Closet Essentials: The Little Black Dress

It's been awhile since I've done a "Closet Essentials" post, my apologies! So far I've covered two of my essential items, the blazer and denim, and today I wanted to talk about the little black dress.

Honestly, everyone should have at least ONE little black dress in their closet that they feel great in and can reach for anytime they need to dress up (I even had my bridesmaids wear black dresses in my wedding - I think a LBD is classic and looks good on everyone). The little black dress, in my opinion, is the dressy equivalent to denim (perfect for almost any occasion!!) and you all know how I love my jeans. I personally have two little black dresses hanging in my closet that I love, the first is a tank dress (that can be dressed up or down, which is fantastic) that I bought last summer at Gap, and the second is a DVF wrap dress that I purchased a few years ago on super sale (one of the best purchases I've made - it's a classic piece that will never go out of style). Unfortunately both of the dresses I own (pictured below) are no longer available, but I've found a similar tank dress here or here (thanks Michelle!) and two wrap dress options here and here.

When shopping for a little black dress, I tend to gravitate toward classic shapes/styles that I know will last more than just a season or two. I've compiled a selection of great little black dresses (all under $150) to help give you a jumping off point if you're in search of one to add to your own closet. Many of these are simple, in keeping with my own personal style, but I did try to include some with interesting but subtle detailing to give the LBD a bit of a punch while still keeping it classic. Click on any photo below to purchase/get more information.


the red bungalow said...

Ok I'm loving that second dress! I think it's a definite work wear staple.

Great find!

Bre @ http://theredbungalow.blogspot.com

Kayla said...

I think I am having my bridesmaids wear little black dresses too!! Everyone looks great in them and I think the pictures will be striking.


michelle said...

Target currently has a dress almost identical to the J.Crew (first) dress. It's $15 and available in black, green, and purple. This is the link, sorry that it is so obnoxiously long:

J @ The Look 4 Less said...

Thanks Michelle, I just added the link to the post!

Red Bungalow - it is definitely perfect for work, I love that dress, it's been useful on many occasions.

Kayla - Black bridesmaid dresses are a great choice! :)

Unknown said...

I think Tim Gunn said it best. Little Black dresses are the perfect canvas to show off well chosen accessories. I couldn't agree more!