Every fashionista is familiar with the concept of the ‘Little Black Dress’. A LBD is simply a chic short cocktail dress that can be worn to many parties, events, and occasions.
Choosing a black dress makes it neutral and easy to match up with fresh accessories to give it a different twist every time you wear it. The whole idea is to have a classic party dress on hand, that always flatters you and makes you look stylish.
The key to choosing the right little black dress is to make sure it suits your body shape perfectly. It doesn’t have to be a very trendy style, in fact, classic is better.
However, it can have design features that make it more interesting such as a touch of embellishment, beadwork or just a unique silhouette.
With that in mind, we’re running through our top 5 picks that make for amazing wardrobe staples.
These LBDs are all guaranteed to look stylish at many parties for years to come.
They also vary in style, so you can pick according to your own taste and shape.
The Classic Little Black Dress
The little black dress is famous in the fashion world for being the ultimate chic item. It has a long history of being every IT girl’s go-to party piece, including the likes of style icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel. A simple black dress has the power to look stunning for many years. The most important element is picking a design that flatters you and fits like a glove. Some on-trend accessories can update any little black dress to make it look fresh and current. Here are some contemporary dresses to last you a lifetime.
Black Backless Embellished Waist Cocktail Dress 2114
This fit and flare cocktail dress has a silhouette to flatter almost anyone’s shape. It highlights an hourglass look with a narrowed waist and flared short skirt. This stunning black style has several unique features that make it stand out as original. This includes a wide embellished waist belt, fully open back and draped shoulder elements that add flow.
With a simple plunging neckline, a sleeveless bodice and pleated skirt, this pretty and feminine short dress is the perfect fit for almost any party. The metallic belt adds just the right touch of sparkle. It’s also easy to style for any season!
Black One Shoulder Fitted Strapless Cocktail 2529
This beaded black dress has a sexy edge that’s perfect for anyone who enjoys a regular night on the town. With a pretty one-shoulder cut and fitted silhouette, this design shows off just the right amount of skin and your shape.
Featuring glittering beaded detail all over, this otherwise simple black dress will catch the light and highlight you at your best. It also has a semi-formal look that will fit in at most parties and events too.
This wardrobe must-have can be teamed up with a variety of different styles of heels, ankle boots, and even thigh-high styles during the winter months. To go classic, just opt for black velvet heels and a punchy red lipstick. To make a fashion-forward impact, style with an embroidered box clutch and matching pointed heels.
This figure-flaunting dress offers you a shortcut to effortless style, to make sure you look your best at every party.
Black Long Sleeve Velvet Cocktail Dress 62959
Velvet is an always timelessly chic fabric choice but has enjoyed a surge in popularity recently, being spotted on many top stars.
This fitted black velvet cocktail dress has many beautiful design features. It does have a look more suited to Fall/Winter events, and its long sleeves make it ideal for those colder months.
Featuring a high neck with sheer long lace sleeves and a sweetheart velvet bow bodice, this gorgeous piece mixes sexy with sweet. The short mini-skirt is simply fitted with a closed back that makes it easy to wear.
With a 90s/early 00s vibe that is hugely on-trend at the moment, this velvet LBD will continue to look stylish and will always be a classic too. The long sleeves make this modest as well as adding a unique twist.
Black Off the Shoulder Knee Length Cocktail Dress 63193
Possibly the most timeless piece of our top 5 choices, this glittery black dress is just so classic. Everything about it is sophisticated and effortless, with a strong feminine look that we could imagine being worn by the likes of Coco Chanel or Audrey Hepburn.
Featuring a folding off-the-shoulder neckline, with simple v-shape, structured bodice and pencil style skirt that drops to the knee, this midi-length style is cut to perfection.
From the fit to the length, each aspect is womanly and flattering. It would suit anyone of almost any age or body type.
The final finishing touch is the textured glitter fabric, which brings this dress to life and makes it feel modern. Perfect for any special occasion, you could wear this to a dressy dinner, wedding or evening party. Team up with a minimal envelope clutch, metallic heels and a short necklace that matches your selected metal tone.
Black Long Sleeve High Neckline Cocktail Dress M1647
Another great choice for Fall/Winter parties, this long sleeve black dress is all about great structure and silhouette. With a minimal take on the LBD, this is sure to be a dress you’ll cherish owning for many years.
The long sleeves include a slightly puffed sleeve, with a structured seam bodice to make the most of your figure. The high embellished neckline adds a point of interest. The skirt half slightly flares and falls just above the knee.
Modest, chic and so easy to wear, this is the dress you’ll always end up throwing on for those nights when you have ‘nothing to wear’. It’s the one you’ll fall back on when you receive a last-minute invitation or just want to make sure you look 10/10.
This long-sleeve LBD can be teamed with almost any type of shoe, bag, or jacket, so make it your own.