The LBD is a wardrobe mainstay for a reason: It's straightforward, chic, and it goes with everything. But given how easy they are to wear, they can sometimes feel a bit uninspired. Luckily we're here to show you they're actually anything but boring: From textural details to cool hardware, there are plenty of black-dress outfits that break away from the everyday mold. Below, we're highlighting 22 of our favorite takes on black dresses, from daytime casual to ultra-fancy. So, no matter what crowd you want to stand out from—your fellow subway travelers or a group of well-heeled wedding guests—you'll have all the inspiration you need to do so in a subtly chic way.
Check out our favorite black dress outfits below!
It's all about texture.
Layer a dress over your favorite jeans.
Try a black slip dress with a bold print.
Want a subtle take on prints? Try polka dots.
Unexpected hardware makes a black dress feel especially different.
There's nothing boring about this black look.
Button details stand out.
Try exaggerated sleeves on for size.
Layer a slip dress with a blazer and you're good to go.
Style a black minidress with sneakers to mix things up.
A maxi dress and boots makes for a cool combination.
Let a little lace peek through.
A silky slip dress will always be in style.
For a tomboy-inspired ensemble, try sneakers and a bomber jacket.
Layer a button-down under your dress.
A cozy sweaterdress with an abstract twist.
This makes the case for a tough leather dress.
Try styling with over-the-knee boots.
An abstract dress you can wear to the office.
An eye-catching take on dressing up.
Layer a belt or bustier over a dress for a new twist.
Throw on a jean jacket to dress things down.