodice.

Dress code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: 0 - 30 or custom | Material: Satin | Length: Floor Length

Price at time of publication: $89

Best Midi: ASOS DESIGN Curve Button Detail Midi Prom Dress

Black button detail midi plus size bridesmaid dress
Photo: ASOS

This satin midi is perfect for a more casual wedding. It features a flattering v-neckline, a side slit, and covered buttons on the side.

Dress code: Casual, Cocktail

Size range: 12 - 26 | Material: Polyester Blend | Length: Midi

Price at time of publication: $36

Best Structure: Rebdolls Plus Size Corset Maxi Bodycon Dress

Plus Size Corset Black Maxi Bodycon Bridesmaid Dress
Photo: Macy's

A corset-style top creates some added structure and support to this satin bridesmaid dress. This dress *actually* lives up to the old adage that you can shorten it and wear it again!

Dress code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: 1X - 2X | Material: Satin | Length: Ankle-Length

Price at time of publication: $90

Best Velvet: Lulus Elegant Evenings Black Velvet Flutter Sleeve Trumpet Maxi Dress

Black Velvet Flutter Sleeve Trumpet Plus Size Maxi Bridesmaid Dress
Photo: Lulus

Luxe velvet bridesmaid dresses are a seasonally appropriate choice for a fall or winter wedding. This elegant pick from Lulus features a flattering princess-seamed bodice, a sexy leg slit, and split flutter sleeves. You could even pair it with a fur stole or wrap for a winter wedding.

Dress code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: XS - 3X | Material: Velvet | Length: Floor Length

Price at time of publication: $88

Most Daring: Betsy & Adam Plus Size V-Neck Gown

Black plus size v-neck bridesmaid gown
Photo: Macy's

Turn up the heat in this sultry bridesmaid dress. The body-hugging silhouette is complete with ruching and a front ruffle detail. After bridesmaid duties are over, this would make a perfect black tie wedding guest dress you can re-wear for future weddings.

Dress code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: 14 - 18 | Material: Spandex Blend | Length: Floor Length

Price at time of publication: $209

Tips for Choosing a Plus-Size Black Bridesmaid Dress

Bridesmaid dress shopping comes with its own set of rules and guidelines when it comes to budget, alterations, etc. When shopping for a plus-size black bridesmaid dress, the same rules apply. You'll want to ensure you are prepared to strut down the aisle on the big day, so be sure to follow our top tips for selecting a plus-size black bridesmaid dress.

1. Leave Time for Alterations

Whether you opt for a traditional bridesmaid dress or something off the rack, be sure to leave at least a month for bridesmaid dress alterations. Most dresses won't fit us perfectly the first time we try them on, so it's crucial to get alterations done to your bridesmaid dress to ensure a perfect, red-carpet-worthy fit.

2. Color Match

If your bridesmaids will all be wearing the same dress, be sure to order them all at the same time to ensure they come from the same dye lot. Slight variations in color can occur in bridesmaid dresses ordered at different times even if they are labeled as the same color. If you're opting for a mismatched bridesmaid dress look, make sure the colors — even if they're all black — go together in person, as some shades of black can skew warm or cold.

3. Set a Budget

If you're the bride, remember to be mindful of your bridesmaids' budgets if they are purchasing their own dresses. They are all excited to stand next to you on your big day, so it's important to be respectful of what they are able to afford when it comes to bridesmaid dresses. If you are a bridesmaid and selecting your own dress, be sure to outline your own budget before you go shopping so that you can try on dresses you know are within your price constraints, rather than be swayed by an overly expensive dress.

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