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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.
  • Petite black lily printed tie side dress
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    Petite black lily printed tie side dress
    This pretty dress from The Collection Petite features a flattering tie side detail cinching in the waist. It is designed in black with a contrasting yellow lily print all over.
  • Spense Petite Sleeveless Colorblocked Chevron-Print Fit & Flare Dress
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    Spense Petite Sleeveless Colorblocked Chevron-Print Fit & Flare Dress
    Flatter your figure in Spense's petite fit & flare dress! A colorblocked-chevron print combo adds a fun twist. Polyester/rayon/spandex; faux leather trim: polyurethane. Machine washable. Imported. Pleather-trim high neckline. Zipper closure at back. Sleeveless. Colorblocked bodice; chevron print skirt. A-line silhouette; flared skirt. Unlined. Hits above knee.
  • McGinn Women's Rebecca Striped Sleeveless Flared Dress
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    McGinn Women's Rebecca Striped Sleeveless Flared Dress
    Clean finished round neck with contrast black color details
  • DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Dove Bloom/Acid Lime Dora Crepe Dress
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    DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Dove Bloom/Acid Lime Dora Crepe Dress
    Statement-making in vivid hues with a bold dove print, Diane von Furstenberg's silk crepe wrap dress is an eye-catching choice perfect for taking your work look into cocktails. Wrapped V-neckline, long sleeves, gathered buttoned cuffs, self-tie sash, pleated waist. Softly draped fit, mini-length. Wear with a blazer and flats to work, or with heels and a clutch for cocktails.
  • River Island Lime tribal print strappy maxi dress
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    River Island Lime tribal print strappy maxi dress
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    Lead the style tribe in this lime and black tribal print strappy maxi dress. Featuring spaghetti straps, contrast black binding and cinched in waist.
  • Maison Scotch Women's Zebra Silky Shirt Dress - Yellow
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    Maison Scotch Women's Zebra Silky Shirt Dress - Yellow
    Boasting an all over black zebra print, the Maison Scotch Women's Printed Silky Shirt Dress in yellow features a silky feel polyester construction. Designed with three quarter length sleeves, a drawcord waist and a rounded neckline, the dress fastens with a front button closure. K.D. Polyester.
  • Kenzo Smashed Mountains Dress
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    Kenzo Smashed Mountains Dress
    Black 'Smashed Mountains' dress from Kenzo featuring a round neck, short sleeves and a transversal ruffle.
  • BCBGMAXAZRIA Black and yellow woven 'Cici' asymmetrical tank dress
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    BCBGMAXAZRIA Black and yellow woven 'Cici' asymmetrical tank dress
    This breezy dress from BCBGMAXAZRIA will be the perfect addition to you're warm weather wardrobe. Lightweight semi-sheer poly woven. Round neckline; Thin straps. Colorblock prints and solid hues. Hi-low asymmetrical hem. Unlined. Slip-on. Size S measures approximately 34-45'' long from natural waist; May vary by size. 100% Polyester; Hand Wash or Dry Clean; Imported;
  • Pre-owned Moschino Cheap and Chic Dress
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    Pre-owned Moschino Cheap and Chic Dress
    Yellow and black floral print Moschino Cheap and Chic dress with ruffles at sleeves, tie at waist and invisible side zip closure.
  • French Connection Medina Stripe Maxi Dress
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    French Connection Medina Stripe Maxi Dress
    French Connection introduce the Medina Stripe Dress to their sprint/summer 2014 collection. Featuring a colour block effect, this is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. Maxi. Colour block effect. Pleated skirt. Fitted to waist. Concealed zip fastening. 100% Viscose, Machine Washable.
  • Jean Paul Gaultier Vintage Striped Spaghetti Strap Dress
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    Jean Paul Gaultier Vintage Striped Spaghetti Strap Dress
    Black cotton blend dress from Jean Paul Gaultier featuring two spaghetti straps, a scoop neckline and an all-over vertical yellow and red stripe.
