10 Perfect Little Black Dresses Your Closet Absolutely Needs

They're the solution to all your problems. We promise.

We’d like to present you with a depressing little fact (sorry): Each day you spend an average of 17 minutes deciding what to wear. Do a little math and you’ll find that that adds up to a full four days a year — and solid six months of your adult life.

The solution to your sartorial inefficiency: the little black dress. It works for work. It works for parties. And it always, always look good.

Ahead, 10 LBDs that’ll let you clear your closet of all those not-quite-right options and finally solve the problem of what to wear to every occasion on your calendar.

For an Office Party

 

 

‘Office’ and ‘party’ are two words that just feel so wrong together, yet the office party is a sad reality we all must endure. The only thing more difficult than spending an awkward 15 minutes chatting to that woman from accounting whose name you can never remember? Finding a dress to do it in. This one solves that last problem, looking appropriately covered up but still showing off your stellar sense of style.


For a Girls’ Night Out

 

 

Turns out, it takes slightly less than eight minutes to change out of your PJs and head out the door for an impromptu night with your besties — and it’s all thanks to this perfect little LBD crisscrossed with little leather straps. Slip it on, sweep on some eyeliner, and pull your hair into a chignon. No one will ever know you almost spent the night in, just you and your Netflix queue.


 

For a Cocktail Party

This LBD’s sleek silhouette and flutter of ruffles are appropriately elegant for sipping champagne. Pair it with nothing more than that sparkling personality of yours. (And maybe some diamond studs.)


 

For a Dinner Date

Whether it ends up being a Tinder date gone laughably wrong or the start of something big, this dress’s flattering design will let you fret about one less thing.


For a Job Interview

You’ve heard it before: Dress for the job you want. And this wool sheath will prove that you know exactly where you’re headed. When you do land the job (and you will!) it’ll be right there at the front of your wardrobe for your first day of work.


 

For Work

We recommend adding two of this perfect DVF LBD to your cart, then you won’t be sad when you’ve worn out the first from ridiculously heavy rotation.


 

For the Weekend

Dress down this multi-talented LBD with high-tops to make it to the farmer’s market before it closes. Dress it up with a cross-body and flats for trawling the mall.


 

For Brunch

A few accessories are required for this wrap dress: a pitcher of mimosa, an order of eggs florentine, and your Sunday brunch crew. 


 

Wedding

To be honest, we’re a little hesitant about recommending this LBD for a wedding. Not because it's black — modern etiquette is just fine with that — but because it’s so perfectly gorgeous you might upstage the bride.


 

Funeral

Tiered sleeves and an elegant silhouette let you pay your respects respectfully.


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