17 Of The Best Black Dresses For Any Occasion

Besma Whayeb ·

A little black dress is an essential in any closet: easy to wear, super chic, and suitable for almost any event. Here are our top picks for LBDs that you can wear all year round...

Black dresses have been a wardrobe staple since Coco Chanel showed them in her early collections in the 1920s. Over 100 years later, and there's more styles of black dress than ever! So to help you find the perfect LBD for your wardrobe, we wanted to showcase our favourite styles here, as seen on Reliked fashion influencers.

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1. Amy Neville: Open Back Black Dress

Starting this list with a bang is Amy Neville in this chic open-back black dress. Take style notes from Amy: a mid-length dress paired with pointy heels, luxe bag, and sunglasses works day or night.

2. Danielle Vanier: Polka Dot Black Dress

If you're looking for a black dress that's perfect for day wear, channel Danielle Vanier and go for a polka dot black dress! Accentuate a 60s style pin-up dress with bold red accessories (and a bold lip!), or go the extra mile and get a little wicker bag and headscarf.

3. Amber-Rose Gill: Ruched Black Mini Dress

Ruched dresses are having a moment, and Amber-Rose Gill combines the current trend with a classic black dress style here. Throw on an oversized blazer and you have the perfect outfit for an evening out, whatever the weather.

4. Charlotte Buttrick: Asymmetric Black Dress

If you're looking for a black dress that comes with a splash of modernity, go for an asymmetric black dress. Whether it's a cut-out maxi dress like Charlotte Buttrick wears here, or a bias cut slip dress, both bring an edge to a modern classic.

5. Billie Faiers: Black Slip Dress

Speaking of slip dresses... Billie Faiers shows us here how to style one perfectly! This has been a loved style since the 1950s and has recently had a modern reboot. Pair with strappy heels and signature jewellery for a effortless summer style, or throw over a jumper and add boots for year-round wearability.

6. Lauren Nicole: Black Check Dress

For a further update on the slip dress, go for a bold print. This checkered black and white slip dress that Lauren Nicole wears is a maximalist's dream, with matching shirt and boldly contrasting bag and heels. Highlighter brights will always be a welcome addition to breathe life into a muted outfit!

7. Jess Hunt: Bodycon Black Dress

If you're looking for a black dress that shows off a little body, a bodycon dress is an obvious choice! Jess Hunt showcases her usual minimalist style in this black bodycon dress, with cold shoulders and bodice-style clasps, which needs only a little extra elevation through silver jewellery.

8. Gemma @theweirdone_xx: Black T-Shirt Dress

If you prefer wearing more relaxed styles, a black t-shirt dress is the go-to option for you. Here Gemma @theweirdone_xx pairs a t-shirt dress with high top sneakers to tone down her outfit, but could easily also ramp things up with boots or heels! Versatility at its finest.

9. Emma McVey: Black Shirt Dress

A step up from the t-shirt dress is, of course, the shirt dress! Here Emma McVey styles a black mini shirt dress with strappy sandals and a structured bag, perfect for daywear and nightwear in equal measure.

10. Hollie Burgess: Printed Black Dress

We've covered spotted dresses, check dresses, but what about printed dresses? This lemon-print black dress worn by Hollie Burgess is a perfect example of a black dress with a little extra colour and character! When life gives you lemons...

11. Kady McDermott: Black Halterneck Dress

Another black dress, and another style - this time, a halterneck. Kady McDermott shows how to make the most of summer in this black strappy dress with a hat and matching chain-link accessories. Keep it beachy in the day, or dress it up with heels and mini bag at night.

12. Kate Tik: Black Sweetheart Dress

Sweetheart neckline dresses are seeing a revival this summer, and Kate Tik is always on-trend in this sweetheart black dress. The floral print adds a little whimsy while her styling keeps it cool. Pair with matching black accessories, or if you're in isolation, why not a pair of dish gloves like Kate wears here!

13. Grace Surguy: Black Keyhole Dress

We love Grace Surguy for her mid-size style and this black dress with a keyhole cut-out is no exception. The beauty of a black dress is that it can handle a lot of different styles, textures, and shapes, and this one accentuates Grace perfectly! Pair with a pop of colour - here, a blue bag and heels - or keep it classic with gold or silver tones only.

14. Hammasa: Black Polka-Dot Maxi Dress

We've already seen polka dots on Danielle Vanier, but here former Miss England, Hammasa, shows us how to wear polka dots in another way with a maxi dress! This floaty number is best suited for holidays or summery days, but has the potential to be layered come the cooler months.

15. Chloe Sims: Black Cold Shoulder Dress

Another great holiday-style black dress is a one-shoulder number. Here Chloe Sims gives us the cold shoulder in a floaty maxi dress, and she brings with it her usual bold style, accessorising with a wide-brim hat and chunky jewellery. Evening glam done right!

15. Arabella Chi: High Neck Black Dress

There's something so stylish about black backless dresses, and Arabella Chi shows another way to wear them here. Go for a dress with structured top and high neck to balance out the amount of skin on show, and if you're like Arabella, pair with knee high boots and sunglasses for a hint of rodeo and romance.

16. Laura Badura: Black Sequinned Gown

If you're looking for a black evening dresses, why not channel Laura Badura's style here and go for a black sequinned maxi dress? While the absence of colour may play down the overall look, the hint of sparkle from the sequins keeps this an eye-catching option for when you want a little classic evening glamour.

17. Ashley Roberts: Black Suit

As a bonus option, we also wanted to share another polished black outfit that didn't quite fit the mould! We love Ashley Roberts in this tailored, draping black suit, and think it's a great alternative to an LBD if you're looking for something a bit different.

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