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The black dress is probably the most iconic piece of clothing in fashion history, in large part, thanks to Coco Chanel. Whether you’re channeling Audrey Hepburn chic in an LBD or glamming it up in an evening gown, it’s the best go-to when you’re not sure what to wear. Stock your closet with essentials that can take you from desk to dinner, a couple for special occasions, and at least one casual black dress you can easily throw on for weekend wear. The beauty of a little black dress, aside from being super flattering, is that it’s a foundation you can build on. You can opt to keep your look minimalist or you can add statement jewelry, a pop of colorful heels or accessorize with a beautiful scarf. Find the perfect black dress on Polyvore.

How can I dress down an LBD for daytime?


As long as we’re not talking about a fancy frock, consider your black dress as the foundation to build your look on. A sporty varsity jacket is cute with a minimalist slip dress and sneakers, while a long and fitted jersey number exudes carefree boho style when worn with a floral kimono cardigan, lace-up boots and sunnies. When you head to the office, wear your black dress with a polished blazer or ladylike cardigan. Complete the look with pretty flats and tote. This is a great way to do a quick change between office and happy hour.

Can I wear black to a wedding?


Long gone are the days when it was taboo to wear a black dress to a wedding. Black dresses are elegant for semi-formal and black-tie weddings, and also a sure bet for an invite requesting cocktail attire. Skip black for a day wedding with a lunch reception. Another case where black may be too heavy-handed is a Spring wedding, especially if you can tell that the color palette will be softer based on the invitation.

How should I accessorize a simple black dress?


Don’t overcompensate for not-so-basic black by piling on a bunch of accessories. Go for a clean and sophisticated look by adding jewelry—either focus on one major statement piece or layer more delicate pieces together. Infuse more personality into your look with your choice of footwear, like a bright pair of high heels for a fun pop of color. Finish your look with a chic clutch to carry all your on-the-go essentials.
  • Clover Canyon Painted Terrain Dress With Lace
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    Clover Canyon Painted Terrain Dress With Lace
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    This long sleeve Clover Canyon dress features a sheer black lace upper with a high round neck and a floral printed body with a relaxed silhouette. Single button keyhole at back. Lace/Draped Woven. Unlined. Made in the USA.
  • Contrast Collar A-Line Dress
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    Contrast Collar A-Line Dress
    Brand from South Korea: HOTPING. Color: Black, Materials: Polyester Blend, Size: Product Measurements: (1): Shoulder 37cm, Bust 89cm, Sleeve 61cm, Total Length 79cm (2): Shoulder 40cm, Bust 97cm, Sleeve 62cm, Total Length 83cm (3): Shoulder 42cm, Bust 113cm, Sleeve 63cm, Total Length 85cm, Care: Dry Clean
  • Burberry London Black and Green Striped Elka Dress
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    Burberry London Black and Green Striped Elka Dress
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    Short sleeve waisted dress striped throughout in green and black. Square collar. Zip closure at back. Vented at back hem. Fully lined. Tonal stitching.
  • AX Paris Black Leaf Print Bodycon Dress
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    AX Paris Black Leaf Print Bodycon Dress
    AX Paris. Take the tropics through to the evening with this statement leaf print bodycon. Add ankle strap heels to finish. Scoop neck. Bodycon fit. All over print. Stretch fabric. Mini length. Model is 5’8”/176cm and wears UK 10/EU 38/US 6.
  • Boat Neck Knit Dress
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    Boat Neck Knit Dress
    Brand from China: LOLO. Color: Coffee, Materials: Angora, Size: One Size: Shoulder Width: 58cm, Bust: 132cm, Waist: 128cm, Total Length: 80cm, Sleeve Length: 36cm, Care: Hand Wash
  • Long-Sleeve Tie-Waist Dress
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    Long-Sleeve Tie-Waist Dress
    Brand from South Korea: HOTPING. Color: Black, Charcoal Gray, Materials: Cotton Blend, Size: Product Measurements: One Size: Shoulder 34cm, Bust 87cm, Sleeve 54cm, Total Length 80.5cm, Care: Dry Clean
  • Stella Mccartney Penelope Dress
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    Stella Mccartney Penelope Dress
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    Silk shift dress in an emerald tie dye tone. Relaxed fit featuring a crew neck and 3/4 length sleeves. Knee length with a single key hole button feature at the back. 100% Silk. Dry clean only. True to size with a fitted cut.
