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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.
  • Off-Shoulder Ruffled Dress
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    Off-Shoulder Ruffled Dress
    Brand from China: YiGelila. Color: Purple, Materials: Polyester, Size: S: Total Length: 64cm, Bust: 84cm, Hem: 132cm, M: Total Length: 66cm, Bust: 88cm, Hem: 138cm, L: Total Length: 68cm, Bust: 92cm, Hem: 144cm, Care: Hand Wash, Machine Wash
  • GUCCI Art Nouveau Flower Print Dress
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    GUCCI Art Nouveau Flower Print Dress
    Elegant Gucci shift dress with long sleeves. This midi length dress features a boat neckline and a striking floral print in contrasting colours. A size 8 measures 87cm from shoulder to hem. Standard sizing (Italian sizing) True to size. 100% Viscose. Dry clean only.
  • JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Short dress
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    JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Short dress
    Free shipping on all orders
    Composition: 100% Cotton. Details: plain weave, stripes, classic neckline, long sleeves, no appliqués, multipockets, front closure, button closing.
  • Tie-Waist Plaid A-Line Dress
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    Tie-Waist Plaid A-Line Dress
    Brand from Taiwan: Tokyo Fashion. Color: Red, Black, Materials: 65% Cotton, 35% Polyester, Size: One Size: Total Length: 82cm / 32.3", Shoulder Width: 39cm / 15.4", Bust: 110cm / 43.3", Waist: 108cm / 42.5", Hem Width: 79cm / 31.1", Sleeve Length: 55cm / 21.7", Cuff Width: 11cm / 4.3", Arm Width: 27cm / 10.6", Care: Hand Wash, Machine Wash
  • MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Short dress
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    MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Short dress
    Free shipping on all orders
    Composition: 100% Wool, Cotton, Viscose. Details: plain weave, cool wool, stripes, round collar, sleeveless, no appliqués, no pockets, lined interior, rear closure, hook-and-eye closure.
  • PIERRE BALMAIN Short dress
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    PIERRE BALMAIN Short dress
    Free shipping on all orders
    Composition: 100% Cotton. Details: plain weave, stripes, classic neckline, long sleeves, logo detail, flashes, no pockets, front closure, button closing, shirt dress, small sized.
  • TAVIANI Knee-length dress
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    TAVIANI Knee-length dress
    Free shipping on all orders
    Composition: 60% Wool, 30% Silk, 10% Cashmere. Details: lightweight sweater, two-tone pattern, v-neckline, long sleeves, no appliqués, no pockets, no fastening.
  • Three Floor Be Jeweled Dress
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    Three Floor Be Jeweled Dress
    The Be Jeweled Dress has a textured shell in off-white with mesh cutout at middle, pockets, asymmetrical wrap hemline, and rhinestone and beading detail at collar. Fully lined, back zip closure. Looks killer with black chelsea boots and a neon lip color. By Three Floor. Polyester/Elastane/Polyamide. Runs true to size. Dry Clean. Imported.
  • MSGM Printed dress satin dress
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    MSGM Printed dress satin dress
    Multi-coloured abstract floral-print satin dress from MSGM featuring a v-neck, cap sleeves, structured pleats to the front of skirt, two slit pockets to the sides and a textured sequin embellished side-hem panel. The dress has a concealed rear zip fastening and is fully lined. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 6%, polyester: 94%, polyester: 94%. Washing instructions: Dry clean only.
  • MSGM Printed Dress Satin Dress
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    MSGM Printed Dress Satin Dress
    Multi-coloured abstract floral-print satin dress from MSGM featuring a v-neck, cap sleeves, structured pleats to the front of skirt, two slit pockets to the sides and a textured sequin embellished side-hem panel. The dress has a concealed rear zip fastening and is fully lined.
  • Jane Norman Floral Bandeau Maxi Dress
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    Jane Norman Floral Bandeau Maxi Dress
    We can’t get enough of luscious winter florals! This maxi dress features a sweetheart bandeau neckline with pleated design, floor sweeping length, all over floral print and back zip fastening for a figure hugging fit. Wear with strappy heels and a glossy clutch and get ready to look flawless in floral! Dress Length: 135cm
  • Beautiful Dress
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    Beautiful Dress
    Eye catcher mini dress! Features abstract print Contrast black piping detail Body contour fit Invisible side zip opening 100% Polyester Length of size 8 shoulder to hem: 80cm Our model is wearing a size 8 and is 176.5cm tall. (5'9 )
  • Fausto Puglisi Geometric Print Flared Dress
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    Fausto Puglisi Geometric Print Flared Dress
    Black silk geometric print flared dress from Fausto Puglisi.
