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.
  • Almost Famous Picasso silk dress
    Almost Famous Picasso silk dress
    Our Picasso Print is a go-to piece this season. Perfect for the office right through to evening drinks. Black or red available. Fit & Flare Dress. 100% Silk. Hand wash only.
  • ROBERTO CAVALLI Mesh Detail Printed Dress
    ROBERTO CAVALLI Mesh Detail Printed Dress
    Ponte jersey Roberto Cavalli sleeveless shift dress in a tailored fit and a scooped back. This dress features a panelled design with baroque print, mesh inserts, hook and eye belt to the waist, concealed zip closure and knee-length cut. A size 42 measures 115 cm from shoulder to hem. Sleeveless styling. Print and mesh design. Zip closure. Knee length. Italian sizing. True to size. 89% Polyester; 9% Polyamide; 2% Elastane. Trim: 52% Viscose; 47% Silk; 1% Elastane. Lining: 100% Polyamide. Dry clean only.
  • Kenzo Forever No? Sweatshirt Dress
    Kenzo Forever No? Sweatshirt Dress
    Free Global Shipping on full price orders over £100/$170/€125
    Black cotton 'Forever No?' sweatshirt dress from Kenzo featuring a crew neck, long sleeves and contrast textured Forever No? design at the front.
  • Kenzo Short Dress
    Kenzo Short Dress
    Sweatshirt fleece Lamé Logo detail Solid color Long sleeves Round collar Unlined Contrasting applications . Material:100% Cotton
  • Pre-owned Tibi Dress w/Tags
    Pre-owned Tibi Dress w/Tags
    Black and chartreuse Tibi dress with geometric print, draping at bust, cinched waist, tulip skirt and back zip closure.
  • Pre-owned Tibi Dress
    Pre-owned Tibi Dress
    Black and neon green digital floral print Tibi short sleeve dress with zip closure at back.
  • Spaghetti Strap Back Open Tank Dress
    Spaghetti Strap Back Open Tank Dress
    Brand from South Korea: CLICK. Color: Dark Gray, Light Gray, Black, Green, Materials: 96% Cotton, 4% Spandex, Size: Product Measurements: One Size: Shoulder 22cm, Bust 60~82cm,Total Length 88cm, Care: Hand Wash
  • Damsel in a dress Sandringham Dress, Chartreuse
    Damsel in a dress Sandringham Dress, Chartreuse
    Add some colour to your wardrobe this season with the Sandringham Dress by Damsel in a Dress. Made from beautiful textured jersey, it is neatly contrasted by black piping detail and a dropped hem at the back. Give it the extra wow factor by pairing with bold black heels. Brand : Damsel in a dress. Dress Shape : Straight. Material : 61% Polyester, 34% Viscose, 5% Elastane. Neckline : V-Neck. Size : 10. Sleeve : Short Sleeve. Washing Instructions : Dry Clean.
  • Damsel in a Dress Sandringham Dress
    Damsel in a Dress Sandringham Dress
    The Sandringham dress is made from beautiful textured jersey and is a perfect way of injecting colour into your wardrobe. With a contrasting black piping detail and a dropped hem at the back, this bold dress is sure to wow the crowds. Jersey Dresses. Textured. V-neck collar. Short-sleeved. 61% Polyester, 34% Viscose, 5% Elastane. Dry clean only. Dress Length 98 cm.
  • Pre-owned Diane von Furstenberg Dress
    Pre-owned Diane von Furstenberg Dress
    Yellow and Green Diane von Furstenberg floral print dress with black lining at collar, open shoulders at sleeves and invisible back zip closure.
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