If there ever was one wardrobe staple that has stood the test of time through fashion history, it’s the Little Black Dress. Karl Lagerfeld put it best when he said: one is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little black dress.
To balance out the look, you can style it with black strappy heels and one of these timeless Chanel watches.
For the more adventurous dressers, go for bold bags and accessories. Think ravishing red fringe earrings, statement bangles or even one of these pillowy bags. There are just so many ways to dress up the modern-day black dress. So, go ahead and have fun with it!
If you like a little romance, even with your LBD, this midi dress with a skin-baring cutout is your best bet. Designed with a shirred bodice and billowy sleeves, the tiered hem moves beautifully as you walk. Finish the look with a pair of open-toed leather mules or simple throw on your Chuck Taylor’s.
This Prada dress has a sophisticated silhouette with a seamed waist and pleated skirt that creates a delicate, fluid movement. This ultra chic dress also features a new jacquard knit triangle logo that adds a conceptual note. Work this dress with sandals, Mary Janes or your whitest pair of sneakers.
If comfort reigns supreme in your fashion bible, then this Y-3 sleeveless shirtdress is made for you. Cut from ultra-comfortable cotton in a loose silhouette, you can wear it with a pair of sneakers, or your favourite pair of flatforms.
There’s something alluring to be said about puffy sleeves—they’re not quite in-your-face as shoulder pads, but have a similar, softer, more feminine effect. Combined with the fact that it’s made from patent PU and has a daring cut-out back, this dress ticks all the boxes for the perfect ‘cool girl’ aesthetic. Style yours with simple pumps or strappy sandals.
Sometimes classics really are the best. Like this contemporary take on a classic 1920s flapper dress by Michael Michael Kors. Featuring wispy plumes that flutter with every move, this dress calls for your best baubles and stilettos.
Balmain nailed it with this fitted studded dress. The all-over gold-tone stud detailing works beautifully here. With a dress this embellished, you don’t really need to do much. A simple pair of earrings and pointy-toed black shoes are all you’ll need to steal the limelight.
We love this body-hugging long black dress from Off-White because it’s so effortlessly cool and easy-to-wear. The midi length more than makes up for the skin-baring cut-outs and we know it will surely make heads turn. Pump it up with a pair of boots in a bright hue. Not for the faint hearted.
If you’re not over the Y2K trend, consider this dress by Gauge81. It’s made from lustrous stretch silk with a retro-style halterneck complete with gold-tone choker. Time to put on those dancing shoes.
Inspired by the glamorous ‘80s, this LBD by Nanushka comes with strategic cutouts for high impact. Pair with statement earrings, stilettos and glossy red lips.
This mini dress is made from black velvet with glitter. The off-shoulder neckline makes this the perfect dress for a romantic evening date.
For an LBD with an added oomph, this black dress by comes in smartly designed adjustable, interchangeable straps with a body skimming fit that falls just below the knees.
This article was first published in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.