  • Patterned Sleeveless Dress
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    Patterned Sleeveless Dress
    Brand from Taiwan: Tokyo Fashion. Color: 1 - Yellow, 2 - Black, 3 - Beige, 4 - Dark Blue, 5 - Dot - Yellow, 6 - Pink, 7 - Blue, Materials: Polyester, Size: One Size: Total Length: 81cm / 31.9", Bust: 92cm / 36.2", Waist: 66cm / 26", Hem Width: 79cm / 31.1", Cuff Width: 22cm / 8.7", Care: Hand Wash, Machine Wash
  • Cheap Monday Frances Lace Dress
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    Cheap Monday Frances Lace Dress
    Make it electric in this sheer lace babydoll dress featuring gray, black and neon yellow colorblock panels. Oversized fit, unlined. By Cheap Monday. Polyester Blend. 38" bust. 35" length. Hand wash cold. Imported.
  • J MENDEL Graphic Lace Dress
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    J MENDEL Graphic Lace Dress
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    This Yellow Knockout With Sheer Black And White Detailing From J. Mendel Will Be The Talk Of Your Next Event. Hidden Zip Back Closure With Hook And Eye. Back Slit. 69% Silk, 31% Polyamide, 100% Silk Lining. Dry Clean. Made in USA. Available in Yellow.
  • Wayf Crepe Shift Dress
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    Wayf Crepe Shift Dress
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    Silky crepe shapes this mod-inspired shift minimally styled with raglan sleeves and a slim, high/low frame. Color(s): abstract pink, aztec primary, black, coral, light coral, mint, orange, wine, yellow. Brand: WAYF. Style Name: Wayf Crepe Shift Dress. Style Number: 514473.
  • River Island Lime abstract print cut out maxi dress
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    River Island Lime abstract print cut out maxi dress
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    Keep your look firmly in the spotlight in this lime abstract print maxi dress. Featuring contrast black geometric cut out panels, racer front and concealed zip back fastening.
  • AKIRA Black Label Floral Strapless Cupcake Dress
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    AKIRA Black Label Floral Strapless Cupcake Dress
    AKIRA Floral Strapless Cupcake Dress in Yellow features a sweetheart neckline, princess lines, and flared skirt. Lining includes a layer of tulle along hem for extra fluffiness. 100% Polyester. 24 1/2" from bust to hem. Dry Clean. Fits true to size. Made in U.S.A.
  • Tank Dress
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    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
  • Drop-Shoulder Drawstring-Waist Dress
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    Drop-Shoulder Drawstring-Waist Dress
    Brand from South Korea: HOTPING. Color: Black, Materials: Polyester Blend, Size: Product Measurements: (1): Shoulder 49cm, Bust 101cm, Total Length 108cm (2): Shoulder 51cm, Bust 111cm, Total Length 110cm (3): Shoulder 60cm, Bust 127cm, Total Length 111cm, Care: Dry Clean
  • River Island Lime contrast trim cut out pencil dress
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    River Island Lime contrast trim cut out pencil dress
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    Sophisticated and chic, this lime 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.
  • Misook Women's 3/4-Sleeve Graphic Lines Dress - Black/White/Quad (X-LARGE (14/16))
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    Misook Women's 3/4-Sleeve Graphic Lines Dress - Black/White/Quad (X-LARGE (14/16))
    Misook3/4-Sleeve Graphic Lines Dress DetailsMisook dress with graphic lines on front. Round neckline. Three-quarter sleeves. Sheath silhouette. Acrylic/polyester; machine washable. Imported. Model's measurements: Height 5'10"/177cm, bust 32"/81cm, waist 24"/61cm, hips 35"/89cm, dress size US 2/4. Designer About Misook:The Misook brand was created with the mission of providing real women with sophisticated and comfortable choices in knitwear. Today, Misook remains the premier knitwear collection on the market, offering timeless, low-maintenance pieces that are flattering, versatile, and easy to wear. The conveniently styled collection - comprising pants, jackets, shells, and more - is widely known to suit women for work and travel.
  • ML Monique Lhuillier Lace Overlay Sheath Dress
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    ML Monique Lhuillier Lace Overlay Sheath Dress
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    A flirtatious cutout shows off the back of a lace-overlaid sheath designed with grosgrain ribbons highlighting the corseted seaming on the bodice. 40" length (size 8). Hidden back zip with hook-and-eye closure. Body lined. Teal and Black/Tobacco are 100% nylon; all other colors are 55% nylon, 45% rayon. Dry clean. By ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids; imported. Special Occasion.