  • Msgm Short Dress
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    Msgm Short Dress
    Satin Contrasting applications Multicolor Pattern Sleeveless Deep neckline Hook-and-eye closure Zip Two front pockets Lined interior . Material:100% Polyester
  • Tbags Los Angeles Convertible Maxi Dress w/ Black/Gold Neck Piece Women's Dress
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    Tbags Los Angeles Convertible Maxi Dress w/ Black/Gold Neck Piece Women's Dress
    Switch it up in the versatile Tbags Los Angeles Convertible Maxi Dress. Gold-toned, necklace-style halter ties in the back. Plunging V-neckline. Sleeveless design with an open back. Elastic waistline with an optional bare midriff. Floor-sweeping straight hemline. Unlined. 96% polyester, 4% spandex. Dry clean only. Imported. Measurements: ; Length: 53 in ; Product measurements were taken using size SM. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
  • Pre-owned Rhie Dress
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    Pre-owned Rhie Dress
    Lavender, black and white Rhie spotted sleeveless dress with removable waist tie.
  • Pre-owned Rhie Dress
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    Pre-owned Rhie Dress
    Lavender, black and white Rhie spotted sleeveless dress with removable waist tie.
  • Maiyet Shirt Dress
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    Maiyet Shirt Dress
    White and black cotton shirt dress from Maiyet featuring a crew neck, a front button fastening, contrasting sleeves, button cuffs, side seam pockets and a tulip hem.
  • Oscar de la Renta Floral Day Dress
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    Oscar de la Renta Floral Day Dress
    Black and white cotton blend floral day dress from Oscar de la Renta featuring a mandarin collar, a front button fastening, a sleeveless design, a seamed waist, side seam pockets and a long length.
  • Etro Printed Crepe Dress
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    Etro Printed Crepe Dress
    Black and purple printed crepe dress
  • MATTHEW WILLIAMSON ESCAPE Printed Silk Halter Dress in Blue
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    MATTHEW WILLIAMSON ESCAPE Printed Silk Halter Dress in Blue
    Styled with a full circle skirt, this bright printed silk dress from Matthew Williamson features a sultry cutout front and pom-pom laden halter neckline. Tonal blue/green allover printed silk, halter neckline with self tie back and black/midnight pom-pom trim, open back, hidden back zip closure. Loosely tailored top, full skirt. Team with a luxe leather jacket and heels or strappy sandals and an embellished clutch. 100% Silk. Dry clean.
  • MARY KATRANTZOU Silk Column Gown in Multi
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    MARY KATRANTZOU Silk Column Gown in Multi
    Impeccable patterning lends a characteristically chic look to this stunning column gown from Mary Katrantzou. Multicolored printed silk, round neckline, sleeveless, black waistband, hidden back zip, kick pleat. Tailored fit. Team with sparkly earrings and statement pumps. 100% Silk. Lining: 100% Silk. Dry clean.
  • Balenciaga Printed Cotton T-Shirt Dress
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    Balenciaga Printed Cotton T-Shirt Dress
    White, purple and black printed cotton T-shirt dress
  • Cherry Blossoms Faux Wrap Dress
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    Cherry Blossoms Faux Wrap Dress
    An elegant wardrobe essential, this silky white dress features a beautiful pink and black floral print with a surplice neckline. Finished with a faux wrap silhouette, elastic waistband, and cuffed sleeves, this dress can be styled with tights on cool-weather nights or paired with wedges for a fancy luncheon. Fully lined. 100% Polyester. Made in USA. 36” bust. 26" waist. 35” length from top of shoulder. All measurements taken from a size small.
  • ROLAND MOURET Willow Contrasting Printed Dress
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    ROLAND MOURET Willow Contrasting Printed Dress
    Black, blue and red contrasting printed crepe dress from Roland Mouret. Asymmetric neckline. White PVC straps. Sleeveless. Exposed zip down back. Full silk lining. Specialist dry clean only.
