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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.
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  • Bebe Print Boatneck Dress
    Bebe Print Boatneck Dress
    Slinky stretch-jersey midi dress accented by a slim black panel along left side and front ruching. Boatneck style. Lined body, unlined long sleeves. 90% Polyester, 10% spandex. Hand wash. Imported. Center back to hem: 40" (102 cm) Model is 5'10" and wears a US size S.
  • Bebe Embellished Shift Dress
    Bebe Embellished Shift Dress
    A gorgeous mix of paillettes and sequins create repeating fan shapes down the front of this absolutely stunning shift dress. Front and back scoopnecks. Hidden side zip closure. Fully lined. 100% Polyester. Dry clean. Imported. Center back to hem: 24" (61 cm) Model is 5'10" and wears a US size 6.
  • Bebe Lace Halter Dress
    Bebe Lace Halter Dress
    Lace study. This gorgeous angled-lace dress feels a touch boudoir inspired, no? And that sexy halter neckline shows off oodles of gorgeous shoulder! The perfect party dress, we think high heels and short black lace gloves would be amazing! 100% Nylon. Hand wash. Imported. Center back to hem: 33" (84 cm) Model is 5'10" and wears a US size S.
  • Bebe V Neck Studded Dress
    Bebe V Neck Studded Dress
    Instantly inject your wardrobe with a heavy dose of dark glam in this bebe cocktail dress, featuring plunging V-neckline, fabric paneling and tiny sparkling studs. Finish your look with a black clutch and matching heels. 100% modal. Center back to hem: 31" (79 cm) Imported. Model is 5'9" and is wearing a US size S.
  • Bebe Embellished Neck Detail Dress
    Bebe Embellished Neck Detail Dress
    Make an entrance in this super sexy little black dress, featuring elegant beadwork around the neckline, keyhole cutouts and a flattering, fresh and discreet fabric. Try yours with a pair of strappy metallic sandals and a rhinestone-embellished minaudiere. 100% Rayon. Center back to hem: 34" (86 cm) Quicksilver lining. Shoulder pads. Invisible zipper. Hand wash. Imported. Model is 5'9" and wears a US size S.
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