Hunting down the very best little black dress you can find is like discovering your very own holy grail. It can save you from numerous sartorial disasters, it goes with everything, and it always flatters. The LBD, as we’ve now come to know it, was originally created in 1926 by none other than fashion’s greatest icon, Coco Chanel, and it was designed for a Vogue feature that called it the “frock that the world will wear.” It was the first modern take on the dress, and women have been wearing it ever since. The reason for its everlasting popularity? The LBD looks good on anyone, regardless of shape, size or age.

Since Chanel’s creation, we’ve seen many a black dress become iconic. From Audrey Hepburn’s floor-length Givenchy number in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Angelina Jolie’s Atelier Versace gown at the 2012 Oscars, there are many looks that have made it to the LBD hall of fame. Of course, special mention should go to Liz Hurley’s black safety-pinned Versace frock, as well as the iconic off-the-shoulder feathered dress Kate Moss wore to Cannes in 1998.

What we’re saying is that no wardrobe is complete without a go-to little black dress, which is why we’ve compiled a guide with 23 of our favourites around right now. You’ll wear them when you want to make a statement, for special occasions and for when you just have nothing else to wear. Click through our gallery for 23 of the best LBDs you can shop now.

For the more sartorial girls out there.
The very chic way to do sequins.
Sometimes simpler is better.
Not all black dresses have to be little.
Fittingly, Alexa Chung wore this Alexa dress to the Brit Awards at the beginning of 2016.
These sleeves are everything. 
Take the slip dress trend into the winter months with this leather number. 
These sleeves make this one totally cold-weather friendly.
So casual and yet so cool.
This designer’s speciality is black dresses, so you’re in safe hands.
This is just the right side of revealing. 
Put a roll-neck underneath for the office. 
Wear with heels for a night out but with tights and flats during the day at the office.  
Bow and lace? What more could you wish for?
Obsessed with these sleeves? Yeah, we are too. 
Take a style tip from Zara’s lookbook: Wear a dress over stirrup leggings with matching heels for super-chic party dressing at its finest. 
Gotta have love for the pleats. 
Oh yes, this one-shoulder number will do nicely.
This is kind of ’80s, but it’s totally appropriate for every party you’ve got coming up this year. 
That funnel neck though. 
For when you want to show off your shoulders rather than your legs. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check out our guide to 11 perfect party dresses for the festive season. Opening Image: Getty Images


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