Top 5 Little Black Dresses

Coco Chanel created the first “little black dress” in 1926.  Flash forward 84 years and I, along with scores of women, still count their LBDs (Little Black Dresses) as a closet essential.  I have not one, but a handful for every season and time of day.  My LBDs are generally simple but indispensable.

With the festive period around the corner, here are a few picks from my favorite retailers.  All the dresses are under $250 and come in sizes from 2-16.

Ann TaylorOne-Shoulder Cascade Dress – $228 USD

This single-strap gown is elegant and sexy all at the same time. The fabric is made of silk with a touch of spandex making it perfect for girls with curves. Meanwhile the gathers and side ruffle will add shape to petite frames.

Courtesy of Ann Taylor

Ralph LaurenWeston Gabardine Belted Dress – $109.00 USD

Looking for a dress to take you from the boardroom to the office party? This sophisticated LBD can be paired with a  sweater over the shoulders for work or lighten the mood with a wrap and some festive jewelry for a night out.

Courtesy of Lauren by Ralph Lauren Dress Collection $109 USD

BCGB Maxmazria -Blouson Draped Dress – $168.00 USD

If you have great legs, this is the dress for you.  The eye-catching slit in the front will also ensure that your significant other will always be close by. The blouson cut top is very forgiving if you need to conceal a little holiday bulge.

Courtesy of BCBG

Neiman MarcusHoney Flapper Dress Swing Dress by Claude Brown –  $245 USD

This isn’t your typical a-line dress! The staggered tiers and cut-in shoulders guarantee to make heads turn at your next holiday party.

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus


NordstromSuzy Chin Maggy Boutique Satin Sheath Dress – $158 USD

This classic LBD with old school Hollywood glam is a worthwhile investment if you are looking for a dress that will carry you through more than one season. The satin pleated bodice infused with spandex will help create an Audrey Hepburn silhouette.


Courtesy of Nordstrom

Still looking for your ideal LBD? Click on the retailer names/links where you can visit their websites. Each of the featured retailers has an array of dresses online to suit a variety of sizes, shapes, and prices points.

Share with us your favorite LBD in the comment box!

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