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Call it the Saint Laurent effect, or millennial designers resurrecting the ’80s for the new generation (who didn’t truly experience that era either). The wardrobe stalwart for all special moments (dates, events and parties) is back in every way, from short and sexy to punk-inspired and elegantly chic.

Here are our top six picks for this season:

 

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Viscose, $2,816, Balmain

 

Black, mesh and bodycon - the Holy Trinity of sexy dresses come together in this piece by French brand Balmain to create a dress you’d want to wear when meeting your hottest date, your ex, or your frenemy.

 

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Polyester viscose mix, $99.90, Mango

 

Long sleeves and ruffles on the front of this body hugging dress by Mango help to hide problem areas while ensuring you still look smart and sharp.

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Polyester, $99.90, Mango

 

A classic, A-line LBD usually gets described as being safe and conservative - but not when it is made of faux leather and trimmed with studs. This polyester option by Mango says ‘tough girl’ without being overdone.

 

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Polyester viscose mix, $99.90, Mango

 

An alternative to studs, metal rings also give the same rock chick effect, especially when paired with leather.

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Wool blend with beading, $1,860, Shanghai Tang

 

How do you stand out in your LBD when it is the top dress of choice at most fancy events? Answer: You wear a LBC - Little Black Cheongsam. This one from Shanghai Tang features intricate beading detail at the neckline to keep things interesting.

 

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Wool, $945, Shanghai Tang

 

The most elegant option of the bunch is this wool number by Shanghai Tang. Its midi length, subtle cap sleeves, and three contrasting-but-not-flashy buttons make it a black dress you’d want to reach for over and over again, for all occasions.

 

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