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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.
  • Temperley Long Rowan Dress
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    Temperley Long Rowan Dress
    The Long Rowan Dress is 100% printed silk and features a belted waist and plain collar.
  • Temperley London Long Francine Tattoo Dress
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    Temperley London Long Francine Tattoo Dress
    A classic design from the Temperley London archive reimagined for the Spring 15 collection, the Long Francine Tattoo Dress is beautifully romantic. This dress features intricate embroidery and crepe appliqués on sheer tulle, leading to a flowing floor-length skirt. This show-stopping Long Francine Tattoo Dress is detailed with decorative buttons along the back, a detachable stretch-silk slip lining and a concealed zip fastening at the back. Fabric composition: 65% nylon, 45% silk; lining 95% silk, 5% elastane. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Jacques Dress
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    Temperley London Jacques Dress
    The Jacques Dress is ultra feminine. This Spring 15 style has been crafted with intricate laser-cut detailing on the skirt and sleeves. The skirt’s voluminous cut and flattering waist ties will shape your silhouette. The Jacques Dress is finished with a full lining, concealed buttons at the front and a zip fastening at the side. Fabric composition: 100% polyester lining: 100% polyester. Slightly narrow across the bust, recommended one size up if between sizes. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Marino Structured Dress
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    Temperley London Marino Structured Dress
    The Marino Structured Dress is utterly elegant. Made from textured Italian jacquard, it’s cut with a feminine full skirt and a deep V-neck to emphasize the waist. This Spring 15 dress can be dressed down for daytime events or embellished for evening. It has a full lining and fastens with a concealed zip at the back. Fabric composition: 46% polyester, 32% acetate, 22% wool lining: 100% silk. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Strappy Coco Dress
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    Temperley London Strappy Coco Dress
    Temperley London’s love for lace continues into the Spring 15 collection with the Strappy Coco Dress. Delicately detailed with fringing along the trims, this is a contemporary option for any upcoming events. The Strappy Coco Dress features a full lining for comfort and a concealed zip fastening at the side. Fabric composition: 76% nylon, 18% cotton, 6% viscose lining: 100% polyester. True to size.
  • Temperley London Long Angeli Lattice Dress
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    Temperley London Long Angeli Lattice Dress
    From the Spring 15 collection, the Long Angeli Lattice Dress is a classic example of Temperley London eveningwear. The sheer sleeves are intricately embellished with Swarovski crystals and beads, whilst the layered silk-blend chiffon skirt gives it a soft, feminine feel. The dress is detailed with a hook-fastening grosgrain waistband and crystal button fastenings along the back. Fabric composition: 76% silk, 24% nylon lining 92% silk, 8% elastane. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Coco Dress
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    Temperley London Coco Dress
    The Coco Dress takes a feminine and fresh approach to delicate lace – a key fabric from the Spring 15 collection. This dress is designed with fringed trims and a sleek silhouette; adding a dose of modern elegance to your wardrobe. The Coco Dress is detailed with a back vent for movement, a slip lining and a concealed zip fastening at the back. Fabric composition: 77% nylon, 17% cotton, 6% viscose, lining: 100% polyester. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Celine Dress
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    Temperley London Celine Dress
    From the Spring 15 collection, the Celine Dress is a classic example of Temperley London eveningwear. This intricately embellished full length dress is detailed with Swarovski crystals and beads, whilst the bias cut gives it a soft, feminine feel. The dress comes complete with a full lining and concealed hook and zip fastening at the back. Fabric composition: 100% silk; lining 100% silk. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Marquis Flare Dress
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    Temperley London Marquis Flare Dress
    With a flared skirt, the Marquis Flare Dress creates a feminine and figure-flattering silhouette. This knitted dress, from the Spring 15 collection, features pointelle and chevron detailing – it’s beautifully textured and soft to touch. Pull it on for an effortless day-to-evening look. Fabric composition: 75% viscose, 25% nylon, Lining : 100% dull rayon. Slightly large torso, recommeneded to take one size down if inbetween sizes. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8
  • Temperley London Kristine V-neck Dress
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    Temperley London Kristine V-neck Dress
    Inspired by 1960s Malian textiles, the Kristine V-Neck Dress exudes individuality. This Spring 15 dress is crafted from silk crepe de chine with a gathered silk-organza skirt. It has a graphic checked print and appliquéd floral embroidery that give it a textured finishing touch. The Kristine V-Neck Dress has a full lining and fastens with a concealed side zip. Fabric composition: 100% silk; lining 100% silk. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Long Faye Check Off Shoulder Dress
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    Temperley London Long Faye Check Off Shoulder Dress
    Printed with Prince of Wales check, the Long Faye Check Off Shoulder Dress exudes elegance with an edge. This Spring 15 dress is cut from silk and features an antique-inspired Swarovski crystal brooch and striking split sleeves. The dress is detailed with waist ties, a front slit and a partial lining. It fastens with a concealed zip and embellished buttons at the back. Fabric composition: 100% silk. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Mini Fishnet Dress
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    Temperley London Mini Fishnet Dress
    Panels of elegant geometric pattern are laid against each other to create the Mini Fishnet Dress, with its body skimming and flicked skirt silhouette. The stitch work in contrasting black embroidery features graphic rope motifs engineered around the neck and waist of the dress. In nude colour, the Mini Fishnet Dress is a modern and fresh Temperley take on a summer party dress, with sheer sleeves and tonal lining through the body and length of the skirt. Sleeve length: full length sleeve. Fit: Fitted/slim through body with a flare hem. Lining: Lined through body and skirt. Sleeves and yoke not lined. Fastening: Concealed zip at back with hook and eye at top. Keyhole opening and tonal button fastening at back neck. Composition: 70%Silk 30% Nylon; Lining 90% Silk 10% Elastine. Hydrocarbon Dry Clean Only: Specialist cleaning method for heavily embellished items and delicate fabrics. Alternative Colours: Red.
