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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.
  • MM6 BY MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Pleated A-Line Dress
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    MM6 BY MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Pleated A-Line Dress
    Black a-line dress from MM6 By Maison Martin Margiela featuring a scoop neck, a scoop back, a sleeveless design, a pleated design and a straight hem. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. SIZE AND FIT INFO: Morbido. Composition : Polyester: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • DSQUARED2 Strappy Back Dress
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    DSQUARED2 Strappy Back Dress
    Black strappy back dress from DSQUARED2 featuring a boat neck, a rear zip fastening, a plunging back, a sleeveless design, a fitted waist and a mid-length. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 3% Polyamide: 21% Viscose: 76%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • ISSEY MIYAKE Draped Short Asymmetric Dress
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    ISSEY MIYAKE Draped Short Asymmetric Dress
    Black draped short asymmetric dress from Issey Miyake. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Polyester: 12% Polyurethane: 4% Triacetate: 84%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Hand Wash.
  • SAINT LAURENT studded A-line mini dress
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    SAINT LAURENT studded A-line mini dress
    Black wool A-line mini dress from Saint Laurent featuring a round neck, a sleeveless design, a silver-tone stud detailing, a back zip fastening and a straight hem. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Wool: 100% Metal (Other): 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Specialist Cleaning.
  • BALMAIN Military Dress
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    BALMAIN Military Dress
    Black wool military dress from Balmain featuring a round neck, long sleeves, a front button fastening, two chest pockets, two front pockets, a waistband with belt loops, button cuffs, a short length, a rear zip fastening and gold-tone buttons. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Wool: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • Marco Bologna Fringed Crystal Embellished Dress
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    Marco Bologna Fringed Crystal Embellished Dress
    Turquoise, black and pale pink fringed crystal embellished dress from Marco Bologna. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Polyester: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • FAUSTO PUGLISI Flared Dress
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    FAUSTO PUGLISI Flared Dress
    Black silk blend and wool flared dress from Fausto Puglisi. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 6% Wool: 100% Silk: 94%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • MSGM Draped Dress
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    MSGM Draped Dress
    Black draped dress from MSGM. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Viscose: 43% Polyester: 100% Polyurethane: 57%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • GUCCI Shoulder Detail Dress
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    GUCCI Shoulder Detail Dress
    Black shoulder detail dress from Gucci featuring a key-hole neckline, long sleeves and hardware shoulder embellishments. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 5% Viscose: 100% Polyamide: 26% Rayon: 69%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • PIERRE BALMAIN Constructed Shoulder Dress
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    PIERRE BALMAIN Constructed Shoulder Dress
    Black constructed shoulder dress from Pierre Balmain. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Viscose: 100%.
  • MARNI Polka-Dot Dress
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    MARNI Polka-Dot Dress
    Black and green cotton polka-dot dress from Marni featuring a round neck, a sleeveless design, a rear zip fastening, a godet hem and a short length. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Silk: 18% Cotton: 82%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • TORY BURCH Ornament Print Dress
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    TORY BURCH Ornament Print Dress
    Black silk ornament print dress from Tory Burch. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Silk: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • PETER PILOTTO 'Alexa' dress
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    PETER PILOTTO 'Alexa' dress
    Black silk 'Alexa' dress from Peter Pilotto featuring an abstract print, a sleeveless design, a round neck, a concealed rear zip fastening and a flared skirt. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Silk: 100% Viscose: 44% Acetate: 56%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN 'Blurry Lights' print flared dress
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    MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN 'Blurry Lights' print flared dress
    Multicolour cotton blend 'Blurry Lights' print flared dress from McQ By Alexander McQueen featuring a round neck, a graphic print, a sleeveless design, a pleated skirt and a concealed rear zip fastening. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Cotton: 98% Spandex/Elastane: 2%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Machine Wash.
  • LANVIN Gold-Clip Dress
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    LANVIN Gold-Clip Dress
    Black wool blend gold-clip dress from Lanvin featuring a v-neck, long sleeves, a belted waist and a mid-length. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Polyester: 24% Wool: 76%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • SACAI LUCK Knitted Dress
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    SACAI LUCK Knitted Dress
    Black wool knitted dress from Sacai Luck. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Wool: 100% Cupro: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Leather Panel Dress
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    MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Leather Panel Dress
    Black leather panel dress from McQ By Alexander McQueen featuring a round neck with welt finishing, short sleeves, a fitted silhouette and a short length. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Leather: 100% Polyamide: 25% Spandex/Elastane: 10% Rayon: 65%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Specialist Cleaning.
  • TORY BURCH 'Hillary' dress
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    TORY BURCH 'Hillary' dress
    Black 'Hillary' dress from Tory Burch. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Polyester: 26% Triacetate: 74%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • PIERRE BALMAIN Embellished Fitted Dress
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    PIERRE BALMAIN Embellished Fitted Dress
    Black embellished fitted dress from Pierre Balmain. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Polyester: 100% Nylon: 35% Viscose: 59% Polycarbonite: 6%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Hand Wash.