  • Sleeveless Ruffled Elastic-Waist Pleated Dress
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    Sleeveless Ruffled Elastic-Waist Pleated Dress
    Brand from China: Mayi Ayamo. Color: Black, White, Red, Purple, Materials: Chiffon, Size: S: Bust 86cm, Total Length 112cm M: Bust 90cm, Total Length 114cm, Care: Hand Wash, Machine Wash
  • AKIRA Black Label Bandage Foil Dress in Yellow Multi
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    AKIRA Black Label Bandage Foil Dress in Yellow Multi
    Dare to be bold in this statement-making AKIRA dress. The Bandage Foil Dress in Yellow Multi features a V-neck, yellow bandage straps crisscrossing to create a structured pattern, a raw edge hem, and multicolor plastic foil that really pops. Multiple straps come together at the shoulders to create cutouts in both the front and the back. Brought together by an invisible back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. This is NOT your typical party dress. Unlined. 90% Rayon, 9% Nylon, 1% Spandex. 31" from shoulder to hem. Do Not Wash. Bodycon fit. Imported.
  • Sleeveless A-Line Dress
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    Sleeveless A-Line Dress
    Brand from South Korea: Stylementor. Color: Black, Khaki Green, Dark Gray, Materials: 80% Polyester, 20% Cotton, Size: Product Measurements: One Size: Shoulder 31cm, Bust 108cm, Hem 176cm, Total Length 85cm, Care: Hand Wash
  • Cameo Rose Lime Green Aztec Print Tunic Dress
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    Cameo Rose Lime Green Aztec Print Tunic Dress
    Cameo Rose. Work this season's favourite print with a neon pop. This lime aztec tunic dress is ideal with black wedges. Simple short sleeves. Casual fit. Model is 5’8” and wears UK 10/EU 38/US 6.
  • Lime palm print jersey midi wrap dress
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    Lime palm print jersey midi wrap dress
    This eye-catching lime green dress from Maine New England is the perfect piece for looking fabulously put-together on a warm summer day. Featuring a black palm print, figure-hugging shape and metal disc detail to the waist and neckline,
  • Lime palm tree print collared dress
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    Lime palm tree print collared dress
    Work this seasons colour-pop trend in this stylish lime dress from Red Herring. A vibrant addition to your summer wardrobe, it features a mini palm tree print, offset by a smart, black peter pan collar. Wear yours with black ankle boots for a look with straight-off-the-catwalk appeal.
  • River Island Yellow colour block print scuba peplum dress
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    River Island Yellow colour block print scuba peplum dress
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    The key to fierce after-dark dressing, this black and yelllow abstract print scuba peplum dress will ensure you stand out in a sea of LBDs. Featuring a sleeveless design, flatteringly placed black side panels and metal zip back fastening.
  • Sleeveless Mesh-Stripe Dress
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    Sleeveless Mesh-Stripe Dress
    Brand from South Korea: GLAM12. Color: White, Navy Blue, Black, Materials: 60% Polyester, 40% Rayon, Size: Product Measurements: One Size: Shoulder 40cm, Bust 85cm, Sleeve Circumference 41cm, Total Length 128.5cm, Care: Dry Clean
  • Alexander Wang Leather-trimmed woven mesh mini dress
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    Alexander Wang Leather-trimmed woven mesh mini dress
    Black mesh, chartreuse woven polyester. Slips on. 100% polyester; trim: 100% leather (Lamb). Dry clean. Designer color: Metropolis
  • Alexander Wang Draped Dress
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    Alexander Wang Draped Dress
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    Alexander Wang black and yellow sleeveless dress with draped details all-over. Jewel neckline, invisible zip at shoulder. Lined. 41.75" shoulder to hem, approximately. Invisible side zip closure. Available in Black/Yellow. Viscose. Dry clean. Imported. Our model is 5'10"/178cm and is wearing a size 4.
  • Kenzo Lime Tier Mountain Dress
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    Kenzo Lime Tier Mountain Dress
    This fun Kenzo dress will enable you to stand out in the crowd whilst retaining maximum comfort. Team with a denim jacket and high top trainers for a playful look. FEATURES: Shirt sleeves; round neck. Baggy fit; asymmetrical seam detailing. All-over lime/black/white graphic print. COMPOSITION: 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane. SIZE GUIDE Size M measures 185cm from shoulder to hem.
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