Every Fashion Editor I Know Loves an LBD—21 of the Best for Every Budget

December is in full swing, and so is party season. From your annual work function to family get-togethers, the stress of knowing what to wear over the festive period can be real. Whether you’re browsing the high-street rails or scrolling endlessly online, the abundant opulence of sequins, glitter and feathers can be somewhat overwhelming. If you’re looking for a tamer, understated take on party season, an iconic black mini dress is a great way to achieve a chic, paired-back look. 

Let’s be honest, an LBD never fails. It's sleek and timeless attributes make it an evening wardrobe go-to for nearly everyone I know. Whilst the monochrome design may lack standout patterns and prints, the simple nature of a black mini dress means it can solely focus on what it does best, the silhouette. With a variety of styles to choose from, including a figure-hugging bodycon all the way to flouncy A-line cuts, truly what’s not to love?

Giving credit where credit’s due, Norma Kamali, Sportmax, and Victoria Beckham are notable mentions when it comes to championing the LBD. Whilst H&M, COS and Zara are bringing quality high-street options to the table this season. But, if you want something more extravagant, the versatile style can easily be jazzed up with accessories galore, think statement earrings, a chunky bangle, or a crystal-embellished necklace. 

Well, we hear those of you with minimalist style, I’ve done all the scrolling for you and put together a list of some of the best black mini dresses on the market this season, all you have to do is just keep reading! 

How Fashion People Are Wearing Black Mini Dresses:


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We've seen this sheer tights and mini dress trend for a while now, and I'm still obsessed with it. Amalie models the trend for the evening with pointed-toe kitten heels and a relaxed-fit trench coat. 


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Bows are an underrated timeless party style and a great way to add a twist to a classic LBD. Coco pairs her bow-embellished mini dress with statement earrings, platform pumps and a glittered bag.


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Gia sandwiches her cowl-neck satin dress between a double leather ensemble to create an evergreen day-to-night outfit that will keep you warm, and looking chic, whilst heading to the party. 


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Speaking of tights, let Sara introduce you to the trending red iteration. This festive look shows how a simple pair of tights can amp up any minimalist outfit. 


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Kristin makes a statement with her organza puff sleeve design. Let the dress do the talking by styling with a heeled leather ankle boot and a monochrome mini bag. 

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Sennen Prickett is a freelance fashion contributor for Who What Wear UK, and has been since 2023. Compiling shopping stories that cover the latest fashion trends and viral sell-out styles, Sennen shares the best on-trend buys for any occasion, season, or everyday living. Whilst studying for her degree in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, she interned as a Lifestyle Writer at HuffPost UK, and acted as a Junior Fashion and Beauty Writer at FROW Magazine. During her time at university, Sennen focused on producing fashion news, detailing runway trends, and showcasing up-and-coming designers. Highlighting the need for inclusivity and diversity within fashion, Sennen also created her own interactive digital magazine detailing the areas of change needed within the industry. Since graduating in 2022, Sennen was offered the role as a Junior Digital Editor at FROW Magazine, before delving into her freelance career - returning to HuffPost UK with a position as Freelance Shopping Writer, and also working as a Studio Assistant at Harvey Nichols. Sennen works remotely from her home in the Midlands.