  • BALENCIAGA Layered Shift Dress
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    BALENCIAGA Layered Shift Dress
    Black silk blend layered shift dress from Balenciaga. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Polyester: 100% Silk: 28% Acetate: 72%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • MOSCHINO Belted Dress
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    MOSCHINO Belted Dress
    Black dress from Moschino featuring a sleeveless design, a v-neck, a concealed rear zip fastening and a gold-tone branded belt at the waist. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 15% Polyester: 36% Rayon: 85% Triacetate: 64%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • DOLCE & GABBANA Key Print Dress
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    DOLCE & GABBANA Key Print Dress
    Black wool key print dress from Dolce & Gabbana featuring a round neck, a sleeveless design, a rear zip fastening, a rear central vent and a mid-length. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 4% Wool: 100% Silk: 96%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • DOLCE & GABBANA Key Print Dress
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    DOLCE & GABBANA Key Print Dress
    Black silk blend key print dress from Dolce & Gabbana featuring a round neck, a sleeveless design, a rear zip fastening, a rear central vent, a fitted waist and a mid-length. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 6% Silk: 94%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • MSGM Metallic Top Dress
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    MSGM Metallic Top Dress
    Black metallic top dress from MSGM. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 6% Spandex/Elastane: 6% Viscose: 50% Polyester: 94% Polyamide: 38%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • MOSCHINO Chain Embellished Dress
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    MOSCHINO Chain Embellished Dress
    Black wool dress from Moschino featuring a round neck, long sleeves, a short length, a fitted silhouette and gold-tone chain embellishing at the neck. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Virgin Wool: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • DSQUARED2 Ruched Dress
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    DSQUARED2 Ruched Dress
    Black ruched dress from DSQUARED2 featuring a high standing collar, a sleeveless design and a rear zip fastening. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 5% Viscose: 95%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • ERMANNO SCERVINO Fitted Bodice Flared Lace Dress
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    ERMANNO SCERVINO Fitted Bodice Flared Lace Dress
    Black wool blend fitted bodice flared lace dress from Ermanno Scervino. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Silk: 100% Polyester: 29% Polyamide: 33% Viscose: 71% Wool: 67%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • COURRÈGES Zipped 3/4 Sleeves Short Dress
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    COURRÈGES Zipped 3/4 Sleeves Short Dress
    Black wool zipped 3/4 sleeves short dress from Courrèges. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Wool: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • DSQUARED2 Fitted Dress
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    DSQUARED2 Fitted Dress
    Black fitted dress from DSQUARED2 featuring a deep U neck, short sleeves, a rear zip fastening and a mid-length. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 5% Viscose: 68% Polyamide: 27%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • TORY BURCH Dot Print Dress
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    TORY BURCH Dot Print Dress
    Black silk dot print dress from Tory Burch featuring a round neck, long sleeves, a seamed waist, a flared skirt and a concealed rear zip fastening. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Silk: 100% Polyester: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • DOLCE & GABBANA Fitted Mini Dress
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    DOLCE & GABBANA Fitted Mini Dress
    Black silk blend fitted mini dress from Dolce & Gabbana. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 3% Spandex/Elastane: 4% Silk: 96% Viscose: 51% Acetate: 46%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • DOLCE & GABBANA Classic Dress
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    DOLCE & GABBANA Classic Dress
    Black silk classic dress from Dolce & Gabbana featuring a U neck, a rear zip fastening, long sleeves, stitching details, a fitted waist and a rear central vent. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 3% Spandex/Elastane: 4% Silk: 96% Viscose: 51% Acetate: 48%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • GUCCI Knitted Dress
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    GUCCI Knitted Dress
    Black wool blend knitted dress from Gucci featuring a boat neck and three-quarter length sleeves. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 1% Polyester: 6% Viscose: 48% Polyamide: 9% Wool: 36%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • GUCCI Belted Dress
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    GUCCI Belted Dress
    Black wool belted dress from Gucci featuring a round neck, a belted waist, a rear zip fastening and press studs on the shoulders. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Wool: 100% Viscose: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • STELLA MCCARTNEY 'James' dress
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    STELLA MCCARTNEY 'James' dress
    Black silk blend 'James' dress from Stella McCartney featuring a round neck, three-quarter length sleeves, a loose style, a white embroidered figure print to the front and a rear zip fastening. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Silk: 100% Rayon: 100% Rayon: 100% Acetate: 41%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • ERMANNO SCERVINO Lace Dress
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    ERMANNO SCERVINO Lace Dress
    Black lace dress from Ermanno Scervino featuring a round neck, a sleeveless design, a rear zip fastening, a fitted silhouette, a rear central vent and a mid-length. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 5% Spandex/Elastane: 5% Polyamide: 28% Viscose: 67% Modal: 95%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Hand Wash.
