Whether you’re heading off to a class reunion, leading an important meeting at work, or swinging your hips at a wedding, a little black dress is a no-fail option. Look for details that flatter your shape (strapless to show off great shoulders; waist details to optimize an hourglass shape) and find a length anywhere from mini to midi for the most versatile look.

Little Black Dresses

While some might be lucky to find the little black dress that works for anything, we’re more inclined to believe that a small army of LBDs will ensure that you are truly ready for anything. Cocktail dresses aren’t right for the office, and a wool sheath is too hot for the summer. Ahead, we’ve outlined five LBD options that work for most of life’s dress-worthy moments.

A Little Black Sheath Dress

Little Black Dresses
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The sheath dress is a flattering shape for nearly all body types, especially when rendered in black. A streamlined sleeveless cut with a V or crew neckline is also ultra-flattering. Depending on your shape, you may want a fabric that has more stretch, or a cut that doesn’t sit as close to the body.

A long or short-sleeve sheath can also be incredibly sophisticated and works well depending on the season.

A Little Black Party/Cocktail Dress

A Little Black Sheath Dress

Up the dressiness of the little black dress by making it fun. Look for dresses with playful details like a bell sleeve, a feathered skirt or embroidery, and embellishments (like sequins!). Mini-length hems are the most fun for parties, but if a more formal cocktail affair is in order, look for a more conservative length.

An A-Line Little Black Dress

Black Dress

Many little black dresses have a fully fitted shape, but a flared skirt or A-line cut can be even more flattering—especially on a pear-shaped figure. There are so many ways to wear a dress like this, and it’s one that works for a multitude of occasions both casual and dressy.

A Little Black Lace or Crochet Dress

Crochet Dress

Think you can’t wear black in the summer? Think again. An LBD in lace or crochet—with playful peek-a-boo features, cutouts, or layers—is perfect for August weddings, humid date nights, and casual Friday at the office, too.

A Little Black Sweater Dress

Little Black Sweater Dress

Lastly, consider a little black sweater dress. During the winter months, you can wear a turtleneck like this in many different ways. Wear it with thigh-high flat-sole boots for a night out, or layer it over leather leggings and sneakers for weekend brunch. At the office, tights and ankle boots work perfectly—you could even wear a vest over it for more layering options.

Little Black Dresses – Timeless Chic

A guide to how to wear a little black dress, plus where to buy the best styles and accessorize them.

The little black dress will take you anywhere from cocktail parties to formal events. History of the Little Black Dress
Find out who invented the little black dress and when it was introduced.

Best Little Black Dresses for Your Body

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Best Little Black Dress Styles

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How to Accessorize a Little Black Dress

View this video to get good ideas to finish the look with style.

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