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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.
  • Giuseppe Zanotti Camoscio Nero Pointed Heels
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    Giuseppe Zanotti Camoscio Nero Pointed Heels
    Camoscio Nero Pointed Heels by Giuseppe Zanotti. Their unconventional look is what makes these heels incredibly stylish. The pointed toe and stiletto heel are made with a black suede that has a flame like shaping on the ankle. Weather with jeans or a dress these heels will get a lot of the right attention. Black suede. Pointed toe. Stiletto heel. Suede ankle detail. Leather insole. Heel measures 12cm. Made in Italy.
  • Jimmy Choo Freeze Strappy Cage Pump, Black
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    Jimmy Choo Freeze Strappy Cage Pump, Black
    Jimmy Choo leather pump. 4 1/2" covered heel. Almond toe with strappy cage-style vamp. Patent leather T-strap buckles at ankle. Back zip for ease of dress. Leather lining and sole. "Freeze" is made in Italy. Sizing note: Jimmy Choo runs small. We suggest that you order a half size larger than you typically wear. Heel height may vary by size.
  • Giuseppe Zanotti Pointy-Toe Lace-Up Knee-High Pump, Black
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    Giuseppe Zanotti Pointy-Toe Lace-Up Knee-High Pump, Black
    Giuseppe Zanotti takes the pointy-toe pump to new heights with this lace-up knee-high chamois leather shoe. Details Giuseppe Zanotti chamois leather knee-high pump. Covered 4 1/2" stiletto heel. 15 3/4"H shaft with 8" circ. Pointed toe. Low cut vamp with side cutouts. Caged lace-up upper. Back zip for ease of dress. Lightly padded leather insole; smooth leather outsole. Made in Italy. Heel height may vary by size.
  • Nicholas Kirkwood Black Blea Hexagon Suede Stiletto Pumps
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    Nicholas Kirkwood Black Blea Hexagon Suede Stiletto Pumps
    A stylish pump with a bold faceted embellishment, these Nicholas Kirkwood shoes offer statement footwear with a luxe edge. Finished in smooth suede, this high-impact style is the perfect way to lift a classic little black dress. FEATURES: Suede pumps; faceted hexagonal embellishment. 11.5cm flared stiletto heel; pointed toe; leather sole. Made in Italy. COMPOSITION: Suede.
  • Christian Louboutin Confusa T-Strap Leather Red Sole Pump, White/Black
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    Christian Louboutin Confusa T-Strap Leather Red Sole Pump, White/Black
    Christian Louboutin two-tone leather pump. Leopard-print patent leather trim at back. 4" covered stiletto heel. Pointed toe with T-strap vamp. Leather laces shape ankle wrap. Back zip for ease of dress. Leather lining and padded footbed. Signature Christian Louboutin red leather sole. "Confusa" is made in Italy. Heel height may vary by size.
  • Charlotte Olympia Kiss Me Dolores Leather Court
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    Charlotte Olympia Kiss Me Dolores Leather Court
    Walk tall in the Kiss Me Dolores Leather Court from Charlotte Olympia. Designed in the softest leather, a lipstick kiss adorns the front whilst the thin ankle strap adds girlish playfulness. Featuring the classic Charlotte Olympia platform, vamp up a little black dress with these ultra-glamorous killer heels.
  • Christian Louboutin Confusa Patent Leather Red Sole Pump, Black
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    Christian Louboutin Confusa Patent Leather Red Sole Pump, Black
    Christian Louboutin patent leather pump. 4" covered stiletto heel. Pointed toe with T-strap vamp. Leather laces shape ankle wrap. Back zip for ease of dress. Leather lining and footbed. Signature Christian Louboutin red leather sole. "Confusa" is made in Italy. Heel height may vary by size.
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