  • MOSCHINO CHEAP AND CHIC Multi-Color Checked Dress
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    MOSCHINO CHEAP AND CHIC Multi-Color Checked Dress
    A florescent textured knit gives this bold dress from Moschino Cheap and Chic a new-season kick. Solid bodice with round neck, sleeveless, multicolor check body, ruffle hem, concealed back zip closure, lined. Fitted silhouette. Style with a classic trench and patent leather pumps. 40% Acrylic, 39% Virgin Wool, 16% Polyamide, 5% Other Fibres. Material 2: 100% Polyester. Dry clean.
  • DAVID KOMA Green/Black Contrast Side Panel Dress with Leather Trim
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    DAVID KOMA Green/Black Contrast Side Panel Dress with Leather Trim
    Classic color-blocking gets a bold kick with this vibrant-hued sleek frock from David Koma* Round neck, sleeveless, contrasting side panels and back, concealed side zip closure, patent leather trimmed hem. Pair with a leather trench, sky-high platforms, and a statement necklace. No Material info available.
  • DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Knee-length dress
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    DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Knee-length dress
    Composition: 95% Silk, 5% Lycra. Details: crêpe, two-tone pattern, deep neckline, short sleeves, no appliqués, no pockets, no fastening.
  • SILVIAN HEACH Short dress
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    SILVIAN HEACH Short dress
    Composition: 97% Cotton, 3% Elastane. Details: gabardine, floral design, wide neckline, sleeveless, no appliqués, no pockets, rear closure, zip closure, lined interior, stretch.
  • NOSHUA Short dress
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    NOSHUA Short dress
    Composition: 100% Polyester. Details: crêpe, floral design, deep neckline, sleeveless, no appliqués, frills, no pockets, lined interior, no fastening.
  • LIU •JO Short dress
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    LIU •JO Short dress
    Composition: 100% Silk. Details: satin, crêpe, polka dots, round collar, sleeveless, no appliqués, no pockets, no fastening, pleated detailing.
  • MAGAZZINI DEL SALE Short dress
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    MAGAZZINI DEL SALE Short dress
    Composition: 100% Silk. Details: satin, floral design, v-neckline, sleeveless, logo detail, no pockets, no fastening.
  • JC de CASTELBAJAC Short dress
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    JC de CASTELBAJAC Short dress
    Composition: 100% Cotton. Details: lightweight sweater, multicolor pattern, round collar, short sleeves, no appliqués, no pockets, no fastening.
  • JC de CASTELBAJAC Short dress
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    JC de CASTELBAJAC Short dress
    Composition: 100% Cotton. Details: lightweight sweater, multicolor pattern, round collar, short sleeves, no appliqués, no pockets, no fastening.
  • DESIGUAL Short dress
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    DESIGUAL Short dress
    Composition: 100% Viscose. Details: jersey, solid color, wide neckline, long sleeves, logo detail, embroidered detailing, no pockets, no fastening.
  • Women's Topshop Satin Trim Overlay Dress
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    Women's Topshop Satin Trim Overlay Dress
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    A woven overlay dress styled with a short-sleeve bodice and an A-line skirt is trimmed at the waist and hem with bands of touchably soft satin. Brand: TOPSHOP. Style Name: Topshop Satin Trim Overlay Dress. Style Number: 1042134.
  • Pre-owned Diane von Furstenberg Casual Dress
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    Pre-owned Diane von Furstenberg Casual Dress
    Used Diane von Furstenberg Casual Dress 6 Green/Green
  • Pre-owned M Missoni Halter Dress
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    Pre-owned M Missoni Halter Dress
    Black M Missoni halter dress with multicolor ikat print and keyhole cutout at back.
  • Sid Neigum Silk Graphic Wrap Dress
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    Sid Neigum Silk Graphic Wrap Dress
    Woven silk-blend dress * Graphic print throughout * V-neck * Wrapped bodice * Self-tie belt at waist * Tonal topstitching and panel seaming Measurements: * 34" in circumference at bust; 35" from shoulder to hem; taken from a size OS * Model's height is 5 feet 9 inches * Please note, under layer is used for styling purposes only.
  • Pre-owned Chloe Dresses
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    Pre-owned Chloe Dresses
    Sleeveless two-tone dress, in mousey and light grey, box cut, veil on the bust area. Composition: cotton and silk. Brand : CHLOE.
  • Misook Golden-Studded Dress
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    Misook Golden-Studded Dress
    Misook. Golden-Studded Dress. . Misook jersey dress with studded detail; available in your choice of color. Approx. measurements: 34 1/2"L from shoulder to hem, 38"L from center back to hem. Jewel neckline. Long sleeves. Relaxed fit. Back zip. Hem hits above knee. Acrylic/polyester; washable. Imported.
