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. Scroll below to shop our edit of the 17 best LBDs you can shop now.
The perfect mini.
Nothing like a little fringing.
No one will believe this is high street.
This is ideal for day-to-night dressing.
This season's LBD from Self-Portrait is every bit as good as the last. We predict a sell out.
Or why not go for something floral?
Just add gold strappy sandals and a bold red lip.
For something low-key, try this pretty embroidered option from Warehouse.
Team this showstopper with punchy accessories and a box clutch bag.
Just when you thought you'd seen all the best polka-dot dresses, this one comes along.
The perfect day-to-night option.
Wear under a chunky grey knit with trainers during the day.
Your statement silhouette comes courtesy of Cecilie Bahnsen.
These sleeves are everything.
This is just the right side of revealing.
The perfect black dress for someone who doesn't like a stereotypical smart piece.
Oh yes, this will do very nicely.
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