  • 3/4-Sleeve Lace Pleated Dress
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    3/4-Sleeve Lace Pleated Dress
    Brand from China: Flower Idea. Color: White, Black, Magenta, Materials: Cotton Blend, Size: S: Bust: 83cm / 32.7", Shoulder Width: 34cm / 13.4", Sleeve Length: 51cm / 20.1", Waist: 65cm / 25.6", Total Length: 77cm / 30.3", M: Bust: 88cm / 34.6", Shoulder Width: 35cm / 13.8", Sleeve Length: 52cm / 20.5", Waist: 70cm / 27.6", Total Length: 78cm / 30.7", L: Bust: 91cm / 35.8", Shoulder Width: 37cm / 14.6", Sleeve Length: 52cm / 20.5", Waist: 73cm / 28.7", Total Length: 80cm / 31.5", XL: Bust: 94cm / 37", Shoulder Width: 38cm / 15", Sleeve Length: 53cm / 20.9", Waist: 78cm / 30.7", Total Length: 81cm / 31.9", XXL: Bust: 99cm / 39", Shoulder Width: 39cm / 15.4", Sleeve Length: 53cm / 20.9", Waist: 83cm / 32.7", Total Length: 82cm / 32.3", Care: Hand Wash, Machine Wash
  • Just A Breeze Drop Waist Dress
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    Just A Breeze Drop Waist Dress
    Create a variety of effortless ensembles with this white and black drop waist dress featuring a striped print and subtle high-low hem. Perfected with adjustable straps and pintucks at the bust for added interest, this airy tank dress is ideal for a lunch date. Fully lined. 100% Polyester. Imported. 36.5” bust. 38.5” length from top of shoulder (front), 42.5” (back) All measurements taken from a size small.
  • Pleased To Meet You Embroidered Dress
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    Pleased To Meet You Embroidered Dress
    A sheer black organza overlay decorated with floral embroidery adorns this lovely white fit-and-flare dress. Finished with a scalloped hem and squared neckline, this enchanting dress pairs well with strappy heels for an evening out. Fully lined. 100% Polyester. Imported. 29” bust. 26” waist. 33” length from top of shoulder. All measurements taken from a size small
  • Charlotte Russe Pointed Color Block Strapless Bodycon Dress
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    Charlotte Russe Pointed Color Block Strapless Bodycon Dress
    Online only! Curved panels of contrasting millennium fabric take color blocking to a seriously stylish level! Hidden boning supports a sexy, pointed neckline, which dips into a deep V with strapless style on top. Stretchy fabric keeps it bodycon from top to bottom, where a tulip silhouette creates a flirty little slit along the hemline.   Exposed back zipper Bust is lined Made in USA. Black/White. Charlotte Russe.
  • BCBGMAXAZRIA Petites Gown - Kristine One Shoulder with Cascade Peplum & High Slit
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    BCBGMAXAZRIA Petites Gown - Kristine One Shoulder with Cascade Peplum & High Slit
    Unapologetic in its more-is-more approach to black-tie affairs, BCBGMAXAZRIA Petites presents an elegant one-shoulder gown that features a draped waist, asymmetric peplum and thigh-high front slit. Self: polyester; lining: polyester. Hand wash. Imported. Asymmetric neckline, pleated one shoulder, pleated waist, draped asymmetric peplum, boned bodice. High front slit, concealed back zip closure, lined.
  • Polly the label Best Of You Dress
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    Polly the label Best Of You Dress
    Best Of You dress by Polly. Stylin long sleeve mini dress! On trend pin stripe print Shift style fit Scoop cut hemline Soft stretch jersey Available in Black and White Polyester/Elastane Length of size 8 shoulder to hem: 82cm Our model is wearing a size 8 and is 177.5cm tall. (5'10 )
  • Drawstring-Waist Loose-Fit Dress
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    Drawstring-Waist Loose-Fit Dress
    Brand from Taiwan: OrangeBear. Color: Lilac, Black, Pink, Materials: 95% Polyester + 5% Spandex , Spandex, Size: 3L: Bust: 147cm / 57.9", Waist: 142cm / 55.9", Hips: 142cm / 55.9", Hem: 147cm / 57.9", Sleeve Length: 38cm / 15", Armhole: 73cm / 28.7", Sleeve Circumference: 48cm / 18.9", Total Length: 93cm / 36.6", One Size: Bust: 127cm / 50", Waist: 121cm / 47.6", Hips: 121cm / 47.6", Hem: 127cm / 50", Sleeve Length: 33cm / 13", Armhole: 63cm / 24.8", Sleeve Circumference: 40cm / 15.7", Total Length: 83cm / 32.7", XL: Bust: 137cm / 53.9", Waist: 132cm / 52", Hips: 132cm / 52", Hem: 137cm / 53.9", Sleeve Length: 35cm / 13.8", Armhole: 68cm / 26.8", Sleeve Circumference: 45cm / 17.7", Total Length: 86cm / 33.9", Care: Hand Wash, Machine Wash
  • Lulu Organza Dress
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    Lulu Organza Dress
    Way cute black and white gingham shirt dress featuring a cute collar with sheer organza shoulders. Hidden button closure down front and side zipper closure. Has a fit and flared silhouette with a pleated skirt. Fully lined. Looks pretty with platform shoes. 100% Cotton with polyester organza. 32”/81Cm Bust,28”/71cm, Waist ,32”/81cm Length. Model is wearing size small and model’s height is 5’10”/178cm.