  • Temperley London Long Ripple Print Dress
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    Temperley London Long Ripple Print Dress
    The Long Ripple Dress is a light and graceful summer dress with a bright print inspired by technical lace drawing at Temperley London. With buttons down the length of the skirt dress, this is a versatile piece which can be worn as a fresh summery dress or open as a cover up. The dress has long cuffed sleeves and a flattering nipped in waist for an elegant summer silhouette. Composition: 70% Cotton, 30% Silk. Dry Clean recommended.
  • Temperley London Long Empire Dress
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    Temperley London Long Empire Dress
    Envelop yourself in soft merino wool with the Long Empire Dress from the Spring 15 collection. Inspired by printed tiles and houndstooth checks, it features a striking jacquard pattern woven throughout the front and back. The Empire dress is detailed with a collar, long sleeves and two front pockets. Simply slips on. Fabric composition: 100% merino wool. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Keita Fitted Dress
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    Temperley London Keita Fitted Dress
    The Keita Fitted Dress is bold, bright and playful. Inspired by African block printing, this Spring 15 dress is woven with an exotic jacquard pattern in an array of colours. The Keita Fitted Dress is engineered to the body and has a flared trim, balancing the fitted silhouette. Simply slips on. Fabric composition: 75% viscose rayon, 25% polyester. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Marquis Fitted Dress
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    Temperley London Marquis Fitted Dress
    The Marquis Fitted Dress is a classic Temperley London design refreshed for Spring 15. This woven dress has three chevron panels in an array of textures and finishes – it’s a feminine and figure-flattering design. Pull it on by day or evening with brogues or heels. Fabric composition: 75% viscose, 25% nylon. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Empire Fitted Dress
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    Temperley London Empire Fitted Dress
    Introduce signature Temperley London knitwear into your portfolio with the Empire Fitted Dress from the Spring 15 collection. Inspired by printed tiles and houndstooth checks, it features a jacquard pattern woven from soft merino wool. The fitted silhouette keeps it smart and sleek – perfect for transitioning from afternoon-to-evening events. Simply slips on. Fabric composition: 100% merino wool. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Dina Fitted Dress
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    Temperley London Dina Fitted Dress
    Take an effortless approach to dressing with the Dina Fitted Dress from the Spring 15 collection. It features a delicate pointelle pattern and zigzag striped trims; adding a modern touch to this signature knitted style. The Dina Fitted Dress is partially lined and simply slips on. Fabric composition: 75% viscose rayon, 25% polyester. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Long Faye Check Wrap Dress
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    Temperley London Long Faye Check Wrap Dress
    Add an element of individuality to your eveningwear portfolio with the Long Faye Check Wrap Dress. Cut from silk and printed with a Prince of Wales check, this Spring 15 dress is detailed with an antique-inspired Swarovski crystal brooch and buttons. The dress has a side slit, a full lining and is secured with buttons at the front and side. Fabric composition: 100% silk. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Faye Wrap Dress
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    Temperley London Faye Wrap Dress
    Make an elegant first impression at your next event with the Faye Wrap Dress. This Spring 15 dress is cut from silk and features a Swarovski crystal brooch, inspired by antique 20th Century jewellery. The Faye Wrap Dress has a side slit, a full lining and is secured with buttons at the front and side. Fabric composition: 100% silk. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Empire Dress
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    Temperley London Empire Dress
    Make an impact with your knitwear with the Empire Dress from the Spring 15 collection. Inspired by printed tiles and houndstooth checks, it features a jacquard pattern woven from soft merino wool. The fitted body and long sleeves give way to a playful flared skirt, making it ideal for both daytime and evening engagements. The Empire dress simply slips on. Fabric composition: 100% merino wool. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Daisy Ribbon V-Neck Dress
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    Daisy Ribbon V-Neck Dress
    The Daisy Ribbon V-Neck Dress hints at art deco opulence with a contemporary, feminine twist. This classic Temperley knitted dress features ribbed, textured fabric with long, sheer sleeves and a wide waistband. With its slightly flared knee-length skirt and simple slip-on fit, this versatile dress is an effortlessly chic wardrobe staple for any occasion. Fabric composition: 65% merino wool, 35% rayon, lining: 100% rayon. True to size. Length of garment: 94cm.