  • Pre-owned Zac Posen Dress
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    Pre-owned Zac Posen Dress
    Green and multicolor Zac Posen cap sleeve bodycon knit dress with glitter floral pattern throughout and pin tuck shoulders.
  • Pre-owned Missoni Dresses
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    Pre-owned Missoni Dresses
    Missoni black and green dress (knee length). A very pretty piece, size 38IT - equivalent to a French size 36. Brand : MISSONI.
  • Pre-owned Ikks Dresses
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    Pre-owned Ikks Dresses
    Beautiful pearl grey silk dress. Brand : IKKS.
  • Pre-owned Bel Air Dresses
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    Pre-owned Bel Air Dresses
    Black 3/4 sleeves dress in polyester and elasthane (4%), 2 decorative zips on the shoulders, no flaws. Brand : BEL AIR.
  • Pre-owned Zero + Maria Cornejo Knit Dress
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    Pre-owned Zero + Maria Cornejo Knit Dress
    Multicolor Zero + Maria Cornejo printed sleeveless silk cocoon dress with V-neckline.
  • Marni Printed Crepe Dress
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    Marni Printed Crepe Dress
    Black and green printed crepe dress
  • Pre-owned Comptoir Des Cotonniers Dresses
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    Pre-owned Comptoir Des Cotonniers Dresses
    Blue/grey shirt dress by Comptoir des Cotonniers. 100% cotton and 100% silk (collar, middle, ends of the sleeves). Size 36, straight cut (can be worn with a belt, for example). Brand : COMPTOIR DES COTONNIERS.
  • Pre-owned Diane von Furstenberg Dress
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    Pre-owned Diane von Furstenberg Dress
    Black Diane von Furstenberg dress with blue, yellow, and green abstract print throughout, two front pockets, and front button closure.
  • LOFT Lou & Grey Slinky Spacedye Dress
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    LOFT Lou & Grey Slinky Spacedye Dress
    Introducing a new line of easy, texture-rich pieces for your every day. Totally cool handed, our slinky spacedye gets sporty with pieced detail and side pockets for wear-now-and-layer-later appeal. A designer favorite. Scoop neck. Sleeveless. Elasticize drawstring waist. Shirttail hem. 19” from natural waist. 48% Rayon, 48% Polyester, 4% Spandex. Imported. Machine Washable.
  • Pre-owned Thakoon Silk Dress
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    Pre-owned Thakoon Silk Dress
    Green, black and white Thakoon silk plaid print dress with cap sleeves, draping at waist, pockets at sides and front and back concealed button closure.
  • Pre-owned Lela Rose Dress
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    Pre-owned Lela Rose Dress
    Black and gray Lela Rose floral print sleeveless dress with scoop neckline and hidden side zip closure.
  • Lanvin Fringed Tweed Dress
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    Lanvin Fringed Tweed Dress
    Black sleeveless tweed dress from Lanvin featuring a dropped waist, a pleated skirt, a straight hem, black straps with tie fastenings and a raw edged trim.
  • Pre-owned Balenciaga Silk Dress
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    Pre-owned Balenciaga Silk Dress
    Azure, green and multicolor Balenciaga silk dress with pleats at shoulders and back, front hip pockets and invisible back zip closure.
  • Pre-owned D G Dresses
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    Pre-owned D G Dresses
    Pretty mid-length black dress with spaghetti straps. 30 cm long hemstitched sides on top of the dress. Sexy and chic. Very smooth and nice material. (Nylon and acetate) Brand cryptogram on the tag. Italian size 30/40. Beautiful piece. Brand : D G.
  • Nineminutes Foliage Brocade Dress
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    Nineminutes Foliage Brocade Dress
    Black, green and blue cotton blend foliage brocade dress from Nineminutes featuring a round neck, a sleeveless design, a concealed rear zip fastening and a layered hem.
  • THEORY Wool Blend Marled Dress
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    THEORY Wool Blend Marled Dress
    A cool choice for the workweek, this marled "Abreena" sweater dress from Theory is a stylish take on this classic knitwear staple. Soft jade/black marled wool blend, round neckline, short sleeves. A-lined silhouette. Team with a shopper, opaque tights and ankle boots. 93% Wool, 7% Polyamide. Dry clean.
  • M Missoni Houndstooth fleece wool-blend mini dress
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    M Missoni Houndstooth fleece wool-blend mini dress
    M Missoni multicolored dress. Made in Italy. Fleece wool-blend. Black trims, lined through bodice. Concealed zip fastening along side. Fabric1: 92% fleece wool, 8% nylon; fabric2: 50% acrylic, 50% wool; lining: 67% acetate, 33% polyester. Dry clean. Fits true to size, take your normal size. Fitted at the bust and waist, loose at the hip. Mini-length. Mid-weight, non-stretchy fabric.
