An ode to the season’s black dress

26 May 2022
By Hemma Vara

Autumn's best black dress trends are all about sleeves, tuxedo styles, and cut-out silhouettes.

Images: Imax Tree.

Regardless of the season, one wardrobe staple always remains in fashion — the ever-faithful black dress. And come autumn, it’s no longer just about the LBD — the chilly temperature means you’re free to don thick turtleneck knits or sophisticated, body-hugging maxis that show off every curve in all their glory.

Read on for our shopping edit of five black dress trends for autumn. No matter what mood strikes, there’s a perfect style for everyone. 

1. Sleeves please

Paris Georgia ‘Manahou Dress’, $340

Moochi ‘Sleeper Tabard’, $329.99

Whether it’s an off-the-shoulder number or a cut-out mini, there’s nothing better than sleeves in all shapes and forms for a little extra coverage. Functional and sophisticated, they’ll give your attire an elegant edge.

2. Lovely layers

Harris Tapper ‘Lars Dress’, $749

Cue ‘Fringe Bodice’, $324

Explore the art of layering and keep things fresh by pairing your dress with other autumn classics. Wear over an oversized white shirt or mesh top, and add a pair of pants or patterned tights. After all, fashion is meant to be fun and experimental.

3. Tuxedo time

Forever New ‘Beau Tuxedo Mini Dress’, $189.99

Sir ‘Marco Cotton-Blend Mini Blazer Dress’ from Moda Operandi, $803

There is something about a blazer dress that just feels so chic and put together. Maybe it’s the way it can be layered up or down, worn with boots or heels, or how versatile it is for professional and personal occasions. Whatever the reason, a blazer dress is always a great idea.

4. Something special

Aje ‘Amour Ruffle Mini Dress’, $800

Louis Vuitton ‘LV Night Sequin Accent Mini Dress’, $5,150

Who said wearing black had to be boring? Incorporate a little texture, embroidery, or embellishment into your outfit for that va-va-voom. Not only will you feel fabulous, but it’s a foolproof choice for a glamourous night out. 

5. Cut-out chic

Seed Heritage ‘Crepe Cut Out Midi Dress’, $209.90

Rachel Mills ‘Daphne Dress’, $259

Stay warm but show a little skin in the season’s star, the cut-out dress. From asymmetrical and interesting geometrical cut-outs to lace panels and sheer sleeves, you’ll turn heads no matter where you go.

For even more fashion inspiration, here are the street style trends we can’t get enough of

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