  • Alice by Temperley Long Everette Dress
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    Alice by Temperley Long Everette Dress
    The Long Everette Dress from the Alice by Temperley Pre-Fall collection is a romantic option for your next evening event. This floor-length dress features a gathered waist and a fluid silhouette. The sheer shoulders and sleeves are embellished with intricate stained glass-inspired embroidery. The high neckline has a small cutout detail at the front and is finished with a button fastening at the back. Fabric composition: 100% polyester, 100% silk; lining: 100% polyester. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Alice by Temperley Nova Dress
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    Alice by Temperley Nova Dress
    Exude effortless elegance by day or evening with the Nova Dress from ALICE by Temperley. This versatile style, from the Pre-Fall collection, is made from a cotton blend and features delicate fluted lace sleeves and a simple round neckline. The form-fitting silhouette gives it a modern finishing touch. Simply slips on. Fabric composition:60% cotton, 40% viscose. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size UK8.
  • Temperley London Mini Fishnet Dress
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    Temperley London Mini Fishnet Dress
    Panels of elegant geometric pattern are laid against each other to create the Mini Fishnet Dress, with its body skimming and flicked skirt silhouette. The stitch work in contrasting black embroidery features graphic rope motifs engineered around the neck and waist of the dress. In nude colour, the Mini Fishnet Dress is a modern and fresh Temperley take on a summer party dress, with sheer sleeves and tonal lining through the body and length of the skirt. Sleeve length: full length sleeve. Fit: Fitted/slim through body with a flare hem. Lining: Lined through body and skirt. Sleeves and yoke not lined. Fastening: Concealed zip at back with hook and eye at top. Keyhole opening and tonal button fastening at back neck. Composition: 70%Silk 30% Nylon; Lining 90% Silk 10% Elastine. Hydrocarbon Dry Clean Only: Specialist cleaning method for heavily embellished items and delicate fabrics Alternative Colours: Black.
  • Temperley London Long Fishnet Dress
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    Temperley London Long Fishnet Dress
    The Long Fishnet Dress is an elegant piece of typically Temperley eveningwear, constructed from panels of delicate geometric stitchwork, laid against each other. Inspired by Japanese marine artwork, this black evening dress has a rope motif linking intricate patterned panels in contrasting colour from the sheer base, across the dress’s full length and long sleeves. The Long Fishnet Dress features a sheer deep V from the round neckline, is tonally lined for modesty and has a back vent for movement. The dress is fastened by a concealed back zip. Fit: Fitted/slim fit. Lining: Lined through body to hem. Sleeves and yoke not lined. Fastening: Concealed zip at back with hook and eye at top. Keyhole opening and tonal button fastening at back neck. Composition: 100% Nylon; Lining 90%Silk 10% Elastine. Hydrocarbon Dry Clean Only: Specialist cleaning method for heavily embellished items and delicate fabrics.
  • Alice by Temperley Mina Tea Dress
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    Alice by Temperley Mina Tea Dress
    The ALICE by Temperley Mina Tea Dress, from the Spring Summer 2014 collection, is perfect for any occasion. Available in vibrant fuschia, bright yellow and black, this dress is textured with soft crepe pin-tuck layers for a feminine look and features embroidered lace trims at the hem and waist, together with a flattering cross-over V-neck. It has gently pleated sleeves that create volume and fastened with buttoned cuffs. The Mina Tea Dress is finished with a contemporary back tie, a back zip fastening and the dress is fully lined.. Fabric composition: 100% polyester, trim 100% cotton, lining 100% polyester. True to size. Model is 5ft 10 and is wearing a size 8. Length: 87cm. The length is taken from the highest point at the back of the garment, from the shoulder seam, to the hem.
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