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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.
  • KENZO Jacquard Monster Cocktail Dress
    KENZO Jacquard Monster Cocktail Dress
    Covered with an industrial-inspired monster print, this cool cocktail dress from Kenzo fuses a feminine silhouette with an ultra modern edge. Black/brown jacquard with neon green detailing, strapless, integrated belt with front snaps, hidden back zip. Fitted top, full skirt. Contrast with a biker jacket, heels and a chunky cuff. 100% Polyester.
  • Black Tropical Print Contrast Bandeau Maxi Dress
    Black Tropical Print Contrast Bandeau Maxi Dress
    Great with strappy wedges, this tropical dress is a key piece this spring/ summer. Simple strapless style. Dress length: 58". Model is 5’8” and wears UK 10/EU 38/US 6.
  • Striped-Panel CrochetTrim Dress
    Striped-Panel CrochetTrim Dress
    Brand from China: Mooiee. Color: Black, Materials: Acrylic Blend + Chiffon - Polyester, Size: M: Shoulder Width: 33cm, Bust: 84cm, Total Length: 85cm L: Shoulder Width: 34cm, Bust: 88cm, Total Length: 86cm XL: Shoulder Width: 35cm, Bust: 92cm, Total Length: 87cm, Care: Hand Wash, Machine Wash
  • ANTONIO BERARDI Multi-panel jacquard and crepe gown
    ANTONIO BERARDI Multi-panel jacquard and crepe gown
    Sleek and sexy formalwear is where Antonio Berardi truly excels. This jacquard and crepe gown contrasts panels of black and pewter jacquard and mint-green crepe to create an artful fit - one that sits off the shoulders narrows the waist and falls down into a full-length fishtail skirt. The addition of a compact clutch and sleek pumps will ensure you're event ready.
  • Desigual Women's Sleeveless Ston Dress
    Desigual Women's Sleeveless Ston Dress
    Desigual's Ston Mini Dress straight from the runway. Perfect for any occasion, its form fitting, sexy and easy to accessorize. Graduated colorful design on the front and solid black on the back.
  • Pre-owned Diane von Furstenberg Dress
    Pre-owned Diane von Furstenberg Dress
    Multicolor Diane von Furstenberg strapless dress with sweetheart neckline, waist gathers and side concealed zip closure.
  • Carven Colour-Block Tweed Dress
    Carven Colour-Block Tweed Dress
    Lime, black and white tweed dress
  • Chain-Neck Sleeveless Dress
    Chain-Neck Sleeveless Dress
    Brand from China: Ando Store. Color: A - Black, B - Orange, C - Pink, Materials: Polyester, Size: One Size: Bust: 97cm / 38.2", Shoulder Width: 39cm / 15.4", Cuff: 45cm / 17.7", Total Length: 84cm / 33.1", Hem: 188cm / 74", Hem CircumferenceLength: 42cm / 16.5", Care: Hand Wash, Machine Wash
  • Cross-Back Sleeveless Dress
    Cross-Back Sleeveless Dress
    It may look demure on the front, but this dress has a surprise for you! Straps crisscross at the back for a dramatic, flirty finish. A smocked portion of the waistband at the back ensures a better fit. Team with wedges and an armful of bangles on weekends. Available in black and mint green. Polyester. Hand wash or machine wash. Color: Green, Materials: 100% Polyester, Size: XS, S, M, L, Care: Handwash, Machine Wash with Garment Bag
  • Yigal Azrouël Citrus Jacquard Dress
    Yigal Azrouël Citrus Jacquard Dress
    Yigal Azrouël offers sharp, sophisticated tailoring with a futuristic tone for SS14.Invigorate your wardrobe with the citrus yellow pencil dress cut from jacquard stretch jacquard. Black silk heels and gold tone accessories will ensure sleek cocktail style. UK Exclusive. Citrus yellow pencil dress. Textured jacquard. V neckline. Short sleeves. Vertical seaming. Jersey lining. Silver zip at centre back. 53% acetate, 32% polyester, 13% nylon, 2% elastane. Lining: 100% viscose. Made in the United States.
  • Tank Dress
    Tank Dress
    Brand from China: Miss Aries. Color: Yellow Green, Blue, Black, Materials: 95% Cotton + 5% Spandex, Size: S: Total Length: 74cm / 29.1", Shoulder Width: 39cm / 15.4", Bust: 84cm / 33.1", Waist: 68cm / 26.8", Hips: 92cm / 36.2", M: Total Length: 76cm / 29.9", Shoulder Width: 40cm / 15.7", Bust: 88cm / 34.6", Waist: 72cm / 28.3", Hips: 96cm / 37.8", Care: Hand Wash, Machine Wash
  • Pre-owned Tibi Strapless Dress
    Pre-owned Tibi Strapless Dress
    Multicolor Tibi strapless dress with floral print, black satin ribbon and bow at empire waist and side zip closure.
  • Sleeveless Lace-Panel Dress
    Sleeveless Lace-Panel Dress
    Brand from China: Ando Store. Color: White, Black, Gray, Orange, Green, Magenta, Materials: Lace - Polyester, Size: One Size: Total Length: 86cm / 33.9", Waist: 70cm / 27.6", Hips: 76cm / 29.9", Bust: 70cm / 27.6", Care: Hand Wash, Machine Wash
  • Contrast-Bell Sleeve Drawstring-Waist Dress
    Contrast-Bell Sleeve Drawstring-Waist Dress
    Brand from South Korea: migunstyle. Color: Khaki Green, Gray, Black, Materials: Polyester Blend, Size: Product Measurements: One Size: Shoulder 40cm, Bust 101cm, Sleeve 30cm, Total Length 82cm, Care: Dry Clean
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