  • BALENCIAGA Asymmetric Dress
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    BALENCIAGA Asymmetric Dress
    Black silk asymmetric dress from Balenciaga featuring geometric neckline, long sleeves, decorative buttons, two chest pockets, pleated details, stitching details and an asymmetric hem. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Silk: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • BALENCIAGA Sweater Dress
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    BALENCIAGA Sweater Dress
    Black and blue virgin wool sweater dress from Balenciaga. Please note the belt pictured here does not come with the dress. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Cashmere: 10% Virgin Wool: 90%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • BALENCIAGA Sweater Dress
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    BALENCIAGA Sweater Dress
    Black and blue cashmere sweater dress from Balenciaga. Please note the belt styled here does not come with the dress. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Cashmere: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • SAINT LAURENT Studded Sweater Dress
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    SAINT LAURENT Studded Sweater Dress
    Black fitted sweater dress from Saint Laurent featuring a round neck, long sleeves, a fitted waist, a flared skirt and a silver-tone stud detailing. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Polyester: 6% Viscose: 94%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • VICTORIA BECKHAM Plunging Back Dress
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    VICTORIA BECKHAM Plunging Back Dress
    Black silk, cotton and wool plunging back dress from Victoria Beckham featuring a v-neck, a strappy design, cut out details, a sleeveless design, a rear zip fastening and a mid-length. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Size is generous, pick a size down. Composition : Cotton: 100% Silk: 50% Wool: 50%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • COURRÈGES High Cut Out Neck Dress
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    COURRÈGES High Cut Out Neck Dress
    Black cotton high cut out neck dress from Courrèges featuring cap sleeves, a concealed zip fastening and a short length. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Cotton: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • GUCCI Gathered Dress
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    GUCCI Gathered Dress
    Black gathered dress from Gucci featuring a round neck, a sleeveless design, a concealed rear zip fastening, a belted waist with a gold-tone horse bit front detail and a long length. This item is true to fit. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Viscose: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • PLEATS PLEASE BY ISSEY MIYAKE Asymmetric Textured Dress
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    PLEATS PLEASE BY ISSEY MIYAKE Asymmetric Textured Dress
    Blue and black textured dress from Pleats Please By Issey Miyake featuring a sleeveless design, a round neck and an asymmetric hem. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Polyester: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Machine Wash.
  • VICTORIA VICTORIA BECKHAM Degradé Effect Dress
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    VICTORIA VICTORIA BECKHAM Degradé Effect Dress
    Black and burgundy wool and silk degradé effect dress from Victoria Beckham. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Silk: 100% Wool: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • DSQUARED2 Knit Dress
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    DSQUARED2 Knit Dress
    Black and white angora blend knit dress from DSQUARED2 featuring a round neck, short sleeves, a check pattern, a ribbed hem and cuffs, a short length and a fitted silhouette. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Polyamide: 27% Angora: 73%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • KENZO Pleated Mini Dress
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    KENZO Pleated Mini Dress
    Pink virgin wool blend pleated mini dress from Kenzo featuring a sleeveless design, a boat neck, a rear zip fastening and black trim. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Polyester: 100% Cashmere: 10% Virgin Wool: 90%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • DOLCE & GABBANA Medieval Keys Print Dress
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    DOLCE & GABBANA Medieval Keys Print Dress
    Black, beige and grey stretch silk medieval keys print dress from Dolce & Gabbana featuring a scoop neck, three-quarter length sleeves and a rear zip fastening. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Spandex/Elastane: 6% Silk: 94%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • ISSEY MIYAKE Pleated Short Sleeve Dress
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    ISSEY MIYAKE Pleated Short Sleeve Dress
    Black and white pleated dress from Issey Miyake featuring a v-neck, short sleeves, a long length and a curved hemline. Composition : Polyester: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Machine Wash.
  • TORY BURCH Geometric Print Crepe Dress
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    TORY BURCH Geometric Print Crepe Dress
    Black and white silk geometric print crepe dress from Tory Burch featuring a boat neck, a rear zip fastening, three-quarter length sleeves, a fitted waist and a straight skirt. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Silk: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • VICTORIA BECKHAM Chain Collar Dress
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    VICTORIA BECKHAM Chain Collar Dress
    Black chain collar dress from Victoria Beckham. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Viscose: 100% Silk: 30% Aluminium: 100% Acetate: 70%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
  • MM6 BY MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Contrasting Sleeves And Hem Shirt Dress
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    MM6 BY MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Contrasting Sleeves And Hem Shirt Dress
    White and black cotton contrasting sleeves and hem shirt dress from MM6 By Maison Martin Margiela. Measurements : FIT TRUE TO SIZE: Item fits true to size. Composition : Cotton: 100% Viscose: 100%. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Dry Clean Only.
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