Proof That a Black Dress Doesn't Have to Be Boring

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!

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It's all about texture.

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Layer a dress over your favorite jeans.

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Try a black slip dress with a bold print.

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Sandra Semburg

Want a subtle take on prints? Try polka dots.

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Unexpected hardware makes a black dress feel especially different.

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There's nothing boring about this black look.

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Sandra Semburg

Button details stand out.

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Try exaggerated sleeves on for size.

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Layer a slip dress with a blazer and you're good to go.

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Sandra Semburg

Style a black minidress with sneakers to mix things up.

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A maxi dress and boots makes for a cool combination.

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Collage Vintage

Let a little lace peek through.

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A silky slip dress will always be in style.

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For a tomboy-inspired ensemble, try sneakers and a bomber jacket.

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Sandra Semburg

Layer a button-down under your dress.

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A cozy sweaterdress with an abstract twist.

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This makes the case for a tough leather dress.

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Sandra Semburg

Try styling with over-the-knee boots.

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An abstract dress you can wear to the office.

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An eye-catching take on dressing up.

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Layer a belt or bustier over a dress for  a new twist.

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Throw on a jean jacket to dress things down.

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