My personal style is all over the place; one day I’ll dress in a goth inspired look, the next I’ll look ultra normcore, and the day after that my outfit is straight out of the 60s. Still, no matter what look I’m inspired to go for, there’s one item that is not only versatile enough to go with nearly any style, but can also save your butt if you need to dress a little more fancy than usual: A little black dress.
Seriously, whether you’re pairing it with a fancy clutch or a windbreaker and combat boots, a little black dress is a pretty great closet staple. Luckily, there are so many different types that you won’t have trouble finding one that suits your style. So check out these 14 affordable little black dresses for all types of body types and styles that you’ll actually want to wear over and over again.
1. Boohoo Plus Wrap Front Skater Dress
This wrap dress is so flattering and awesome to wear when you just want to look a little extra special. Pair with a bold red lip and you’re good to go!
2. Boohoo Faux Leather Chain Detail Skater Dress
Um, hello, badass. Leather dresses bring a bit of edge to a party look or a casual look. How you rock it really depends on your shoes, so you’ll get a lot of different uses out of this dress.
3. Cutout Front Textured Bodycon Dress
If you’re into cutouts and you’re cool with showing some skin, you’ll love this cut out sexy bodycon dresses. Rock with a beanie and tennis shoes for a sportier look, or a black purse and heels if you want to look rad af at a party.
4. Cooperative Briar Shirt Dress
I know, not everyone reading this is going to be into super cutesy dresses. If your style embraces a lot of menswear influences, you’ll love this shirt dress. It’s nice enough to wear as an alternative to an ultra girly dress, but can also be worn with a pair of leggings and boots for a totally different look.
5. ASOS Bardot Mini Dress
Go for a little throwback glam with this Bardot sexy mini dress. Consider putting your hair up in an updo if you’re going to wear it for a fancy look.
6. ASOS Curve T-Shirt Dress With One-Side Drape
If your style swings a little more offbeat, this is a great LBD that catches people’s attention (and without showing a ton of skin, either). You can also wear this dress more casually with a pair of combat boots.
7. ASOs Mini Cami Body Conscious Dress
A good ol’ fashion cami dress. This is probably the most versatile of any of the dresses in this roundup. You can dress it up with a pair of heels, a clutch, and some accessories. You can also totally dress it down with a leather or denim jacket, boots, or tennis shoes.
8. Asymmetric Black Dress
I know, high low dresses in general feel super 2013, but this one actually doesn’t scream begone trend. This flirty dress looks great with a great pair of heels or booties and minimalist accessories.
9. Lace Black Dress
Throw some boho style into your LBD game. This lace black mini dress gives off an ethereal vibe that you’ll love to match with some knee boots.
10. Silence + Noise Emerald City Wide Strap Mini Dress
This is your run of the mill fit and flare mini dress, and it will always come in handy. It’s perfect for wearing when you want to look super sophisticated, but it also wouldn’t look too out of place if you just threw it on with a leather jacket, boots, and sunglasses.
11. Love Sadie Long Sleeve Mock Neck Dress
I love when a traditional cut takes a twist, which is why this dress is so awesome to me. This would just be an ordinary turtleneck dress if it wasn’t for that little cut out along the chest. It’s striking without being super revealing like most cutouts. If you like cutouts but are usually too afraid to rock them, this dress is worth trying.
12. Pink Clove Cold Shoulder Velvet Dress
It’s always nice to have a solid velvet dress. A solid velvet dress with peep shoulders and an overall essence of va va voom? Even better.
13. Ryder Dress
This dress rules. In the front it looks like a form fitting turtleneck dress. But once you turn around, people will notice the awesome open back bits and the slit along the hem. It’s like you’re showing a lot of skin and not at the same time, best of both worlds!
14. Silence + Noise Sassafras Seamed Dress
Sweetheart necklines are super popular for strapless dresses, but, let’s be real, strapless dresses don’t get a ton of wear out of the average person. But throw on some straps? You can rock it in a lot more versatile ways. This dress is a perfect example. Pair with a clutch and some platform sandals whenever you feel like playing dress up.
Do you have a little black dress hanging in your closet? What’s your go to versatile clothing item? Tell us in the comments!