  • Black Halo Jackie Crepe Sleeveless Dress
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    Black Halo Jackie Crepe Sleeveless Dress
    Black Halo "Jackie" pebble crepe dress. Approx. 48"L from shoulder to hem. Asymmetric V neckline. Sleeveless; cut-in. Contrast belt; metal buckle. Back scoop neckline; center zip. Straight skirt; back split. Pullover style. Polyester/spandex; polyester/spandex lining; dry clean only. Made in USA of imported material.
  • Emilio Pucci Printed Silk Dress
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    Emilio Pucci Printed Silk Dress
    Blue and black printed dress
  • River Island Purple contrast trim cut out pencil dress
    riverisland.com
    River Island Purple contrast trim cut out pencil dress
    Free delivery on $75+
    Sophisticated and chic, this purple cut out pencil dress will work from office to wedding this summer. Featuring a geometric panelled design, contrast black neckline trim, zip back fastening and raglan cap sleeves.
  • Patterned Tank Dress
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    Patterned Tank Dress
    Brand from Taiwan: CatWorld. Color: Black, Materials: 10% Spandex + 90% Polyester, Size: One Size: Total Length: 81cm / 31.9", Shoulder Width: 30cm / 11.8", Bust: 79cm / 31.1", Waist: 68cm / 26.8", Hips: 79cm / 31.1", Hem Width: 39cm / 15.4", Cuff: 46cm / 18.1", XL: Total Length: 82cm / 32.3", Shoulder Width: 31cm / 12.2", Bust: 84cm / 33.1", Waist: 76cm / 29.9", Hips: 84cm / 33.1", Hem Width: 41cm / 16.1", Cuff: 48cm / 18.9", Care: Hand Wash, Machine Wash
  • PETER PILOTTO Printed Silk Dress
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    PETER PILOTTO Printed Silk Dress
    Multicolour silk dress with ceremony print from Peter Pilotto. Knitted black round neck. Short knit sleeves with monochrome stripe print. Knitted black back panel. Ribbed at hem, neck and sleeves. Dry clean only.
  • Peter Pilotto Ceremony Print Shift Dress
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    Peter Pilotto Ceremony Print Shift Dress
    Multicolour silk dress with ceremony print from Peter Pilotto. Knitted black round neck. Short knit sleeves with monochrome stripe print. Knitted black back panel. Ribbed at hem, neck and sleeves. Dry clean only.
  • Bad Sport Sweater Dress - Red
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    Bad Sport Sweater Dress - Red
    Into sports? Not into sports? Either way this red strapless sweater dress is about to put you in the game. It has black and white stripes and stretch fabric. Unlined. Wear it with sneakers or slide sandals and an over-the-shoulder moto jacket. Polyester/Cotton. Runs true to size. Hand Wash Cold. Imported.
  • Somerset Estate Printed Dress By Closet
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    Somerset Estate Printed Dress By Closet
    Ever-so-chic, this darling white dress is adorned with a floral and sparrow print medley with an accenting black collar. Complete with box pleats and a gold-toned exposed zipper closure at the back, this exquisite fit-and-flare dress can be worn with T-strap heels and a red lip for afternoon tea. Unlined, opaque. By Closet. 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane. Designed and made in London, England. 30” bust (hint of stretch) 25” waist (hint of stretch) 35.5” length from top of shoulder. All measurements taken from a size US 4.
  • Pre-owned Zero + Maria Cornejo Silk Dress
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    Pre-owned Zero + Maria Cornejo Silk Dress
    Lavender, cream and black ombre Zero + Maria Cornejo silk halter dress with drape back panel, front hip pockets, drape front panels and invisible front zip closure.
  • PINKO BLACK Short dress
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    PINKO BLACK Short dress
    Free shipping on all orders
    Composition: 64% Cotton, 31% Polyamide, 5% Elastane. Details: plain weave, solid color, deep neckline, sleeveless, no appliqués, no pockets, rear closure, zip closure, hook-and-eye closure, stretch, frills.
  • Bonfire Dress
    princesspolly.com
    Bonfire Dress
    Sweet lace detail mini dress! Features contrast lace cut-outs Midi length sleeves Round neckline Fitted bodice with relaxed skirt Textured light weight material Available in Black White Invisible side zip Polyester/Spandex Length of size 8 shoulder to hem: 84cm Our model is wearing a size 8 and is 175cm tall.(5'9 )
  • Rare Opulence Black & White Jewel Embellished Skater Dress
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    Rare Opulence Black & White Jewel Embellished Skater Dress
    Black Jewel encrusted cross-front skater dress with cut out detail, by Opulence England. Features contrasting soft white neoprene skater skirt and racer back detail. A daring design and fresh take on the classic skater dress style, with sophisticated lines and contrasting materials. Concealed back zip fastening.
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