Hunting down the very best little black dress you can find is like discovering your very own pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. It can save you from numerous sartorial disasters, it goes with everything and it always flatters. The LBD, as we've now come to know it, was originally created in 1926 by none other than fashion's greatest icon, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. It was designed for a Vogue feature that called it the "frock that the world will wear." The LBD was the first modern take on the dress, and people have been wearing it proudly ever since. The reason for its everlasting popularity? The LBD looks good on anyone, regardless of shape, size or age.
Style Notes: Aimee Song proves LBDs don't need to be plain in order to be chic. We love this glam, spotted iteration.
Style Notes: Try throwing a black tuxedo jacket over your dress.
Style Notes: Layered pendent necklaces make for an excellent addition to this plunging LBD.
Since Chanel's creation, we've seen many black dresses become iconic. From Audrey Hepburn's floor-length Givenchy number in Breakfast at Tiffany's to Angelina Jolie's Atelier Versace gown at the 2012 Oscars, there are many looks that have made it to the LBD hall of fame. Of course, special mention should go to Liz Hurley's black safety-pinned Versace frock, as well as the iconic off-the-shoulder feathered dress Kate Moss wore to Cannes in 1998.
What we're saying is that no wardrobe is complete without a go-to little black dress, which is why we've compiled a guide with some of our favourites around right now. You'll wear them when you want to make a statement, for special occasions and for when you just have nothing else to wear. Scroll below to shop our edit of the 21 best little black dresses just in time for party season.
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This full-skirted frock was made for swishing.
Crystals are making a massive comeback this season.
Tuxedo dresses are a firm occasion favourite of Meghan Markle.
Steer clear of necklaces to echo the clean vibe of this dress.
Look for styles with bows for a nod to the '80s party era.
Wear this slinky dress with backless loafers for a cool overhaul.
Minimalist fashion at its finest.
Black sequins make for a good entry-level sparkle.
Dresses don't come much more princess-like than this. Tiara optional, but highly recommended.
One-shoulder styles are still going strong this season.
Simple but seriously sexy. Just add black courts.
The preppy tiered skirt is one of the most flattering silhouettes out there.
For very special occasions.
We promise you'll wear this post-party, too.
Velvet gets an edgy overhaul with this stud-trimmed dress.
Everyone's favourite dress brand has the LBD nailed.
We adore the angular neckline on this draped dress.
A sequined flapper dress? It doesn't get more party than that.
Wear with your hair tied back in a low pony and finish with statement earrings.