How to Find the Best Little Black Dress for Your Wardrobe

The black dress is THE most loved clothing piece in existence. Just look through history for all the times LBDs were referenced, worn, praised, and iconicized, and you’ll see. The secret for all the adoration over LBDs and the way they make every wearer look chic? It’s all in the color black.

Don’t try to change our minds that black is the premier color for clothing. We’re with the masses on this one. In fact, there are a lot of famous people who have sung their praises to black in relation to fashion. The black clothing club is pretty much a clique, but everyone is invited. 

If you haven’t found your niche with the little black dress yet, it’s past time. LBDs are versatile so we promise there’s one (or a dozen) right black dresses for your wardrobe. So let’s find it. 

We’ve paired our favorite black dresses with one of the classic quotes memorializing black as fashion gold. Our top little black dresses are from Reformation, of course, only the superior provider of contemporary but sustainable clothing.

Little Black (Slip) Dress

This little number is the only dress you need in your closet, black or otherwise. It’s lightweight, sits against your body like a dream, and shows a little skin. Just picture it with a turtleneck and boots in the fall and exactly as is in the summer.

A quote for the Marlowe Dress: 

“One is never over- or underdressed with a little black dress.” 

– Karl Lagerfeld

Pop of Pattern Black Dress

Black dresses don’t have to fit your typical idea of them (think all one shade of black and a sheath silhouette). Why not go for one with a little more of an eye-catching quality thanks to a bold but sophisticated pattern? Plus a folded wrap skirt, itsy bitsy spaghetti straps, and subtle bouquet pattern.

A quote for the Kourtney Dress:  

“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.” 

– Pierre-August Renoir

Sequined Black Dress


This one’s a party dress for sure. But also, you can be that girl wearing sequins at the grocery store, walking the aisles like they’re your runway. Pop open that bottle of rose (grocery store drink of choice) and you’ve brought the party to you.

A quote for the Alisha Dress:

“Women who wear black lead colorful lives.” 

– Neiman Marcus

Bold Sleeves Black Dress 

When in doubt, go for eye-catching sleeves. They’re a perfect way to take a simple shape and add a little drama. As long as we’re on the topic of starting drama, this dress is perfect for all those moments where you need to make a statement.

A quote for the Michaela Dress:

“You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion.” 

– Christian Dior

Basic Black Dress

Go simple and you win every time. There’s nothing boring about this silhouette, from its sweetheart strapless neckline to its classic midi skirt length. Perfect with heels. Perfect with flats. Even better barefoot.

A quote for the Fettuccine Linen Dress:

“I love black because it affirms, designs, and styles. A woman in a black dress is a pencil stroke.” 

– Yves Saint Laurent

Black Button Down Dress

This one screams Too cool for you with its marching military style buttons and collared neckline. Its naval homage suggests a sense of structure in the wearer but you can surprise them all by letting loose.

A quote for the Hugh Dress:

“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy—but mysterious. But above all, black says this: I don’t bother you—don’t bother me.” 

– Yohji Yamamoto

Dress It Up or Down Black Dress

We love a good poofy skirt. The flounces were made for dancing. Varying textures overlay depth onto the classic LBD mini dress. This shape is anything but expected though. So, do the unexpected in this dress. You’ll never have to worry about it moving around because it comes with straps.

A quote for the Sebastian Dress:

“Black is always elegant. It is the most complete color in all the world, made of all the colors in the palette.”

– Ricardo Tisci

Button Down Black Dress

Just look at that flowy skirt full of movement, at those cute trailing buttons. This one is sweet, feminine, elegant, and polished. The color black suits it to a T—it simply wouldn’t have the same effect in a teal or yellow. You’re both covered and baring some skin in the perfect combination of shapes.

A quote for the Caitie Dress: 

“Black is the most aristocratic color of all …You can be quiet, and it contains the whole thing.” 

– Louise Nevelson

Black Sweater-esque Dress

Here’s something versatile for you. You need to throw something on for that job interview you forgot about? You need something to wear for dinner with the fam? You want something warm and cozy for those early morning commutes? How about something to wear to talk your friend through a breakup? There is literally no event you can’t wear this dress to. Wrap yourself in it like a secret.

A quote for the Aspen Dress:

“There’s something about black. You feel hidden away in it.” 

– Georgia O’Keeffe

Feel inspired to wear the dress and live the quotes. Your closet is going to be so well stocked.