The Perfect Little Black Dress – 11 Stylish Options for Every Body

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The perfect little black dress (aka the LBD) can be hard to find. It needs to be versatile, fit well, comfortable and of course, stylish. Fortunately, the style editors from The Today Show are showing us The Perfect Little Black Dress – 11 Stylish Options for Every Body—plus they are budget friendly. One of my favorites, the off the shoulder dress from Nordstrom is on sale right now.

In search of the perfect little black dress? Here are 11 Stylish Options for Every Body that are on-trend and budget-friendly.

In my closet, I organize my clothes by color. I realized the other day that my “black section” is taking over. Isn’t just easier to grab a black dress or top before heading out the door? It’s almost always a safe choice, and if you accessorize it, you can wear it over and over.

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The Perfect Little Black Dress – 11 Stylish Options for Every Body

For everyday

ModCloth Two Ways, All Day Midi Dress in Black, $80, ModCloth

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This versatile midi dress from ModCloth can be worn two ways: either free-flowing for maximizing comfort or cinched at the waist for maximizing curves. You can also switch up where you tie the bow for more variety.

Knit Wrap Midi Dress, $35, Nordstrom

Knit Wrap Midi black dress Nordstrom

This knit midi dress from One Clothing can easily go from carpool to brunch to PTA — and it’s only $35!

For the office

H&M Fitted Dress, $35, H&M

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Nothing says power like a sleek sheath dress. The discreet paneling along the neckline of this one, in particular, adds a fashion-forward touch without taking away from its sophistication.

Lace Shift Dress by Felecity & Coco, $95, Nordstrom

Lace shift little black dress Nordstrom

This classic shift dress is comfortable yet chic. And it gains a fresh feel from the lace detailing on the sleeves. Throw on a blazer for that afternoon meeting and then you are good to rock it out at happy hour.

For date night

 

One Shoulder Dress by Soprano, $45, Nordstrom

One shoulder black dress Nordstrom

The one-shoulder trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon! This dress is classy and sophisticated while still being fashion-forward. It’s cut in a flattering silhouette that’s both slimming and a little flirty.

For girls night out

NSR Velvet Midi Slipdress, $68, Nordstrom

Black Velvet Slipdress Nordstrom

It may be hard to believe, but the ’90s are back with a vengeance. This crushed velvet slip dress is the perfect fashion-forward piece to wear out with a group of girlfriends and dance the night away.

For vacation

Michael Stars Knit Racerback Dress, $88, Anthropologie

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This knit racer-back dress from Anthropologie packs light (just roll it up to reduce wrinkles) and serves a multitude of purposes. Wear it as a swimsuit cover-up, out to dinner or throw on a jean jacket for a casual everyday outfit. While the shade is dark, the fabric is extremely breathable for helping to combat sweat.

Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $41, Nordstrom

black off the shoulder dress Nordstrom

An off-the-shoulder dress is a light and easy warm weather choice. This dress from Pleione has a ruffled neckline that’s flirty but casual and can easily go from the pool to dinner without skipping a beat.

For cocktail hour

Lane Bryant One-Shoulder Fit & Flare Dress, $60, Lane Bryant

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Hang this LBD from Lane Bryant in your closet and you’ll never find yourself scrambling for that company or holiday party again. While it’s dressy enough on its own, you can also take it to the next level with statement jewelry or shoes.

Lace Sheath Dress by Ellen Tracy, $77, Nordstrom

Lace Sheath dress Nordstrom

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more classic silhouette than this scalloped, lace sheath. The cut is flattering on all body types and appropriate for women of almost any age. It’s one of those dresses you can wear over and over (and over) again.

For a formal affair

Heaven & Earth Plunge Neck Gown, $84, Nordstrom

Black plunging neckline dress Nordstrom

A wedding is another event that can leave you spinning, or at least it could have until now. This v-neck gown from Heaven & Earth is the epitome of classic elegance and is fitted with a mermaid flare for added mobility on the dance floor.

Happy shopping!



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