27 Black Dresses That Are Anything But Basic

There’s a reason an LBD is always viewed as a safe bet for a special occasion. It’s almost assumed that a little black dress needs to be understated, unfussy, perhaps even a little unmemorable so that it can be slightly transformed for every party you wear it to and stay timeless for years to come. But considering the wealth of options available to us, that’s not the kind of LBD we’re interested in.

While a black dress will always remain a key part of our wardrobes, we’re interested in the unexpected ways to shop for an LBD—seven of them, to be specific. And among these trends, we’ve compiled 27 anti-basic frocks for the magpies, modest dressers, and print lovers alike. Scroll on for all the designs that technically qualify as an LBD, but all leave a lasting impression.