7 LBD Trends You're About to See at Every Cocktail Party

Something unusual happened on the fall/winter 2020 runways: We saw a lot of LBDs reimagined. It's common to see a sleuth of black dresses in any given collection or season, but this time around, it was clear that in 6 months' time, everyone's little black dresses are getting a major makeover. Between cocktail parties and frilly soirees, prepare to feast your eyes on LBDs that have been spliced, draped, and fringed for the wearer's (and the viewer's) enjoyment.

Ahead, we have broken down the seven latest LBD trends to come down the fall/winter 2020 runways complete with the imagery and shopping to back each up. By now, you surely own at least one little black dress that you've worn to death, so do yourself a favor and treat yourself with one of the fresh styles ahead.

Spliced and Diced

Little Black Dress Trends 2020

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Courtesy of Dion Lee
Little Black Dress Trends 2020

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Courtesy of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

This season, it wasn't just little black dresses we saw get spliced and diced—it was a major trend we're preparing to see this coming fall. However, seeing the gaping cuts on these frocks felt fresh for an LBD.

Little Black Dress Trends 2020

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Self-Portrait via Getty Images
Little Black Dress Trends 2020

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Courtesy of Monse

Any LBD with fabric draped in some way around the neck is an LBD worth paying attention to. This subtle detail is giving a sultry and alluring vibe to this otherwise "basic" dress style. 

Little Black Dress Trends 2020

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Courtesy of Victoria Beckham

This season was really all about the neck. Necklines got all kinds of exciting, but this swirly, modern (almost reminiscent of a missing puzzle piece) design was one worth calling out as it relates to the LBD. 

Noir Boudoir 

Little Black Dress Trends 2020

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Oscar de la Renta via Getty Images
Little Black Dress Trends 2020

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Fendi via Getty Images

Spring was all about lingerie-inspired detailing, and apparently, so is fall. We saw more sheer, boned, and laced dresses come down the runway than ever before. If you ask us, it's just the upgrade your LBD collection has been in dire need of. 

Little Black Dress Trends 2020

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Prada via Getty Images
Little Black Dress Trends 2020

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Salvatore Ferragamo via Getty Images

Fancy a frivolous trend? Then a fringed LBD is the style for you. Lengthy fringe fell from frocks up and down the runways, and surprisingly, the frilly detail finally felt wearable. Just scroll to the shopping below—you'll see. 

Little Black Dress Trends 2020

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Courtesy of Altuzarra

Believe it or not, the off-the-shoulder trend is back and feels much more elevated than before. While we definitely saw more traditional off-the-shoulder styles, it was this fold-over detail that we fawned over the most.

Strapless Silhouettes

Little Black Dress Trends 2020

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Versace via Getty Images
Little Black Dress Trends 2020

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Courtesy of Area

Strapless styles aren't new by any means, but if there's anything we learned from last season, it's that the '90s influenced many of the spring collections. So naturally, details from the decade percolated into fall 2020 as well. Particularly, the tube top, as it pertains to dresses. We saw both literal iterations of clean tubbed dresses but also the incorporation of festive frills to make them feel more alive.