10 Party-Perfect Little Black Dresses for Any Body Type

The little black dress needs no introduction. It does, however, need to look good on you, or else the whole purpose is defeated: a perfect, throw-on-in-seconds frock that'll instantly transform you from bored office girl to feminine mystique of the party. These ten LBDs are not only perfect, they're perfectly simple — no glitter, lace, or leather to be found here. Just black.

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by Tori Telfer

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If you’re looking for something a little less… office party, then you can’t go wrong with strapless, mini, and peplum.

Strapless Studded Peplum Dress, $30, Amazon

Kate Spade

It’s a study in perfect LBD simplicity, and it’s Kate Spade! Go, go, go!

Kate Spade Sheath Dress, $398, Check It Out

Calvin Klein

The perfect party dress shape. It fits, it flares, and the subtle pleats give it interest without stealing the limelight from your face.

Calvin Klein Sleeveless Dress, $90, Check It Out

Diane von Furstenberg

This dress solves all your problems at once: easily flattering, wrinkle-less, three-quarter-length sleeves, and a sexy neckline.

Diane von Furstenberg New Jeanne Wrap Dress, $368, Check It Out

Ted Baker

Meow. And the high neckline keeps it from being tacky. A stunning dress.

Ted Baker Zip Front Dress, $295, Check It Out

Tracy Reese

This one’s for you if you like casual style and a bit of my-mom-made-me-wear-this attitude.

3/4 Sleeve Knit Skater Dress, $179, Check It Out

Calvin Klein

Balance, balance, balance. Off the shoulder neckline, slightly longer hemline.

Calvin Klein Fitted Dress, $80, Check It Out

Ralph Lauren

The classic. (This dress also looks incredibly comfortable.)

Lauren Faux Wrap Sheath Dress, $90, Check It Out


This dress is part adorable (look at that bow!) and part sultry (not pictured: a cutaway back), for those who like to play more than one role at a time.

Tahari Classic Twist Dress, $118, Check It Out


This great brand has tens of LBD offerings for plus-sized women, but it’s hard to imagine a more flattering fit than this. It’s curve-hugging, ruched throughout, and boasts those gorgeous flutter sleeves.

Kiyonna Rumor Ruched Dress, $118,