Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Black Dresses
If there's one item every person needs in her closet, it's an LBD. They're easy to wear and universally flattering — a combination we're not inclined to pass up. But, while you can pair a black dress with anything and everything, you want a style that's bold enough to stand alone. We did a little digging and rounded up our favorite finds to shop right now. With LBDs like these to choose from, you'll go back to black, no coaxing necessary. These 14 black dresses belong in your closet ASAP.
Whether you're looking for an elevated cocktail dress, a maxi dress you can easily style up or down, or a full on gown you could wear to a black tie wedding, these are the 14 dresses worth adding to your closet. We're crushing hard on a cute sparkly dress that's perfect for all the holiday parties coming up, a velvet dress we could wear day or night, and a minidress that's sexy and versatile. Plus, there are a bunch of great affordable styles, with plenty of picks under $100. Keep on reading to shop our top picks!
A Long Sleeved Dress: Old Navy Puff-Sleeve Clip-Dot Mini Swing Dress
The Old Navy Puff-Sleeve Clip-Dot Mini Swing Dress ($40) boasts long puff sleeves, with elasticized cuffs. Shoppers love it: One reviewer says it "radiates beauty and class" and is "a perfect mix of dressy and casual."
A Black Sweater Dress: Free People Ava Smocked Dress With Gloves
Anyone can find a great black sweater dress, and it'll be a staple in your fall and winter wardrobe. This Free People Ava Smocked Dress With Gloves ($77, originally $128) brings a little bit of drama to a classic black sweater dress. The gloves are so sexy and statement making.
A Cutout Dress: Eloquii Cutout Detail Ribbed Dress
If you want to bring a little drama, you can never go wrong with a long black dress. We're kind of obsessed with the simple cutouts on this long sleeved Eloquii Cutout Detail Ribbed Dress ($39, originally $100 with code SWEET). Plus, with Halloween right around the corner, it would make a great Morticia Addams dress.
A Leather Dress: Nanushka Layan Dress
Leather dresses are one of our favorite fall trends, and we've never seen a leather dress with cutouts like this Nanushka Layan Dress ($403, originally $575). The teeny tiny slits at the waist are both flattering and unexpected. This is a great dress if you don't want to show too much skin, and you can also pair it with tights if you want more coverage.
A Midi Dress: Kika Vargas x Target Floral Texture Scallop Back Midi Dress
This Kika Vargas x Target Floral Texture Scallop Back Midi Dress ($55) is so on trend right now, and we're so excited to say that we found it at Target. It's part of the retailer's bestselling designer collaborations, and you can read all about the collection here.
A Wedding Guest Dress: Reformation Juliette Dress
Got a cocktail party or a wedding coming up? You need a great dress, and we're loving this Reformation Juliette Dress ($248). It comes in so many different colors, but we can't get enough of the black. The straps are adjustable, and the thigh high slit is so sexy.
A Blazer Dress: Zara Pearl Button Blazer Dress
We're kind of obsessed with the blazer dress silhouette. It means business, but it's still so sexy. This Zara Pearl Button Blazer Dress ($90) has the chicest pearl accents, making it feel elevated and perfect for a day to night look.
A Cocktail Dress: Superdown Ramona Bustier Dress
This Superdown Ramona Bustier Dress ($98) is such a great cocktail dress. It's a simple silhouette that gets elevated with the feathers at the bust. Pair it with strappy sandals or a thigh high black boot depending on your mood, and throw on a blazer over top if it's cold.
A Black Gown: Norma Kamali X Revolve V Neck Rectangle Gown
If you need a full length gown, this Norma Kamali X Revolve V Neck Rectangle Gown ($175) is one of our favorites. We love hot the dress fits on the body, which Norma Kamali is known for, and the combination of the exaggerated shoulders and the deep v neck is so sexy.
A Velvet Dress: Zara Velvet Mini Dress
It's about to be velvet season, and this Zara Velvet Mini Dress ($70) is a winner in our book. We love the long sleeved silhouette, and think it's so sexy with sheer black tights and boots. With holiday parties coming up, you'll want to have this on hand.
A Sparkly Dress: Sunday in Brooklyn Balloon-Sleeve Mini Dress
This Sunday in Brooklyn Balloon-Sleeve Mini Dress ($148) isn't your traditional sparkly dress, but that's why we love it. The long sleeve style is sort of unexpected, but it's so cool. We love it belted with a classic black or even a sparkly belt, but it could also be worn on its own.
A Maxi Dress: Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress
This Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress ($170) is a perennial bestseller, and one that we're going to want to wear all year round. We love that it can be dressed up or down so easily; you can wear it to a party, to work, or hanging out with your friends.
A Strapless Dress: Superdown Cleo Strapless Dress
Strapless dresses are having a moment right now, and we're kind of obsessed with this sexy Superdown Cleo Strapless Dress ($88). The dress is classic at the top, but the asymmetrical sparkling fringe at the bottom is so unexpected. This is a dress you're going to want to dance in.
A Minidress: Zara Mini Dress
This Zara Mini Dress ($50) is one of those pieces you're always going to return to. It's the perfect blank canvas, and is something you could pair with any shoes, any jacket or sweater, and any jewelry or accessories you'd like, and it would look good.