Hunting down the very best little black dress you can find is like discovering your very own holy grail. It can save you from numerous sartorial disasters, it goes with everything and it always flatters. The LBD, as we've now come to know it, was originally created in 1926 by none other than fashion's greatest icon, Coco Chanel, and it was designed for a Vogue feature that called it the "frock that the world will wear." It was the first modern take on the dress, and women have been wearing it ever since. The reason for its everlasting popularity? The LBD looks good on anyone, regardless of shape, size or age.
Since Chanel's creation, we've seen many a black dress become iconic. From Audrey Hepburn's floor-length Givenchy number in Breakfast at Tiffany's to Angelina Jolie's Atelier Versace gown at the 2012 Oscars, there are many looks that have made it to the LBD hall of fame. Of course, special mention should go to Liz Hurley's black safety-pinned Versace frock, as well as the iconic off-the-shoulder feathered dress Kate Moss wore to Cannes in 1998.
What we're saying is that no wardrobe is complete without a go-to little black dress, which is why we've compiled a guide with 23 of our favourites around right now. You'll wear them when you want to make a statement, for special occasions and for when you just have nothing else to wear. Click through our gallery for 23 of the best LBDs you can shop now.
No one will believe this is high street.
Perfect for every party you've got coming up this year.
The perfect day-to-night option.
This season's LBD from Rejina Pyo is every bit as good as the last. We predict a sell out.
Wear under a chunky grey knit with trainers during the day.
Just add metallic heels and fine gold hoops.
Your statement silhouette comes courtesy of Cecile Bahnsen.
Not into block colour? Try a subtle spot print.
For the more sartorial girls out there.
The fun way to do sequins.
Not all black dresses have to be little.
Sometimes simpler is better.
Be your own version of Alice in Wonderland with this "Queen of Hearts" style dress.
These sleeves are everything.
Best accessorised with a glass of fizz in hand.
This is just the right side of revealing.
The perfect black dress for someone who doesn't like a stereotypical smart piece.
Bow and lace? What more could you wish for?
This will look just as good worn with a fitted coat and over-the-knee boots as it will with strappy gold sandals and a clutch bag.
Oh yes, this will do very nicely.
Nothing like a little fringing.
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