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The little black dress is a timeless classic and wardrobe staple. When all else fails, a little black dress is there to save your look. This favorite has gone through a lot of makeovers in recent years, with plenty of dresses available in both formal and casual styles. With all the options available, it's becoming easier and easier to find the right dress for you. Start by reading about the top five styles.
Mini matters: There's a reason these short-skirted cocktail dresses never go out of style; nothing says sexy like a mini. A short, fitted cut is the classic mini-dress look, but modern styles are sporting shorter lengths in every shape. For something different, try a mini-dress with a full skirt or bubble hem, or look for a sleek, asymmetrical hem to really draw attention to your legs.
Sweetheart: If you're going for a romantic look, a sweetheart neckline is always a good choice. Named for its heart-like shape, sweetheart necklines emphasize your curves and add shape to the dress. You can find black dresses sporting sweetheart necklines in every style. From sleeves to strapless, mini to maxi, a sweetheart neckline flatters every dress style and every body type.
Wrap it up: While wrap dresses are typically a more conservative style of little black dress, a wrap dress can be just as sexy as a slinky cocktail dress. The wrap design is slimming through the hips and cinches the waist to emphasize your curves. Look for wrap dresses with plunging necklines to really turn up the heat.
Time to party: Fun, flirty party dresses are becoming more and more popular and offer a fresh twist on the classic LBD. To get the party look, go for a full skirt and fitted bodice. Whether you pick knee length or shorter, strapless or cap sleeve, a party dress always strikes a feminine silhouette. The style features a full skirt and natural waistline, creating the look of a tiny waist and slim legs.
Off the shoulder: If you want to show a little shoulder without going strapless, an off-the-shoulder look is ideal for you. You can choose an evening dress with a wide boatneck that sits just at the edge of the shoulders or take the plunge with a look that sits completely off the shoulders. This style is almost always slimming, since it draws attention to your shoulders and chest and away from your stomach and hips.