(Original story published on Tuesday November 25th, 2014 on Slice.ca.)
An LBD is one of those wardrobe essentials that makes life a whole lot easier. It’s the piece we endlessly rely on to make us feel cool and chic at the office, on weekend excursions, and for those dates when we’re looking to seriously impress.
But just because an LBD is simple doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Want proof? From glossy and structured to lacy and curve-hugging, we’ve gathered 20 amazing versions of the little black dress that are anything but basic.
Scroll down for twenty LBDs you can wear all season long.
1. The Glossy Fit and Flare
Coming in a fit-and-flare styleand glossy fabric, Carven’s Glossed Faux Raffia Dress (was $690, now $272) is the perfect blend of elegance and edge. Team it with sky-high strappy heels to finish off the look.
2. Take the Plunge
A classic silhouette with a sexy plunging necklace makes Topshop’s Plunge Neck Bodycon Mini Dress ($53) a fun choice for late-night cocktails. Team it with ankle boots and a printed clutch to give the dress the It-girl treatment.
3. The Bodycon
Perfect from morning meetings to post-work cocktails, Helmut Lang’s Nova Stretch-Jersey Mini Dress ($210) is a simple and sophisticated option.
Up the wow factor at the next soiree with this mini Bell-Shaped Playsuit ($149) from H&M. Wear your hair in a sleek bun for a sophisticated twist on this playful look.
5. The Crepe Dress
The dresses we can easily wear from the office to dinner dates are options we tend to reach for most. And so, J.Crew’s Origami Dress in Wool Crepe (US $230) is bound to become a timeless essential in your wear-anywhere wardrobe.
6. The Sheer Overlay
Play a little peek-a-boo in Zara’s Studio Dress ($129) that features a flirty sheer overlay. We love it paired with pointy pumps for cocktails, and flat boots on casual weekend outings.
7. The Chunky Knit
It’s the time of year when we tend to reach for chunky knits over anything else. So, Joe Fresh’s Shaker Knit Sweater Dress ($39) is bound to get a ton of play throughout this frosty season.
8. Biker Chic
Featuring a ladylike silhouette and coming in edgy leather, Iris & Ink’s Florence Leather Dress($473) makes a cool option for any party this season. Going to a holiday bash? Just add some sparkly earrings, strappy shoes, and a look-at-me clutch and you’re good to go.
9. The Embellished Sheath
Take the classic black dress up a notch with cut-out and embellished detailing, like Anthropologie’s Jeweled Collar Sheath ($228). It’s the perfect option for office holiday parties and elegant dinner dates this season.
10. Touches of Gold
Infused with waves of gold, French Connection’s Atlantic Wave Dress ($228) is a sleek way to achieve Gatsby-like style this season. Team it with simple shoes and an envelope clutch.
11. 90s Treatment
Boasting spaghetti straps, a shift silhoutte and sequin embellishment, Banana Republic’s Monogram Strappy Sequin Dress ($160) is an ode to the classic ’90s style we’re still loving today. Team it with a great pair of earrings and cool platforms.
12. Ladylike Lace
Go the ladylike route this season with a fitted, cap-sleeved lace dress like Aritzia’s Babaton Tobias Dress ($165). It’s an elegant option you’re bound to have on hand for years to come.
13. Flirty and Feathered
Pay tribute to the roaring ’20s with Piperlime Collection’s Lace Fringe Hem Dress ($141). Play up the flapper look with strappy heels and a long layered necklaces.
14. The Peek-a-Boo Dress
Equal parts sexy and sophisticated, Jaggar’s Blackbird Dress ($224) from Revolve Clothing is a standout option for after dark affairs. Opt for simple accessories to let the dress steal the spotlight.
15. Winter Florals
With a fitted silhouette and floral collar, ASOS’s Pencil Dress with Leather Look Floral Collar ($103) is a perfectly feminine option for parties this season. Our recomendation? Wear your hair up to show off the intricate detail on the collar.
16. Relaxed and Embellished
Another option reminiscent of something Daisy Buchanan would wear, Club Monaco’s Linnea Embellished Dress ($279) is a fun and flirty dress for the holiday season. Team it with sparkly jewellery to take the look to an elegant new level.
17. The Long-Sleeved Mini
A long-sleeved dress is the answer to our prayers this time of year, and A.L.C.’s Tolan Dress($596) from Shopbop is a great way to go. Team this fitted mini with sheer tights and killer heels for the ultimate leg-lengthening look.
18. The Minimalist Apporach
Go the structured route this season in All Saints’ Tonya Lew Dress ($208). Up the edge factor by wearing it with chunky flat boots and a menswear-inspired coat.
19. Fringed and Sequined
For the ultimate party-girl look, you have to go with Kate Spade, and this Sequin Fringe Mini Dress ($398) screams holiday soiree.
20. Ruffled and Radiant
With the simple change of accessories, Ted Baker’s Ruffle Neck Dress ($245) can easily transform into the perfect option for the office, weekend outings, and late night cockatils. Our favourite way to wear it? With a skinny belt and bold clutch.