  • Thakoon Green Lace Front Camisole Gown
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    Thakoon Green Lace Front Camisole Gown
    Thakoon ’s striking Fall ’14 collection feels Latin American with bold hues, tactile fabrics and creative layering. Ensure all eyes are on you and wear this deep green double crepe silk dress featuring a lace front, low back and train to your next black tie event. This softly draped look calls for delicate gold accessories and sleek stiletto heels. Deep green strappy draped dress. Lace and double crepe silk. Slim straps. Sheer mesh lace applique at the neckline. Waist seam. Draped pleating at the waist. Deep V back. Train at the back. Concealed zip at left side. 100% silk. Dry clean only. Made in the United States.
  • Pre-owned Vena Cava Dress
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    Pre-owned Vena Cava Dress
    Green and black Vena Cava dress with elastic skirt, wrap bodice, gathers at shoulders and tie at waist.
  • Nicole Miller Mojito Scale Sequin Dress
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    Nicole Miller Mojito Scale Sequin Dress
    This dress is truly an eye-catching and ultra-modern piece. It is made of polyester and elastane with a sheer mesh back and allover sequins. The scale sequins can be made either black or a green-blue depending on which direction they are brushed, allowing for the dress to be different colors and patterns. Pair this piece with pumps and a small clutch for a cocktail-ready look. Polyester/elastic. Professional spot clean only.
  • Jean Louis Scherrer Vintage Floral Print Dress
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    Jean Louis Scherrer Vintage Floral Print Dress
    Black, green, fuchsia and red silk floral print sleeveless dress from Jean Louis Sherrer Vintage featuring a halter neck, a sweetheart neckline, a fitted waist with rear tie fastening and a pleated skirt. From 1960. Please note that vintage items are not new and therefore might have minor imperfections.
  • M Missoni Women's Knitted Dress - Verde Erba
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    M Missoni Women's Knitted Dress - Verde Erba
    Crafted from a soft and stretchy viscose blend, this green and black knitted dress from M Missoni boasts a zig-zag weave design throughout and a jersey finish. With a scooped neck and capped sleeves, the dress is finished with triangular panel cut-outs to the front. E.D. 68% Viscose, 32% Polyester. Size 10 measures 38.5"/98cm from nape of neck to hem. Size 10 measures 14.5"/37cm from armpit to armpit.
  • ROLAND MOURET Kowhai Evening Gown
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    ROLAND MOURET Kowhai Evening Gown
    A radiant verdant shade lends a stunning look to this one shoulder column gown from Roland Mouret. Bright green wool with black strap detailing, one shoulder, metal side zip. Straight silhouette. Team with a gold collar necklace and metallic pumps. 100% Wool. Dry clean.
  • Lace Dress
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    Lace Dress
    Brand from China: JVL. Color: Green, Black, White, Materials: Lace - Polyester, Size: S: Bust: 100cm / 39.4", Shoulder Width: 34cm / 13.4", Sleeve Length: 20cm / 7.9", Total Length: 84cm / 33.1", M: Bust: 104cm / 40.9", Shoulder Width: 35cm / 13.8", Sleeve Length: 21cm / 8.3", Total Length: 85cm / 33.5", L: Bust: 108cm / 42.5", Shoulder Width: 36cm / 14.2", Sleeve Length: 22cm / 8.7", Total Length: 86cm / 33.9", Care: Hand Wash, Machine Wash
  • Pre-owned Marni Dress
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    Pre-owned Marni Dress
    Green silk Marni sleeveless dress with black vertical striped detail, draped pocket at front right waist and hidden button closures at back.
  • OSCAR DE LA RENTA Faille Dress With Blue Embroidery
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    OSCAR DE LA RENTA Faille Dress With Blue Embroidery
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    Faille Dress With Blue Embroidery From Oscar De La Renta. Scoop Neckline With Silver Glass Beading Embellishments And Blue Floral Embroidery Detailing. Fitted Through Waist With Dart Stitching, Back Zip Closure, And Reinforced Hemline. 100% Silk, Dry Clean. Made In USA. Available In Black/Blue.
  • Vitorino Campos Printed Dress
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    Vitorino Campos Printed Dress
    Black and white silk printed dress from Vitorino Campos featuring a round neck, long sleeves, a fitted waist and a green leaf print.
