11 Little Black Dresses that are Anything but Basic

11 Little Black Dresses that are Anything but Basic

by Melissa Magsaysay

There’s a reason the LBD is one of the most instantly recognized acronyms. Iconic, practical and functional, it’s a single item that has endured the test of time and fickle nature of a fashion trend.

But the little black dress doesn’t have to be basic (or boring). In fact, the more interesting and streamlined the silhouette, the more it stands apart while remaining mostly practical. Add embellishment, a ruffle detail or sequins and the LBD is instantly elevated.

Here are 11 versatile styles that will help build the foundation for a well-appointed wardrobe.

Reem Acra Galaxy Embroidered Velvet Dress

Try celestial detail and sumptuous velvet that’s truly out of this world.

Eleven March11 Arizona Maxi Dress

Delicate embroidery gives this dress a worldy vibe.

Haney Tavi Dress

Short, sweet and with just the right amount of subtle sparkle.

Wingate Wiro Kimono Dress

Stunningly simple, this versatile wrap silhouette works for practically any occasion.

JC Obando The Moroccan Gown

This goddess like gown in a gorgeous wrap silhouette elongates the frame and can be easily dressed up or down.

By Malene Birger Winnih Dress

Tonal sequin trim gives a hint of shine on this beautiful column dress.

Badgley Mischka Pleated Sleeve Dress

A slight blouson sleeve puts a new twist on this go-to LBD.

Sachin & Babi Barton Dress

Embellished with black tear drop shaped pearls, this dress will stun during social gatherings.

Telfar Half Tank Sweater Dress

An asymmetrical cold shoulder detail gives this knit number just the right amount of edge.

Jason Wu Evening Short Sleeve Cocktail Dress

This retro inspired silhouette has the daintiest sleeve and beautiful wrap skirt detail.

Prabal Gurung Jackie Knot Front Dress

A best seller for its intricate knot front detail, wear this day and night with the switch of an accessory (or two).


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    Wed, Mar 13

    All are fabulous, but does any come in my size ? 26

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    Mon, Mar 11

    Nice plus-size basic black.

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