  • Emma Cook Women's Abbie Dress - Watermelon
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    Emma Cook Women's Abbie Dress - Watermelon
    The Emma Cook Women's Abbie Dress in watermelon boasts a green, pink and black plaid print, and features a round neck and capped sleeves. It has a sculpted waist for a flattering silhouette. L.M. Measures: 37"/94cm from shoulder to hem. 86% Polyester, 14% Spandex.
  • Pre-owned Tibi Dress
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    Pre-owned Tibi Dress
    Green and black Tibi sleeveless dress with black trim and hidden zip closure at back center.
  • Round-Neck Star Print Dress
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    Round-Neck Star Print Dress
    Brand from South Korea: Showgle. Color: Hot Pink, Charcoal Gray, Black, Materials: 60% Polyester, 40% Acrylic, Size: Product Measurements: One Size: Shoulder 75cm, Bust 145cm, Sleeve 32cm, Total Length 82cm, Care: Dry Clean
  • Antonio Berardi Jacquard dress
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    Antonio Berardi Jacquard dress
    Antonio Berardi green and black dress. Made in Italy. Jacquard. Back vent, fully lined. Two-way zip fastening through back. 57% polyester, 40% polyamide, 3% elastane. Dry clean. Fits true to size, take your normal size. Tailored for a slim fit. Mid-weight, slightly stretchy fabric. Those with a curvy figure may wish to take the next size up.
  • MARC JACOBS Leopard-print bow-front dress
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    MARC JACOBS Leopard-print bow-front dress
    It's the rich green and black colour palette that gives Marc Jacobs's leopard-print dress its sophisticated edge. Subtle details such as slightly puffed shoulders and a solid black satin back elevate the look further. Keep accessories classic for an elegant look that works around the clock.
  • Pre-owned Balenciaga Dresses
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    Pre-owned Balenciaga Dresses
    A sleeveless green and blue dress with a straight cut, V-neckline with a black silk border, and a zipper closure in the back. Material: 54% silk, 41% rayon, 5% polyester. Brand : BALENCIAGA.
  • Pre-owned Nanette Lepore Dresses
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    Pre-owned Nanette Lepore Dresses
    Dress in 73% viscose, 23% wool, 3% elastane fully lined dual-material. Black silky bust and wool mix chalk-stripe short skirt. Rounded neckline emphasized by a bandeau, buttons on placket at the front, flat pleats at the shoulders. Thin bandeau at the waist, skirt with flat pleats and slanted pockets. Fastens with a long zip at the back. Brand : NANETTE LEPORE.
  • Pre-owned Marc By Marc Jacobs Dresses
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    Pre-owned Marc By Marc Jacobs Dresses
    Black and prairie green houndstooth pattern dress, loose cut, short sleeves gathered at the shoulders, decorative strap at the neckline, two front pockets taken in the seam. Composition: 42% cotton, 38% polyester, 20% rayon, lining: 100% polyester. Several pulled threads in back, at the bottom, visible in the photo of the back. Brand : MARC BY MARC JACOBS.
  • Pre-owned Bel Air Dresses
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    Pre-owned Bel Air Dresses
    Sea green/turquoise flounced dress with black and yellow paint splotches. 100% silk. Worn only two times. It is like new! Flowing and lightweight. A spring/summer model. It can be worn for everyday and also for events like ceremonies, weddings, etc. Size 1 or 36. The adjustable straps allow both the length and neckline to be adjusted. Brand : BEL AIR.
  • Vineet Bahl Floral-print twill dress
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    Vineet Bahl Floral-print twill dress
    Black twill. Green floral print, black sequined shoulders, batwing sleeves, drawstring waist, slit pockets, side vents, fully lined. Button-effect snap fastenings at front. 100% viscose. Dry clean. Fits true to size, take your normal size. Loose fit, use the adjustable drawstring to pull it in at the waist. Mid-weight, non-stretchy fabric. Those with a curvy figure may wish to take the next size up.
  • French Connection Leopard Moth Crepe Tunic Dress , Astro Green
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    French Connection Leopard Moth Crepe Tunic Dress , Astro Green
    Channel modern luxe with this Leopard Moth Crepe Tunic Dress from French Connection. A flattering tunic dress crafted with black panel detail, featuring a long zip on the reverse, a round neckline and long sleeves. Team with statement flats for a chic look. Measures 83.3cm Brand : French Connection. Dress Shape : Tunic & Smock. Length Information: Mini - A mini style falls mid-thigh to above the knee, Midi - A midi length is knee- to calf-length, Maxi - A maxi length is ankle- to floor-length : Mini. Material : 100% Viscose. Neckline : Round Neck. Sleeve : ¾ Sleeve. Washing Instructions : Dry clean.
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